Latest research

We work closely with our partners at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust to carry out the highest quality research to improve the quality of life for people living with spinal cord injury.

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.

  • Rewalk Exoskeleton: A Feasibility Study

    Where do bionic suits fit in rehabilitating and living with spinal cord injury?...
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    Spinal Cord Injury Priority Setting Partnership (SCI-PSP)

    The SCI-PSP has offered a unique opportunity for people with experience of spina...
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    The Eyegaze System

    The Eyegaze System Evaluating the benefits of an eye-operated communication a...
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    Interventional Radiology in Patients with Spinal Cord Injuries

    Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research aimed to outline a range of minimally invasive...
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    Repetative Magnetic Stimulation in the spine

    Modulation of thermal somatosensory thresholds within local and remote spinal de...
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    Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Pressure Sores in Spinal Cord Injured Patients

    This research retrospectively examined MRI scans and clinical records which were...
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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.