Rehabilitation Research

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation faculty is pursuing research in a variety of areas to enhance the quality of life and functional independence of persons with injuries and disabling illness. For more info: PM&R Research Initiatives

Biomechanics and Motion Analysis

Studies are performed in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Motion Analysis Laboratory which is equipped with a customized instrumented treadmill, a walkway with staggered force plates and a state-of-the-art motion analysis system.

We have developed an innovative research program that links meaningful translational research to the promoting of peak performance and health. We are narrowing the gap between evidence-based medicine and clinical practice while furthering research into health care issues including injury and disease prevention, and exercise intervention.


Various stroke interventions are being investigated, along with studies on hemispatial neglect, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation and community reintegration training through the use of virtual reality.

Collaboration with the Medical School’s Department of Neurosciences has allowed for the development of a rat model for stroke and spinal cord injury rehabilitation research.


Acupuncture as an alternative method of pain management is being studied, with the goal of decreasing pain levels to the point where the individual can participate in a  physical therapy or exercise program.


Research using electromyography, nerve conduction studies and evoked potentials.