It consists of three separate laboratories:
- Rehabilitation through Exercise Lab (Rx Lab): The Rehabilitation through Exercise Lab at USC is directed by Dr. Stacy Fritz, PhD, PT. The main focus on the lab is rehabilitation, primarily for individuals with chronic disability or functional limitations. The lab is equipped with various exercise and assessment equipment that can be used for special populations (e.g. body-weight support treadmill system, Nu-Step, GAITRite system). Work in this lab have been funded by the National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, and the South Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Research Fund, with resultant publications in journals such as Stroke, Physical Therapy, Gait and Posture, and Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
- Sensory Motor Assessment and Robotic Technology (SMART): The Sensory Motor Assessment & Robotic Technology Lab (SMART Lab) at USC is directed by Dr. Troy Herter, PhD. The goal of our lab is to improve assessment and treatment of neurological impairments by using robotic and eye tracking technology to develop objective, quantitative measures of sensory, motor and cognitive function. In turn, these measures are used to: 1) improve our basic understanding of how the sensory, motor and cognitive systems interact to guide the selection and execution of actions; 2) characterize normal changes in sensory, motor and cognitive function that occur across adulthood; 3) identify the frequency and magnitude of sensory, motor and cognitive impairments resulting from stroke; and 4) monitor improvements in sensory, motor and cognitive function resulting from rehabilitation interventions.
- Motor Behavior and Neuroimaging Laboratory: This lab is directed by Dr. Jill Stewart, PhD, PT. The overall goal of the Motor Behavior and Neuroimaging Laboratory is to develop novel, effective, and individualized treatments to improve motor function and quality of life after stroke. To achieve this goal, our research focuses on the brain-behavior relationship during the control and learning of skilled motor tasks using detailed measures of movement (kinematics, EMG) and brain structure and function (functional MRI, diffusion tensor imaging) combined with clinical measures of impairment, function, and quality of life.