Research Excellence

Spinal Research is the UK’s leading and most influential spinal cord repair charity, setting the standard for spinal cord research across the world, and at the forefront of developing strategies for repair.


Leading the wayResearch Reception 2012 (20)
We fund more research into the repair of spinal cord injury than any other charity in the UK and aim to build on our achievements until we find an effective treatment for spinal cord injury.

Over the last 30 years, we have achieved a number of groundbreaking changes in the field and are moving closer to translating laboratory findings into therapies for real people.

Our priority now is to develop a UK Translational Research Network for spinal cord injury repair, providing a world class resource that will change the lives of people affected by spinal cord injury.


Influencing the research agenda worldwide
As a founding member and current chair of the International Campaign for Cures for spinal cord injury Paralysis, we have played a significant role in the development of the ICCP Clinical Trials Guidelines for spinal cord injury, now a global reference standard.

Trusts 11 Cambridge labWe influence international stakeholders and collaborate with medical research charities and networks worldwide. We work with other organisations creating  alliances, co-funding initiatives and peer reviews.  This enables larger and longer-term research programmes, and reduces duplication of activity.

We also participate in the wider debate surrounding medical research with the Medical Research Council, the Association of Medical Research Charities and the United Kingdom Spinal Cord Injury Research Network.

Recently, we worked in partnership with the National Spinal Cord Injury Strategy Board, which resulted in the development of a national patient registry and clinical outcomes database. The registry will be used by spinal injury units across the UK to collect information on the spinal cord injury care pathway. This is an important first step towards the establishment of successful clinical trials in the near future and will put the UK at the forefront of clinical research in spinal cord injury.