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The Kosair Charities Center for Pediatric NeuroRecovery

From Toddlers to Teens…

We are Actively Screening Children and Adolescents with Spinal Cord Injuries for Participation in Recovery-based Therapies and Research.

Please Contact Us to see if your child is eligible.

ECO walkingThe Kosair Charities Center for Pediatric NeuroRecovery is where KIDS KICK PARALYSIS and

Science = Hope

Every child wants to move. In fact, activity is the hallmark of childhood. Children want to roll, run, sit up, kick a ball and play. When these abilities are taken away due to an injury, such as with spinal cord injury, a cascade of effects is seen, paralysis being the most obvious.

We use new knowledge about how the spinal cord works, gained from research, to promote movement below the level of injury. Our focus is on retraining the nervous system at every stage of recovery so that kids can get back to the business of moving.

Every time a child does a “first”, something that they have not been able to do since injury – whether sitting, stacking a block, or kicking a ball – we are inspired as scientists and clinicians, to keep moving forward in our mission to help all kids kick paralysis.

Our Focus

Parents often ask us, “Is there any hope?”
They want to know if their child can “recover” from a spinal cord injury or if their child will ever grow and develop as they had dreamed. Parents want to know if their child can have their childhood back or will ever live the life they once envisioned.

Recovery from paralysis is the sole focus of our clinical and research programs. That means that our therapies are directed at promoting recovery after injury. That means that our research is directed at finding ways to promote recovery after injury or to promote development in those injured at a very young age. The benefits of neuromuscular recovery also include improved health and quality of life for the child.






Our Vision

logo-kccpn_fullcolorThe Kosair Charities Center for Pediatric NeuroRecovery is a program of activity-based therapies and translational research. We employ an expert interdisciplinary team that provides evidence-based and comprehensive treatments for children with paralysis aimed at recovery. We engage families strategically in the recovery of their child to accelerate treatments and outcomes and improve overall quality of life. Our commitment is to meet the dynamic challenges of growth and development from childhood through adolescence promoting success in life transitions. Our intent is to reach beyond our immediate community to promote recovery in all children.


Our Mission

The Kosair Charities Center for Pediatric NeuroRecovery provides activity-based therapies to promote recovery from neurologic injury in children; conducts research to enhance recovery; and trains families, practitioners and scientists to maximize recovery and improve the quality of life for children and their families. In short, we are here to help kids kick paralysis and through science have every reason to hope.


Kosair Charities

Supported by Kosairs CharitiesKosair Charities Support OrganizationKosair Charities has a long history of providing financial support for pediatric healthcare and promoting a mission to protect the health and well-being of children in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. The Kosair Charities Center for Pediatric NeuroRecovery at the University ofLouisville was launched in October 2014 with an investment of $7.3 million from Kosair Charities. This substantial commitment underscores Kosair Charities dedication to children with disabling conditions and to advance innovative, evidence-based treatments.

Because of their generous support, the University of Louisville’s Kosair Charities Center for Pediatric NeuroRecovery will be a regional, national and international hub for delivering state-of-the-art activity-based therapies to affected children with paralysis, training rehabilitation clinicians and researchers, and conducting ground-breaking research to guide clinical decision-making.

The University of Louisville is providing $2.7 million in matching funds to support an endowed chair in pediatric rehabilitation research and clinical translation and immediately launch the pediatric research program.


Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center

U of L Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research CenterOur partnership with the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center (KSCIRC) is a primary reason that the Kosair Charities Center for Pediatric NeuroRecovery is able to fast-track scientific evidence into practice.

KSCIRC was opened in 2001 and is located in the Medical Dental Research Building close to the three major hospitals of the University of Louisville Health Science Center. The Center is led by Scientific Director Scott R. Whittemore, Ph.D., who is committed to further developing it into a world-class scientific and clinical research center. The Center, one of 12 spinal cord injury research centers in the United States, is in a rapid growth phase, made possible by funding and excellent cooperation between the State of Kentucky, University of Louisville and Norton Healthcare, and a recent $5.5 million grant from NIH. It is in a unique position to conduct research that, through its close association with clinical colleagues in the Department of Neurological Surgery, is expected to ultimately lead to effective treatments for spinal cord injury. This goal is guided by its mission: “to develop successful spinal cord repair strategies in the laboratory that can be taken to the clinic in a timely and responsible fashion.”


Our Team

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We have assembled a team of professionals with a passion and a purpose for working with children with spinal cord injury and other neuromotor conditions. Our blend of expertise from varied disciplines related to neurorecovery and pediatrics contributes to our ability to apply knowledge gained in research to the child in the clinic. Similarly, the experience gained from working with the child in the clinic informs and drives our research agenda. At the core of our team are the children and families that we serve.


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