Research & Clinical Trials

Active Research Studies & Trials

The number of people living with SCI has increased over the past several years due more specialized treatment, especially at the accident scene. This increase in the rate of survival from spinal cord injury means that there will be an increasing number of patients in need of effective treatment to help them attain a satisfactory long-term life adjustment and quality of life following their injury.

Clinical Trials

Clinical Trials at UM Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute

Rehabilitation Technology

At UM Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute, state-of-the-art technology, combined with expert hands-on therapy, helps to maximize function and increase independence in patients who have had strokes, spinal cord or brain injury, or who have suffered from other neurological illnesses and conditions.

The Rehabilitation Research Center at UM Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute is a collaborative effort to bring state of the art research to clinical rehabilitation care for the patients we serve. The University of Maryland Rehabilitation Research Center (RRC), directed by Dr. Peter Gorman, was originally conceived in 2005 as a collaborative effort between Kernan Hospital (now UM Rehab), the UM School of Medicine, and the VA Maryland Healthcare System. It has been generously supported by seed money from the Kernan Endowment Board.

Our mission is to advance the state of rehabilitation medicine science and apply these advancements to affect the best possible care for our patients. We see the need to continually “push the envelope” and try new approaches, while basing these new approaches on sound research principles and design. Specialized and advanced research programs have been developed in stroke and spinal cord injury rehabilitation, and future work in traumatic brain injury rehabilitation is under development.  Our main emphasis has been on the use of exercise and robotic rehabilitation techniques to improve the health, fitness, and function of people with neurologic disabilities.  Additional interests of affiliated faculty members are behavioral neurology, aphasiology, pain management, spasticity and the functional basis for neurologic recovery. 

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This web site will become a link to information about ongoing projects, investigational studies and collaborations. If you would like more information, please check back often, or call the RRC at 410-448-6773.