Fast-tracking a cure for paralysis

Mark Pollock, Explorer and innovator

© Mark Pollock Trust

© Mark Pollock Trust

There is no cure for paralysis, nor meaningful therapies for people with spinal cord injury.

  • The Mark Pollock Trust is fast-tracking a cure for paralysis by connecting the world's greatest scientists and technologists, and supporting them with funding, project management and business expertise from companies such as Microsoft.
  • Some 60 million people worldwide have some form of paralysis, and about 130,000 suffer a spinal cord injury each year, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center.
  • Mark himself was paralyzed after falling from a window in 2010; he had lost his sight a decade earlier and become the first blind man to race to the South Pole.
  • Mark became the first person with chronic complete paralysis to regain enough voluntary control to walk in a robotic exoskeleton whilst having his spinal cord electrically stimulated.
  • He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and his other accolades include two honorary doctorates.

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