eWALK study

Transcutaneous spinal cord stimulation combined with locomotor training to improve walking ability in people with chronic incomplete spinal cord injury: a multi-centre double-blinded randomised sham-controlled trial


Researchers at Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit are seeking VOLUNTEER RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS to study the effects of 12 weeks of electrical spinal cord stimulation applied over the skin combined with walking training in people with incomplete spinal cord injury.


Would the research project be a good fit for me?

Contact us to check for your eligibility if:

  • you are aged 18 years or older
  • have been diagnosed with a spinal cord injury with motor levels between T1 and T11 at least 1 year ago
  • you are willing and able to participate in a training program three times a week for 12 weeks


What would happen if I took part in the research project?

  • you would visit Researchers at Queen Elizabeth National spinal Injuries Unit, 3 times per week over a 12‑week period and once at 16-weeks for a follow-up assessment.
  • you would receive electrical stimulation of your spinal cord administered using gel electrodes placed on your back and stomach for 30 minutes
  • while receiving the stimulation you will undergo walking training with one physiotherapist and up to two assistants, each session could last for up to 60 minutes
  • you would undergo clinical assessments of walking and spasticity with and without stimulation before, during and after the 12 week training program
  • you would also undergo assessments of lower extremity strength and non-invasive assessments of brain and spinal cord excitability with and without the stimulation.

To put yourself forward and for more information please email 

[email protected]

With the title eWALK study