William Z Rymer


William Zev Rymer, MD, PhD is Director of the Single Motor Unit Laboratory at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, or RIC). He served as the former Vice President for Research and the John G. Searle Chair of Rehabilitation Research at the RIC. Dr. Rymer has appointments as Professor of PM&R, Physiology, and Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University. He received his medical training from the University of Melbourne, graduating with honors, and his PhD in Neuroscience from Monash University. His research concerns the neural control and biomechanics of movement in human and animal models, and the disturbances of voluntary movement and their origins in people with neurological disabilities, particularly those with stroke and spinal cord injury. He currently holds grants from the NIH, NIDILRR, and several foundations. He has published more than 300 papers, with more than 150 in the fields of biomechanics and control of movement. Dr. Rymer has conducted large and successful pre- and post-doctoral training programs in bioengineering and physiology for many years. He is currently Project Director of a NIDILRR-funded multi-center clinical trial to evaluate the effectiveness of intermittent hypoxia therapy in individuals with spinal cord injury.