Today, there is no cure or any meaningful therapies available for the 250,000 to 500,000 new people per year worldwide who suffer the life-altering consequences of spinal cord injury (WHO, 2013).
Yet, it is widely agreed that the world’s greatest scientists and technologists can move meaningful therapies from their labs to the clinic within the next five years.
The problem is that the breakthroughs that will treat spinal cord injury are held hostage in the minds and labs of these spectacular researchers due to pressures and systems taking their time out of the lab.
At the Mark Pollock Trust we want to disrupt the standard research model by supporting our collaborators to cut through factors that cause them to spend up to 80% of their time outside the lab, like chasing money and performing administrative duties. By removing these time-heavy tasks from scientists’ work weeks, we will enable them to allocate their valuable time more effectively and carry out better research, faster. And, it will give them to space to collaborate across disciplines and with others working in the field around the world.
So, we want to raise $2 million to create a hub of experts in the areas of strategic planning, research funding, program management, government relations and international coordination. This hub will support a radical rethink of how scientists and technologists run their labs, and give them back more time to spend on their individual scientific research, and to collaborate with others.
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.