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Spinal Research has helped make scientific and medical history since 1980.

Back then it took an act of faith to believe that spinal cord injury could ever be repaired. Now, some of our early research has opened a number of routes of further research that are leading the way to the reversal of paralysis in human beings.

Spinal Research was founded in 1980 by Stewart Yesner, a young lawyer who had been paralysed in a car accident in 1974. He now lives in Australia, but remains a Patron of the Trust.

The charity was originally named the International Spinal Research Trust, and is still referred to as this in the scientific community, but has been known as Spinal Research since the mid-1990s.
Since then, more than £28 million has been raised to fund pioneering research into spinal cord repair.

We held our first scientific conference in 1983, bringing together scientists from Britain and around the world. Our scientific network now includes many of the world’s leading figures and institutions in the field of neuroscience. The annual meeting is still takes place every September and is widely regarded as one of the leading events in the field of neurology of the spinal cord.

Today, Spinal Research is at the forefront of research into spinal cord injury and its effects. Our research, views and experience are often called upon by government, the NHS and neurological researchers internationally.

Old illustration of spinal cord

over 140

research projects funded

15 countries

Collaborate with neuroscientists from around the globe

over 13

funded research projects in over 20 institutions in the UK