The Phillips-Fisher Center for Brain Repair and Rehabilitation, an interdisciplinary research center at the University of Southern California’s Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy and Division of Neurology, was established in 2005.
The inspiration for the USC Phillips-Fisher Center is to provide “bench-to-bedside” research and treatment of neurological motor system disorders like Parkinson’s disease and other brain disorders. Whether it is revolutionary basic science research or innovative high-intensity rehabilitation and clinical trials, the Phillips-Fisher Center is designed to draw upon the strengths and collaboration of its world-class staff of researchers and physical therapists to improve the daily lives of patients with such degenerative brain disorders.
Since 1945, the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy has been a visionary pioneer in physical therapy research and education. More than 70 years later, USC continues to lead in patient care, rehabilitation, research and recovery.
As the first of its kind in the world, the USC Phillips-Fisher Center for Brain Repair and Rehabilitation is a proud reflection of this important legacy to wellness that the Division embraces.
The Division of Neurology in the Keck School of Medicine of USC is a world leader in basic and clinical research aimed at preventing and treating neurological disease, especially degenerative diseases producing movement disorders.
The Division is committed to excellence in both patient care and research, and most of the Division’s researchers have extensive experience in both spheres. Thus, the goals of the center are not merely abstract research hypotheses, but real objectives to help the patients who are seen in the Division every day.
Message from the founder
The Phillips-Fisher Center became a passion for me as my wife and clinical researcher, Beth Fisher PhD, demonstrated how her research is helping to influence the lives of patients worldwide. This passion led to my commitment to give initial funding for the Center, and develop a campaign to raise $2.5 million in funding over the next year. Since that time, the Center has raised over $1 million, with gifts from generous donors throughout the Unites States. With our relationships in Costa Rica and other countries, we intend to make this a truly international endeavor. Please join my effort to assist this team of world-class researchers to make a difference in the lives of patients with brain injury. Thank you for your generosity.