The Movement and Neurosciences Center is dedicated to enhancing the independence and quality of life of persons with and without disabilities through research, clinical services, and education. Located within the Institute for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, the laboratory benefits from well established relationships with members of the academic and clinical communities.
The Movement and Neurosciences Center, located within the Institute for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, includes a state-of-the art laboratory for performing biomechanical and physiological analyses of normal and pathologic human movement. Established in 2001, the Movement Sciences Center includes the Richard W. and Jacqueline B. Chapin Gait and Motion Lab. In 2007, the Movement Sciences Center's name was changed to the Movement and Neurosciences Center, reflecting its growing emphasis on enhancing the quality of life of the whole person by integrating neurocognitive research with ongoing studies in the biomechanical and physiological domains.
Movement and Neurosciences Center's collaborators include a network of researchers, educators, clinicians, community innovators and students who are dedicated to enhancing the independence and quality of life of persons with and without disabilities. Its affiliation with a number of academic institutions in combination with its geographical proximity to the inpatient and outpatient services at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital as well as Madonna ProActive's medically-based health, fitness and wellness facility, create exceptional opportunities for conducting applied research across the spectrum of physical abilities.
Research conducted in the Movement and Neurosciences Center addresses three primary aims:
The Movement and Neurosciences Center is dedicated to conducting biomechanical, physiological and neurocognitive research to enhance the independence and quality of life of persons with and without disabilities in order to maximize full participation in life activities. Our work supports the mission of the Institute for Rehabilitation Sciences and Engineering as well as the mission of Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital.
Early detection and management of musculoskeletal and neuro-cognitive injuries.
Prevention of secondary medical complications in persons with chronic medical conditions in order to maintain optimal participation in life activities.
Enhancement of movement function in order to increase independence and quality of life of individuals with and without disabilities.
Concussions are a hot topic. NET's Concussions: Heading for Change is intended to help Nebraska's student athletes, parents and coaches prevent or minimize sports-related head injuries. The program features an in depth look at cutting-edge research by Dr. Judy Brunfield, Director of Madonna's Institute for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The program provides a look at the on-going concussion related education for youth athletes in the state and personal stories from Nebraska athletes that have suffered concussions.
A Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital & University of Nebraska-Lincoln collaboration in neuroscience research & rehabilitation.
Neuroplasticity is the brain’s amazing ability to rewire neural pathways, enabling individuals to regain cognitive abilities after a traumatic brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury or other disabling neurological condition.
Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital’s Institute for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering has been at the forefront of neuro research for the past decade, exploring this fascinating field and developing new rehabilitation technology and best practices to help patients achieve the very highest levels of independence possible.
Collaborating with research colleagues at the University of Nebraska— Lincoln has helped accelerate the development of new technology, such as the ICARE, an automated elliptical device that is now helping people improve or regain their walking ability.
It’s a powerful partnership, forging the very best of both facilities toward a single purpose — to help individuals achieve their very highest level of performance, whether that is regaining lost cognitive skills from a traumatic brain injury or excelling at the championship level of sports performance.
Today, you will learn much more about the miraculous power of neuroplasticity and the exciting developments in the future of neuroscience.