Sunday, 14 April 2024
Sunday, 14 April 2024

Key changes at top of Spinal Research charity

LEADING UK charity Spinal Research has made key top-level changes as groundbreaking research and treatments bring its vision of curing paralysis closer.

The charity, which funds UK and international research into function-restoring treatments for paralysis following a spinal cord injury, has created a new senior role of Chief Vision Officer.

The move reflects the growing number of promising developments in the field of spinal cord repair and restoration that need support and translation.

The Chief Vision Officer will have responsibility for ensuring the most promising research and developments are being invested in and that the charity continues to foster collaboration and cooperation with its international partners and the research community.

This major role will be taken by current Spinal Research Chief Executive Harvey Sihota, who as a T12 paraplegic himself is passionate about the charity’s vision of curing paralysis. He will work closely with Louisa McGinn, the previous Director of Fundraising, who has been appointed Spinal Research Chief Executive.

Harvey said:

“Spinal Research has always believed that international collaboration and partnerships are key in pursuing our vision – to cure paralysis.

“As the R&D landscape becomes more complex and interconnected, we must create a collaborative ecosystem that will bring together charities, academia, healthcare and industry to deliver meaningful treatments and technologies as quickly as possible.

“I’m honoured to assume the role of Chief Vision Officer, working alongside Louisa, our board and international partners to develop and drive strategic initiatives that align with our vision.”

Louisa McGinn has extensive charity sector experience with 15 years working with charities including Comic Relief, Cancer Research UK and Save The Children, before joining Spinal Research in 2022.

As Chief Executive, she is tasked with running the organisation and using her expertise to drive forward fundraising to translate therapies from the research lab into the hands of the paralysed.

She said:

“I’m absolutely thrilled to take on the role of CEO for Spinal Research. We’re at such an exciting point within the organisation and the research field, and every day is a new opportunity to make strides in our vision to cure paralysis.

“The science is moving forward, and alongside our incredible supporters, we’re committed to raising the money that’s needed to ensure the power of research transforms the lives of people with a spinal cord injury.”

Every four hours someone in the UK is paralysed after a spinal cord injury with around 60,000 people living daily with the devastating consequences. This includes the loss of bladder, bowel and sexual functions which have a huge impact on quality of life, health and dignity.

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