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Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Six Years of Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

To commemorate Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s six-year anniversary in our flagship hospital, we’re celebrating bold moves, big bets and breakthroughs that are advancing rehabilitation science and patient care.


Researcher with microscope

Speeding Drug Repurposing for Patients

Using an Anti-Cancer Drug to Treat Muscle Contractures in Cerebral Palsy


Learning with Aphasia

Translating Research into Recovery

For those with aphasia — a disorder challenging language production and processing — the ability to communicate could be right at their fingertips


Patient receiving therapy

Reframing a Problem as a Solution

Exploiting Spasticity's Promise: Biomarker Points to Recovery in Spinal Cord Injury


Mitra Lavasani

Scoring Start-up Funding for Breakthrough Research

Regrowing Cartilage to Turn Back the Body’s Aging Clock


Patient receiving therapy

Accelerating Next-gen Rehabilitation Technology

Immediate-impact Research Through Industry Collaboration


Scientists with mice

Humans Are Not Just Big Mice: Study Identifies Science’s Muscle-Scaling Problem

Findings have significant implications for surgery, computational musculoskeletal modeling, muscle performance and rehabilitation.


Dr. Monica Perez on the cover of The Physiologist Magazine

The Physiologist Magazine Highlights Dr. Monica Perez’s Research on Speeding SCI Recovery in Cover Story Feature

The March 2023 issue of The Physiologist Magazine featured a cover story on the groundbreaking Shirley Ryan AbilityLab researcher Monica Perez, PT, PhD, and her career-spanning research to help speed recovery for patients with spinal cord injuries.


A photo of Tyler, a patient at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, and his wife

Watch Tyler’s Story

Tyler, a St. Louis resident, was a newlywed when a car accident left him with a severe traumatic brain injury and in an unconscious state. In the months that followed, and thanks to intensive rehabilitation and care provided by Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s 25th Floor team, Tyler hit milestone after milestone. Watch his story.


Person skiing down a hill

Winter Sports Safety Q&A with Meredith Ehn, DO, DPT

Learn about winter sports safety straight from the expert, Meredith Ehn, DO, DPT, Sports Medicine Attending Physician.