About The Center

The Reeve-Irvine Research Center (RIRC) is dedicated to basic scientific research to discover novel approaches to improve recovery of function after spinal cord injury (SCI). Additionally, we seek to engage investigators throughout California and the entire world in advancing scientific knowledge through sharing results, strategies, and communication.

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

Our Mission

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