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Research Restoring Quality of Life

At the MetroHealth Center for Rehabilitation Research, we believe research is the critical gateway to outstanding patient care. Through research, we push the boundaries of medical science, resulting in improving patient quality of life. We collaborate with Case Western Reserve University and the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center on many of our research studies, ultimately giving patients more opportunities to benefit from the latest research advancements. When we innovate, make discoveries, and integrate these discoveries into the standard of care, our patients benefit—not only regionally, but nationally and globally.

One of the top


for NIH rehabilitation research funding



in functional electrical stimulation technologies for motor restoration for those with central nervous system paralysis



in extramural funding from federal and state sources and foundations

Participate in a Research Study

Our clinicians and researchers study a variety of side effects that result from brain injury, spinal cord injury, and stroke. Learn more.

The following studies are currently taking place at the MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute.

Meet Our Researchers

Our robust team of researchers works to improve care for our patients and others around the world.

Meet Our Researchers

Learn Research Topics

In addition to our clinical studies, our team is researching dozens of other physical medicine areas, from paralysis to pain reduction to assistive technologies.

See Key Research Areas
Zubizarreta House:

Home Away from Home

MetroHealth’s Zubizarreta House is a fully accessible home designed for individuals with paralysis, particularly spinal cord injury. Patients can stay in Zubizarreta House with their family and caregivers while they are undergoing treatment at MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute or participating in clinical trials in Cleveland.

  • 7,000-square-foot one-story house with five suites
  • Rooms with track lifts, low pressure beds, and private roll-in showers
  • Separate caregiver room
  • Amenities such as roll-in showers and motorized lifts
  • Communal kitchen featuring countertops at various heights and adaptive cooking equipment
  • Common Great room and patio
  • Located adjacent to the Old Brooklyn MetroHealth Campus
  • Stays range from one night to six months
  • 24/7 hospitality and support

To check availability, please speak to your research study coordinator or nurse.

Learn how our research is improving lives!