National Hospital for Paraplegics (NHP) of SESCAM as an Associated R&D Unit to the CSIC through the Materials Science Institute of Madrid
Responsible at the National Hospital for Paraplegics: Dr. Elisa López Dolado
Responsible at ICMM-CSIC: Dr. M. Concepción Serrano López-Terradas
Creation Date: July 17, 2017
Renewed since then in three-year periods. Currently active.
The main objective of this associated unit is the design and development of new biomaterials and advanced devices capable of effectively promoting neural repair processes in the injured spinal cord. In the context of this research, NHP-Sescam represents a privileged enclave, with internationally renowned researchers and specialized infrastructures that are essential for its development. The expected impact of the research lines of this Associated Unit is therefore high, not only at a scientific-technical level but also at a social level (due to the high number of individuals directly or indirectly affected by this pathology who could benefit from its results) and economic level (due to the potential reduction in treatment and rehabilitation costs). Furthermore, the nature of this research anticipates a great possibility of transferring results in the medium to long term, both to research centers in the field and to the business sector.
This Associated Unit provides significant support for maintaining close collaboration with various research groups at the National Hospital for Paraplegics, including the "Laboratory of Interfaces for Neuro-Repair" (LINER) and the "Experimental Neurophysiology and Neural Circuits" Group (GNEC). Currently, we have two active research projects within the framework of this collaboration, MAG4Spinal (National Plan, Research Challenges, 2021-2024) and Piezo4Spine (Horizon Europe, PathFinder, 2023-2026).