Much of our work falls into the following related areas:
Clinical trials research:
We have led major studies focused on defining the impairments associated with
specific disorders and outcomes from physical interventions. These investigations have helped to define how physical rehabilitation changes function and other outcomes for people who live with a variety of disabilities.
Health services research
Data from large national data bases and from large clinical practices help us
to better understand how a whole host of factors work together to determine the
extent to which a person will have functional loss or disability. We have a number of ongoing studies using
Translation to real life
Research studies in clinical laboratories help us to know what should be
included in interventions to change people’s lives. However, information from these controlled studies need to be translated to practical application in the real world. We have a number of such studies going on
that examine ways.
Our faculty study the mechanisms underlying disability understanding the role of such diverse topics as genetic biomarkers, muscle physiology, neurophysiology, behavioral medicine, and biomechanics. These mechanistic studies relate to the broader questions that we research related to improving disability of a wide variety of populations.