Collaboration is key to solve large-scale global problems, like curing spinal cord injury in our lifetime. For real groundbreaking results, we need collaborative structures allowing us to pull resources and expertise together across disciplines from around the world.

At the Mark Pollock Trust we have created collaborations between key researchers in neuro-modulation and robotics to produce results in short timeframes. After creating the world’s first collaborative research study combining two interventions, Mark Pollock became the first person in the world with complete chronic paralysis to actively take steps in a robotic exoskeleton while using a transcutaneous stimulator.

Our Approach

We have created ongoing transatlantic research collaborations between Trinity College Dublin and UCLA, and are extending our collaboration to other universities. We facilitated the formation of $4 million venture philanthropy fund with Silicon Valley VC and US philanthropic foundation to fund groundbreaking research.

We have built relationships with world leading researchers in rehabilitation, robotics, neuro modulation, neuroscience, bioengineering, biology, pharmacology.

By raising $2 million to build a hub of experts to support scientists working in this field, we will catalyse collaborations across disciplines by supporting our partners to systematically forge connections and break through silos across disciplines and institutions. As well as expanding time for them to invest in their own research, they will have more time to create and strengthen their networks.

Ultimately, we want to support our collaborators to navigate a pathway from research breakthrough, to regulatory approval and commercialization; to get research out of the lab and into the hands of those who need it most.

Collaboration milestones


Supporting the translation of research from lab to clinic

: Supporting NeuroRecovery Technologies to create a pathway to commercialising electrical stimulation devices.

A picture of Mark’s back marked with black pen along his spine and the hands of a scientist attaching electrodes to it so he can be electrically stimulated


Creating connections to bring science, business and philanthropy together

Facilitating the formation of a $4 million venture philanthropy fund with a Silicon Valley VC and a US philanthropic foundation.


Putting the issue of paralysis on the world stage

Socialising paralysis research breakthroughs by speaking at Davos, Wired, EG, TEDx and more…


Co-creating a collaboration initiative at the World Economic Forum

Co-created an initiative within the WEF’s Young Global Leaders Forum to connect science and technology spin-out companies with relevant expertise and capital.

This is an infographic which explains how fundraising money is spent on scientific research. If you click the link, it will bring you to the donate page.