In 2017 Tiffany Cole (pictured above with North Shore member Elizabeth Dokulil) was the winner of the Soroptimist International award at the NCW NSW Australia Day Presentation. Her story was so remarkable it inspired North Shore President Doreen Todd to invite her to speak at the North Shore Christmas function.

As a student at the University of Western Sydney Tiffany earned money by doing veterinary work with race horses, taking swabs, etc. when she was kicked in the neck by a horse, resulting in 2 fractures of her cervical spine.  She woke up in hospital in the spinal injuries ward, with no recollection of what had happened. This was 8 weeks before her Honours thesis was due. She not only completed it from her hospital bed but was awarded 1st Class Honours and the University Medal.

Tiffany was left with severe chronic pain and her experience guided her chosen area of further study which is ‘The role of transcriptional regulators in sensory pain perception ‘. Tiffany is now aPhD student in the Garvan Institute’s Neuroscience Division. Her story of overcoming obstacles and thriving academically was fascinating and the North Shore members and friends thoroughly enjoyed her unique presentation on this area of medicine and research.