The Institute’s research bridges health, academic, business, governmental and disability communities to initiate and develop productive collaborations that advance its mission and bring value to its partners. Our researchers partner with institutions across the nation to remain on the cutting edge of rehabilitation research and continue to push boundaries in what might be possible.
The Movement and Neurosciences Center of Excellence, which includes the Richard W. and Jacqueline B. Chapin Gait and Motion Lab, is dedicated to enhancing the independence and quality of life of persons with and without disabilities through research, clinical services and education. The Center executes applied research and development activities to help improve walking, function and cardiorespiratory fitness so adults and children are able to achieve their greatest independence and health. Cutting-edge technology is used to study human movement and guide development and implementation of new treatment approaches.
The Communication Center of Excellence, which includes the Harris Family Assistive Technology Lab and the Richard and Eloise Agee Speech Physiology Lab, is dedicated to developing and improving technologies and treatment strategies to reduce the functional limitations of individuals with complex communication disorders. Our collaborative research model includes academic, industry, clinical, and patient/family partnerships.
The Rehabilitation Engineering Center of Excellence, located within the Institute for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering, is committed to improving the independence and quality of life of individuals with disabilities and their caregivers and clinicians through device design and development in collaboration with health care professionals. The ability to create custom, novel devices in a timely manner for both patients and research team sets Madonna apart from many health care facilities.