The Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute was founded in 1992 to consolidate the many research activities at Moss Rehab and to foster new initiatives in rehabilitation research. Under the direction of John Whyte, MD, PhD, Director, and Myrna Schwartz, PhD, Associate Director, the institute sponsers interdisciplinary research aimed at improving human function and adaptation to disability. Research is an important part of treatment, often leading the way to new advances and innovations in medical rehabilitation. Research activities within the institute help maintain MossRehab’s excellence by attracting the best staff and bringing new medical and technological developments to patients with disabilities.
The mission of MRRI is to:
> Foster theoretically motivated rehabilitation research focused on issues relevant to human function;
> Stimulate operations research aimed at improving the quality and cost-effectiveness of patient care;
> Improve the quality of patient care by integrating research into ongoing clinical activities and by involving treatment staff in clinical research; and
> Establish education and training programs that foster the philosophy and methods of effective rehabilitation research
MRRI has three major areas of research focus:
1. Cognitive neuroscience/cognitive rehabilitation seeks to understand how stroke, brain trauma and other diseases of the central nervous system disrupt mental processes, and to develop innovative treatment approaches for these problems.
2. Motor control/mobility rehabilitation seeks to understand how movements are planned and executed in healthy individuals to help restore useful movement to people with paralysis, amputation and spasticity.
3. Outcomes research seeks to measure how well individuals with disabilities function after completing the rehabilitation process; ensure that tools used to measure progress are meaningful, and that treatments are effective.
Special Program Features
Some of the unique approaches and special technology available through Moss Rehabilition Research Institute are:
> Structural and functional neuroimaging
> Methods to assess neurocognitive and motor performance
> Virtual reality
Statement of Operating Revenue and Expenses - Fiscal 2011 (PDF: 13kb / 1 page)
MRRI Grants and Contracts - Fiscal 2011 (PDF: 93kb / 2 pages)