USC Neurorestoration Center
The USC Neurorestoration Center develops novel strategies for the restoration of neurological function by connecting on-going efforts in neural engineering at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and the Center for Neural Engineering with basic neuroscience research at USC and institutions such as the California Institute of Technology. Research is applied to patients through clinical programs at Keck Medicine, Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center and affiliated medical centers. These high-volume clinical programs boast global relevance and world-class outcomes. They function as living laboratories that apply primary and translational research to restore function to the human nervous system with minimal additional risk as compared to standard-of-care treatment.
The management of adult human neurological diseases has traditionally been limited by the belief that there is very little opportunity for recovery after injury. Now, cellular transplantation therapies and other advanced concepts are widely believed to significantly improve neurological function. Biological strategies, advanced neuroprosthetics, robotics and other products of biomedical engineering have led to a rapidly expanding spectrum of possibilities for additional restorative platforms. These possibilities are based on the explosion of knowledge in the basic neurosciences and neural engineering, areas in which USC has tremendous strengths.