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.

Selected publications from 2016

Sheehy L, Taillon-Hobson A, Sveistrup H, Bilodeau M, Fergusson D, Levac D, Finestone H. Does the addition of virtual reality training to a standard program of inpatient rehabilitation improve sitting balance ability and function after stroke? Protocol for a single-blind randomized controlled trial. BMC neurology. 2016;16(1):42. PMID: 27036515; PMCID: PMC4815206.

Hasson CJ, Gelina O, Woo G. Neural Control Adaptation to Motor Noise Manipulation. Frontiers in human neuroscience. 2016;10:59. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2016.00059. PubMed PMID: 26973487; PMCID: PMC4771770.

Morrison TR, Sikes RW, Melloni RH, Jr. Anabolic steroids alter the physiological activity of aggression circuits in the lateral anterior hypothalamus. Neuroscience. 2016;315:1-17. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2015.12.001. PubMed PMID: 26691962; PMCID: PMC4720269.

Stefanik JJ, Guermazi A, Roemer FW, Peat G, Niu J, Segal NA, Lewis CE, Nevitt M, Felson DT. Changes in patellofemoral and tibiofemoral joint cartilage damage and bone marrow lesions over 7 years: the Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2016. doi: 10.1016/j.joca.2016.01.981. PubMed PMID: 26836287.

Trudeau MB, Asakawa DS, Jindrich DL, Dennerlein JT. Two-handed grip on a mobile phone affords greater thumb motor performance, decreased variability, and a more extended thumb posture than a one-handed grip. Appl Ergon. 2016;52:24-8. PubMed PMID: 26360191.

Iversen MD, von Heideken J, Farmer E, Rihm J, Heyworth BE, Kocher MS. Validity and Comprehensibility of Physical Activity Scales for Children With Sport Injuries. J Pediatr Orthop. 2016;36(3):278-83. PubMed PMID: 25851672.

Faculty Members Receive 2016 APTA of MA Awards

Dr. Ann Marie Flores received the APTA of MA 2016 Clinical Research Award and Dr. David Nolan received the APTA of MA 2016 Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Practice Award.

Two Tier 1 Seed Grants Awarded to PTMRS Faculty for FY2017

Dr. Sheng-Che Yen in collaboration with Dr. Deniz Erdogmus from the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of engineering, received an Interdisciplinary Tier 1 Seed Grant to fund their project titled “EEG-guided Robotic Mirror Therapy for Neurorehabilitation.” The goal of this project is to develop and test an innovative brain-interface controlled robotic system that synchronizes central and peripheral feedbacks. The long term objective of this proposed project is to improve lower extremity functions and walking in patients post stroke through integration of central neural feedback and peripheral sensory feedback.

Dr Dennerlein in collaboration with Drs. Alisa Lincoln and Steven Vallas from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities received an Interdisciplinary Tier 1 Seed Grant to fund their project titled “Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing in Construction Workers: Understanding the role of work and the conditions of work.”  The project’s long term goal is to develop and test work-site and employer based programs to improve the mental health and wellbeing in construction workers within the Total Worker Health® framework. For this Tier 1 project, the objective is to obtain data necessary to develop and implement potential intervention programs that target work-related factors to improve worker mental health and wellbeing.

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Faculty receives national recognition for their research

Dr. Ann Marie Flores abstract “Early Physical Therapy Education for Head and Neck Cancer Survivors – a Pre-Pilot Study” – has been chosen to receive a certificate of merit at the Biennial Cancer Survivorship Research Meeting (sponsored by the CDC, American Cancer Society, National cancer Institute/NIH, and LIVEStrong). Only 6 of the 190 abstracts submitted for the conference receive this citation. The certificate will be awarded at the awards ceremony for the meeting in Washington D.C. on Thursday, June 16, 2016.

Contact Info
Eugene Tunik

Eugene Tunik, PhD, PT
Director of Research, Department of Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences
Office: 301B Robinson Hall
Phone: 617.373.2924
Boston, MA 02115

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