Research Study


The Shirley Ryan Ability Lab and Northwestern University Department of Physical Therapy and Movement Sciences have a number of ongoing research studies for individuals diagnosed with stroke, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injury or cerebral palsy. We are collecting the names of individuals who would like to be contacted about potential future research opportunities.

If you would like your name placed on a list of possible research participants, or if you have questions, please contact Carolyn Ostrowski (312) 238-2892 or

Participants in the Clinical Research Registry (CRR) will:

·        Answer questions about their stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury or cerebral palsy.

·        May complete physical assessments

·        Have their name added to a database

Participants must meet the following criteria:
• Individuals who have been diagnosed with a stroke, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injury or cerebral palsy

• Any individual between 0-90 years of age

• Individuals ages 12-17
will be provided with Written Assent and separate consent forms

Benefits to Participation include:
• Exposure to innovative treatment approaches
• Contribution to the growing knowledge base of medical science
• Interactions with renowned clinical scientists

IRB Project #: STU00212839
Principal Investigator: Monica Perez PT, PhD
Shirley Ryan Ability Lab is an academic affiliate of
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Date Posted: 01/17/2022

Research Study


If you:
1. Have limited or no ability to use both hands
2. Are 22-70 years old
3. Live within 2 hours of the University of Chicago

You may be eligible to participate in a research study to determine if long-term recording of brain activity to control a robotic prosthetic arm and other technology for activities of daily living is safe and effective. You would undergo surgery to place four small electrode arrays in your brain. The wires would pass through your skin so we could record signals to control the arm for 1.5-5.5 years.

For more information contact John Downey: 773-834-5204 or

SCI Trials is a new searchable platform that makes it easy for people with spinal cord injuries who want to participate in clinical trials to find ones suited to their interests. The platform is a collaboration between SCI researchers and people living with SCI. is making clinical trials easier to access and easier to understand, thus allowing the community to be more involved in the development and execution of research,” said Barry Munro, the chief development officer with the Canadian Spinal Research Organization/American Spinal Research Organization and also a wheelchair user with an SCI. “With the ability to be more engaged and included in clinical trials, we believe our community is much better served.”

When you go to on your smartphone, it asks for your location, injury level, severity, and time since injury. Fill in the boxes and hit Find Trials. If you click More Info on one that’s recruiting, you’re given further options: follow, hide, and apply. It’s that easy to use.

The platform filters trials to show only those from legitimate universities, research centers, and hospitals. You can save your unique trial preferences and receive emails letting you know when relevant trials in their area become available. is a joint initiative of the North American Spinal Cord Injury Consortium, the Canadian/American Spinal Research Organization, and, with development provided by

This article is from New Mobility Magazine, a publication of United Spinal Association.