UCL Division of Surgery and Interventional Science


Cheque awarded by INSPIRE Foundation

26 February 2015

Dr Sarah Knight of the London Spinal Cord Injury Centre and Dr Anne Vanhoestenberghe of ASPIRE CREATe at UCL were awarded a cheque for £85,000 from the INSPIRE Foundation at a reception held at the River Room of the House of Lords.

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The funds are to support a three year PhD student to carry out an investigation into the use of a technique called neuromodulation for controlling bladder and bowel function in patients living with spinal cord injuries.

Ultimately, the work will lead to the development of a device which can improve bladder and bowel function without the need for medication. The technique will probably also be transferable to other neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis.

The research will take place at the RNOH where, along with outstanding clinical care; collaboration between academics and health care professionals is actively encouraged and facilitated by the close proximity of UCL academics on the Stanmore site. We hope this exciting project will increase the quality of life of patients living with spinal cord injury and lead to further developments in this field.

For further information about the project please contact Sarah Knight(020 8909 5605) or Anne Vanhoestenberghe (0208 385 3787)

For further information about the INSPIRE Foundation, please visit their website at INSPIRE Foundation