The Rehabilitation Medicine Research Center at Mayo Clinic draws on the strong clinical practice, research and education efforts in rehabilitation medicine and surgery at Mayo Clinic and focuses on the discovery, translation and application of new knowledge to provide hope to people with disabilities.

In the Rehabilitation Medicine Research Center, physicians and scientists from more than a dozen departments and sections work together to improve health care and restore function and quality of life for people with a wide range of disabilities. Basic science researchers work with clinical partners in neurological, musculoskeletal and medical rehabilitation areas to achieve these goals.

Research activity in the Rehabilitation Medicine Research Center is organized around three clinical research themes:

  • Medical rehabilitation
    • Amputation and prosthetics
    • Cancer rehabilitation
    • Cardiac rehabilitation
    • Disabilities of aging
    • Pediatric and developmental disabilities
  • Musculoskeletal rehabilitation
    • Arthritis
    • Spine and osteoporosis rehabilitation
    • Sports medicine
  • Neurological rehabilitation
    • Neurodegenerative disorders
    • Spinal cord injury
    • Traumatic brain injury and stroke

Focus areas of research are applied across the three clinical research themes and include:

  • Assistive and restorative technology
  • Functional outcomes of rehabilitation
  • Regenerative rehabilitation