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Paralyzed by Bullets, Peoria Teen Fights for Mobility

At just 19 years old, Destiny Floyd is learning how to get in and out of a wheelchair on her own. She hopes her story will urge people in the river city to put down the weapons.

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Chicago Lab Creates Cutting-Edge Bionic Prosthetics

In a state-of-the-art facility in downtown Chicago, the next generation of bionic prosthetics is being developed at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.

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Promoting Function and Independence in the Cerebral Palsy Population

While CP can affect one’s mobility and independence, both children and adults with CP can live healthy and active lifestyles with the appropriate interventions and equipment. At Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, a heavy focus is placed on gait training and standing with this patient population during physical therapy.

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No. 1 in Rehabilitation by U.S. News & World Report for 29th 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 29th consecutive year. It remains the only hospital of its kind to hold this distinction.

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Better Makers: Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Brings the Patient Experience to Life at Spark!

Advancing human ability, from a traumatic brain injury to battling multiple sclerosis (MS), the world-class Shirley Ryan AbilityLab continues to reimagine what it means to be a rehabilitation hospital.

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Kyle’s Story: Back to an Active Lifestyle Following a Brain Injury

Kyle’s Story: Back to an Active Lifestyle Following a Brain Injury

A car accident caused Kyle’s severe brain injury, which affected his speech, mobility, memory and activities of daily living. Watch this video to see the latest on his journey, and what the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab team means to him.

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Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Announces First Kabiller Humanitarian Prize Winner

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Announces First Kabiller Humanitarian Prize Winner

Elissa Larkin Conlon, speech-language pathologist and research clinician, is the first recipient of Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s Kabiller Humanitarian Prize.
Watch the video below, which debuted at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s May 30, 2019, Spark! signature event, and see why Elissa was selected for this honor.

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Open-source Bionic Leg: First-of-its-kind Platform Aims to Rapidly Advance Prosthetics

A new open-source, artificially intelligent prosthetic leg designed by University of Michigan and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab researchers is now available to the scientific community. The leg’s free-to-copy design and programming are intended to improve the quality of life of patients and accelerate scientific advances by offering a unified platform to fragmented research efforts across the field of bionics.

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Meet José Pons, PhD — New Scientific Chair for Legs + Walking Lab

Meet José Pons, PhD — New Scientific Chair for Legs + Walking Lab

On June 3, José Pons, PhD, joined Shirley Ryan AbilityLab as the scientific chair of the Legs + Walking Lab. In his new role, Dr. Pons now leads a translational research team — collaborating with Innovation Center clinical chairs and Legs + Walking scientists — to apply the most advanced methods for measuring and restoring lower-limb function in diverse patient populations.

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Meet Monica Perez, PT, PhD — New Scientific Chair for Arms + Hands Lab

Meet Monica Perez, PT, PhD — New Scientific Chair for Arms + Hands Lab

On May 31, 2019, Monica Perez, PT, PhD, joined Shirley Ryan AbilityLab as the scientific chair of the Arms + Hands Lab. An internationally recognized leader in spinal cord injury (SCI), Dr. Perez now leads a translational research team that includes current Arms + Hands Lab scientists and Innovation Center clinical chairs to orchestrate the application of the most modern methods for measuring upper-extremity function.

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Dr. Grafman Featured Guest on Epilepsy Podcast and Videocast

Dr. Grafman Featured Guest on Epilepsy Podcast and Videocast

A recent episode of Seizing Life — a podcast and videocast produced by the Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE) — featured Jordan Grafman, PhD, director, Brain Injury Research, discussing research and treatment of post-traumatic epilepsy (PTE) after traumatic brain injury (TBI) in military veterans.

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New rehabilitation hospital opens in Abu Dhabi

Hospital aims to reduce the number of residents who travel abroad for rehabilitation

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