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The Paula Ness Speers and Mark S. Speers

Discovery Center for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery


Each day, more than 30 people in the U.S. sustain a spinal cord injury (SCI) that results in paralysis. More than half of these individuals lose the function of both their arms and legs. Health issues associated with inactivity are compounded for people with SCI. The risk of diabetes doubles. The risk of heart disease triples. The risk of stroke quadruples. Yet conventional responses to SCI fail to tackle the problem of inactivity.

Here at Spaulding, the approach is proactive rather than reactive. Spaulding’s research—based on the science of neuroplasticity—is already accelerating spinal cord injury recovery. An international trailblazer, Spaulding is the only clinical and research program in the world exploring new technologies that stimulate whole body exercise, bolstering physical resilience in SCI patients.

Spaulding is also the only hospital in the U.S. to be awarded the prestigious Model System designation in Traumatic Brain Injury and Burn Injury, all at the same time, by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research.

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A Special Thank You to the Speers
Paula Ness Speers and Mark S. Speers made a generous donation
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  • 30
    People in the U.S. sustain a spinal cord injury each day
  • 20%
    of adults in the U.S. live with a disability
  • 0.3%
    of NIH funding supports rehabilitation research

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Affiliated Principal Investigators and Labs

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“We are at the tipping point of making huge advances to overcome spinal cord injury. Enhancing our research efforts is all that stands between the present and a previously unimaginable future.”
J. Andrew Taylor, PhD, Director, Cardiovascular Research Lab

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