Inspires Prize-Winning Research is receiving entries for its inaugural research award for best piece of research aligned with a RECODE-DCM Top 10 Research Priority:

  1. Raising Awareness of Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy (DCM)
  2. Natural History
  3. Diagnostic Criteria
  4. Assessment and Monitoring
  5. Biological Basis
  6. Peri-Operative Rehabilitation
  7. Novel Therapies
  8. Socio-Economic Impact
  9. Imaging and Electrophysiology
  10. Individualising Surgery

In 2022, the award (and £200 prize money!) will be given to the author of the best primary clinical study or systematic review, unpublished or published during 2020–2021. This annual award will be judged by a panel of people with DCM, Trustees and Representatives from the charity’s Scientific Advisory Board. The winner will be invited to submit a blog post for the charity and join the Myelopathy Matters Podcast Series. The RECODE-DCM management committee hopes that this new award will stimulate high-quality research focussing on the questions that matter most to people with DCM.

Could your research be in the running? To submit your entry, please email the following details to

Cover Letter

A text file, written in English language, of no more than 500 words stating:

  • Your name
  • Your country
  • Your place of work
  • The priority with which your work aligns
  • Why it is a significant contribution to the field
  • Confirmation that all necessary ethical and/or regulatory approvals were obtained
  • Confirmation that any collaborators are in agreement that you, the applicant, are the lead investigator and therefore eligible to be nominated for this award


A text file, written in English language, of no more than 3500 words, which may be a draft manuscript or a recent publication, outlining your study:

  • Rationale
  • Findings
  • Conclusions

Submission Deadline: 1 November 2022

Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to learning more about your research!

The RECODE-DCM Management Committee