Our research aims to:

We are in the unique position of being based at the National Spinal Injuries Centre (NSIC), at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. This allows us to work closely and collaboratively with the clinical team and patients at the NSIC to identify and better understand the issues and challenges people face as they rebuild their lives after paralysis.

1. Alleviate

Alleviate the chronic complications associated with
paralysis, such as pain, pressure ulcers
and urinary tract infections

2. Develop

Develop and validate assistive technologies
to improve neuro-rehabilitation

3. Enable

Enable people with spinal cord
injury to realise their true potential in life

Our current research

Improving quality of life after paralysis

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters  our  small  team  of world class SMSR  researchers and clinical partners are involved in a number of clinical studies that are helping us to understand  better  the long-term health effects of spinal cord injury and help to improve treatments and therapies to address chronic complications and quality of life.

Here are the current projects we are involved in and how they will make a difference to those with spinal cord injury. Click on the following links to view each project in detail:

Urinary Tract Infections
Upper Limb Function
Chronic Pain
Children and Adolescents
Women's Sexuality
Sleep quality
Pressure Ulcers
Technology and Innovation - SMSR Applied NeuroLab

Published research

Find out how SMSR’s research is impacting knowledge, rehabilitation and management of the complications associated with spinal cord injury.

Without research, we can't address the everyday medical challenges faced by people living with spinal cord injury.

Top 10 Priorities published in the Lancet Neurology

To view the results of the UK wide survey into the research priorities for peopl...
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SMSR Exoskeleton Rewalk Study to be presented at ISCoS ASIA in Montreal

Ian Benson, Senior Physiotherapist at the National Spinal Injuries Centre will b...
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Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC)

We are delighted that Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research has been accepted as a me...
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We collaborate with Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and other settings throughout the UK to deliver the best outcomes.

Chronic Pain Project Receives Funding

We were delighted that the International Spinal Research Trust have donated over...
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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

 People with OSA have a higher risk of death and chronic disease and  issues l...
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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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Expert Speakers

At SMSR we believe in sharing our expertise and our knowledge to enable close collaboration between healthcare teams and healthcare services to improve research quality and outcomes.

SMSR experts regularly present their research projects and speak about spinal cord injury related areas at a range of conferences and exhibitions.

If you would like to arrange an expert  speaker  presentation or to arrange a media interview about  an SMSR project please contact:  patricia.tweed@smsr.org.uk , SMSR Communications Manager

Dr Julian Taylor, PhD

Research Director

Dr Taylor is specialist in the fields of chronic complications of spinal cord injury including spasticity, neuropathic pain and neurorehabilitation.  He initiates  and manages a number  of key projects and is a Member of the Neuroscience Society, IASP and founding member of the Castilla LaMancha Pain Society.


Julian.taylor@smsr.org.uk

Dr Bashak Onal, PhD

Research Project Manager

Dr Onal manages the SMSR PEPSCI Collaboration Project which is helping to identify key priority research areas for children with spinal cord injury.  She welcomes opportunities to speak about the importance of paediatric care in the management of spinal cord injury.


bashak.onal@smsr.org.uk

James Cooper, BSc, MSc

With a background in Public Health Nutrition, James manages our UTI study and has a special interest in the impact on UTI and its impact on health and well-being in those individuals with a neurogenic bladder dysfunction, and the potential role that a vaccine could make in reducing the incidence of UTIs in those affected by it.


james.cooper@smsr.org.uk

Please help us to continue our vital research and improve quality of life after paralysis...

One of the ways your company can support us, is by joining our Corporate Partnership Scheme. Click on the medals below to see exactly what it entails, or get in touch with our Corporate Fundraiser,
Anne Curran anne.curran@smsr.org.uk .

Or contact

Charlotte Minoprio, Fundraising Manager charlotte.minoprio@smsr.org.uk .

Research contact

For further information about any of our research, please contact:
Dr Julian Taylor, Research Director julian.taylor@smsr.org.uk .