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.
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.
Up to this point in history it has proven to be impossible to find a cure for spinal cord injury. But we believe we can change that if enough of the right people have the will to make it happen.
So, it is the Mark Pollock Trust’s mission to find and connect those people worldwide to fast track a cure for spinal cord injury.
To fund our ongoing academic programme we are raising $ 2 million to build a hub of experts to support scientists working in this field to expand the time they spend in the lab, and collaborate across disciplines around the world.