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A Robotic Trainer for Children with Cerebral Palsy

A robotic walker device that gives individualized support, to help children with cerebral palsy walk.


Wearable Airbag Technology to Reduce Injuries from Falls

A wearable airbag developed to prevent hip fractures and reduce fear of falling for people recovering from stroke.


National Nurses Week 2018

National Nurses Week 2018 at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab celebrated National Nurses Week with a jam-packed slate of events, awards, a breakfast and smoothie cart, and treats galore.


Dr. Leora Cherney Honored by Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences

Dr. Leora Cherney Honored by Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences

Leora Cherney, PhD, scientific chair, Think + Speak Lab, recently received the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences’ (ANCDS) top award, Honors of the Academy. The prestigious award was presented at the organization’s annual meeting on Nov. 14 in Boston.



How Focused Breathing Can Help Beat Holiday Stress

One way to deal with stress is to learn how to develop a relaxation response. Relaxation techniques targeted at decreasing and managing tension are highly successful in the reduction of stress, and also are effective in reducing pain.


"Isogenic" approach to isolating the effects of single gene variations between patients who have suffered from neurotrauma.

"Neurotrauma in a Dish" - An induced pluripotent stem cell-based assay to determine patient specific factors affecting rehabilitation outcomes

Determining if patient induced pluripotent stem cell-derived neurons treated with in vitro neurotrauma can be used to predict clinical outcomes. The focus of this project is the common BDNF gene single nucleotide polymorphism Val66Met, which has been shown to have protective effects in the rehabilitation of patients with traumatic brain injury.


Low-Cost Arm System

A prosthetic arm and hand suitable both for individuals in the United States who lack adequate insurance and also for people in low-income countries without access to prosthetic care.


skyrise 2017

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab to Host Tenth Annual SkyRise Chicago

2,000 to participate in world’s tallest indoor stair-climbing event at Willis Tower in support of advancing human ability

Press Release

Sudha Panchapakesan at an ICAP session

How Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s Aphasia Program Helps Participants

The ICAP consists of intensive interventions. In a typical session, 10 individuals with aphasia undergo 120 hours (six hours a day, five days a week, for four weeks) of individual and group aphasia therapy. Throughout the program, ICAP participants work with licensed, certified speech-language pathologists who are experts in aphasia treatment.

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Tracheostomy Dressing Applicator (TDA)

Age Range inpatient >18

Clinical Trial