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Edie Babbitt, PhD

Ask the Expert: Edie Babbitt, PhD, on Aphasia

Dr. Babbitt provides insight about different types of aphasia, how families and caretakers can support people with aphasia, and more.


Nancy Paridy

Illinois Tech Magazine Profiles Shirley Ryan AbilityLab President and Chief Administrative Officer

The Illinois Institute of Technology’s (IIT) alumni magazine, Illinois Tech Magazine, recently published a profile of Nancy Paridy, president and chief administrative officer at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and member of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law’s class of 1983.


Caleb and Kahlani walking

"Brave": New Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Video Features Patient Spotlights & Original Song by Idina Menzel

A new video puts the spotlight on four patients — Caleb Z., Lilian H., Anthony Z. and Kahlani S. — who recently have undergone intensive rehabilitation at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. Their stories are a testament to what is possible when care and research come together to facilitate better, faster patient recoveries.


Kids Camp

Summer Fun Kicks Off with 2024 Sports for Kids Camp

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab kicked off summer by welcoming more than 30 campers to an action-packed week of adaptive sports at the annual Tengelsen Family Foundation Sports for Kids Camp, held in partnership with the Chicago Park District.


Gait Training to Restore Mobility

Defying Gravity: The Importance of Gait Training to Restore Mobility

Depending on the nature and severity of an injury, physical therapists can use various techniques and devices to assist patients with movement. Discover the different types of movements.


Ultrasound Course

How a Unique Ultrasound Course Trains Medical Residents

Science — one of the world’s top academic journals, with a 144-year legacy of publishing breakthrough research — recently published a study whose authors included Shirley Ryan AbilityLab's Colin Franz, MD, PhD, physician-scientist. The ultrasound techniques that Dr. Franz utilized in this study were the same ones that he learned a decade ago during his residency at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in the Musculoskeletal (MSK) Ultrasound Course.



Game On: Five Tips for Picking up Pickleball

Pickleball is one of America’s fastest-growing sports — but before you grab your paddle, follow these 5 tips from one of our experts to play safely and reduce your risk of injury on the court.



Dave Takes Big Step in Journey from Limb Loss to Lawyer

Thirty-five-year-old Dave J. graduated from law school with hopes of embarking on a legal career. However, a congenital heart defect slowed Dave’s progress toward becoming a lawyer. He was told he needed a heart transplant. Read Dave's full story.

Patient Story

Nancy W. Knowles Strength + Endurance Lab Group

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Physician-Scientist Visits Congress to Advocate for Patients

Dr. Jayabalan provided insight about the Committee’s focus on advocating for three areas of healthcare reform, including reform to prior authorization — a process requiring approval for treatments and medications by health insurance carriers before a patient receives care.



Meet Mentees from the 2024 Global Sports Mentoring Program Class

Meet Mian Absar Ali of Pakistan and Omar Hegazy of Egypt, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s mentees from the Global Sports Mentoring Program Class of 2024. They recently visited Washington, D.C., to present plans to expand access to adaptive athletics in their home countries.


Stroke Recovery

Can a Stroke Happen at Any Age?

Read the interview with Richard Harvey, MD, clinical chair of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Brain Innovation Center, about stroke in younger people.


Richard Harvey, MD

Ask the Expert: Richard Harvey, MD, on Stroke Recovery and Research

In conjunction with American Stroke Month in May, our latest featured expert is Richard Harvey, MD, clinical chair of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Brain Innovation Center. He provides insight about stroke rehabilitation; promising stroke research and innovation; locked-in syndrome (LIS); and more.