M. Mehdi Mirbagheri, PhD - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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M. Mehdi Mirbagheri

M. Mehdi Mirbagheri, PhD

  • Senior Research Scientist, SMPP, RIC
  • Associate Research Professor, PM&R, Feinberg School of Medicine, NU


Education, Residency and Internship


Sharif University, Tehran, MSc.
Amirkabir University, Tehran, BSc.


Northwestern University, Chicago, Post Doctoral Fellow
McGill University, Montreal, PhD

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Honors & Awards

  • 2008 Craig Nielsen Foundation Award, USA
  • 2007 Special session organizer, 10th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR)
  • 2007 Session Chair at the 10th International Conference of ICORR07
  • 2005 Grant Review: ZonMw from the Netherlands
  • 2005 Falk Award, Chicago, IL
  • 2004 Session Chair at the international conference of IASTED BioMechanics 2004
  • 2003 American Heart Association (AHA) Award, USA
  • 2003 National Science Foundation (NSF) Award, USA
  • 2003 National Institute of Health (NIH) Award, USA
  • 2003 Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation (CRPF) Award, USA
  • 2003 Falk Medical Research Trust Award, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • 2002 Sarah Baskin Award for Excellence in Research, Rehabilitrion Institute of Chicago



Mirbagheri, M.M., Lilaonitkul T. and Rymer W.Z. (2011). Predication of natural history of neuromuscular properties after stroke using Fugl-Meyer scores at 1 month, Neurorehab Neural Repair, 25:458-468

M.M. Mirbagheri, L.L. Ness, C. Patel, K. Quiney and W.Z. Rymer (2011), “The effects of robotic-assisted locomotor training on spasticity and volitional control”, IEEE Int Conf of Robotic Rehabil (ICORR)

M. M. Mirbagheri, X. Niu, C. Patel, D. Varoqui, W.Z. Rymer (2011), “Predictors of ultimate Gait impairment in SCI subjects being trained with a Robotic Gait Orthosis (LOKOMAT)”, Soc Neuroscience

M.M. Mirbagheri, C. Patel, K. Quiney (2011), “Robotic-Assisted Locomotor Training Impact on Neuromuscular Properties and Muscle Strength in Spinal Cord Injury”, Annual Intl Conf IEEE Eng Med Biol So

Mirbagheri M.M. and Rymer W.Z. (2011). Predication of motor recovery using kinematic and kinetic measures, Annual  Intl Conf IEEE Neural Eng

X. Niu, C. Patel, D. Varoqui, and M.M. Mirbagheri (2011), “The Effects of Robot-Assisted Locomotor Training on Gait Recovery in Spinal Cord Injury”, Annual Intl Conf IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc

D. Varoqui, C. Patel, X. Niu, M. M. Mirbagheri (2011), “The effects of a robotic-assisted locomotor training on impaired voluntary movement of lower extremity in spinal cord injury, Soc Neuroscience


Mirbagheri, M.M., Chen, D., and Rymer W.Z. (2010). Quantification of the effects of an alpha-2 adrenergic agonist on reflex properties in SCI using a system identification technqiue, J Neuroeng Rehabil, 7:29

M.M. Mirbagheri, K. Settle (2010), “Neuromuscular Properties of Different Spastic Human Joints Vary Systematically”, Annual Intl Conf IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc

M.M. Mirbagheri, K. Settle (2010). Neuromuscular properties of different spastic human joints vary systematically. Annual Intl Conf IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc

M.M. Mirbagheri, C. Patel, K. Quiney, and W.Z. Rymer (2010). Inappropriate motorneuron recruitment in SCI, Society for Neuroscience, USA

M.M. Mirbagheri, and W.Z. Rymer (2010). Reflex contribution to motor impairment in disabling neurological illness: characterization and prediction, Annual Intl Motor Control Conf


Mirbagheri, M. M. and Rymer W. Z. (2009). Natural history of neuromuscular properties after stroke: a longitudinal study, J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry, 80(11):1212-7

Mirbagheri M.M. and Rymer W.Z. (2009). Prediction of reflex recovery after stroke using quantitative assessments of motor impairment at 1 month, Annual Intl Conf IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc

Mirbagheri M.M. (2009).Neuromuscular abnormalities detected in spastic wrist muscle in stroke, Society for Neurosci 2008

Mirbagheri, M.M., Tsao, C., and Rymer W.Z. (2008). Changes of elbow kinematics and kinetics during one year after stroke. Muscle and Nerve, 27(3): 387-395

Mirbagheri, M. M., L. Alibiglou, M. Thajchayapong, and Rymer W.Z. (2008). Muscle and reflex changes with joint angle in Hempiparetic stroke. J Neuroeng Rehabil, 5(1) 1-11

Mirbagheri, M.M. and Rymer W.Z. (2008). Time-course of changes in arm impairment after stroke: Variables predicting motor recovery over 12 months. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 89:1507-1513

Alibiglou, L., Mirbagheri, M.M., Harvey, r., and Rymer W.Z. (2008). Relation between ashworth scores and mechanical measurements associated with spasticity following stroke. J Neuroeng Rehabil, 5(18):1-14

Mirbagheri M.M., Tsao C., Settle K., Lilaonitkul T. and Rymer W.Z. (2008). Time-course of changes in neuromuscular properties following stroke, Annu Int Conf IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc

Mirbagheri M.M., Alibiglou L., Chen D., and Rymer W.Z. (2008). The impact of single dose tizanidine on stretch reflex properties in spinal cord injury, Society for Neuroscience

Research Interests

characterization of neuromuscular properties of upper and lower extremities in normal and spastic subjects; Diagnosis and treatment of spasticity; Relationship between abnormal neuromuscular properties and impaired voluntary movement; Understanding the mechanisms underlying disability; Quantifying the effects of therapeutic intervention on abnormal neuromuscular properties; Restoration of neuromuscular function in stroke and spinal cord injured subjects.

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