Aspire, a national charity that provides practical help to people who have been paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury, welcomes the news that Wellcome Trust-funded researchers at Newcastle University have been able "to restore the ability to grasp with a paralysed hand using spinal cord stimulation."
Brian Carlin, CEO of Aspire, comments: “We welcome these exciting research developments that may overcome some of the issues of paralysis. However, we are still at least five years away from this technology being made available for human trial. Every eight hours someone in the UK is paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury. Aspire looks forward to any developments that will ultimately result in increased independence. In the meantime, Aspire will continue to provide practical support to spinal injured people across the UK, supporting them from injury to independence."