Improving outcomes through partnerships
Brooks Rehabilitation is dedicated to building a community where researchers, health care professionals and patients work together to advance rehabilitation science and care. Brooks believes strong partnerships that leverage clinical and research expertise are key to achieving this mission. As such, Brooks and the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions (UF-PHHP) have formed a premier partnership – the Brooks-PHHP Research Collaboration. This collaboration combines the world-class research infrastructure and researchers from the UF-PHHP with the clinical infrastructure and expert clinicians at Brooks to create innovative rehabilitation solutions that have a meaningful impact on patients’ lives. Established in 2013, the Brooks-PHHP Research Collaboration has resulted in over $2.7 million in external funding and more than 90 peer-reviewed publications.
Another way the Brooks Clinical Research Center achieves its mission is by helping to connect researchers conducting multi-site trials with Brooks investigators who can contribute to the overall success of the trial. Brooks is a member of the Florida Consortium for the National Institute of Health/National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke (NIH/NINDS) Stroke Trials Network, and has also served as the primary site for large trials such as the Locomotion Experience Applied Post-Stroke (LEAPS) Study and the Lifestyle Interventions and Independence for Elders (LIFE) Study.
We also connect developers of new technologies with the clinical researchers, clinicians and patients who help turn an innovative idea into an effective rehabilitation tool. The Brooks Clinical Research Center has partnered with organizations such as the Georgia Tech Bionics Lab, Myolyn and Cyberdyne to develop and implement technologies that improve the independence and ability in patients after a stroke or spinal cord injury.