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Neuromusculoskeletal & Metabolic

The Neuromusculoskeletal and Metabolic Core provides assessments specific to skeletal muscle contraction, architecture, volume and oxidative capacity. Dietary intake, energy expenditure at rest and during exercise are measured along with bone density, total body mass and fat-free mass.

Cardiovascular & Pulmonary

The Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Core provides state-of-the-art assessments specific to the heart, lungs and circulatory system. Studies to map the neural circuits that control blood pressure and lung function enable interventions such as spinal cord Epidural Stimulation (scES).

Human Locomotion & Movement Performance

The Human Locomotion and Movement Performance Core provides assessments of gait and stepping and guides development of optimal individualized programs of therapy and interventions for individuals with spinal cord injuries.

Urogenital & Bowel

VOP-BladderThe Urogenital and Bowel Core provides assessments of symptoms related to bladder, bowel or sexual dysfunction in individuals with spinal cord injuries.

Neuro-Physiology & Neuro-Imaging

The Neuro-Physiology and Neuro-Imaging Core provides physiological motor and sensory assessments and performs magnetic resonance imaging that allow appropriate adjustments to therapeutic interventions.


The Engineering Core designs and constructs therapeutic delivery systems, software and imaging systems as well as manages aspects of information technology and develops algorithms to mine KSCIRC data and provide analysis.