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Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injury affects approximately 282,000 people in the United States, with roughly 17,000 new cases every year. Spinal cord injury can result in not only the loss of motor control and peripheral sensation, but bladder and bowel dysfunction, sexual dysfunction, neuropathic pain, and autonomic dysreflexia.

At Burke, our research into spinal cord injury ranges from understanding the processes that control regeneration in animal models of injury to studying the effects of rehabilitation and the use of robotics in patients. Our labs study sensory signaling processing that occurs in individual cells, cell transplantation to repair injured spinal cord, electrical stimulation of spinal cord circuits from the brain to spinal cord injury, and how recovery can be improved through neuro-rehabilitation.

Research Centers & Clinics

Restorative Neurology Clinic
Offering breakthrough state-of-the-art robotic neurorehabilitation therapies to restore motor function for adults recovering from a neurological condition.

Research Labs