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Baby stroller

Jeannette Wider Quoted in USA Today on Adaptive Strollers for Children

Jeannette Wider, occupational therapist, Wheelchair Seating and Positioning Center, was quoted in a recent article in USA Today’s Reviewed section on adaptive strollers.


Dr. Allison Kessler

Dr. Allison Kessler Profiled in Chicago Medicine Magazine

Allison Kessler, MD, section chief, Renée Crown Center for Spinal Cord Innovation, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, was profiled in the cover story of Chicago Medicine magazine’s February 2024 issue.


Dr. Brenna Argall-Led Project

NSF Awards $5 Million to Dr. Brenna Argall-Led Project to Develop Power Wheelchair with Driver-Assist Technology

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Convergence Accelerator program recently announced a $5 million award to Project Drive, a multidisciplinary partnership that aims to bring the first active driving assistance system for power wheelchairs to the consumer market. The principal investigator of the NSF-funded project is Brenna Argall, PhD, research scientist and director, Assistive and Rehabilitation Robotics Laboratory (argallab).


Dr. Leora Cherney with Inaugural Mentoring Award from Aphasia Access

Dr. Leora Cherney Honored with Inaugural Mentoring Award from Aphasia Access

At a recent ceremony in Boston, Leora Cherney, PhD, scientific chair, Robert R. McCormick Foundation Think + Speak Lab, became the very first recipient of the Sandra O. Glista Excellence in Mentoring Award. The honor was given by Aphasia Access, an organization that supports academics and healthcare professionals who work with patients with aphasia.


Leslie Marriott

Leslie Marriott Honored with Illinois OT Association’s Mentor Award

Leslie Marriott, master occupational therapist and education program manager, Academy, received the Illinois Occupational Therapy Association’s (ILOTA) 2023 Mentor Award.


Celebrating Third Graduating Class of I.D.E.A. Council-Sponsored Oak Point CNA Training Program

Celebrating Third Graduating Class of I.D.E.A. Council-Sponsored Oak Point CNA Training Program

The third class of graduates celebrated completion of Shirley Ryan AbilityLab's Oak Point University CNA Career Accelerator Program. The four graduates received their certificates in a ceremony attended by colleagues, family and distinguished guests.


Laura Ferrio on Chicago Public Radio

In the News: Laura Ferrio, Actor Bob Odenkirk and Research Participant Maria Odenkirk Featured in SkyRise Story on Chicago Public Radio

On Nov. 2, Reset, the midday show on WBEZ-FM — Chicago’s NPR affiliate — ran a segment on SkyRise Chicago, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s annual fundraising climb up Willis Tower, that included perspectives from Laura Ferrio, chief operating officer.


Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Researchers

Research Highlights

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is a global resource. Clinical trials and research studies are where we bring our integrated care to life. We’re committed to Advancing Ability and sharing what we’re doing and what we learn — with all who seek greater ability and practitioners the world over.


Powerchair Soccer Team

U.S. Finishes 3rd at Powerchair Soccer World Cup — Reflections from Dr. Daniel Goodman & Sarah Mulroe

On October 20, Team USA defeated Argentina, 2-1, to earn a third-place finish at the Powerchair Soccer World Cup in Sydney, Australia.


Dr. Colin Franz

Dr. Colin Franz Featured in Article on the Promise of Degradable Medical Implants

A recent article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) highlighted the potentially groundbreaking benefits of electronic medical implants that break down in the body instead of having to be surgically removed. The materials have been tested in animals and soon could be tested in human clinical trials.


Mayor Johnson and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab leaders

Mayor Johnson’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month Roundtable Features Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Leaders

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab leaders participated in a roundtable discussion hosted by the Chicago Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) — and personally moderated by Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson.


Women playing soccer

In the News: POPSUGAR Features Dr. Maria Reese on Menstrual Cycle’s Potential Effect on Sports Injuries

Does training affect men and women athletes differently? Do hormones play a role in fitness? In a recent article in POPSUGAR, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s Maria E. Reese, MD, medical director, Performing Arts Medicine Program, and sports medicine attending physician, shared her insights.