UCL Division of Surgery and Interventional Science


Participate in Research

Would you like to participate in a research study?

Our work would not happen without the contribution of the many people who volunteer for our research. At Aspire CREATe we are constantly running studies with volunteers, both patients and members of the public.  You do not need to be a local patient. Unsure if you could take part? Just contact us.  If you would like to be informed of all our research studies by email, please send a blank email to aspire-create-research-join@ucl.ac.uk . If you are connected directly to the UCL network, you can also subscribe through the Aspire Create Research mailing list homepage. Either way, you will receive a confirmation email.

Currently recruiting

Smartphone Accessibility Study

This study aims to understand how smartphone users with a spinal cord injury use their functional abilities, such as hand or arm movement, or voice, in combination with assistive technology to interact with their smartphone. We would like to know if these methods meet your day to day activities, such as making and receiving phone calls and using social media. We hope to identify potential gaps where existing technology does not meet the user needs. If you would like to find out more about the study, perhaps respond to our questionnaire or even participate in an interview, please visit https://smartphoneaccessibilitystudysci.com for full details.



NEUROMOD: Using wearable stimulation devices to control bladded overactivity following spinal cord injury

In this study we are investigating whether electrical stimulation can increase bladder capacity, decrease bladder pressures and decrease urine leakage in participants with SCI and bladder overactivity. Participants will use a smartphone app controlled wearable stimulation device during a single urodynamics experiment and then over a week in their daily lives to try and enable better bladder management. More information available here (link: https://doi.org/10.1186/ISRCTN17182264 )


Development of a mobile application to log triggers of spasticity

We are recruiting participants who suffer from spasticity, or who work with people with spasticity (clinicians or carers). If you take part, you will be asked to watch a short, instructional, video about a mobile app to log triggers of spasticity, and fill in a quick survey about it. The results of this study will help us  develop this app so that it is best suited for its end-users (people with spasticity).



(CULMINAte)-Correlates of Upper Limb Movements in Neural Activities

Volunteer participants who experience upper limb spasticity in their every day lives due to Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI) are welcome to participate in our study.


No longer recruiting

STIM2STAND (Closed May 2020)

In this study we will explore whether electrical spinal stimulation can enable people with spinal cord injury (SCI) to stand up and whether regular sit-to-stand training combined with SS improves; i) standing ability; ii) bladder control and; iii) well-being, in people with SCI. More information here.

Crowdbot online questionnaire (closed May 2019)

CROWDBOT is an EU research project focusing on robot navigation in crowds. In order to develop social robots and test them in realistic scenarios, we would like to know your view on robots and how robots should interact with humans.
The questionnaire will start with some general questions and followed with some scenario based questions. It will take about 10-15 minutes.




We are recruiting participants who have had their larynx removed, to take part in a study investigating speaking, swallowing, and coughing. We are doing this so we can develop a robotic larynx, to replace the voicebox after laryngectomy.



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