Speaking from deep personal experience, Mark talks about maintaining a resilient mindset under pressure; catalysing collaborations across disciplines and institutions; and galvanising teams with disparate agendas around a common goal.
Mark says: “Many of the world’s greatest scientists and technologists have discovered breakthroughs that have the potential to impact paralysed people’s lives today. Yet, the interventions are held hostage in the minds and labs of these spectacular researchers due to systemic failures in translating research from the lab to the clinic.
So,we are systematically forging connections worldwide to break through silos across disciplines and institutions to accelerate progress towards the cure. And, we are catalysing collaborations that have never been done before so that our research partners can navigate a pathway from scientific breakthrough, to regulatory approval and commercialisation for the entire global paralysis community.”
Take a look at some of Mark’s milestones catalysing collaborations that have never been done before through the Mark Pollock Trust.
The following section is a timeline illustrating highlights of Mark’s Collaboration story in images and videos.
I first met Mark while competing against him in the North Pole Marathon and was struck by his incredible spirit. To take on endurance challenges in places like The Poles, Himalaya and Gobi Desert requires great courage and mental strength. The fact that Mark completes these adventures after losing the use of his eyes and now his legs makes him truly remarkable.Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Mark was a speaker at National Geographic’s Extreme Explorers dinner in Davos in January 2016. His personal story and insights were incredibly powerful, and clearly had a profound impact on everyone in the room. He embodies the spirit, resilience and determination that are the hallmarks of what it means to be an explorer.Editor in Chief