Aspire Law Sponsor Guttmann Conference

Aspire Law Sponsors Guttmann Conference

Aspire Law is proud to sponsor the 35th annual Guttman Conference - a leading international conference on spinal cord injury. Hundreds of delegates, experts and spinal cord injury rehabilitation experts will join together at Sheffield Hallam University on the 5th and 6th of July, 2018.

The conference is run in association with the Princess Royal Spinal Cord Injuries Centre and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital - two of the UK’s most respected institutions in spinal cord injury rehabilitation and orthopaedic medicine.

The event’s sponsor, Aspire Law, is the only law firm in the UK that works exclusively for people with spinal cord injuries, and donates 50% of profits to Aspire charity. These funds go directly towards treatment, facilities and care for people with spinal cord injury.

This Year’s Theme

The theme for this year’s Guttmann Conference is Looking Ahead – the Future of Spinal Cord Injury. In a year of outstanding scientific breakthroughs, drastic price reductions of powered exoskeletons and greater public awareness, the future looks bright. The conference's theme will explore the next stages of research and rehabilitation, as well as the developments showing incredible promise.

About Ludwig Guttmann

The conference is named for Sir Ludwig Guttmann, a Jewish German doctor. Shortly before World War II, he saved lives as Germany’s top neurosurgeon and helped countless people escape Nazi capture.

He fled Nazi Germany and came to the UK in 1939 - where he pioneered spinal cord injury rehabilitation. In 1944, he established the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, where he was the director for 22 years.

He is probably best known for founding the Paralympic Games. In 1948, the first Stoke Mandeville Games for Disabled Persons took place, based on Guttmann’s research into the positive effects of sport on spinal cord injury rehabilitation.

By 1952, the event had 130 participants from all over the world. By 1960, the Stoke Mandeville Games were being held alongside the Olympic Games - and developed into the Paralympic Games that we have today.

The amazing work done by Guttmann led to him being knighted by the Queen in 1966 - and he’s honoured today with the annual conference that bears his name.