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Kyle’s Story: Back to an Active Lifestyle Following a Brain Injury

Kyle’s Story: Back to an Active Lifestyle Following a Brain Injury

A car accident caused Kyle’s severe brain injury, which affected his speech, mobility, memory and activities of daily living. Watch this video to see the latest on his journey, and what the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab team means to him.

Patient Story

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Announces First Kabiller Humanitarian Prize Winner

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Announces First Kabiller Humanitarian Prize Winner

Elissa Larkin Conlon, speech-language pathologist and research clinician, is the first recipient of Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s Kabiller Humanitarian Prize.
Watch the video below, which debuted at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s May 30, 2019, Spark! signature event, and see why Elissa was selected for this honor.

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Open-source Bionic Leg: First-of-its-kind Platform Aims to Rapidly Advance Prosthetics

A new open-source, artificially intelligent prosthetic leg designed by University of Michigan and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab researchers is now available to the scientific community. The leg’s free-to-copy design and programming are intended to improve the quality of life of patients and accelerate scientific advances by offering a unified platform to fragmented research efforts across the field of bionics.

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Enhancing Quality of Orthotic Services with Process and Outcome Information

Enhancing Quality of Orthotic Services with Process and Outcome Information

The objective of this project is to develop data collection modules that can be used to improve the quality of services for users of ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs), the largest group of orthosis users.

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Meet José Pons, PhD — New Scientific Chair for Legs + Walking Lab

Meet José Pons, PhD — New Scientific Chair for Legs + Walking Lab

On June 3, José Pons, PhD, joined Shirley Ryan AbilityLab as the scientific chair of the Legs + Walking Lab. In his new role, Dr. Pons now leads a translational research team — collaborating with Innovation Center clinical chairs and Legs + Walking scientists — to apply the most advanced methods for measuring and restoring lower-limb function in diverse patient populations.

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Meet Monica Perez, PT, PhD — New Scientific Chair for Arms + Hands Lab

Meet Monica Perez, PT, PhD — New Scientific Chair for Arms + Hands Lab

On May 31, 2019, Monica Perez, PT, PhD, joined Shirley Ryan AbilityLab as the scientific chair of the Arms + Hands Lab. An internationally recognized leader in spinal cord injury (SCI), Dr. Perez now leads a translational research team that includes current Arms + Hands Lab scientists and Innovation Center clinical chairs to orchestrate the application of the most modern methods for measuring upper-extremity function.

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Dr. Grafman Featured Guest on Epilepsy Podcast and Videocast

Dr. Grafman Featured Guest on Epilepsy Podcast and Videocast

A recent episode of Seizing Life — a podcast and videocast produced by the Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE) — featured Jordan Grafman, PhD, director, Brain Injury Research, discussing research and treatment of post-traumatic epilepsy (PTE) after traumatic brain injury (TBI) in military veterans.

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New rehabilitation hospital opens in Abu Dhabi

Hospital aims to reduce the number of residents who travel abroad for rehabilitation

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Ditching the "Dis-"

Joanne C. Smith, MD shares the career-defining moment that changed the way she approached patients with differing abilities.

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Are Weighted Blankets the Secret to Better Sleep?

We all need hugs, but some children, especially those with sensory disorders, are seeking better sleep with the gentle pressure of a weighted blanket.

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Crain’s Names Shirley Ryan AbilityLab CEO to List of “Notable Women Executives Over 50”

Crain’s Names Dr. Smith to List of “Notable Women Executives Over 50”

In the April 29 issue of Crain’s Chicago Business, Joanne C. Smith, president and CEO, was named to the inaugural “Notable Women Executives Over 50” list.

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7 Shocking Ways Stress Can Physically Change Your Brain

In small doses, stress can motivate you to get things done and, under more dire circumstances, can even help keep you safe. But when stress becomes chronic, you may start to experience all sorts of side effects and symptoms as a result. And, rather shockingly, stress can even cause physical changes in your brain.

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