The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network (NRN) is a cooperative network of cutting-edge rehabilitation centers designed to provide and develop activity-based therapies for promoting functional recovery and improving the overall health and quality of life of people living with spinal cord injury and other selected neurological disorders. Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through a cooperative agreement with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, the NRN translates the latest scientific advances into effective rehabilitation treatments.
The mission of the NeuroRecovery Network is to provide support for the development of specialized centers that provide standardized activity-based rehabilitation care based on current scientific and clinical evidence for people with spinal cord injury and other selected neurological disorders. Initially, the NRN will focus on Locomotor Training. The goals of the NRN include:
- Maximizing the availability and quality of rehabilitative care for patients with spinal cord injuries and other neurological disorders
- Developing a comprehensive database to track the success of activity-based therapeutic interventions as well as financial parameters such as cost and reimbursement
- Identifying the optimal activity-based therapies for specific patient populations
Frazier Rehab Institute NeuroRecovery Network Clinic
Frazier Rehab Institute continues its commitment to excellence in rehab medicine through advancements in the area of spinal cord injury treatments. Through a collaborative partnership between Frazier Rehab Institute and both the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center and Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Louisville, Susan Harkema, Ph.D., located her Human Locomotion Research Center to Louisville.
This move led to the establishment of Frazier Rehab as the lead center in the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation’s NeuroRecovery Network. In addition, the partnership mentioned above has formed the Neuroscience Collaborative Center, a research center focused on neurological disorders including movement disorders and spinal cord injury.
Rehabilitation aids many patients in the recovery of injuries. For many years, patients at Frazier Rehab Institute have used rehabilitation to regain function and maintain the bone and muscle mass necessary for vital function. But now, patients with certain kinds of spinal cord injuries have access to the latest in advanced rehab medicine including the use of new strategies to retrain the nervous system. The work of Dr. Harkema and her colleagues has led to the development of Locomotor Training, an activity-based intervention for patients with spinal cord injuries and other neurological disorders. This intervention re-teaches walking through the use of appropriate sensory cues that can be recognized by the neural circuitry of the spinal cord for the promotion of better muscle patterns for walking.
For more information about the NeuroRecovery Network or the Locomotor Training Program, contact us at (502) 582-4715 or 1-866-540-7719.
NeuroRecovery Network Sites:
- Frazier Rehab Institute, Louisville, Kentucky (Lead Center)
- Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Shepherd Center, Atlanta, Georgia
- The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR), Houston, Texas
- The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
- Kessler Medical Rehabilitation Research and Education Center, West Orange, New Jersey
- Boston Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
For a list of NRN Team Members, please visit http://louisville.edu/medschool/neurosurgery/harkema/NRN