The AbilityLab—Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s research hospital set to open in early 2017—is the recipient of a recent $10 million gift from the Harris Family Foundation.

Specifically, the gift will underwrite the Center for Engineering in Neurorehabilitation. The Center’s aim is to develop and introduce therapies to help improve the lives of people who have experienced stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, or other neurological or neuromuscular disorders, according to a media release from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

“The Harris Family Foundation has long been part of RIC’s dynamic narrative,” said Joanne C. Smith, MD, RIC president and CEO, in the release. “This generous gift will enable us to improve patient outcomes through a radical, translational approach to medicine, and we are forever grateful for the Harris Family Foundation’s ongoing enthusiasm and support.”

Per the release, the $550 million, 1.2-million-square-foot AbilityLab will serve as a “translational” research hospital where clinicians, scientists, innovators, and technologists will work together in the same space, and will apply (or “translate”) their research in real time.

For more information, visit Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

[Source(s): Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, PR Newswire]