Researchers from the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilition Science (DPTRS) work passionately to advance knowledge about human movement and to help people achieve optimal functioning.

Our stature and our dynamic Bay Area location attract innovators and leaders in science, education and care. We offer researchers the freedom to innovate in a diverse, stimulating and collaborative environment.

Research is funded by the NIH, NASA, the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, internal UCSF grants, and private foundations.

Areas of study

Neurorehabilitation research

UCSF’s neurorehabilitation research harnesses cutting-edge technology and imaging approaches to better understand, detect and respond to neurological conditions and diseases.


Labs and centers

The Chaumeil Lab focuses on magnetic resonance imaging of neurological disorders, including multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury and Alzheimer’s disease.

UCSF Biorobotics focuses on the development and use of clinically deployable systems to assess function and augment the recovery process.

Musculoskeletal biomechanics research

Health services research

Education research