About the Institute

Pioneering Rehabilitation

About Burke Medical Research Institute

Burke Medical Research Institute (BMRI) is a nonprofit leading scientific research institute devoted to advancing the study of neurological diseases and injuries, pioneering novel rehabilitation therapies and developing innovative clinical programs and clinics. Based at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and working synergistically with its academic affiliate Weill Cornell Medical College, BMRI is comprised of several neurological disease and functional recovery focused research laboratories.

Cutting-Edge Research

Since its inception, the breadth and depth of research studied at Burke has dramatically expanded from neurological disabilities induce by stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, and Alzheimer’s disease to pain, cognitive, motor and vision recovery. Cutting-edge research studies and clinical trials and programs conducted at Burke Medical Research Institute are providing a new frontier for forthcoming neurological disease and injury treatments and state-of-the-art rehabilitation therapies. BMRI aims to empower Burke Rehabilitation Hospital to deliver the best rehabilitation strategies for today and hereafter, as well as to improve the quality of life and well-being of the acutely and chronically disabled beyond Burke.

State-of-the-Art Laboratories

BMRI labs are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and led by talented research scientists to enable progressive basic and translation research studies and clinical trials ranging from molecular studies, stem cells, novel cell transplantation approaches, genetics, human biomarker studies, sensory signal processing, drug discovery, non-invasive brain stimulation, robotic assisted-rehabilitation to telemedicine. In 2012 the Institute invested more than $7 million on renovating the Institute expanding the laboratories with an additional 40,000 square feet. BMRI research investigations, clinical trials and clinical programs are made possible by grants from the National Institutes of Health, and non-federal grants, as well as donations from generous philanthropist and donors.