Shirley Ryan Names Two Translational Scientists

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Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Chicago, has named Monica A. Perez, PT, PhD, and José Pons, PhD, as scientific chairs for the hospital's Arms + Hands Lab and Legs + Walking Lab, respectively.

Perez will advance interventions for spinal cord injuries. She previously served as a professor at the University of Miami's Project to Cure Paralysis, and as a research health scientist with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. She received a degree in physical therapy from Catholic University in Chile and a doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Miami.

Pons has developed movement sensors for patients who have lost limbs through amputation and will work with restoring lower-limb function in diverse populations. Pons will lead a translational research team that includes scientists and clinicians within the hospital's Legs + Walking Lab.

He received his mechanical engineering degree from the University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain, and a doctorate in physics from Complutense University of Madrid, Spain.