SCI Research

SCI Research“To me, scientific research is the hope for a better day for people living in a wheelchair. While it would be amazing to walk again, a spinal cord injury survivor’s life would be much improved if we could use our arms and hands to do day-to-day tasks like bathe, brush our teeth, or feed ourselves without help.”

-Travis Roy

The Travis Roy Foundation is dedicated to helping spinal cord injury survivors life more independent and hopeful lives. The Foundation has donated almost $5 million to scientific research since its inception across multiple approaches to solving the mysteries of paralysis. While the research has moved more slowly than anyone would like, we know that some important therapies and treatments will show enough progress soon to move out of the laboratory and into clinical trials.

No one breakthrough is going to help paraplegics and quadriplegics regain movement and feeling again. More likely it will be a combination and progression of discoveries that lead to this desired outcome. Please see updates on our more recent research grants for more information.

Research News & Updates

The Travis Roy Foundation has teamed up with Wings for Life to support the spinal cord injury research of Dr. Joost Verhaagen from the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience. Dr. Verhaagen’s…

Congratulations to Dr. Jeffrey Macklis, Harvard University, who has recently been awarded a prized NIH Director’s Pioneer Award (DP1 mechanism). Established in 2004, NIH Pioneer award supports highly innovative researchers…

Great news from the lab of Dr. Jason Carmel! Thanks to support from the TRF, Dr. Carmel and his associates have recently published an article in the prestigious Journal of…

The goal of our laboratory is to improve arm and hand function in people living with paralysis. With generous support from the Travis Roy Foundation, we have made significant progress…

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