Brain and Spinal Injury Center

Injury to the brain or spinal cord affects nearly 2 million people in the United States each year, causing permanent functional disabilities including paralysis, sensory dysfunction, and cognitive disorders. Bringing new treatments from the laboratory setting to patients requires an integrated effort among basic researchers, clinical researchers, and clinicians. With this in mind, the UCSF Brain and Spinal Injury Center (BASIC) was formed to promote collaborative basic, translational, and clinical studies on injuries to the brain and spinal cord. BASIC is a joint effort between the Departments of Neurological Surgery and Neurology. Both departments bring their particular areas of expertise to a multidisciplinary effort centered on translational research.
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