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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There are around 50,000 people living in the UK with a spinal cord injury, many of whom will experience complications from their injury.
We provide grants to spinal cord injury (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. And we hope that this research leads to new treatments and therapies, deepens our understanding and develops best practice.
Our four priority areas (click on each to read more):
On a daily basis, people with SCI may face hurdles that most of us would find hard to imagine. Everyday tasks can take hours to complete. People may be ready to go back to work, but a simple fear of going to the bathroom may make it impossible.
Activities or holidays are thwarted because of reoccurring pressure ulcers or urinary tract infections. These can lead to long spells in hospitals.
Our research grants programme supports projects that have the potential to help people achieve greater independence, and therefore enable them to thrive in education, work, hobbies, social activities and family life.