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Why is Research Important to Your Care?

The world’s best research directly impacts your recovery

RIC has more than 350 clinical studies underway, nearly 200 of those specifically dedicated to improving treatments and recovery from stroke.

RIC Stroke Recovery - Walking Trials RIC Stroke Recovery - Robotics Lab RIC Stroke Recovery - Noninvasive Brain Stimulation



Brain Stimulation

Our research has proven that increasing the distance a patient walks each day and elevating their heart rate leads to better outcomes. Following your assessment we can determine whether you may benefit from RIC’s intensive gait trials. RIC’s lab uses assistive devices to facilitate finger extension, grasp and hand recovery. Used with clinical therapists in a Virtual Reality environment, researchers are advancing new treatments for stroke patients affected by hand weakness and paralysis. A stimulator equipped with an MRI is used to navigate and test whether brain stimulation can reduce inappropriate nerve impulses to the injured side of the brain after a stroke, ultimately improving hand and arm movements and eliminating paralyzing symptoms.

RIC Stroke Recovery Research

At RIC You Can Rest Assured

Knowing you are at the leading rehabilitation research center in the world, you can be confident you’re receiving the most advanced treatments from RIC’s deep team of experts in the field.

Only federally designated Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Stroke

RIC is the only federally designated Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Stroke by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research – one of six major research centers in the world. RIC receives more federal funding from the National Institutes of Health than any rehabilitation hospital, anywhere.

Why is this important?

At RIC, your care is infused with the most current, best practices in medicine, pioneered and proven by RIC’s best research minds and put into practice real-time. This means you’re receiving the most state-of-the-art treatments available – anywhere.