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What is the ICCP?

What is the ICCP?

The International Campaign for Cures of Spinal Cord Injury Paralysis (ICCP) is a body of affiliate non-profit organizations, working to fund research into cures for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury. The ICCP coalition mission is "to expedite the discovery of cures for Spinal Cord Injury Paralysis".

This web site has been created as an information resource for interested individuals, organizations and governments who wish to understand more about, and perhaps, contribute to spinal cord injury research.

If you are an individual with a spinal cord injury, or you are interested in assisting in the quest for a cure, we encourage you to contact one of our affiliate members in your region to find out how you can participate. If you are unable to locate the information you are looking for within these pages, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will seek to address your question.

In the following pages you can read about our group's background, our mission and our group objectives. We will also link you to the web sites of our affiliate members. ICCP members represent many of the leading spinal cord injury research fundraising charities around the world. We encourage you to spend time at these sites, as they offer a wealth of information about spinal cord injury, current research and ways you can help to discover the cure. A summary of the ICCP initiative appears in the journal Spinal Cord (May 2004).

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The ICCP is resourced and funded by the voluntary efforts and contributions of its members. We are interested in your feedback, so please express your ideas by sending an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


For almost twenty years, a small number of charitable organizations throughout the world have worked tirelessly to promote research to find cures for spinal cord injury paralysis. When they began their quest, the conventional wisdom was that paralysis and other consequences of spinal cord injury were incurable, and that once damaged, the spinal cord could not be repaired.

Today, those organizations can be credited with funding research that has realized many significant discoveries in the field, brining scientists new optimism and significantly changing the outlook for people suffering a spinal cord injury. The question today is not if effective treatments and cures will be found, it is a question of when!

With this in mind, those organizations promoting spinal cord research have met to determine the ways in which their collaborative efforts can hasten progress in this field. On the 12th of May 1998 in Charlottesville, Virginia they signed a "Statement of Intent" and the ICCP was formed.


To expedite the discovery of cures for spinal cord injury paralysis.


  1. Attract the best and brightest scientists, researchers and clinicians to the field of central nervous system nerve regeneration and repair, particularly those who are newly graduating, and encourage their career commitment to spinal cord research.
  2. Promote public support for the development of effective treatments and cures by highlighting the individual vulnerability to injury and the benefits of cures to present and future generations.
  3. Promote government financial support for spinal cord research by highlighting the economic cost of lifetime care for those injured.
  4. Give consideration to conducting collaborative awareness and fundraising campaigns to promote the global nature of spinal cord injury and paralysis cure research.
  5. Promote linkages and communications between laboratories, scientists, clinicians and other relevant organizations.
  6. Promote heightened communication between fundraising groups and encourage shared utilization of resources and expertise.
  7. Encourage the development of strategies and priorities for the international field of spinal cord injury research.
  8. Evaluate the progress and success of the campaign against concrete measurable outcomes and report progress to the field.

The signatories to this affiliation to be known as members of the International Campaign for Cures for Spinal Cord Injury Paralysis.

ICCP Membership

CatWalk Spinal Cord Injury Trust
Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation**
Craig H. Neilsen Foundation
French Institute for Spinal Cord Research (Institut Pour la Recherche sur la Moelle Epinièrè)
International Foundation for Research in Paraplegia
Japan Spinal Cord Foundation
Miami Project to Cure Paralysis**
Paralyzed Veterans of America**
Rick Hansen Man in Motion Foundation**
Spinal Cure Australia (formerly known as Australasian Spinal Research Trust**)
Neil Sachse Foundation (formerly Spinal Treatment Australia)
Spinal Research (International Spinal Research Trust)**
Wings for Life

** Founding Member

Former member: 1997-2003 Kent Waldrep National Paralysis Foundation**

Join Us

If your organization has objectives common to the ICCP and you are interested in becoming an affiliate, we would welcome your interest. Please contact an ICCP Affiliate for more information.

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