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About Burke Medical Research Institute (BMRI)

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 Medicine, BMRI is comprised of several neurological disease, injury and functional recovery focused research laboratories.

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Cutting-Edge Research

Since its inception, the breadth and depth of research at Burke has dramatically expanded from neurological disabilities induced by stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, and Alzheimer’s disease to motor, pain and sensory, cognitive, and vision recovery. Cutting-edge research studies, clinical trials and clinical programs conducted at Burke Medical Research Institute are providing a new frontier for forthcoming 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 scientists devoted to progressive basic and translational research and clinical trials. Experimental approaches encompass molecular and genetic studies, stem cells, novel cell transplantation, human biomarker studies, sensory signal processing, drug discovery, non-invasive brain stimulation, robotic assisted-rehabilitation and telemedicine. In 2012, the Institute invested more than $7 million on renovating the Institute, expanding the laboratories with an additional 40,000 square feet. An additional 4,000 square feet renovation of the Institute’s first floor and basement of the molecular building was completed in 2017. 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 philanthropists and donors.