Summer Science Scholars of 2017

The Institute’s community congratulations first place winner Mythili Pulavarthi and saults the 2017 Summer Science Scholars in their achievements and discoveries fulfilled during the summer program.

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Featured Clinical Trials

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


Dr. Friel to Win the 2017 Corbett Ryan Pathways Pioneer Award
Awarded By: 
American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine
Retinal Degenerative Diseases

Retinal Degenerative Diseases
It is projected that those affected by retinal degenerative diseases will double by 2050.

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.
Focused on preclinical stroke studies, Cho Lab closely examines stroke pathology to address the gap between preclinical and clinical settings for translational medicine.
Carmel Lab studies recovery of motor function after injury to the central nervous system focusing on the corticospinal system, which connects motor cortex to the spinal cord.

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

Weekly Seminar
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 12:30pm
Billings Building – Rosedale