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Jacob Brewer does physical therapy at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

I'm just thankful to be here': Lightning strike survivor recounts his 4-month journey to recovery

After surviving a lightning strike, after enduring multiple surgeries to open his shins and forearms to save him from compartment syndrome, Jacob Brewer was being treated at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in downtown Chicago where he was receiving physical and occupational therapy.

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Making a home accessible after a severe injury can be overwhelming — but it doesn’t have to be. Here’s one mom’s advice.

At Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, people arrive after lives change in minutes — a gunshot wound, a car crash, a stroke. When patients are discharged, they often need to approach their home differently. Occupational therapist Kelsey Watters said they first consider locations like the bathroom and the entry.

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Bobby Roundtree

Paralyzed ex-Illinois football star is down but never out

A year and a half after a life-changing accident, paralyzed former Illinois football star Bobby Roundtree opens up about loneliness, frustrations, the desire to inspire and his ultimate goal: independence.

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Alonso relearns how to walk at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

WGN Investigates: A dangerous and deadly year, Children caught in Chicago’s crossfire

It’s been a violent year in Chicago. And increasingly it is children who are getting shot. WGN Investigates took an in-depth look at the lasting legacy of our violent streets.

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2020 Impact Report

Each year, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab prepares an annual Impact Report to celebrate the accomplishments of our community-based Quality of Life Programs, research initiatives and medical education programs — all of which is made possible through the support of our generous donors.

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Dr. Arun Jayaraman and Sara Prokup Featured on CNN

Dr. Arun Jayaraman and Sara Prokup Featured on CNN

A new Samsung-sponsored video on CNN highlights GEMS, a lightweight, robotic, hip assist hardware/software device. The video also includes soundbites from Arun Jayaraman, PhD, director, Max Näder Lab for Rehabilitation Technologies and Outcomes Research, along with footage of Dr. Jayaraman and Sara Prokup, physical therapist.

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Mission Moment: Medical Residency Program

Mission Moment: Medical Residency Program

The 40 doctors in the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Medical Residency program — the clinical training home of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) — are on a four-year journey in which they serve as integral members of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab team and gain on-the-job training and qualify for the next phase of their careers.

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Nursing Team Represents SRAlab Virtually at ARN REACH, AMSN, ANCC Magnet & ASCIP Conferences

Nursing Team Represents Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Virtually at ARN REACH, AMSN, ANCC Magnet & ASCIP Conferences

Our nursing team represented Shirley Ryan AbilityLab at several recent conferences, all of which were held virtually this year.

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New Graduate Nurse Residents Present Evidence-Based Practice Projects

Recently, three teams of registered nurses (RNs) from Shirley Ryan AbilityLab's new Graduate Nurse Residency presented evidence-based practice project findings to the Nursing Practice Council on the following topics:

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Co-Robot Controllers for Human-Like Physical Interaction and Improved Motor Learning

This research project is working on improving the interactions between robots and humans by learning from human paired physical interaction to apply to human like robotics.

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