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Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research

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There are around 50,000 people living in the UK with a spinal cord injury, (SCI) many of whom will experience complications from their injury.

Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research (SMSR) funds cutting edge medical research into these complications, helping people achieve greater independence, and enabling them to engage more freely in education, work, hobbies, social activities, and family life.

We provide grants to SCI researchers focussing on our four priority areas below. We deeply understand how each of these impacts on the quality of life of SCI people.

Our four priority areas (click on each to read more and to see details of our active research):

Our partnership with SIA

SMSR and the SIA share a vision and belief that people with SCI can live fulfilled lives.

But we also understand that the unseen complications of SCIs can stand in the way. Through our partnership, we encourage and support SIA members to engage with research into the prevention and treatment of complications such as UTIs and neuropathic pain. We’re also excited to be helping develop the SIA’s research and innovation hub, which will bring together researchers, clinicians and people living with SCI.

Would you like to take part in research into cutting edge treatments?

Through our partnership, we want to give SIA members the opportunity to participate in our ground-breaking research.

Currently, our researchers are looking for people with long term neuropathic pain to investigate the use of a surgical technique called Cingulotomy, in cases where other pain treatments have not been successful.

If you would like to learn more about this, and discuss it further with the experts leading the research, please email Derek Cutler, SMSR Research Grants Manager at [email protected]

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Meet the team

Derek Cutler

research grants manager

Derek is responsible for setting up and overseeing our research grants programme. Previously he worked at Imperial College London and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), where he project managed international research and policy advice projects related to value for money in healthcare spending. He holds an MSc in International Development from Birkbeck College, University of London.

Contact Derek about research grants and PHD funding.

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Sam Heggie

communications and PR

Sam is founder of Shout PR and has over 25 years’ experience of working in the non profit sector. She provides freelance PR and communications consultant support for us on a part time basis.

For any press or PR enquiries, contact Sam using the details above.

Charlotte Minoprio

fundraising manager

Charlotte began her fundraising career at Macmillan Cancer Support, and has since worked for a range of different causes.

She enjoys working closely with supporters to ensure that every penny raised is maximised and appreciated.

Tamara Romanyk

Trusts Fundraiser

Tamara has worked for nearly 20 years raising funds for a range of charitable causes, including two national medical research charities.

While focusing mainly on trusts, foundations and statutory funding bodies, she has also worked with companies and assisted local non-profit groups in raising funds for their work.