Latest research

Asking the questions that bring life-changing answers

Since 2006, the generosity and commitment of individuals, companies and community groups has enabled us to develop our research portfolio.

We are fortunate to have the use of office facilities close to the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, named the Colin Javens Research Room after the generous donation we received from the Colin Javens Spinal Injury Trust.  Special mention too must go to the financial support received from the one of our most energetic supporters, David Tolkien; David sadly passed away in 2014, however his enthusiasm, and dedication to improving life after paralysis continues to inspire all those committed to the success of Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research.

With this background and support – and by listening to the individual concerns of people with spinal cord injury – we can ensure our research targets the issues that matter most to people.

Our research themes for 2015 and beyond are:

Foster research that improves our understanding of the acute and long-term health effects of spinal cord injury, and new or better ways to manage the associated complication;

  • Enable close collaboration between research teams and health care services to improve research quality and outcomes;

  • Investigate the use of assistive technology in the treatment and rehabilitation of people with spinal cord injury.

  • Chronic Pain Project Receives Funding

    We are delighted to announce that Spinal Research have donated over 60% of the f...
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    A 21-year longitudinal analysis of impact, coping, and appraisals following spinal cord injury

    This study examined mortality, psychological impact, coping strategies, and cogn...
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    Spinal cord injury in children and young adults

    The PEPSCI collaboration is an initiative to establish a Pan-European Paediatr...
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    Airway pressure therapy used to treat obstructive sleep apnoea

    Studies suggest that obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is very common in the first...
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    Quality of Life in and After Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation: A Longitudinal Multicenter Study

    This longitudinal study was designed to investigate the quality of life post-spi...
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    Rewalk Exoskeleton: A Feasibility Study

    Where do bionic suits fit in rehabilitating and living with spinal cord injury?...
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    Read more about our research guidelines and policies, and our projects specifically aimed at bringing better quality of life for people with spinal cord injury

    Lower Limb Exoskeleton: A feasibility study 31/01/2015 Eye-tracking computer systems for individuals with tetraplegia 02/12/2014 Top Ten Research Priorities for individuals with spinal cord injury 10/11/2015

    Research. What we’re aiming for, where we’re going

    In August 2012, Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research set out a research strategy for the years 2012 to 2017.

    Click here for an executive summary

    Our aims

    • The three core aims of the strategy are to:
      • undertake and support world-class research that enhances quality of life through improved treatments, rehabilitation and prevention of complications following spinal cord injury.
      • ensure a professional scientific framework that enables the conduct and dissemination of high quality spinal cord injury research.
      • bring together the stakeholders of spinal cord injury research and use relevant data sources to evaluate the complex nature of spinal cord injury health care delivery.
    • As the above aims cover the whole span of spinal cord injury research, we will initially focus on research projects that fall under the following main themes:
      • Alleviate chronic medical complications such as pain, pressure ulcers and urinary tract infections
      • Develop the latest assistive technologies to improve neurorehabilitation
      • Enable people with spinal cord injury to realise their full potential in life

    Spinal Cord Injury - Priority Setting Partnership (SCI-PSP)

    Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research, in collaboration with other British stakeholders in the field of spinal cord injury, has conducted the first nationwide survey amongst patients, carers, families and healthcare professionals to establish the issues that concern them most about living with a spinal cord injury, and which require priority investigation.

    By establishing the top ten research priorities from the results of the survey, we can ensure we focus on the key concerns of people with this lifelong condition. In doing so, we can continue to work to improve their quality of life.