These institutions are the national leaders in medical research and patient care, and provide the highest level of comprehensive services. The group has been identified by National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation and Research (NIDRR).
The TIRR (The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research) Memorial Hermann was one of the first facilities in the United States to establish a spinal cord injury center and is internationally recognized for its expertise in the management of tetraplegic spinal cord injury patients who require a ventilator for breathing, including patients who are able to wean from the ventilator. Their Spinal Cord Injury and Disability Research Center (SCIDR) was created to improve functional recovery, health and quality of life for individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) and other physical disabilities by conducting investigator-initiated and industry-sponsored studies, and clinical trials of individuals of all ages with spinal cord injury and physical disability. Research focuses on optimizing acute and chronic care for people with spinal cord injury, facilitating active community involvement and access to care, improving quality of life and reducing the risk of secondary complications and conditions such as depression, urinary tract infections, chronic pain and cardiovascular disease.