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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.

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The "Business" of the Science Business
Rick Lieber, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, explains the daily practice of science as a business. As with any business, scientists have marketing, public relations, research and development, distribution, finance and strategy considerations. Unfortunately, these areas (except for R&D) are not part of the typical PhD education but will be the subject of this webinar.

Developing Advanced Prototypes for Clinical Testing and Commercial Translation
The Regenstein Center for Bionic Medicine, founded in 2006, has developed expertise in mechatronics, machine learning, sensor design and clinical trials. They have successfully translated several innovations that have resulted in new commercial products and changed clinical practice. In this webinar, Dr. Hargrove provides an overview of the processes used by his team to develop advanced prototypes for clinical testing.

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Automated Video Analysis of Motor Impairments This on-demand webinar presents recent achievements and addresses challenges that limit the current deployment of video technology as a clinical tool. This course is taught by Luca Lonini, PhD, Research Scientist II, Senior Data Scientist, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab; Research Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Community Stakeholder Engagement in Translational Research: Introduction to Concepts, Methods, and Resources is a free lecture covering community engagement process and the resources available to C-Star researchers offered through the Center for Community Health at Northwestern University. This course is taught by Namratha Kandula, MD, MPH, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab/Northwestern University, Chicago, IL. 

Wearable Sensors and Machine Learning to Enhance Ability is a free hour-long introduction into wearable sensors covering emerging techniques, terminology, broad domains and objectives, all concerning wearable technology taught by James Cotton, MD, PhD, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab/Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.


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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




Our in-person learning is currently suspended, but will return soon!

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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