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Research Affiliates

Our relationships with clinical affiliates across the city of Chicago and beyond provide students, trainees and faculty with diverse ways to contribute to research in specialized settings.

Northwestern affiliates include Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.



Partnering with Jesse Brown VA Medical Center

There are two distinct routes to engaging in research activities at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. One involves applying for and receiving congressionally appropriated funding directly through the Department of Veterans Affairs. The other involves externally funded projects (NIH, DoD, Private Sponsorship, Foundations) that require the use of Jesse Brown VA Medical Center resources (personnel, laboratory or office space, engaging VA patients). 

Partnering with Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute

Research at Lurie Children's Hospital is conducted through Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute. Their focus is on improving child health, transforming pediatric medicine and ensuring healthier futures. Physicians and scientists are also faculty at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Working closely together, the hospital, research institute and medical school train the next generation of pediatric specialists while advancing children's healthcare. Access resources for conducting research at Manne Research Institute.

Partnering with Shirley Ryan Ability Lab

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), is a global leader in physical medicine and rehabilitation for adults and children with the most severe, complex conditions. The quality of its care and research has led to the designation of “No. 1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America” by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1991. Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is the first-ever “translational” research hospital in which clinicians, scientists, innovators and technologists work together in the same space, surrounding patients, discovering new approaches and applying research in real time. Learn more about research at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.