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Published on April 16, 2013

Celebrating Excellence: Dr. Todd Kuiken Receives Award from the Association of Academic Physiatrists

Association of Academic Physiatrists

CHICAGO — The highest and the only research award given by the Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP) has been awarded to Dr. Todd Kuiken, Director of the Center for Bionic Medicine at RIC. The Carolyn Braddom Ritzler Research Award is presented annually at AAP’s national conference to an individual who “has conducted research that has had a profound impact on the science and/or practice of physical medicine and rehabilitation.” 

RIC's Dr. Todd KuikenDr. Kuiken is best known for his pioneering use of bionic limbs that connect with the human nervous system, improving motion, control, and even feeling. He developed the Targeted Muscle Reinnervation (TMR) procedure  for upper-limb amputees in 2002. TMR is an innovative surgical procedure that reroutes brain signals from nerves severed during amputation to intact muscles, allowing patients to control their prosthetic devices by merely thinking about the action they want to perform. Thanks to the innovative work of Dr. Kuiken and his team, RIC debuted the world’s first bionic arm powered by thought in 2005. 

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Dr. Kuiken has been decorated with many of honors and awards in Chicago, nationally, and internationally. To that list of acknowledgments, he recently added an honorary membership to the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists. The Academy is dedicated to advancing patient care delivered by orthotists and prosthetists through literature, education, research, and collaboration.

About the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) is the nation’s #1-ranked provider of comprehensive physical medicine and rehabilitation care to patients from around the world. Ranked #1 by both U.S. News and World Report and the U.S. National Institutes of Health, RIC holds an unparalleled market distinction.

With a record six multi-year, multi-million dollar federal research designations awarded and funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Education’s National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research in the areas of spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, neurological rehabilitation, outcomes research, bionic medicine/rehabilitation engineering research, and pediatric orthopedics, RIC operates the largest rehabilitation research enterprise in the world.

RIC also operates its 182-bed, flagship hospital in downtown Chicago, as well as a network of more than 40 sites of care distributed throughout the Midwest, through which it delivers inpatient, day rehabilitation, and outpatient services.

Founded in 1954, RIC has been designated the “#1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America” by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1991. RIC sets the standard of care in the post-acute market through its innovative applied research and discovery programs, particularly in the areas of neuroscience, bionic medicine, musculoskeletal medicine and technology transfer. For more information, go to www.ric.org.

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