Irwin Mitchell and Hobbs Rehabilitation To Host Spinal Cord Injury Conference

Southampton Event Focuses On Neural Plasticity


Oliver Wicks, Press Officer | 0114 274 4649

Serious injury lawyers from Irwin Mitchell in partnership with Hobbs Rehabilitation are hosting a conference in Southampton to highlight the clinical relevance of neural plasticity when treating spinal cord injuries.  

A few places remain for the event which takes place on Thursday 25 February. All attendees will be helping to raise money for the Southern Spinal Injuries Trust.  

The day with be chaired by Dr Geoffrey Guy who will introduce the expert speakers who will talk throughout the day. This begins with an overview of spinal cord plasticity from Dr John Riddell, a Senior Lecturer from the Centre for Neuroscience at Glasgow University.  

The focus of the conference is to promote discussion about the role of neural plasticity in spinal cord rehabilitation and the brain and spinal cord’s ability to reorganise itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. 

Neural plasticity allows the nerve cells in the brain to compensate for injury and disease and to adjust their activities in response to new situations or to changes in their environment.

Hobbs Rehabilitation provides specialist inpatient and outpatient neurological rehabilitation, for adults and children, across the South of England. They have a team of specialist therapists and the latest neuro technology to ensure that every affected individual can go on to reach their full potential. 

Irwin Mitchell regularly work with clients who have suffered spinal cord injuries as a result of a serious injury and provide the support needed to deal with what often becomes a life-changing experience.

Expert Opinion
“We’re pleased to be able to work with Hobbs Rehabilitation and host an event which will discuss a subject that is a key talking point when it comes to spinal cord injuries and it’s great that there is such a wide range of speakers on show.

"It is also very exciting to have the ReWalk and Eksobionics skeleton devises being demonstrated at the event. This gives everyone attending first hand access to the latest pieces of equipment that are being used in spinal cord rehabilitation.

"I am also pleased that attendees and exhibitors have kindly donated funds to enable us to help raise money for a special charity we regularly work with and see the difference they make to those dealing with a serious spinal cord injury.”
Claire Howard, Partner

Helen Hobbs, specialist therapist and director at Hobbs said: “Neural plasticity has become increasingly recognised in the field of rehabilitation. At Hobbs Rehabilitation we are very excited about the possibilities for our patients in the future. 

"The advances in both stem cell and drug therapy combined with robotics and specialist therapy opens up so many new possibilities.”

The only cost of attending the conference is a £20 donation to the Southern Spinal Injuries Trust, a dedicated charity who assist people with spinal cord injury, enabling independence and quality of life.

Anyone interested in attending this educational and informative conference can confirm their place by entering a few details here. 

Our serious injury claims team could help you claim compensation if you have suffered a serious back or spinal cord injury as the result of an accident. Visit our Spinal Injury Compensation Claims page for more information.