The Cause

Spinal Research is the UK’s leading charity funding research across the world into treatments for spinal cord injury and raise awareness of the effects of paralysis caused by injury to the Spinal Cord.

Every day three people are told they will never walk again

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 scientific research into nerve behaviour and imagery to better understand the damage caused.

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 and transform the lives of paralysed people. Our pioneering research relies on the support of donors and tireless fundraisers. We have funded over 140 research projects which have achieved a number of ground breaking changes in the field.

Spinal Research started in 1980 when it was believed that spinal cord injury could ever be repaired. Yet fundraisers, supporters and scientists never let doubt get in the way of their work. Now, scientific achievements have built a real foundation hope. Research has opened a number of routes that, as they converge, are leading the way to the reversal of paralysis in people.

Fundraising activities were launched in 1981, and since then, more than £28 million has been raised to fund pioneering research into spinal cord repair. The charity held its first scientific conference in 1983, bringing together scientists from Britain and around the world. Spinal Research’s scientific network now includes many of the world’s leading figures and institutions in the field of neuroscience.

The charity receives no government funding and so this can only be achieved by your generous donation.