10 – A model of the infected urinary tract for testing bio-materials Award: 29 Aug 03 Date of Award: £30,000

Stimulation of the Gluteal Muscles to increase muscle bulk and reduce seating pressures

Salisbury, Award: £8,000, Date of Award: 18 Mar 02

Compared with the general population, people with spinal cord injury have been classified as a high risk group for developing a pressure sore. Evidence suggests that up to 85% will develop a sore at some point in their life.

This pilot study will investigate the effects of using electrical stimulation to increase the muscle bulk. It is suggested that by increasing the muscle bulk there will be significant reduction in seating pressures

There was great difficulty in recruiting 15 volunteers and in the end only 4 finished the trial of whom 3 did not follow the protocol.