Vision & Mission


We aspire to restore health and function by engineering innovative ways that help the brain and spinal cord adapt and recover from injury. We study signals from the brain and use that information to design neural devices, which can record and stimulate a part of the brain or spinal cord for neurorehabilitation.

We aim to design devices that can record information from, as well as stimulate neurons within the central nervous system to encourage neural plasticity, promote recovery and restore sensorimotor function throughout the body.

These revolutionary neural-engineered systems will significantly improve the quality of life for people with sensorimotor disabilities, most immediately benefitting patient populations with cervical spinal cord injury and stroke. The engineering principles discovered will also have broader implications for developing neural devices capable of treating other neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor, as well as restoring lost body functions, such as visceral organ and bladder control.  

In addition to helping advance the Center’s research and educational goals, our unique innovation ecosystem brings together researchers, educators and industry affiliates to more quickly and effectively move research discoveries from the lab to the marketplace and clinical application.


The CSNE’s mission is to engineer innovative ways to help the brain and spinal cord adapt and recover from injury by developing a deep understanding of the principles of engineered neuroplasticity*. We connect this new knowledge with the design of neural devices, which will restore health and function throughout the entire body.

*Engineered neuroplasticity is a new approach to targeted neurorehabilitation that uses engineered devices to restore lost or injured connections in the nervous system.