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Discovery Center for Stroke Recovery


Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke. Globally, stroke impacts 15 million people each year. Stroke is the second leading cause of death and the third leading cause of disability— affecting all ages, from infants to adults. Survivors can experience weakness and paralysis in one side of the body as well as impaired swallowing, and diminished thinking and communication. Yet conventional research focuses on prevention and acute treatment— leaving millions of stroke survivors and their families struggling.

Here at Spaulding, investigators are tackling the need for stroke recovery research. Under the guidance of Dr. Ross Zafonte, these innovative clinician-scientists focus on the long-term needs of stroke survivors, building knowledge and strategies to advance patient recovery and rehabilitation. As a trailblazer and a driver of research collaboration, Spaulding’s research enables clinicians to develop highly customized therapies for patients impaired by stroke.

  • Every 40 sec,
    someone in the US suffers a stroke.
  • 15 million
    People globally impacted by stroke each year
  • 20%
    of adults in the US live with a disability

Principal Investigators and Labs

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“Our commitment to innovative research, groundbreaking technologies, and clinical care is ensuring that today’s stroke survivors recover into the highest possible quality of life.”
Dr. Randie Black-Schaffer, Division Chief, Stroke and Neurorehabilitation, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

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