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.

Students and Research

Explore our world-class laboratories and see how our researchers are making an impact.


Brain Plasticity Lab

The Brain Plasticity Lab at the University of Minnesota has an overall mission to study the brain's ability to reorganize. Plasticity can occur in either desirable or undesirable ways, such as after an injury, during rehabilitation and learning, or secondary to a disease.



Gillick Pediatric Research Lab

Housed within the Brain Plasticity Laboratory, the Gillette Pediatric Research Lab aims to make a significant, positive impact on the lives of children with cerebral palsy through advancing neurorehabilitation. 



MN Rehabilitation Biomechanics Lab

The Minnesota Rehabilitation Biomechanics Lab investigates musculoskeletal injury and disease, with the goal of understanding the mechanical contributors to the development or progression of pain and dysfunction.


Research Themes

Muscle Adaptation  ||  Musculoskeletal Injuries  ||  Neuroplasticity
Outcomes of Therapeutic Intervention 
||  Postural Control ||  Stroke Recovery

Research Ethics at the University of Minnesota

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