NIDILRR-Funded Research Happens at the Top Rehab Hospitals

Every year, the magazine US News and World Report releases its rankings of top hospitals across the US, including specialty hospitals like those that focus on rehabilitation. For these specialty hospitals, ranking is determined entirely by expert opinion, based on responses from three years of surveys of physician specialists. The top 12 hospitals ranked for rehabilitation services this year were recommended by at least 5% of the rehabilitation specialists responding to US News’ surveys in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

When we reviewed the top hospitals, we found that all of the top 10 were home to at least one current NIDILRR-funded research or development project. We dug a little deeper into the Program Database and found that these 10 hospitals have hosted more than 250 projects over more than 35 years! These projects range from five-year centers to three-year field-initiated research and development projects to individual fellowships.

Here is the list of the top-ten hospitals with descriptions of NIDILRR-funded research that occurred at each site.  Click on the name of the hospital to see more details on current and completed NIDILRR-funded projects:

  1. Researchers from Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) has directed or collaborated on more than 80 projects since 1984. Current projects include the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Employment for People with Physical Disabilities, two Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERCs), and a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Model System Center, in addition to several field-initiated projects.
  2. Researchers from Kessler Foundation have directed or collaborated on more than 60 projects or fellows since 1987. Current projects include SCI and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System Centers, several fellowship and training programs, and field-initiated research and development projects.
  3. Researchers from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital have directed or collaborated on more than a dozen projects since 1998. Current projects include SCI, TBI, and Burn Injury Model System Centers and collaborative projects.
  4. Researchers from TIRR Memorial Hermann have directed or collaborated on almost 40 projects since 1988. Current projects include SCI and TBI Model System Centers, the Southwest ADA Regional Center, the Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living, and several other five- and three-year projects.
  5. Researchers from the University of Washington have directed or collaborated on almost 50 projects since 1983. Current projects include TBI and Burn Injury Model System Centers, as well as the data and statistical center for the Burn Model Systems, and the ADA Network Knowledge Translation Center.
  6. Researchers from the Mayo Clinic have directed or collaborated on a range of TBI-related projects for more than 20 years. It is currently home to a TBI Model System Center.
  7. Researchers from the Rusk Rehabilitation Institute have directed or collaborated on Model System Centers, fellowship programs, and field-initiated research. It is currently home to the a TBI Model System Center among other active projects.
  8. Researchers from Craig Hospital have directed or collaborated on two dozen projects over more than 30 years, including the earliest SCI Model System Centers. Craig is currently home to SCI and TBI Model System Centers, as well as the data and statistical center for the TBI Model Systems, among other active projects.
  9. Researchers from the Shepherd Center have directed or collaborated on almost 40 projects over more than 30 years, including RERCs, SCI Model System Centers, and a long list of field-initiated projects. Shepherd is currently home to an SCI Model System Center, and the LiveWell RERC and the RERC on Wireless Inclusive Technologies, both of which examine how information and communication technologies can help us age well with and into disability.
  10. Researchers at the Moss Rehabilitation Institute have directed or collaborated on 15 TBI-related projects over more than 30 years, including TBI Model System Centers and another long list of field-initiated projects. Moss is currently home to a TBI Model System Center.

We’re proud to be a part of a community that is researching new interventions and developing new technologies that are vital to improving the health, employment, and participation of people with disabilities. Active research and development are happening at hospitals, universities, and community organizations that NIDILRR-funded projects call home, and that has real-life benefits for the patients and families being served there. Visit the NIDILRR Program Database to see what these projects are currently working on!

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