Research Institutes

The Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine


Our responsibilities

The Institute was founded in 2016. Our primary responsibilities are as follows:

1. The Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine has been established to become an essential platform for basic research, clinical research, and translational research in rehabilitation medicine in Shanghai and China. In addition, the Institute is developing as an international academic center of rehabilitation with the journal Brain Network and Modulation launching.

2. The Institute is taking "brain and nerve rehabilitation research" as the core and also focusing on "bone and joint rehabilitation," "organ function rehabilitation," "traditional Chinese medicine rehabilitation" and "audiology and speech rehabilitation" to form the five research directions of the Institute jointly.

3. We are eager to research serving and academic promotion based on the main section and two off-campus branches. The main section as a basic research platform on campus consists of molecular biology laboratory, cell culture laboratory, neural modulation laboratory, neural tracking laboratory, neural electrophysiology laboratory, and neural behavior laboratory, etc.

Our achievements

By the end of 2021, The Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine consists of its main section (5th floor, building 1, Zhangjiang main Campus), five clinical research sections (the rehabilitation center of Yueyang Hospital of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine and other hospitals), and teaching research section (Huinan Branch of the School of Rehabilitation Science). We have published more than 60 publications, received 16 national funding supports, and achieved five national awards in rehabilitation or neuroscience fields.

The clinical research section is equipped with clinical research functions such as brain imaging and neural bioinformatics, cognition and psychology, clinical electrophysiology, neural modulation, speech and language, peripheral nerve injury, and hand function.

The teaching research section includes teaching and research facilities such as cardiopulmonary function, three-dimensional gait, hearing test, and evaluation.

Our ongoing activities

1) Focus on three research directions: brain network function reconstruction, brain circuit modulation and rehabilitation, and nerve regeneration and repair. We aim to tackle 2-3 critical scientific problems and achieve original breakthroughs in the neural mechanism of nerve repair and modulation.

2) Clinical trial research: Using intelligent rehabilitation technologies in stroke, spinal cord injury, and peripheral nerve injury. We plan to perform 2-3 clinical multi-center studies and publish 2-3 high-level clinical research papers.

3) Innovation team: A national “brain-spinal cord-peripheral nerve injury” innovative rehabilitation team has been formed.

4) Innovative research on integrated traditional Chinese and Western medicine: guided by the theory of traditional Chinese medicine and supported by modern science and technology, established 2-3 innovative teams to study integrated traditional Chinese and Western medicine characterized by acupuncture, massage, and traditional Chinese exercise. In addition, we have launched a series of collaborative research projects with other laboratories in China and other countries.

5) Brain Network and Modulation (BNM): A peer-reviewed open-accessed journal launched. The journal focuses on evidence-based basic research reports and reviews relevant to neural modulation and network, neural regeneration and repair, as well as traditional approaches for rehabilitation of brain injuries. The journal expects to accept translational research and clinical practice in rehabilitation from conditions such as stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, neuromuscular disease, peripheral nerve injury, and other neural-induced diseases.

Our staff in Research

The Institute has one director, one vice-director, four staff members and more than twenty adjunct research staffs. Regarding educational background, most of staff members have doctorate in medicine or life science. Ten of them have the senior titles, 15 staffs have the vice-senior titles, and 3 have the middle titles.

Director, Chunlei Shan

Professor, Chief Physician, Doctoral Supervisor. Dr. Shan received a master's degree of Rehabilitation Medicine from Nanjing Medical University in 2000 and a doctorate degree in Cognitive Neuroscience from the Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2010.

From 2000 to 2015, Dr. Shan worked in the First Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University/Jiangsu Province Hospital, serving as the Deputy Director of the Center of Rehabilitation Medicine. Since 2016, he has worked at Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. At present, Dr. Shan is the Dean of School of Rehabilitation Science, Director of Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, Executive Director of Engineering Research Center of Traditional Chinese Medicine Intelligent Rehabilitation, Ministry of Education, and Director of Center of Rehabilitation Medicine, Shanghai Yueyang Hospital of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine. In addition, as a visiting scholar, he visited Saarland University in Germany, the University of La Trobe in Australia, Washington University, and Harvard University in the USA.

Dr. Shan is the Chairman of Committee of Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Rehabilitation, Asia Oceania Society for NeuroRehabilitation, Deputy Secretary-General of the Chinese Rehabilitation Medical Association(CARM), Chairman of the sub-Committee of Brain Function Examination and Modulation of CARM, Vice Chairman of Stroke Rehabilitation Committee of the Stroke Prevention Expert Committee of the National Health Commission, and Vice Chairman of Rehabilitation Medicine Committee of the Chinese Association of Integrative Medicine. In addition, Dr. Shan is an editorial board member or reviewer of more than 20 SCI journals such as Frontiers in Psychology, NeuroImage, Neurorehabilitation, and Neural Repair, et al.

Dr. Shan has been engaged in the clinical work and scientific research of brain dysfunction rehabilitation for 20 years and is dedicated to promoting the development of "understanding brain-modulating brain-rehabilitating brain" in China. He has been awarded three times Outstanding Young and Middle-aged Experts in Stroke Prevention and Treatment of the National Health Commission, the Most Beautiful Scientific and Technological Worker, and an Excellent Rehabilitation Physician of the Chinese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine. In addition, he was elected as Shanghai Leading Talent, Shanghai Excellent Academic Leader, Shanghai Clinical Rehabilitation Leader.

He has obtained 20 projects of the National Key Research and Development Program of the Ministry of Science and Technology, National Natural Science Fund, Projects from the Shanghai Science and Technology Commission and Health Commission. Furthermore, as a chief or deputy chief editor, he has published more than ten professional books, including Stroke Rehabilitation Treatment, Language Rehabilitation, and China Stroke Prevention and Control Report, and so on. In addition, Dr. Shan has published 170 papers, including 60 SCI papers.

As the first contributor, he has won the first prize of Science and Technology Award, the first prize of Teaching Achievement Award from Chinese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine, the third prize of Chinese Medical Science and Technology Award, the first prize of Shanghai Medical Science and Technology Award, and the first prize of Shanghai Rehabilitation Medical Science and Technology Award. The main achievements are as follow: 1) Activate the mirror neuron circuits by hand action observation to improve language and cognitive function in stroke patients; 2) Optimize the stimulation parameters and module of neural modulation intervention; 3) Innovative application of neural modulation in drug addiction; 4) Promote movement and cognitive dysfunction recovery for patients with brain diseases based on motor-cognitive interaction mechanism; 5) Proposed a new theory of "functional foveal splitting" based on the cognitive neuropsychological model and multimodal brain imaging, and clarify the role of splenium pathway of the corpus callosum in reading, invented a new training approach for reading disorders.

Vice director, Dongsheng Xu

Professor of rehabilitation medicine and neuroscience. Vice-dean of the School of Rehabilitation Science, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine(SHUTCM); Deputy Director of the Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine of SHUTCM; Vice president of rehabilitation physician branch of Shanghai Medical Association; Vice-chairman of severe rehabilitation professional committee of Shanghai Rehabilitation Medical Association; Vice-chairman of brain detection and modulation rehabilitation professional committee of Shanghai Rehabilitation Medical Association; Head of Neurology group of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Branch of Shanghai Medical Association; and head of neural circuit modulation and rehabilitation research group of nerve regeneration and repair professional committee of China Research Hospital Association. Presided over one major research program and five general projects of NSFC; Participated in three key R & D plans of the Ministry of Science and Technology for stem cell translational researches aging care; The group research leader for limb motor rehabilitation system of the key R & D plan of the Ministry of Science and Technology in 2020; Achieved the first place prize of Huaxia medical science and technology in 2019 and the excellent rehabilitation doctor award of China Rehabilitation Medical Association in 2019. Chief editor of Brain Network and Modulation journal. Main research direction: regenerative rehabilitation medicine, nerve repair and modulation, and intelligent rehabilitation.

Contact Us

Telephone: 011-86-21-13817103619



5th floor, building 1

1200 Cailun Road

Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine

Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Shanghai 201203

P. R. China