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We offer multiple didactic opportunities in a range of educational formats.


Our specialized webinars, courses, podcasts, and workshops are designed  to deepen your understanding of the right way to use smart technologies. 

There is a critical need to assist researchers and clinicians regarding the consistent and meaningful use of the vast array of technologies that are currently available to assess patient performance. Scientists and clinicians at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and Northwestern University have extensive experience successfully using sensors, mobile apps, and other devices with their patients in the clinic, home, and community environments. Our highly collaborative scientists and clinicians will share their knowledge, experience, and technical and clinical know-how with you to provide training and enhance expertise across the field of rehabilitation research and practice.

Our content is specialized to the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) communities and the patients they serve. We provide educational activities through a variety of access point mechanisms for remote access as well as distanced on site participation. Offerings include a wide range of accredited online and in-person courses, webinars, and hands-on programs with the common goal of improving patient outcomes. 



We are excited to announce our free webinars available through our Academy, created by our C-STAR core experts for the PM&R community.

Biological and Bionic Hands: Natural Neural Coding and Artificial Perception
Learn about advancements in neural coding and artificial perception in this course taught by Sliman Bensmaia, PhD, James and Karen Frank Family Professor of Organismal Biology and Anatomy at The University of Chicago's Department of Organismal Biology & Anatomy.

Body Machine Interfaces: From Basic to Clinical Neuroscience and Back
Join this on-demand webinar as Sandro Mussa-Ivaldi, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, presents the Body-Machine Interface as a low-cost technological platform linking the understanding of the mechanisms of motor learning to the development of new strategies for neurorehabilitation and assistance.

Cortical Activity Indexes Distinct Aspects of Balance Function in Health, Aging, and Disease
This session addresses how inter-subject variability in electroencephalography (EEG) measures of cortical activity during a standing balance recovery are associated with individual differences in balance function.

Determining Neural Mechanisms Underlying Motor Impairments Following Unilateral Brain Injury Using Engineering Approaches: Impact on Rehabilitation
Taught by Julius P. A. Dewald, PT, PhD, Professor and Chair at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, this course explores the use of engineering approaches to determine neural mechanisms and motor impairments following a brain injury.

Merging Humans And Machines To Assist Walking And Running: Robotic Exoskeletons, Bionic Prostheses and Mobile Brain Imaging
Learn how the latest developments in robotic exoskeleton technology, bionic prostheses and mobile brain imaging can assist walking and running.

Practical, Neuroscience Based Rehabilitation
Explore constraints in the design of rehabilitation devices, how we carry out neuroscience experiments to help design simple systems and how we investigate major factors such as how to present sensory feedback and the motivation to train.

Studying Human Balance Control with Applications in Wearable Robotics
Researchers and clinicians interested in using technology to measure outcomes in a rehabilitation are participate in this on-demand webinar focusing on wearable robotics.

Think Soft: From Robotics to Prosthetics and Rehab, How Soft Tech is Changing the Game
The technological revolution of soft, intelligent machines today is spilling over from robotics to bionics. Not only are soft technologies safer, more effective and more adaptive, they can be above all more natural, as their motion and interaction patterns are dictated by similar principles as those moving our own human limbs.

Including Course Instructors



Our institution boasts a large base of scientists and clinicians who are active in sharing their knowledge in PM&R specific podcasts. 

Dr. Rick Lieber Discusses the Future on RehabCast

Announcing: Shirley Ryan AbilityLab - Pod Series: Stroke Edition




01/19/2023: C-STAR - Art and Science of Creating Intuitive Devices
This course will discuss human-centered design and how it’s applied to rehabilitation devices including prosthetics, wheelchairs and exoskeletons. Attendees will learn more about user interfaces and how human-centered design principles can be applied to create more intuitive devices.

5/17/23: C-STAR - Machine Learning and Sensors to Enhance Rehabilitation Research
In this introductory course, we will take a practical approach to understand how machine learning and sensors can be applied in the rehabilitation field, pitfalls to avoid, how to get started, and how these tools can create reliable digital biomarkers.

For more information about our educational opportunities, please contact us

C-STAR is funded by the National Institutes of Health (Grant #P2C HD101899), supported by the NICHD and NINDS.

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