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"Worse Than Cancer" COVID Survivor Recounts in Vivid Detail His Six-Week Recovery

"Worse Than Cancer" COVID Survivor Recounts in Vivid Detail His Six-Week Recovery

ABC’s Good Morning America recently published a short film featuring world-renowned documentary filmmaker Gordon Quinn on his experiences as a patient with COVID-19.


Jacob Brewer at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Teen struck by lightning in Florida now improving with treatment in Chicago

A teenager who survived being hit by lightning in Florida is making strides with treatment in Chicago.


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Novel tools for in vitro electrophysiology and neurotrauma modeling

We aim to create new technology and techniques for studying physical and neurological trauma, using sensors, heaters, LED and arrays.

Research Project

One year anniversary celebration in Abu Dhabi

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Affiliated Specialized Rehabilitation Hospital Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary

Specialized Rehabilitation Hospital in Abu Dhabi, an affiliate hospital of Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, celebrates one year since founding.


Wearable sensor for COVID patients

COVID ventilator patients can have permanent nerve damage

Some COVID patients on ventilators are placed in a prone position to ease breathing, but study shows that this life-saving position can also cause permanent nerve damage.


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Peripheral Nerve Injuries Associated With Prone Positioning of Patients With COVID-19

This research project collaborates with a NU lab to study the acquired injuries that are taking place in hospital care of people with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome ARDS.

Research Project


Don’t Resist Your Resistance Exercise

With many of you spending the majority of time in your homes or apartments, some have become anxious to start or resume resistance exercise. However, it is important to maintain your resistance exercises.


Ashley and friend

Ashley's Story: The Comeback

Ashley was a 24-year-old accountant and athlete living and active life in Chicago. On May 29, 2017, everything changed.

Patient Story