SMSR Newsletter March 2021 Hello from Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research It's been a while but we wanted to keep you in the loop! So much has happened over the past year. We wanted to let you know what we've been up to despite a global pandemic and national lockdown restrictions making fundraising so challenging. The good news is that the vital research we are continuing to fund is helping to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of people living with the complications of spinal cord injury. In September 2020, we committed over £200,000 towards life changing research into the complications of spinal cord injury including: Neuropathic Pain A three-year study led by St George's Hospital London, and involving the National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville, and the London Spinal Cord Injury Centre, Stanmore, to explore the effectiveness of a procedure called Cingulotomy. This is a minimally invasive surgical intervention that is able to locate and target a specific region of the brain with pinpoint accuracy, to help inhibit overactive nerve pathways that regulate chronic pain in people with spinal cord injury. Find out more about this active project here Urinary Tract Infections A study led by researchers from The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore, London, which will look at enabling people with spinal cord injury who are prone to recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs) to self-administer treatment at home via bladder catheters. Find out more about this active project here Work is also continuing on our SEM glove study to help improve hand function with incomplete tetraplegia: Assistive Technology for Upper Limb Function A study led by and involving patients at The National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville, to promote active engagement between the brain and the hand muscles which is important during hand movement rehabilitation. Loss of hand function is considered by people with spinal cord injury to be one of the most devastating consequences of their injury. Find out more about this active project here Thank you to all our generous donors for your continued support. Please continue to check our website and social media for latest research news, and ways you can get involved in supporting us once life is a bit more 'back to normal'.