Reeve-Irvine Research Center

The Reeve-Irvine Research Center is a world-renowned basic science research center with a core focus on the study of neural repair, regeneration, and recovery of function after spinal cord injury.

Based at the University of California, Irvine, RIRC labs are equipped and staffed to allow cutting edge research at multiple levels ranging from stem cells to robotic retraining to promote functional recovery. RIRC scientists were amongst the first to test the potential of stem cells for spinal cord injury therapy, and research by RIRC scientists formed the basis for the first two clinical trials testing stem cell therapies in people with spinal cord injuries.

Reeve-Irvine Research Center, UCI


The mission of the RIRC is to find new treatments for spinal cord injury through collaborative research and educational efforts of prominent scientists and clinicians both at the University of California, Irvine and around the world.

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Stem Cell training grants, Postdoctoral Fellowships, and Traineeships are available through individual laboratories at the RIRC. For information on Graduate Training at the RIRC please visit the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program.

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Our basic science research facility is devoted to studying cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the nervous systems response to injury, exploring innate and therapeutic regeneration, and developing treatments for Spinal Cord Injury.

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Your generous donations fuel our most innovative early stage approaches from conception to early proof of concept, advancing new therapies to improve recovery after spinal cord injury.

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