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Six Federally Designated Research Programs

No other rehabilitation hospital in the nation carries six research designations from U.S. government agencies, including the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and the National Institutes of Health, to develop breakthrough treatments. 

RIC's research discoveries set new standards and protocols in rehabilitation hospitals around the world. RIC regularly publishes research in the world's foremost medical journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association and the European medical journal, The Lancet.

Click through the sections below to learn more about each of our federal research designations.

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1  Stroke

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NIDRR Stroke Rehabilitation Research & Training Center

In the nation, there is only one Stroke Rehabilitation Research & Training Center as designated by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR): that's RIC. With stroke as the leading cause of disability in America, RIC is developing exciting new robotic hand orthosis systems and exploring virtual-reality technologies to help patients return to work, play and to their passions.

2  Neurologic Rehabilitation


NIH National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research R24 program - Engineering for Neurologic Rehabilitation Program

RIC is one of six programs in the country within the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research awarded by the National Institutes of Health. Within this network of experts, we are the only one focused on the groundbreaking application of neural engineering and robotic techniques to understand, diagnose and treat neurologic disorders such as brain injury, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease.

3  Spinal Cord Injury

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NIDRR Midwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury Care System

RIC is the Midwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury Care System as designated by NIDRR. One of only 14 SCI Model Systems nationwide, we advance spinal cord care through clinical research that identifies new standards of care for the industry. RIC leads multiple independent and collaborative research projects exploring walking therapy technologies that deliver the most effective treatment to advance ability™. 

4  Engineering Research


NIDRR Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center: Machines Assisting Recovery from Stroke

Machines assist therapists in providing longer, more consistent and intensive therapies, that track progress and improve functional performance. RIC is one of 20 NIDRR Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers dedicated to stroke research and the only focused on robotics.

5  Outcomes Research


NIDRR Outcomes Rehabilitation Research & Training Center

RIC uses therapies that are proven to create the best outcomes. That's our passion. We strive to provide the most cost-efficient solutions  too. RIC is the only NIDRR Outcomes Rehabilitation Research & Training Center in the nation leading the way for establishing standardized measures and evaluating clinical outcomes to ensure patients receive the best care and best outcomes.

6  Orthopedic Robotics for Kids

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NIDRR Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center: Technologies for Children with Orthopedic Disabilities

The only RERC dedicated to improving the lives of children, NIDRR chose RIC's extensive expertise in robotics and our track record of product development for its Technologies for Children with Orthopedic Disabilities research center. RIC's collaborative research integrates robots and virtual reality to motivate children in their treatment and develop neuroplasticity in the brain.