The Department of Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences’ research mission is to build the evidence for best practices to maintain and improve the health and wellbeing of the local, national, and global community members.
Ferris CF, Johnson M, Sikes RW, Stolberg T, Prendergast R, Nedelman M, Paskavitz J. 2012, Neural circuits involved in capsaicin-induced pain in awake rats: Imaging temporal changes in activation and deactivation, Soc for Neurosci Abstr.
Tier 1 Seed Grant Awarded to Drs Yen, Hasson, and Platt
Drs. CJ Hasson and Sheng-Che Yen in collaboration with Dr. Robert Platt in the College of Computer and Information Science, recently received an Interdisciplinary Tier 1 Seed Grant to fund their project titled “A New Paradigm for Robotic Gait Rehabilitation Based on Reinforcement Learning.” The goal of this project is to improve the effectiveness of robotic gait training for patients after stroke – a leading cause of long-term disability. In this project we introduce a new approach based on reinforcement learning principles. The study aims to show that this approach produces superior learning of a new gait pattern compared to the current state-of-the-art approach. Other Tier 1 grants awarded are listed here.
Department Students will Rise Health Science Undergraduate Award!
Early PT education for pre-surgical breast cancer survivors: A pilot study Marin Little Emily Nasson Gallagher Lucy Burrage, PI Ann Marie Flores Working with Rebecca Stephenson in the Rehabilitation Services and Mehra Golshan of the Breast Surgical Services at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana Faber Cancer Institute, this pilot project evaluated the effects of early physical therapy on functional outcomes for cancer pre-surgical breast cancer survivors. The project was funded by a small grant from the America Physical Therapy Association Section on Women’s Health. Other winners of RISE awards can be found online through the RISE website here at http://www.northeastern.edu/rise/what-is-rise/awards/
In 2013, the faculty published over 42 peer reviewed journal manuscripts. The published works of the faculty were cited over 450 times. In addition, faculty members submitted proposals to external agencies totaling over $6.9 million in direct costs. The department’s budgeted research activities for FY14 totaled over $1.4 million.
Jack Dennerlein, PhD
Director of Research, Department of Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences
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