Research Mission

    Research Mission

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    • The Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at USC has a highly productive research program that is focused on biokinesiology, the integrative study of biological bases of human movement, both normal and disordered. The focus of biokinesiology is on understanding how the human body adapts to growth and experience as well as to injury, disease, and aging. 

      The Division’s researchers collaborate with other scientists at USC, as well as regionally and nationally in innovative interdisciplinary studies with eleven laboratories providing research space for faculty investigators. Division faculty members are engaged as principal investigators in clinical research activities with extramural funding in clinical trials for stroke, upper extremity, and locomotor recovery as well as Parkinson’s disease, low back pain, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, functional electrical stimulation, and cancer. The Division has the expertise and infrastructure to support the administration of numerous research projects. Currently, the Division oversees research grants that total approximately 3.9 million dollars in annual funding.

      For more information about the research focuses of our state-of-the-art laboratories, please see our Research Fact Sheet.