Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center

Help a rehab hospital in CA with bioinformatics, website design, video-gaming

Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, RLANRC


RLANRC, located in Downey, CA, is the largest and oldest rehabilitation hospital in the country. It serves the indigent of Los Angeles. In addition, the community of persons with disabilities is the largest underserved minority in the world. There are several medical students, medical residents, engineering students and full-time rehabilitation engineering researchers on location at RLANRC.

The Challenge

There are a few different projects that the RLANRC would like to see happen or suggest your own project to the main contact person if you see the potential for something else. There are also a number of areas for premed students to learn about medical care and to participate in data gathering activities.

Some potential projects include, but are not limited to:

Depending on your specific interests, RLANRC can match you up with a PhD or MD level mentor for the type of work you propose.

RLANRC has also offered to provide a small transportation supplement for travel to and from the work site, but these details would have to be worked out between you and RLANRC.

Qualifications, Preferences, and Assets

We have a need for students interested in going into the medical field or health care, engineering, and/or computer science. A student that knows anything about bioinformatics and/or video-game design would also be helpful for relevant projects.


MIT students interested in developing projects around these ideas should contact Mindy Aisen, Chief Medical Officer at RLANRC,, 562.401.7171.

PSC Support

MIT students who develop projects around these ideas may apply for support from the Public Service Centerís Fellowships, Internships, or Grants programs. Please check the program descriptions and deadlines and talk to program staff to determine which is most appropriate for your needs and project. If you are eligible for Federal Work-Study, you should consider our Community Service Work-Study program. Contact the program coordinator at for more details.

If you have funding from outside the PSC that enables you to work on this project, thatís great! However, please do let us know if you work on a project you saw advertised here, even if you donít use our funds. And remember, the PSC staff is happy to advise on service projects even if we are not funding them ourselves.

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