Crown Princess Victoria has attended the inauguration of the Nordic Spinal Cord Society’s two-year conference at the Spinalis Foundation.
Her Royal Highness arrived at the Solna facility on the morning of Thursday 5 May and was welcomed by the Spinalis Foundation’s CEO Claes Hultling.
Once inside, the future queen sat down with Björn Zoëga, hospital director, and finance region councilor Irene Svenonius to listen to the latest research developments in the treatment and rehabilitation of spinal cord injuries.
The conference will run until May 7 and is organized by the Nordic Spinal Cord Society (or NoSCoS), which today represents northern European countries within the International Spinal Cord Society, or ISCoS.
Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden are all member countries of NoSCoS and rotate in the mission to host the association’s biennial conference.
The association brings together “professionals with a special interest in rehabilitation after injuries and diseases of the spinal cord and management of conditions and consequences related to them”, according to Kungl. The head.
Crown Princess Victoria has long been involved in acquainting herself with the latest developments and scientific research for the treatment of rare or permanent diseases, an interest she received from her mother, Queen Silvia.
Her Majesty has recently developed closer ties with research for the treatment and care of patients with Alzheimer’s disease, and her children have gained her empathy for people living with chronic diseases.
Spinal cord injuries are defined as “injuries to the spinal cord that cause temporary or permanent changes in its function”. They usually result from traumatic events, but they can also be the result of degenerative diseases or tumors.