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Learn About Clinical Studies

A variety of consumer education sheets were developed by the U.S. National Institutes of Health to help people better understand clinical studies. Descriptions are provided on clinical trials and observation studies, who and where clinical studies are conducted, how long studies last, reasons for conducting them and who and how one participates in a clinical study.

Abilities Research Center

The Abilities Research Center (ARC) is a combined clinical and research center that brings together scientists, clinicians, engineers, artists, and storytellers with one collective goal: using technology to help individuals improve their physical capabilities. We investigate and implement novel, technological solutions to enable individuals with disabilities to maximize their self-sufficiency and mobility, while also working with healthy individuals to reach for higher levels of performance. The Arc lab is located in Mount Sinai Hospital.

Putrino Lab

The Putrino Lab operates out of the Abilities Research Center at Mount Sinai Hospital. They develop and investigate breakthrough technologies that can dramatically improve standards of care for people everywhere It doesn’t matter if you’re recovering from a stroke or preparing for the Olympics, we use technology to build communities, empower, treat and inform.

Junqian Xu Laboratory

Junqian Xu Lab develop advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and spectroscopy (MRS) techniques to address neurobiological questions and apply them to neurological or psychiatric disorders. They are interested in spinal cord in neurological disorders research.

SCI Damage Research Center

The Spinal Cord Damage Research Center is supported by the VA Rehabilitation Research & Development Center of Excellence (RR&D) which focuses on improving the medical consequences of persons with spinal cord injury.

Movement Control Rehabilitation (MOCORE) Laboratory

The MOCORE Laboratory at Stevens Institute of Technology is a Biomedical Engineering lab focused on optimizing rehabilitation investigating cognitive agency of hand grasp, visual based learning, and exo-skeleton simulations for gait analysis.

Roar Lab

The Robotics And Rehabilitation (RoAR) Lab is focused on developing innovative robots and methods to help humans relearn, restore, or improve functional movements. The lab is housed both in Engineering and Medical campuses of Columbia University. Human studies have targeted elderly subjects and patients with stroke, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, and others.


Research in the K-Lab aims to decipher the neurophysiological mechanisms underlying recovery of motor function after repetitive task training and targeted non-invasive stimulation in people with Spinal Cord Injury.

Human Spinal Cord Injury Repair Laboratory (Burke Institute)

At Burke Neurological Institute, our research into spinal cord injury ranges from understanding the processes that control regeneration in animal models of injury to studying the effects of rehabilitation and the use of robotics in patients. Our labs study sensory signaling processing that occurs in individual cells, cell transplantation to repair injured spinal cord, electrical stimulation of spinal cord circuits from the brain to spinal cord injury, and how recovery can be improved through neuro-rehabilitation.

Rehabilitation Research and Movement Performance Laboratory (RRAMP Lab)

The Rehabilitation Research and Movement Performance (RRAMP) Laboratory is located in Stony brook University, School of Health Technology and Management. RRAMP is dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities, assessing athletic performance and aiding recovery after disease or injury through the use of a motion analysis system.

M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience (Rutgers University)

The W. M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience was established with a specific mission: to bring effective treatments to people with spinal cord injury. Based on a commitment to collaboration, all Center facilities and programs are designed to enable cooperative projects and enhance external relationships to combine the knowledge and expertise of academic, corporate, government, public and private partners, and the community.

Lab of Biomechatronics and Intelligent Robotics (BIRO)

BIRO is part of Department of Mechanical Engineering at the City University of New York, City College. They research is focused on robotics and exoskeletons.

SCOPE (Spinal Cord Outcomes Partnership Endeavor)

SCOPE is the Spinal Cord Outcomes Partnership Endeavor. Its mission is to enhance the development of clinical trial and clinical practice protocols that will accurately validate therapeutic interventions for spinal cord injury (SCI) leading to the adoption of improved best practices. They have tables of all current research studies and other consumer research guidance related to SCI.

SCIRE Project

SCIRE covers a comprehensive set of topics relevant to SCI rehabilitation and community reintegration. SCIRE reviews, evaluates, and translates existing research knowledge into a clear and concise format to inform health professionals and other stakeholders of best rehabilitation practices following SCI.

A registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world. gives you information about a trial’s purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details. This information should be used in conjunction with advice from health care professionals.

SCI is a brand new website designed to provide up-to-date and user-friendly information about spinal cord injury clinical trials. You can search via location, injury details, therapies and outcomes, find answers for the most common questions about trials,  Applying quickly and directly to the trials from the web site.

SCI Trails Finder

The SCI Trials Finder website will allow individuals with spinal cord injury, their families and health care professionals to read common language information about clinical trials as developed by experienced clinical investigators. Organizers started by curating trials looking for participants for studies of interventions targeting improvement of neurological and related functional outcomes, currently underway in North America, Europe and Australia. In addition to the curated trials, users can also read about all SCI related trials registered on  

Center Watch-Clinical Trial Search

Center Watch is a source of clinical trials information for both clinical research professionals and patients. They offer several professional, educational and informative services and resources from news and analysis on the industry to trial listings seeking study volunteers.

NIH Clinical Research Trials

NIH Clinical Research Trials and You to help people learn more about clinical trials, why they matter and how to participate. Visitors to the site will find information about the basics of clinical trial participation, experiences from clinical trial volunteers and explanations from researchers, links on how to search for a trial or enroll in a research matching program.

International Society for Stem Cell Research

 A source for reliable information about stem cell research and clinical advances.

The North American Clinical Trials Network

The North American Clinical Trials Network (NACTN) works to bring promising therapies out of the laboratory and into clinical trials, in a manner that provides strong evidence of effectiveness and safety.


 A service of the National Library of Medicine, provides access to over 12 million citations in the medical literature back to the mid-1960s. Includes links to many sites providing full text articles and other related resources. Search using key word, researcher name, or journal title.

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