Facilities

MUSC has made extensive investments in infrastructure (expertise, instrumentation, and lab support) to develop cutting-edge core resources to support basic, translational, and clinical research in neuromodulation for rehabilitation research, and NC NM4R leverages that investment to foster the investigation of neuromodulation for rehabilitation. In addition to training offerings and workshops, the faculty and facilities of NC NM4R are available to our members for more extensive training in neuromodulation for rehabilitation equipment and techniques.  Furthermore, NC NM4R members are invited to make use of our facilities to further their own research.  Please contact us or submit a request for services to the right, or read the links below for full details on available facilities and equipment.

Quantitative & Behavioral Assessment & Rehabilitation (QBAR) Core

The QBAR Core provides training and consultation in performing state-of-the-art measurements of behavioral function (e.g., 3-D kinematics, kinetics, and electromyography) and rehabilitation interventions (locomotor, constraint-induced movement and intensive task-oriented upper extremity training) to support NM4R research.

Brain Stimulation (BSTIM) Core

The BSTIM Core, led by an internationally recognized expert in the field, facilitates training and consultation in state-of-the-art brain stimulation methods, used either to measure brain activity/connectivity or as a potential therapy to modify the brain

Neuroimaging (NI) Core

The NI Core provides training and consultation in performing state-of-the art neuroimaging and EEG methodologies to support NM4R research. The NI Core features senior faculty who provide consultation and training as to the optimum imaging methods for both acquisition and analysis including multiple modes of structural and functional imaging relevant to rehabilitation research, such as BOLD, DTI, DKI, fMRI, MRS, and resting-state connectivity.

Evoked Potential Operant Conditioning (EPOC) Core

The goal of the EPOC Core is to understand the human central nervous system’s plasticity as it relates to movement control, and to learn how to guide such plasticity to help restore useful movement function in people after central nervous system damage, including spinal cord injury, stroke, brain injury, and multiple sclerosis.

Animal Models Core

The Animal Models Core offers various animal models of neurodegeneration and guidance determining what measures constitute the best way to correlate behavioral performance with changes in brain structure and function, as well as training on stereotaxic surgical procedures and tissue processing, epidural and external stimulation, and behavioral assessment.