Creating new science that informs the future of health care.
At SHRS, we continually strive to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of patient care while controlling costs and enhancing the lives of all patient populations. We accomplish these goals through research and innovation.
Most of our academics and research focus on identifying best practices and optimal solutions that improve the participation, function, mobility and independence of individuals with disabilities.
SHRS is also a leader among its peers in developing and translating new technologies. Our innovative work in applied research has revolutionized many areas of health care, including information and communication, activity monitoring, transportation, physiologic sensing and robotics.
We aim to accelerate the pace of innovation in rehabilitation to have even greater positive impact on the lives of people served by SHRS disciplines.
SHRS Research at a Glance
- $30.5 million in research funding
- More than 70 funded projects school-wide
- Major contributors include:
- Department of Defense (DoD)
- Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
- Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
- National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- National Science Foundation (NSF)
- Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
- Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry
- United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
SHRS Research Centers of Excellence
- Human Engineering Research Laboratorioes (HERL)
The Human Engineering Research Laboratories are a part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as the Center for Wheelchairs and Assistive Robotics Engineering. HERL's mission is to continuously improve the mobility and function of people with disabilities through advanced engineering in clinical research and medical rehabilitation.
- Neuromuscular Research Laboratory/Warrior Human Performance Research Center (NMRL/WHPRC)
The Neuromuscular Research Laboratory/Warrior Human Performance Research Center is the applied research facility of the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition.
- SHRS Data Center
The SHRS Data Center is committed to informing evidence-based health care through high quality research studies in rehabilitation.