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Spinal Research

Spinal Research is the UK’s leading charity funding medical research around the world to develop reliable treatments for paralysis caused by a spinal cord injury.

Every year, 1,000 people in the UK and Ireland are paralysed following an injury to their spinal cord. Spinal Research raises money to fund research into clinical treatments as well as vital basic science research.

Thanks to such innovative research, they stand on the brink of discovering therapies that will restore movement and feeling and transform the lives of paralysed people.

Their pioneering research relies on dynamic fundraising and the help of their committed supporters. They have funded over 140 research projects which have achieved a number of ground breaking changes in the field.  Website: http://www.spinal-research.org

Thirty five years ago spinal cord injury was considered incurable and few people, if any, were contemplating research into repair. Today they are nearing clinical trials of therapies that will restore movement and feeling and transform the lives of paralysed people.

Spinal Research saw the importance of funding the best projects and researchers in the UK and abroad, not only to return the best results but to develop international interest in spinal cord repair. They have helped to spread the message worldwide by publishing their Research Strategy in peer-reviewed journals, encouraging discussion and debate.

As a founding member of the International Campaign for Cures of Spinal Cord Injury Paralysis (ICCP), they have supported the development of international guidelines for clinical trials in this field and been involved in major breakthroughs, including the discovery of inhibitory factors within the scar tissue of spinal cord injury that stop nerve fibre regenerating, and specialised olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) in the nose and brain that can be used to encourage nerve regrowth

Spinal Research’s vision is a world free of the permanence of paralysis caused by spinal cord injury.

They work towards this goal by:

·         Funding pioneering research across the world

·         Promoting collaboration between organisations concerned with spinal cord injury paralysis through membership of the International Campaign for Cures of Spinal Injury Paralysis (ICCP)

·         Sharing their research information via their Research Network and other sector events

·         Attracting the brightest students to enter this field of research through their Nathalie Rose Barr PhD scholarships and their annual Summer School in Neurotrauma

·         Campaigning for greater awareness of spinal cord injury