The Catholic University of America

Overview

The Center for Applied Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Research (CABRR) was established within the Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital to advance the state of knowledge regarding basic neurological, muscular, and skeletal capabilities, and to define the casual links between impairments, functional limitations, disabilities, and societal limitations. In doing so, we strive to improve the quality of life for all people, especially those suffering from disabilities.

CABRR is devoted to studying musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and sensory systems, with the goal of better understanding the mechanisms of injury, disabilities, and the process of functional recovery. Specifically, we strive to advance the diagnosis and treatment of neurological and musculoskeletal pathologies by utilizing fundamental engineering principles, scientific methods, and sound clinical practices.

Instrumental to the success of the program is the development of basic research tools used to quantify sensory-motor-cognitive deficits utilizing experimental and clinical studies to investigate the mechanisms of injury, educating and training students, therapists, clinicians and faculty in multi-disciplinary fields and raising awareness of the importance of treating neurological and musculoskeletal pathologies.

CABRR integrates experimental and clinical studies, neuromuscular modeling, and advances in technology which allows us to answer scientific questions previously thought to be elusive. Our multidisciplinary environment provides true integration of medicine and technology. Furthermore, a wide array of educational opportunities and objectives are pursued, enhancing the skills and knowledge of NRH staff and consequently allowing patients to receive state of the art care at NRH.