The Burke Medical Research Institute is a research enterprise that works in partnership with the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and the Weill Cornell Medical College to develop new therapeutic approaches for a host of impairments that cause disability including paralysis, sensory loss, language problems and dementia.
The Institute's scientists are exploring the frontiers of rehabilitation research and striving to make scientific discoveries that will better the lives of those suffering from disability stemming from injury or illness. In keeping with its commitment to solving the problems of brain repair, the Institute invested more than $7 million on the renovation of its research laboratories, increasing its regenerative medicine research laboratories to more than 40,000 square feet. Burke officially opened its Regenerative Medicine Laboratories on Sept. 14, 2012.
Over the past several months, we have heard and seen many individuals and groups that have taken the ALS Ice bucket Challenge. These challenges have helped shine a spotlight on this devastating disease. However, many still don’t know much about ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) which is often called "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells (motor neurons) in the brain and the spinal cord causing paralysis and ultimately death. The Burke Medical Research Institute is involved in game changing neurological research. One of the diseases being studied is ALS. The goal is to help provide a better quality of life for those who have the disease and ultimately help find a cure. At the recent 2014 annual retreat for BMRI employees, our scientists, research staff and administrators took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
For more information on how Burke researcher, David Putrino, Ph.D., P.T., is helping better the lives of those with ALS, click here.