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 treatments as well as vital science research into the effects of a spinal cord injury.
Thanks to such innovative research, paralysis can now be treated and we stand on the brink of applying therapies that will restore movement and feeling, transform the lives of paralysed people..
Our pioneering research relies on fundraising from the public and the help of our tireless supporters. We have funded over 140 research projects which have achieved a number of ground breaking changes in the field and laid the groundwork for our current activities.
Alison Wadley from Spinal Research told us more.
“During the past 12 months we have streamlined the number of research projects we fund. This means that our researchers can focus on the projects with the highest potential to find treatments for spinal cord injury, for example our work with chondroitinase, an enzyme known for its ability to break down scar tissue and promote regeneration, continues grow. We are now funding four projects in this area, to maximise our efforts, and are determined that we will be able to take this exciting treatment to the next stage.
This collaborative way of working could make all the difference to the lives of thousands of people in the UK and millions worldwide affected by paralysis.”
What we need to do is clear, but we rely on funding from generous fundraisers and donors to make it happen.”