The National Scientific Committee (NSC)
- Participation: This world class forum consists of some of the United Kingdom’s finest specialists in spinal cord injury in the field of medicine, medical physics and wider scientific areas including electronics. Drawn from across the leading teaching hospitals and universities, members give their time freely to consider the development of INSPIRE’s Current Research Programme comprising of projects specifically and only related to Spinal Cord Injury.
- Purpose: Members of the NSC, one of whom is spinal cord injured* are constantly encouraging new research projects which might benefit those living with spinal cord paralysis. In addition, they have considerable influence over the choice of thesis subjects elected by PhD students. Twice a year the NSC meets in formal session at the Royal Society of Medicine. The standard agenda is in two parts. Firstly, it assesses the performance and progress of current projects, giving advice and making recommendations to Principal Investigators (PIs) where and as appropriate. Secondly, it analyses and assesses new projects submitted for consideration. If the NSC approves a new project based on its scientific and medical content, it will be submitted to INSPIRE’s Board of Trustees for funding consideration. This in effect gives the green light for projects to proceed.
- AMRC Rotational Policy: In accordance with the AMRC’s rotational policy, the following additional caveats will apply with immediate effect:
- Members will not be able to sit on the NSC for a period of longer than 6 years.
- Having served their time, any past member will not be permitted to re-join the NSC, for a minimum of 3 years.
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