Welcome to the Biologics Lab

Explore what translational biomedical research is about at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.
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A Minimally Invasive Tool to Measure Muscle Impairment

A minimally invasive, fiber-optic technique that accurately measures the passive stretch and twitch contraction of living muscle tissue could someday be an alternative to the painful muscle biopsies.
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Stem-Cell Breakthroughs Promise Novel Treatments for Cerebral Palsy and Related Conditions

Although the cause of CP remains a mystery, researchers at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) are at the forefront of those working to understand, treat — and ultimately cure — this life-long neurological disorder.
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Our Projects

Take a look at a few of the projects we work on everyday.

Muscle Impairment in Children with Cerebral Palsy: a Role for Muscle Satellite Cells Dysfunction
PROJECT TYPE: Cerebral Palsy, Muscle, Biology, Muscle Fibers, Cell Biology, Stem Cells, Cell Culture

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Defining trajectories of linguistic, cognitive-communicative and quality of life outcomes in aphasia
PROJECT TYPE: Stroke, Aphasia, Quality Improvement, Outcomes, Brain, Biology, Speech Disorders

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Pressure and Muscle Force
PROJECT TYPE: Muscle

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Sarcomere Measurements
PROJECT TYPE: Muscle Fibers, Muscle, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Physiology

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Selected Publications

Altered functional connectivity associated with time discounting in chronic pain.

Chronic pain (CP) is a global problem extensively associated with an unhealthy lifestyle. Time discounting (TD), a tendency to assign less value to future gains than to present gains, is an indicator of the unhealthy behaviors. While, recent neuroimaging studies implied overlapping neuro mechanisms underlying CP and TD, little is known about the specific relationship between CP and TD in behavior or neuroscience. As such, we investigated the association of TD with behavioral measures in CP and…

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