What do people think about the brain-spine interface? Here's what our experts have to say...

"This research provides hope for patients, but funding could be an issue. "

Susie Wolstenholme, Neurophysiotherapist

'This kind of research provides hope for the tens of thousands of people living with spinal cord injury in the UK. Much like stem cell research, however, we are still a long way from it being translatable to the majority of patients. Even if it were offered on the NHS, funding could still be problematic.'

Susie Wolstenholme

Image: Susie Wolstenholme

"The brain-spine interface would not have been possible without animal experimentation. "

Andrew Jackson, Newcastle University

'Implants like this are starting to be used to restore movement in people who are paralysed, for example by spinal cord injury. This would not have been possible without experiments using monkeys, which taught us a lot about how electrical signals from the brain control movements of the limbs. '

Andrew Jackson

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"An exciting prospect for mobility, but other symptoms of spinal injury are important too. "

Dan Burden, Spinal Injuries Association

'This is a fantastic advance, but I wonder if this treatment will work for someone like myself who has been injured for many years. My wheelchair can replace my legs, but other problems impact my life more on a daily basis. This treatment still won't address other issues which affect our lives such as loss of feeling, impaired sexual function and incontinence. '

Dan Burden

Image: Dan Burden

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