Medical research for spinal cord injury is underfunded and localised. Our Special Emphasis Networks will, for the first time in the UK, join up doctors, scientists and researchers to tackle priority needs of people with a spinal cord injury.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 28 November 2017 to 12:00 PM, 5 December 2017
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1151015)
A spinal cord injury is truly devastating. For many people living with paralysis after a spinal cord injury, small improvements could mean greater independence and improved quality of life. Swen, injured in 2015, told us that he wants to regain movement in his fingers so he can hold a fork and eat independently. Lorraine, paralysed for over 10 years, wants to remove the embarrassment and pain caused by having to use a catheter. And Dan, injured aged 3, would like to breathe without a ventilator.
World class medical research exists and exciting advances have been made. The challenge is to focus expertise to address priorities identified by patients. We will do this by setting up specialist networks dedicated to work on these priorities. Our first will focus on bladder, bowel and sexual function as these are extremely important to people living with paralysis. Developing effective treatments would have a dramatic impact on dignity, independence and fuller participation in society.
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