Fletcher McDowell, M.D., Founder of Burke Medical Research Institute

The Board of Trustees, Faculty and Staff of the Burke Medical Research Institute,
an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medicine mourn the loss of our founder, friend and colleague. 

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Featured Clinical Trials

tDCS & Hand Robot
CLINICAL TRIAL: 
In-Progress / Currently Recruiting Participants
July 1, 2017 to December 31, 2018
Motor Recovery, Spinal Cord Injury
Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation + Robotic Training
CLINICAL TRIAL: 
In-Progress / Currently Recruiting Participants
February 21, 2017
Cerebral Palsy, Motor Recovery
Cognitive Recovery

Cognitive Recovery
Cognitive deficits are changesin brain’s ability to think. This includes dementia, memory problems, as well as many kinds of communication challenges.

Developing Novel Cures for Disabilities by Repairing the Nervous System

As we advance in improving patients’ quality of life from acute and chronic neurological conditions, a paradox of progress is that the prevalence of neurological disabilities continues to grow. Our institutional mission at the Burke Medical Research Institute is to innovate, develop and implement novel treatments to repair the brain and spinal cord and to cure neurological disabilities.

Our Research

Faculty Spotlight

Ratan Lab's focus is to understand adaptive programs that facilitate the brain's ability to combat injury and to foster repair.
Friel Lab aims to improve hand function in children with cerebral palsy (CP). Our research focuses on the importance of motor activity in neurorehabilitation.
Zhong Lab focuses on elucidating the molecular mechanisms that drive and direct axon growth and regeneration during early development after injury or degenerative disease.

How We Make an Impact

Our mission is one that not only propels bottom up approaches from molecular and cellular neuroscience toward the bedside, but also accelerates safe and ethical treatments that can be delivered to patients today. With more than 20 Cornell faculty and 100 employees working on a 50,000 square feet footprint, Burke Medical Research Institute's collective effort to repair the nervous system represents one of the largest in the world.

Our Impact

Recent Publication

Upcoming Event

EVENT: 
Weekly Seminar
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 12:30pm
Billings Building – Rosedale
Heakyung Kim, M.D.
Guest Speaker