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Collaborating in spinal cord research.

Co-funding with the Medical Research Council

Under the Network of European Funding for Neuroscience Research (Neuron) we are working with the Medical Research Council to fund research in the field of traumatic injury to the central nervous system. Specifically, we are co-funding five international projects in spinal cord injury that promote multidisciplinary work and translational research proposals. Started in 2017, the funding will support projects for three to five years.

Stoke Mandeville Collaboration on Neuropathic Pain Management

We have awarded a grant of £90k to Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research to conduct clinical studies of non-invasive treatments to manage neuropathic pain caused by spinal cord injury.

An estimated two thirds of people with spinal cord injury suffer chronic pain, which profoundly effects social integration and daily living activities. The study aims to harness expertise nationally, and internationally, into established research protocols for non-invasive magnetic stimulation. The project commenced in 2017 and will run, initially, for three years.

Spinal Injury Charities

Spinal Injuries Together (SIT) consists of five of the UK’s major spinal cord injury charities

Spinal Research
Spinal Injuries Association
Spinal Injuries Scotland

The group come together to raise awareness of spinal cord injury including medical research, patient care, rehabilitation, social inclusion, independent living and social activity.
Via their own services, each charity engages with people with spinal cord injury, their families and carers, and other supporters, to understand their needs and issues. This learning is then brought together to the group to form the basis for awareness raising campaigns.

This culminates in Spinal Cord Injuries Awareness Day which takes place annually in May.



Dr Mark Bacon is the lead contributor to the Research and Measures section of NHS England’s Specialised Services for spinal cord injuries service review .

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Spinal Research is a member of National Institute for Health Research

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