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 broken back or neck.

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 tireless supporters. They have funded over 140 research projects which have achieved a number of groundbreaking changes in the field.  Website:

Thirty five years ago spinal cord injury was considered incurable and few people, if any, were contemplating research into repair. Today we 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 sow 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 guide and 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: