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Foot & Ankle Injury Recovery

Faculty Investigator: Mary K. Hastings, PT, DPT, MSCI, ATC [Research Profile ]

The focus of our work is to examine the relationship between anatomical and biomechanical factors of the foot and ankle and mechanisms of injury, interventions, and treatment outcomes.

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Hardware and Software Design for Rehabilitation Research

The primary focus of this research area is the development of instrumentation, software, and electronics for use in rehabilitation engineering projects.

Faculty Investigator: Joseph W. Klaesner, PhD [Research Profile ]

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Integrative Muscle Physiology

Faculty Investigator: Gretchen A. Meyer, PhD [Research Profile ]

This research area focuses on understanding how changes at the cellular level in skeletal muscle affect muscle structure and function, and, in turn, how pathological changes in muscle affect cellular processes.

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Movement and Musculoskeletal Problems in Diabetes

Faculty Investigator: Michael J. Mueller, PT, PhD, FAPTA [Research Profile ]

In investigating how movement and metabolic factors contribute to musculoskeletal problems in people with diabetes mellitus, we aim to minimize limited joint mobility, weakness, skin breakdown, pain, and disability for this high risk population.

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Movement and Neurodegenerative Disease

Faculty Investigators: Gammon M. Earhart, PT, PhD, FAPTA [Research Profile ] and Ryan P. Duncan, PT, DPT, MSCI [Research Profile ]

Our goal is to investigate how the human nervous system controls movement in health and in neurological and neurodegenerative disease.

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Neural Control of Movement Following Neurological Injury

Faculty investigator: Laura McPherson, PT, DPT, PhD [Research Profile ]

The focus of our research is to explore neural mechanisms underlying movement problems following neurological injury to inform the development of rehabilitation interventions that are rooted in nervous system neuropathophysiology. We use neural and biomechanical measures of motor output, including advanced signal analysis techniques of motor unit populations.

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Orthopaedic Biomechanics

Faculty Investigator: Michael D. Harris, PhD [Research Profile ]

We investigate joint shape, musculature, and associated biomechanics as they change due to injury or disease and how we can improve interventions to preserve or restore joint health.

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Physical Activity and Fitness

Faculty Investigators: B. Ruth Clark, PT, PhD [Research Profile ] and Susan B. Racette, PhD [Research Profile ]

We study the influence of physical activity and exercise patterns on cardiorespiratory fitness and health outcomes in various populations.

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Prevention, Rehabilitation and Maintenance in Musculoskeletal Conditions

Faculty Investigator: Linda Van Dillen, PT, PhD, FAPTA [Research Profile ]

The goal of our work is to understand how the musculoskeletal and nervous systems interact to contribute to the development of musculoskeletal conditions across the lifespan. We also are interested in how psychosocial and environmental factors impact these interactions.

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Quantitative Methodology and Rehabilitation Informatics

Faculty Investigator: Keith Lohse, PhD, PStat

We focus on measurement, design, and analysis as they pertain to rehabilitation science and clinical practice. Rehabilitation is a complex, dynamic process with many interacting factors at physiological, psychological, and sociological levels. To that end, we specialize in analytical and predictive modeling techniques to help disentangle these problems and mechanistically explore the rehabilitation process.


Rehabilitation Research for Orthopaedic Conditions

Faculty Investigator: Marcie Harris-Hayes, PT, DPT, MSCI [Research Profile ]

The goal of our research is to develop effective rehabilitation strategies for people with musculoskeletal hip pain that will improve function and prevent or delay the need for surgical or pharmacological intervention.

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Stroke Recovery, Rehabilitation, and Accelerometry

Faculty Investigators: Catherine Lang, PT, PhD, FAPTA [Research Profile ], Marghuretta D. Bland, PT, DPT, NCS [Research Profile ], and Carey L. Holleran, PT, MPT, DHS, NCS [Research Profile ]

Our research is aimed at developing effective and efficient, individualized rehabilitation for people with neurological injury, particularly those with stroke.

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