Dietician wins top award for research into spinal injury

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A clinical dietician has won an award for his pioneering research with spinal injury patients.

Samford Wong, who works at the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, explored the relationship between nutrition and clinical outcomes following spinal cord injury.

He researched the role of nutrition in pressure sore healing, the management of obesity following spinal cord injury and the use of probiotics in preventing bowel problems.

His pioneering work has been rewarded with the prestigious Spinal Cord Prize by the International Spinal Cord Society.

He said: “I am delighted. I would like to express my thanks to the National Spinal Injuries Centre of the Stoke Mandeville Hospital and Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust for allowing me the flexibility to carry out the research work as part of my PhD degree at University College London.

“Finally I would like to give an enormous thank you to all the patients, children, parents and their families who took part in the studies.”

Professor Paul Kennedy, head of clinical psychology with Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “On behalf of all of us here at the trust I would like to congratulate Mr Wong on his significant achievement.

“We are extremely proud to have such talented indivudals working at the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.”

“Mr Wong’s personal achievement is reflective of the hard work, dedication and commitment of all our staff members who help make our spinal injuries unit an internatally renowed centre of excellence.”