Up to this point in history it has proven to be impossible to find a cure for paralysis. Yet history is filled with accounts of the impossible made possible through human endeavour. The same human endeavour that allowed explorers to reach the South Pole 100 years ago. And, the same human endeavour that allowed astronauts to travel to the moon 50 years ago.

Inspired by those stories of exploration, we began searching for a new wave of pioneers around the world who are focused on creating a cure for paralysis. And we now work with them.


Exploration milestones


Undertaking research in our lab

Completed a 50-subject study of spinal cord excitability in a group of 25 healthy subjects and 25 paralysed subjects in Trinity College Dublin.

A picture of a set of Ekso Bionics robotic legs placed on a bench


Bringing scientists and industry together to progress the search for a cure

Launched a US-European Ekso Bionics robotics study with multiple subjects and industry involvement.

A picture of Mark walking in Ekso Bionics robotic legs in Trinity College Dublin


Creating ongoing trans-atlantic research collaborations

Mark Pollock Trust creates ongoing trans-atlantic research collaborations between Trinity College Dublin and UCLA.

Mark with his training partner Simon O’Donnell, his fiancée Simone George, sitting around a table having a discussion with a group of scientists at the Science Gallery, Dublin

Working with groundbreaking technology & data to fast-track a cure

Developed ongoing academic and industry research programmes with Microsoft, Imperial College London and University College London


Creating a first of its kind pilot study

A clinical trial at UCLA marries transcutaneous spinal electrical stimulation with the Ekso Bionics exoskeleton, meaning that Mark became the first person in the world with chronic complete paralysis to regain enough voluntary control to actively take steps in a robotic exoskeleton.


Building research collaborations with leading scientists

Built research collaborations with scientists including the world’s leading authority on electrical stimulation at UCLA, Professor V. Reggie Edgerton, and with Ekso Bionics.

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


Stress testing the early designs of Ekso Bionics robotic legs

Mark Pollock is the world’s leading test-pilot of this exoskeleton

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