National Skeletal Muscle Research Center

Upcoming Conferences

Please join Dr. Lieber and Dr. Ward at the 7th Muscletech Network and the 4th Congress of the European College of Sport & Exercise Physicians (ECOSEP) in Barcelona.


The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), through the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR), invited applications for grants to build research infrastructure by providing access to expertise, technologies, and resources from allied fields such as neurosciences, engineering, applied behavior, and the social sciences. Through this initiative, the National Skeletal Muscle Research Center (NSMRC) and five other National Centers were formed to provide rehabilitation scientists with the knowledge, quantitative tools, and funding opportunities necessary to conduct state-of-the-art basic and applied research involving skeletal muscle and rehabilitation.

The inauguration ceremony for the NSMRC was held on July 6, 2006 and featured US Congresswoman Susan Davis. On October 19, 2011, a second inauguration ceremony to celebrate the renewal of the NSMRC, and featured US Congressman Brian Bilbray.


The Center’s core areas of expertise are skeletal muscle histology, biomechanics, imaging and metabolism. Over the next five years, the center aims to facilitate rehabilitation science through educational opportunities, sabbatical opportunities, and small research grants. These opportunities will be available to researchers in any field, as our goal is to facilitate those already in the rehabilitation sciences and to encourage researchers in other fields to participate in rehabilitation directed projects.

Featured Tutorials

Visit our Videos page to view tutorials from our Core Directors!


Richard L. Lieber, PhD

Core Directors

Drs. Richard Lieber, Lawrence Frank, Simon Schenk and Samuel Ward at the NSMRC Inauguration held on October 19, 2011.

External Advisory Board

Dr. Greg Carter is a Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington, in Seattle, WA, where he serves as co-director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association clinics. He also serves as Regional Medical Director of Rehabilitation for the Providence Health System in Southwest Washington. His clinical and research interests are in the rehabilitation and palliative care of people with severe neuromuscular disease, including Duchenne muscular dystrophy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He is currently studying the relationships between pain, physical disability, and quality of life in neuromuscular disease and is funded by both NIDRR and the National Institutes of Health. He has over 120 peer-reviewed publications in this area. In 1994 he won the Best Research Paper Published by a Physiatrist Award from the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In 1998 he received the Excellence in Research Writing Award from the Association of Academic Physiatrists.

Gregory T. Carter, M.D., M.S.

Dr. V. Reggie Edgerton received his Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from Michigan State University. He has been at the University of California, Los Angeles, since 1968 and is currently a professor in the in the Departments of Physiological Science and Neurobiology and a member of the Brain Research Institute. Dr. Edgerton’s laboratory focuses on how, and to what extent, the nervous system controls protein expression in skeletal muscle fibers as well as how the neural networks in the lumbar spinal cord of mammals, including humans, control stepping and how this stepping pattern becomes modified by chronically imposing specific motor tasks on the limbs after complete spinal cord injury.

V. Reggie Edgerton, Ph.D.

Dr. Jan Fridén, M.D., Ph.D. is a professor of Hand Surgery at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Göteborg, Sweden. He has a Ph.D. in Muscle Anatomy and more than 20 years of research on muscle structure and function with a focus on experimental and clinical studies of reconstructive tendon transfer surgery.  Professor Fridén is Chair of the Swedish National Unit for Reconstructive Upper Limb Surgery in Tetraplegia and he is Head of a muscle research laboratory at the Lundberg laboratory for musculo-skeletal research.  

Jan Fridén, M.D., Ph.D.

Contact Information

ATTN: Muscle Physiology Laboratory
3525 John Hopkins Court Room 135
San Diego, CA 92121
Phone: (858) 822-1344
Fax: (858) 822-3807
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