SCI Core

Spinal Cord Injury Core

The Spinal Cord Injury Core (SCI Core) at Burke Neurological Institute (BNI) offers expertise on conducting spinal cord injury experiments and a facility with advanced equipment for scientific preclinical surgical and behavioral studies. BNI researches may request SCI Core expertise and/or use of the facility and equipment to conduct research studies.

Preclinical Surgical and Behavioral Suites

SCI Core consists of a surgical suite (300 sq ft) and behavioral testing suite (120 sq ft) designed and built for preclinical spinal cord injury modeling and outfitted with all the necessary equipment for generating experimental SCI models.

Core Focus

SCI Core Training

Training is available for SCI injury modeling, post-surgical animal care, and behavioral testing. This service is available for free for SCI Core members and available for a fee to outside researchers.

Experiment Design Consultation

SCI Core is available to assist in the design of SCI experiments to maximize the effectiveness of your treatment/strategy.

Generation of Preliminary Data

SCI Core is available to help generate preliminary data. Fees for this service will cover the cost of animals, their care and technician time.



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Around the world, between 300,000 and 500,000 people are living with a SCI.
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Write and walk again.
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Pain free, touch and smell like before.

Research Methods