International Scientific Research Advisor – Martin Codyre. BEng Hons, MSc Neuroscience, MIEI.
Martin was rendered a C5 quadriplegic (paralysed from the shoulders down) in August 2008. As soon as he had stabilised he started looking into the scientific and medical worlds for interventions that would recover his lost function.
He has travelled almost 500,000km attending conferences and visiting scientific leaders in the field of CNS regeneration and maintains this hectic travel schedule. His commitment to the cause drove him to obtain a Masters in Neuroscience from Trinity College Dublin to allow him to deeply understand the biology behind possible treatments to restore function. His first degree is an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering from University College Dublin. At the time of his injury he was running his own start-up firm creating, and competing in, the nascent (now mainstream) mobile live-streaming and reality entertainment sector.
Prior to that he had worked for ten years in the algorithmic and high frequency trading space for Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch in NYC. Martin now leverages his significant medical neuroscience expertise and business and engineering backgrounds to assist SCI cure oriented organisations in understanding translational biology and in strategic allocation of resources towards promising and translatable science that will lead to treatments to restore neural control of lost function in the medium term. Martin played an active role in the successful lobbying to reallocate the funding of $8 Million annually to the New York State Spinal Cord Injury Research Board (SCIRB) in 2014. He is also on the the board of directors of the Irish Stem Cell Foundation which is affiliated with the International Society for Stem Cell Research and the New York Stem Cell Foundation. He is a member of the Advocate Research Committee of Unite 2 Fight Paralysis. Martin expects to be amongst the first to benefit from the treatments he is working towards.