Boston, MA – Spaulding Rehabilitation Network is setting its sights on transforming the field of rehabilitation medicine and unlocking the science of recovery with the establishment of a new research institute and the announcement of a lead $10 million gift from Scott A. Schoen and Nancy W. Adams. 

The gift—the largest in the 46-year history of Spaulding—will promote multidisciplinary translational research to improve the lives of people living with disabilities. In collaboration with Spaulding, Mr. Schoen and Mrs. Adams aim to help advance discoveries at a faster pace; to expand and support Spaulding’s world-class team of scientists; and to develop the next generation of rehabilitation researchers. The institute will be led by Dr. Ross Zafonte, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs, Research, and Education at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, and Earle P. and Ida S. Charlton Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Harvard Medical School.

A portion of the gift will provide seed capital and multi-year funding to establish The Scott Schoen and Nancy Adams Discovery Center for Recovery from Chronic Pain, providing key support for intensified, coordinated and collaborative inquiries around rehabilitation and recovery from chronic pain. Nearly 50 million American adults experience significant chronic pain or severe pain, according to a 2015 study prepared by National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).

The balance of the gift will be used to expand other research initiatives, including Spaulding’s acclaimed work on concussion—the leading cause of disability in children and adolescents in the United States—as well as to recruit and support key leadership across the Institute.

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