Shirley Ryan Names Two Translational Scientists
August 20, 2019
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.