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History and Mission

Research. Education. Innovation. Excellence in each of these areas is the foundation upon which RRI was built, and those ideals continue to shape the focus of our work today.

The mission of RRI is to conduct innovative research and education to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities.  Our vision is to be a world class leader in clinical research transforming disability to ability.

Established in 1956 to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities, Rancho Research Institute (RRI) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that administers medical research and educational programs at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center (Rancho).

Rancho is the provider of choice for medical rehabilitation and research in the United States, a world-renowned public hospital providing high-quality, comprehensive care for people with disabilities and a recognized leader in the application of world-class neuroscience and rehabilitation.

RRI grants Rancho the ability to recruit and retain clinicians with intellectual curiosity, individuals who are committed to the discovery and implementation of state-of-the-art clinical practices, while also providing opportunities for all Rancho patients to access cutting-edge treatments and technologies. Through innovative research and educational endeavors, Rancho’s clinicians are committed to the wholly realized well-being of their patients. One prime example of the dedication and outstanding contributions made by Rancho’s clinicians is the late and beloved Dr. Jacquelin Perry. Learn more about Dr. Perry.

With integrity and compassion, RRI, along with its university affiliates, is committed to the research work of our clinicians and to the welfare of the people we are proud to serve. We move ever forward with this goal in mind: to provide a constant feed of new discovery for professionals and patients alike, and to help design new and positive outcomes for all people living with disability.

RRI’s University Affiliates:

  • University of Southern California 

  • University of California, Los Angeles

  • University of California, Irvine

  • Western University of Health Sciences

  • California Institute of Technology

  • California State University, Long Beach

  • California State University, Dominguez Hills

  • ArtCenter College of Design

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