D. Michele Basso

  • The cellular and molecular mechanisms of sensory and motor recovery after SCI.
  • Identifying the role of inflammatory mechanisms in impeding exercise-induced improvements in function after SCI
  • Developing rehabilitative therapies that promote recovery of mobility.

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John Buford

Neuroscience; Motor Control;

  • Identify neurophysiological mechanisms of the motor control systems in the brain, specifically the corticospinal and reticulospinal systems and how they interact for the control of reaching.
  • Biomechanics of movement

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Carmen DiGiovine

Assistive Technology; Rehabilitation Engineering

  • Study the application of science and technology to improve the quality of the life of the individuals with disabilities.
  • Identify the role of nutrition and wheelchair seating systems on the development of pressure ulcers,
  • Determine the effect of wheelchair rugby on the overall health of the shoulder
  • Asses the assistive technology service delivery process through the use of the outcome measures.
  • Expand the role of rehabilitation engineering in the field of assistive technology.

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Brittany Hand

Health Outcomes; Quality of Care

  • Health services and outcomes research
  • Quantitative research methodology and data analytics
  • Development and validation of patient reported outcome measures

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Jill Heathcock

Pediatrics; Neuroscience, Cerebral Palsy

  • Optimize motor function and development of young children with CP. Sensory/motor Impairment.
  • Outcome measures to define disease progression in spinal muscular atrophy

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Deb Kegelmeyer

Neuroscience; Aging

  • Study the role of Neurodegenerative Diseases in balance, gait and other functions
  • Determine the onset and severity of mobility issues in individuals with Huntington's disease and Lewy Body Dementia
  • Create and test mobility and exercise interventions in aging individuals or those who have neurodegenerative disease.

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Anne Kloos

Neuroscience; Degenerative Diseases

  • Neurodegenerative diseases
  • Determining effective interventions to ameliorate balance and gait impairments and prevent falls in individuals with Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, and Multiple Sclerosis.
  • Examine the effects of interventions such as the use of rollator walkers, playing the videogame Dance Dance Revolution, treadmill walking, and administration of the anti-choreic medication tetrabenazine on balance and gait measures.
  • Create and test targeted interventions to improve or maintain balance and gait functions through intensive training or medication to induce neuroplastic changes rather than through compensation.

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Deborah Larsen

Neuroscience; MRI; Brain Processing; Stroke

  • The impact of CNS injury, rehabilitation methods, and natural recovery on neural networks and reorganization.
  • The impact of sensory and cognitive dysfunction and secondary neural reorganization on functional and quality of life outcomes in patients post-stroke.
  • Preparing professional students to work as interdisciplinary teams to provide healthcare services to at risk populations, living in poverty.

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Lindy Weaver

Youth, Anxiety

  • Improving and providing evidence-based care that maximizes protective factors and facilitates personal growth among underserved or stigmatized youth
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