Introduction to LSCIRC

The London Spinal Cord Injury Research Centre (LSCIRC) is based the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH). It is a collaboration between the London Spinal Cord Injury Centre at RNOH and the UCL ASPIRE Centre for Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology (CREATe).

LSCIRC comprises of a group of multidisciplinary healthcare professionals who carry out applied clinical research into all areas of that are relevant to spinal cord injury patients including bladder, bowel and sexual function, respiratory function, rehabilitation, assistive technology, upper limb function and care pathways.

The LSCIRC carries out a mixture of externally and internally funded research projects as well as being involved in larger multicentre clinical trials.

The London Spinal Cord Injury Research Centre endeavours to carry out high quality clinical research which aims to improve the lives of people living with a spinal cord injury. Our research strategy includes:

  • Clinical research related to the priorities and needs of spinal cord injured patients
  • Developing clinically relevant functional outcome measures to be used in conjunction with emerging cellular based regeneration / repair therapies
  • Commercially funded clinical trials or drugs and devices
  • Increasing the public understanding of SCI research through collaboration with SCI charities and user groups.

The James Lind Alliance in collaboration with the Spinal Cord Injury Association recently published the results of a Priority Setting Partnership into the priorities and needs of spinal cord injured patients and carers.

Further information:

James Lind Alliance


Stoke Mandeville Spinal Foundation SCI

Further studies have also highlighted the research priorities of people living with spinal cord injury which include restoration of upper limb, bladder, bowel and sexual function.

Steering Group:
Clinical Lead - Dr Jan Gawronski, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine
Scientific Lead - Dr Sarah Knight, Clinical Scientist / Honorary Senior Lecturer UCL
Sue Paddison - Lead Specialist Physiotherapist
Emma Linley - Lead Specialist Occupational Therapist
Iva Hauptmannova - R&D Manager RNOH
Rachel Deegan - Clinical Nurse Specialist Tissue Viability
Dr Rui Loreiro - ASPIRE / CREATe Reader
Dr Tom Carlson - ASPIRE / CREATe Lecturer
Dr Anne Vanhoestenberghe - ASPIRE / CREATe Senior Lecturer
Dr Lynsey Duffell - ASPIRE / CREATe Lecturer

We are seeking volunteers who would like to become actively involved in research undertaken at the LSCIC.

Public involvement means more than just participating as a subject in a research study. It means playing an active role in the development of new projects and setting priorities for research into new treatments and management.

If you would like to find out more, please send your details to or visit the Patient & Public Involvement (PPI) webpage.

The NHS also has a dedicated Patient and Public Involvement Organisation called INVOLVE.

London Spinal Cord Injury Centre
Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital
Brockley Hill
Tel: 020 3947 0606