Our department’s faculty recognize how crucial the discovery of new knowledge is to the continued advancement of health care. Accordingly, they are actively engaged in conducting research and training the next generation of physical medicine and rehabilitation experts.

Participate in Research

Our researchers make major breakthroughs in physical medicine and rehabilitation, neuropsychology, and pain medicine that affect us all. 

By participating in a research study, you can help us uncover breakthroughs that will improve care and outcomes for future generations. We have several open studies seeking volunteers.

ClinicalTrials.gov is a registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world. ClinicalTrials.gov is a service of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

Minnesota Spinal Cord Injury Model System


The University of Minnesota, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine recently received funding to be the prime site for a spinal cord injury Center for Excellence through an interdisciplinary team in the upper Midwest. The grant, Minnesota Regional Spinal Cord Injury Model System (MN Regional SCIMS), aims to support innovative projects and research in the delivery, demonstration, and evaluation of medical, rehabilitation, vocational, and other services to meet the needs of individuals with spinal cord injuries (SCI). 

The MN Regional SCIMS represents an exciting new partnership among the following institutions: Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, Minneapolis, MN; Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; Regions Hospital, St. Paul, MN; and University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. Click here to learn more.

Research Ethics

We are committed to protecting research participants, upholding ethical standards, and improving our practice at every step of our work.

Commitment to Research Ethics