Foot & Ankle Injury Recovery
Faculty Investigator: Mary K. Hastings, PT, DPT, MSCI, ATC
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.
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
Integrative Muscle Physiology
Faculty Investigator: Gretchen A. Meyer, PhD
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.
Movement and Musculoskeletal Problems in Diabetes
Faculty Investigator: Michael J. Mueller, PT, PhD, FAPTA
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.
Movement and Neurodegenerative Disease
Our goal is to investigate how the human nervous system controls movement in health and in neurological and neurodegenerative disease.
Physical Activity and Fitness
We study the influence of physical activity and exercise patterns on cardiorespiratory fitness and health outcomes in various populations.
Prevention, Rehabilitation and Maintenance in Musculoskeletal Conditions
Faculty Investigator: Linda Van Dillen, PT, PhD, FAPTA
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.
Rehabilitation Research for Orthopaedic Conditions
Faculty Investigator: Marcie Harris-Hayes, PT, DPT, MSCI
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.
Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation Accelerometry
Our research is aimed at developing effective and efficient, individualized rehabilitation for people with neurological injury, particularly those with stroke.
Faculty Investigator: Michael D. Harris, PhD
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.