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Leading the Charge in Spinal Cord Injury Research

Paralysis is on the rise and is the leading cause of disability in the United States yet, in the year 2016, most patients still have little hope of walking again. Surprisingly, the very anatomical structure responsible for most cases of paralysis, the spinal cord, has been poorly mapped. Therefore, the Seattle Science Foundation has embarked on the production of the first detailed atlas of the human spinal cord. This multi-tiered project will analyze the human spinal cord to a degree that has never been done before. The goal of this ambitious project is to provide the clinician and researcher with a survey that will allow for highly specific views of each layer of the spinal cord and its microcircuitry. With this in mind, the physician could imagine placing discreet electrodes into eloquent nuclei of the cord with a precision that would allow for stimulation of specific muscles. Such stimulation might afford a paralyzed patient the ability to move muscles below the level of their injury. Researchers would also have a better understanding of the spinal cord and use the data derived from this project to improve patient care and improved our understanding of the spinal cord.


The first phase of the project will address the normal spinal cord.


The second phase will analyze diseased spinal cords from patients with, for example, multiple sclerosis, stroke and ALS. This latter atlas could help clinicians and researchers better understand the microanatomy involved in pathological spinal cords. Both atlases will culminate in the production of first of their kind 3D models of the spinal cord.

As part of the Spinal Cord Injury Research Platform, both a registry and tissue bank will also be established. These resources will allow patients afflicted with diseased spinal cords to contribute to our ongoing efforts by donating their tissues after death and therefore provide a database accessible for continued research. Collectively, the spinal cord atlases, registry, and tissue bank will further our efforts in better understanding the human spinal cord and hopefully, developing novel and innovative approaches to returning the ability to walk to paralyzed patients. Scientists will have access to the most comprehensive platform for research and innovation related to spinal cord injury and disease. Importantly, physicians will have a fully developed platform to allow them to test new technologies as they become available.

O U R   S E R V I C E S

The Seattle Science Foundation is advancing the quality of patient care through education, research, innovation and technology.  Through our international communication platform we bring together medical and scientific communities from around the world and provide all of the tools necessary for physicians and researchers to make groundbreaking advancements in the field of medicine.  


We provide high-end continuing medical education courses in a state-of-the-art facility.  Over 10,000 physicians pass through our doors each year and are involved in a multitude of courses, many of which highlight our live operating room streaming capabilities or national/international video conferencing services.  Recently, the Foundation’s courses have reached over 250,000 viewers online in over 182 countries. 


We get people to pay attention, connect and engage with medical and scientific content.  Equipped with our creativity, passion and all the right tools to deliver unique digital experiences, we produce customized solutions to fit your needs.   

  • Video Production
  • Radio and Podcast Series
  • Social and Digital Media
  • Marketing and Graphic Design
  • 3D Animations


From our 21 station cadaveric operating suite, we partner with various surgical specialties to develop innovative teaching methods that enable surgeons to practice new procedures on realistic anatomical models.  In addition, we work with industry to improve surgical instruments, devices and technologies to improve patient care.

Clinical Anatomy Consultations: Improving Patient Care

The Seattle Science Foundation engages with clients to tackle their most challenging issues, drives change and delivers customized solutions to meet your needs. Our facility engages physicians and other professionals to help answer any anatomical questions with the bottom line of improving patient care.  Learn more.


In our anatomical research facility, medical and surgical problems are examined and alternative anatomical solutions developed to solve various issues that face clinicians and surgeons alike.  The Seattle Science Foundation boasts a large group of anatomical and clinical fellows from partnering medical centers who together are helping change the way we move forward with our understanding of human anatomy. This collaborative research and subsequent discoveries have resulted in over 100 peer-reviewed publications per year in major medical journals as well as the publication of many clinical/surgical textbooks. Additionally, the Seattle Science Foundation houses the editorial office of the journal Clinical Anatomy (the official journal of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists).