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Sensory room overview

Behind the Scenes: Sensory Room

Our sensory room offers a customizable experience for patients to explore and is geared toward all ability levels — from those who are minimally conscious to those with behavior regulation disorders. Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is the only rehabilitation hospital to offer this innovative space.

Watch as Alison and Kyra introduce this space and learn more about our Brain Injury program: https://bit.ly/3Or9UYd

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Kyle crossing the finish line

Kyle Crosses the Finish Line

At 30 years old, Kyle experienced a rare brainstem stroke causing a condition called locked-in syndrome. Although his cognitive abilities were completely intact, he was unable to move or talk.

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Dr. Levi Hargrove featured on CNBC

In the News: Dr. Hargrove Featured on CNBC

CNBC’s The News with Shepard Smith recently aired a segment on artificial touch in prosthetic limbs. The story included quotes from Levi Hargrove, PhD, scientific chair, Regenstein Foundation Center for Bionic Medicine, offering expert opinion on the future of bionics.

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Patient receiving neurostimulation therapy

Behind the Scenes: SCI Neurostimulation Research

Research led by Monica Perez, PhD, uses a noninvasive neurostimulation treatment to target synaptic connections in the spinal cord. In the process, it improves and preserves physical therapy functional improvements in patients with spinal cord injury — temporarily mending the broken connection between the brain and spinal cord.

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Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Ranked No. 1 by U.S. News & World Report for 32nd Consecutive Year

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Ranked No. 1 by U.S. News & World Report for 32nd Consecutive Year

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) again has been recognized as the national leader in physical medicine and rehabilitation, topping the U.S. News & World Report list for the 32nd consecutive year. It remains the only hospital of any kind to hold this distinction.

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Dr. Mitra Lavasani Earns Prestigious R01 Grant from NIH

Dr. Mitra Lavasani Earns Prestigious R01 Grant from NIH

Is there a way to turn back the clock on aging? With a recently announced R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute on Aging, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s Mitra Lavasani, PhD, director, Translational Cell Therapy Lab, will advance a novel approach that could help find an answer.

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Dr. Sameer Ashaie Honored for Novel Research on Aphasia & Depression

Dr. Sameer Ashaie Honored for Novel Research on Aphasia & Depression

The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia has named Sameer Ashaie, PhD, research scientist II, Center for Aphasia Research and Treatment, as a recipient of its Distinguished Scholar Awards for 2022.

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Still from Spark! 2022 Video

Behind the Scenes: Prosthetics & Orthotics Lab

You may already know that our prosthetics and orthotics professionals work in close collaboration with clinicians to ensure that patients’ customized devices perfectly meet their needs. But have you seen the P&O Lab, where art and science — and science and care — come together?

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Rob Heitz

Drs. Chen, Jayaraman and Rymer Featured in Documentary About Former Patient

In mid-August, Rob Heitz plans to swim the San Francisco Bay — from Alcatraz Island back to shore — to raise funds and awareness for the Paralysis Recovery Foundation, which he founded. Episode 3 of Escaping Paralysis — a docuseries following Rob's story — includes interviews with three Shirley Ryan AbilityLab experts: David Chen, Arun Jayaraman and Zev Rymer.

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