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Spinal Cord Research Center Research Fields of Interest


Plasticity following spinal cord injury (SCI) refers to functional and/or anatomical changes that occur spontaneously, or are driven by therapeutic interventions. It is possible that these will become permanent without any further action. For example, some limited spontaneous functional improvements can occur following spinal cord injury.

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Adult central nervous system (CNS) axons fail to regenerate following injury. Thus, severed axons are permanently disconnected from their target neurons, resulting in persistent loss of motor and/or sensory function. Much of the research conducted in the Spinal Cord Research Center is focused on promoting regrowth of these injured axons across a lesion site to re-establish connections and, hopefully, mediate functional recovery.

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Rehabilitation and Robotic Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation is explored in both rats and mice models using automated bicycles and compliant robot rehabilitation.

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Robotics and BMI/BCI

Brain machine interface (BMI) and brain computer interface (BCI) and neuroprosthetic systems explored in the group are all invasive systems in rodents, except TDCS work in the Côté lab.

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