This project entails building a state-of-the-art neuro-rehabilitation centre on the 5th floor of the University of Alberta Hospital. The Innovation Centre will encompass more than 200 square meters of research and rehabilitation space, including a modernly designed neuro-rehabilitation gymnasium, designated research-treatment spaces, and an electrophysiology research suit. The Innovation Centre will be designed to foster partnerships and collaboration between researchers and clinicians, who will work together in the same space.
Patients will receive rehabilitation under the observation of researchers, offering the researchers a firsthand view of patient’s difficulties, and research will be inspired by these real-world challenges. Patients, clinicians, and researchers will work in tandem to identify and prioritize patient problems that need solving, enabling fast, real-time translation of research into patient care. The research will answer clinically important questions that are meaningful and specific to patient’s needs and goals.