Some see nanotechnology. We see a chance to regain movement and sensation.

Around 40,000 people in the UK are living with spinal cord injuries and the vast majority of them will have serious loss of bladder control. That’s because the billions of nerve cells that send messages to and from the brain become damaged and start to degenerate.

PhD student Ben Metcalfe’s research, funded by alumnus, Dr Brian Nicholson, aims to help. Ben is using modern engineering techniques, including electronic implants, to synthetically replicate the messages that nerve cells would normally send. His work aims to help people with spinal cord injuries regain lost functionality such as bladder control and eventually have complete sensation and motion restored.

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