The Center for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering (CERSE) was established in 2007 as a Board of Visitors approved center with the mission to foster interdisciplinary rehabilitation research and training which would lead to cutting-edge translational outcomes. The overriding aim of CERSE is to improve the health, functional ability, and quality of life of persons who experience a disability through education, research, physical medicine and rehabilitation services, clinical care, and leadership development. CERSE’s overarching objectives are to:
- Create interdisciplinary collaboration synergy within VCU, Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center, the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, and other community partners;
- Foster coordinated alliances with the greater Commonwealth of Virginia community and throughout the mid-Atlantic; and
- Unify rehabilitation research resources, enhance funding, substantially increase productivity, and establish a national reputation as the comprehensive center for the total healthcare for America's warriors and heroes, children and adults with disabilities – from clinical care to basic research sciences.