THE REEVE—IRVINE RESEARCH Center (RIRC) is a medical institute located at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), and has a mission to

find new treatments for spinal cord injury through the collaborative research and educational efforts of prominent scientists and clinicians both at the University of California, Irvine, and around the world.

The center is named after the actor Christopher Reeve (1952–2004), who suffered a horse—riding accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down and that indirectly led to his early death from cardiac arrest. He had been a very active person, taking not just his equestrian eventing very seriously but also being a pilot and a sailor, among other sports.

For the remainder of his life, Reeve was a proponent of stem cell research and other ...

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