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COVID-19 Research Update

Posted By Sheila Burt


As the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly evolves in the United States and around the world, members of the Center for Bionic Medicine are following all guidelines set by our local and national agencies in order to keep our research participants and staff safe; we're also preparing to help support frontline healthcare workers in any way we can.

In accordance with guidelines set by the Northwestern University Institutional Review Board on March 18, all of our team’s research that cannot be performed remotely and is not essential to a participant’s health or the integrity of the research study has been temporarily postponed until further notice. We will continue to do research that does not involve direct participant contact, such as phone interviews, surveys, data analysis, or any visits/experiments that can be performed virtually.

In addition, our team of engineers, who have expertise in biomedical engineering, are seeking ways to support healthcare workers through the design and development of needed personal protective equipment (PPE) or other supportive measures.

If you are a research participant who is actively involved with a project at the Center for Bionic Medicine, please reach out to designated study personnel or the Principal Investigator with any questions or concerns.

Additional Resources


—The Administration for Community Living (ACL), part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, has put together a list of resources and guidelines for older adults and people with disabilities.

Disability considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak (World Health Organization)

—Please visit the homepage of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab for updated visitor guidelines, precautionary measures, and other information.

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