Groundbreaking - Jul 2013 - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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July 2013 Update:
RIC Groundbreaking


Professionals to Surround Every Patient

RIC CareClinicians, researchers, and patients will collaborate in real time in RIC’s new Innovation Centers (Brain; Spinal Cord; Nerve, Muscle & Bone; Pediatrics; and Cancer), where a futuristic model of care will infuse 21st century biomedical science into the clinical environment in ways unlike any other hospital.

All human-subject research, applied research, and proof-of-concept testing will be embedded with the clinical units in dynamic spaces called AbilityLabs™.

As the active nucleus of each Center, the AbilityLab will offer a state-of-the-art environment where accomplished professionals, utilizing the most advanced technology and processes, will share space and surround every patient.

Although each Lab will have a unique configuration based on its purpose, boundaries will not exist.

AbilityLabs will be the active nucleus of each Innovation Center. They will literally reveal 21st century biomedical science at work in the clinical environment. As in our current ninth-floor test-bed model, they will be endowed with the best professionals and offer the most advanced technology, with the patient as the focus and the purpose. In their design, in their functionality, in the way they demand collaboration and innovation, and in their currency of hope and inspiration—the AbilityLabs are the re-invention of research and care in the service of human ability.

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Leading the Field in Translational Methods


RIC ResearchOur new research hospital project will transform the entire structure of our organization and will exert strong influence on the field of rehabilitation to adopt translational methods, integrating science directly with clinical care to achieve never-before-possible outcomes for patients.

In the Innovation Centers (see above), we will focus on the dominant organ-system and its molecular and cellular basis of function and recovery.

The Centers will be nimble engines of discovery, with the world’s best researchers and clinicians in an inspiring, state-of-the-art, scientifically advanced facility where research and clinical practice are fully integrated.

We have the insight, expertise, and drive to envision a revolution in rehabilitation medicine, and to make it happen. And we hold the fundamental ambition and confidence that RIC will continue to improve lives and serve as a resource for the world, the center of excellence and promise.

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A New Platform to Share Knowledge Worldwide

RIC EducateThe new Ability Institute of RIC will also extend RIC’s outreach in training and disseminating knowledge across the globe.

Although we currently invest significant resources in education and training, we know the new facility will allow us to better serve the field through conferences, colloquia, and training seminars in order to share our emerging knowledge and know-how. RIC is compelled to use our knowledge to advance the field and to set new standards of care by which other organizations can improve the outcomes of patients.

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Upcoming Courses:

RIC Academy courses are taught by interdisciplinary teams of recognized specialists from RIC and visiting experts from across the country and around the world.

Neuroanatomy: A Practical Review for Clinicians
July 18-19, 2013

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This two-day course provides an overview of the neural systems important to our work in rehabilitation of neurological disorders. Discussion focuses on cortical mechanisms, descending tracts, upper and lower motor neuron syndromes, cranial nerves, basal ganglia, and cerebellum. A very clinical perspective will be taken, by giving a brief overview of a particular system, followed by discussion of the disease processes and disorders that would result from damage to that system. Examples of neuroimaging are given. This course focuses primarily on speech and language disorders, but includes discussion of limb deficits, visual deficits, agnosia, and other perceptual deficits resulting from neurologic disease and injury. Discussion will be limited to structures and systems most commonly involved in rehabilitation. Videotapes of sequelae of neurologic disease will be presented for discussion. (See Continuing Education page for more information and registration)

Therapeutic Interventions in Neurorehabilitation
(Especially designed for OTA’s and PTA’s)
November 14-15, 2013

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This two-day course will discuss the medical complications and management for the neurologically involved patient populations, (particularly those seen in brain injured and stroke). The intervention-focused agenda provides evidence based treatment strategies and practical approaches for impairments such as decreased balance, ataxia, pusher syndrome, shoulder strengthening/complications, visual perceptual changes and executive deficits as well as motor learning concepts and their implications for treatment. The program includes lab sessions on the topics of gait training techniques, upper extremity shaping techniques and shoulder management, and hand edema. (See Continuing Education page for more information and registration)


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