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Dr. Perez with patient

Multi-site, non-invasive electrical stimulation helps restore function in patients with spinal cord injury

In novel research led by scientists at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, patients with spinal cord injury who received non-invasive electrical stimulation simultaneously targeting motor neurons in the arms and legs followed by physical therapy had lasting improvements in walking and grasping.

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The first graduates of the CNA training program

Oak Point University: Celebrating Our First CNA Graduates

On March 25, the first class of graduates from Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s Oak Point University CNA Career Accelerator Program received their certificates in a ceremony attended by colleagues, family and distinguished guests. This unique program provides a fully-paid fast track to educate, certify and employ certified nursing assistants (CNAs) — what we refer to as patient care technicians, or PCTs, at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. PCTs provide basic care to our patients, including basic hygiene, activities of daily living and therapeutic rehabilitation activities.

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Dr. Brenna Argall (center) inducted to AIMBE College of Fellows

Dr. Brenna Argall Inducted to Prestigious AIMBE College of Fellows

At a March 27 ceremony in Washington, D.C., Brenna Argall, PhD, research scientist and director, argallab, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, was inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biomedical Engineering’s (AIMBE) College of Fellows. The AIMBE College of Fellows is a unique honor, recognizing the top 2 percent of medical and biological engineers in the country.

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Dr. Rick Lieber

Dr. Rick Lieber Receives 2023 Elsass Foundation Research Prize for Impacting Lives of People with CP

On March 27, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s chief scientific officer, Richard Lieber, PhD, was named the recipient of the 2023 Elsass Foundation Research Prize in recognition for being “one of the world's leading researchers in the field of cerebral palsy (CP).” He was nominated by his long-time collaborator Jan Fridén, MD, PhD, professor of hand surgery, Swiss Paraplegic Centre in Nottwil, Switzerland.

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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.

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Researcher with microscope

Speeding Drug Repurposing for Patients

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

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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.

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Patient receiving therapy

Reframing a Problem as a Solution

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

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Mitra Lavasani

Scoring Start-up Funding for Breakthrough Research

Regrowing cartilage to turn back the body’s aging clock lends hope that osteoarthritis can be reversed.

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Patient receiving therapy

Accelerating Next-gen Rehabilitation Technology

GEMS is a lightweight, robotic hip exoskeleton that provides walking and balance assistance to people recovering from stroke and older adults.

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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.

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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.

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