Rita Ayyangar, MD
Research interests: Neuropharmacologic management of cognitive disorders in brain injury; cognitive effects of intrathecal and oral baclofen; effects of early treadmill intervention in high-risk infants on ambulation and spasticity outcome; development of an adaptive cognition testing lab.
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Noelle E. Carlozzi, PhD
Research interests: Neuropsychological assessment; outcomes assessment; clinical rehabilitation; Huntington disease; traumatic brain injury; caregivers; psychometrics; computer adaptive test development.

Funded Research:

  • Develop a health-related quality of life measurement system for use in Huntington disease (HDQLIFE; NINDS; 2R01NS077946)
  • Develop a health-related quality of life measurement system for use in caregivers of individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI-CareQOL; NINR; 2R01NR013658). 
  • Rehabilitation Research Training Center (RRTC) on Improving Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes (NIDRR; with Dr. Allen Heinemann at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)   
  • Evaluating Quality of Life in Neonatal Brachial Plexus Palsy (with Dr. Lynda Yang)
  • Consultation with the Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials Network (NIH; with Dr. William Barsan; 2-U01-NS056975-06)

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Tony Chiodo, MD
Research interests: Efficacy of interventional spine therapy; spine pain in dental health professionals; lumbosacral plexopathies in hip and pelvic fractures; wellness issues in persons with SCI; pulmonary function in persons with SCI.

Current research activities:

  • Funded:
    • Follow-up of the Wellness with SCI Study (MI PVA, U-M Office of the Vice President for Research; with Dr. Tate and Dr. Zemper)
    • Assessment of osteopathic manual medicine in preventing respiratory complications in persons with SCI: A preliminary study (U-M OVPR, MSU COM; with Dr. Zemper)
    • Comparison of transforaminal epidural steroid injections performed at the level of disc herniation vs. at the level of the affected nerve (with Dr. Schultz and Dr. Smuck)
    • Effect of combined transforaminal epidural steroid injection and facet block vs. 
      transforaminal epidural steroid injection only in the treatment of spondylitic lumbar stenosis (with Dr. Schultz and Dr. Smuck)
  • Submitted:
    • Osteopathic manual medicine and SCI respiratory function (NIH, NIDRR; 
      with Dr. Zemper)
  • Non-funded clinical research:
    • Saphenous nerve conduction study: Comparing two techniques

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Miles Colwell Jr, MD
Research interests: Biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system; pulmonary function in persons with SCI.

Current research activities:

  • Funded:
    • Assessment of osteopathic manual medicine in preventing respiratory 
      complications in persons with SCI: A preliminary study (U-M OVPR, 
      MSU COM; with Dr. Zemper)
  • Submitted:
    • Osteopathic manual medicine and SCI respiratory function (NIH, NIDRR; 
      with Dr. Zemper)

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Lisa DiPonio, MD
Research interests: Medical Student Education, Spinal Cord Injury

SCI: basic demographics of veterans with SCI, medical treatment of SCI patients in emergency departments, management of fractures, psychosocial effects of bowel and bladder differences and differences in adjustment to disability.

Medical Student Education: outcomes measures for musculoskeletal education

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James Eckner, MD
Research interests: Assessment of mild traumatic brain injury in athletes using novel approaches, prevention of mild traumatic brain injury in athletes, detection of mild traumatic brain injury in athletes using biomechanical head impact profiles, assessment of the short- and long-term effects of concussions and non-concussive head impact exposure in athletes.

Current research activities:

  • Funded:
    • Pilot Evaluation of a Supervised Neck Strengthening Program in High School Athletes
    • Evaluation of a supervised neck strengthening program in youth athletes: a potential intervention to reduce the risk of sport-related concussion
    • The National Sport Concussion Outcomes Study. Phase 1- The role of equipment and head impact exposure on neurological outcomes
    • Evaluating the head’s response to impulsive forces in young athletes

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Jeffrey Evans, PhD 
Research interests: Scientific basis for the use of expressive arts in health care; assessment of executive mental functioning in adult rehabilitation inpatients

Research skills: Qualitative research methods.

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Michael Geisser, PhD
Research interests: Mechanisms associated with the development and maintenance of back pain; influence of psychosocial factors on the experience of pain; treatment and prevention of chronic pain syndrome.

Research skills: Statistics and research design; research ethics and compliance

Current research activities:

  • Funded:
    • Cooperative agreement for studying chronic multi-symptom illnesses
    • Efficacy of centrally acting analgesics for the treatment of chronic low back 
      pain
    • Medical rehabilitation research training program (NIDRR; with Dr. Tate and 
      Dr. Hurvitz)
    • Acute post-operative pain management using massage as adjuvant therapy
  • Submitted:
    • Neural substrates of cognitive factors and chronic pain
    • Paraspinal denervation in low back pain (with Dr. Haig)
    • Mechanisms of hyperalgesia in fibromyalgia and chronic low back pain
    • Palliative pain control with adjuvant massage to restore function
    • Interventions for chronic low back pain and disability

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Andrew Haig, MD
Research interests: Health policy regarding rehabilitation, musculoskeletal medicine, and occupational medicine;
rehabilitation in low-resource countries, rehabilitation in natural disaster, Telemedicine and e-health, Electrodiagnosis, Lumbar spinal stenosis

Current research activities:

  • Funded:
    • Michigan Spinal Stenosis Study
    • Brunei National Rehabilitation Program

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Anne Hartigan, MD
Research interests: Ergonomics; low back pain in workers; relationship of physical examination findings to medical office visits for back pain; injury prevention in industrial settings; return to work issues; work-related musculoskeletal disorders.

Current research activities:

  • Unfunded:
    • Self-Assessment of Work Capability

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Joseph Hornyak, IV, MD, PhD
Research interests: Genetics of exercise; exercise in people with disabilities.

Current research activities:

  • Submitted:
    • Genomic analysis of exercise training in a rat model of the metabolic syndrome (NIH; with Dr. Britton)

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Jane Huggins, PhD
Research interests: Brain-computer interfaces; augmentive and alternative communication; brain plasticity after impairment.

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Edward Hurvitz, MD
Research interests: Fitness, activity, exercise and obesity in cerebral palsy; Health and outcomes in adults with cerebral palsy. Etiology of cerebral palsy.  Transition to adulthood for youths with disabilities.

Current research activities:

  • Funded:
    • TIKTOC—Technology Increasing Knowledge, Technology Optimizing Choices Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (Meade, PI)
    • Cardiometabolic Risk in Adults with Cerebral Palsy (K01, Peterson, PI)
    • Outcomes of Rhizotomy in Adults with Cerebral Palsy (PMR ERF, Daunter, PI)
    • Origins, Wellness, and Life History in Cerebral Palsy (Paneth, PI)
  • Submitted
    • Sedentary Behavior and Cardiometabolic Risk in Cerebral Palsy (NIDRR; Mark Peterson, PI)
    • Extension of the Communication Functional Classification Scale to Adults (CPIRF, Hidecker PI)

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Claire Kalpakjian, PhD
Research interests: Psychosocial aspects of aging in women with disabilities.

Current research activities:

  • Funded:
    • Psychosocial and physiological aspects of menopause in women with SCI (NIDRR)

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Jacqueline Nicole Kaufman, PhD
Research interests include the study of neuropsychological functioning in chronically ill pediatric populations and populations with congenital neurodevelopmental conditions. Specific research interests involve the use of basic cognitive neuroscience protocols during adapted neuropsychological testing of children with motor and language impairments using assistive technology. Related to previous work in neuroimaging of executive functioning, Dr. Kaufman is exploring ways for individuals with significant motor and speech impairments to provide responses to complex cognitive questions using simple button response activation strategies. Recent work has examined speed of processing using motor-independent measurement in children with CP. She is currently funded through the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) as Primary Investigator to examine Working Memory in children with Cerebral Palsy.

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Brian Kelly, DO
Research interests: Orthotics and prosthetics; medical education.

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Ned Kirsch, PhD
Research interests: Cognitive rehabilitation; development of assistive technology systems for neurocognitive and neurobehavioral symptoms; outcomes after mild TBI.

Research skills: Single case methodologies.

Current research activities:

  • Funded:
    • Projects in the listed interest areas currently funded by NIH, NIDRR, CDC

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Anna L Kratz, PhD
Research interests: momentary assessment of symptoms and functioning, mild cognitive impairment in chronic conditions, outcome measurement development, interventions to improve symptom management and functioning, identification of mechanisms/mediators of interventions.

Current research activities:

  • Funded:
    • A multi-phase study to develop a health-related quality of life measurement system for use in caregivers of individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI-CareQOL; NINR 2R01NR013658, with Dr. Carlozzi).
    • A pilot study to examine sleep disturbances and cognitive functioning in multiple sclerosis (MICHR Seed Grant).
    • A DoD-funded project to examine psychosocial and behavioral factors associated with bowel and bladder management after spinal cord injury (DoD 11012787, with Dr. Tate).

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Chandramouli Krishnan, PT, PhD
Research Interests and Expertise: Rehabilitation Robotics, Noninvasive Brain Stimulation (tDCS, TMS), Technology-based Rehabilitation, Muscle Weakness and Functional Resistance Training, Neuromuscular Physiology, Neuromuscular Plasticity, Motion Analysis, Gait, EMG, Simulation/Modeling, Force Control, Variability, Gender Differences in Motor Control. Both mechanistic and interventional research approaches are used in our laboratory to improve current understanding of neuromuscular function and regulation in the context of movement control and neuromuscular plasticity. Neuromotor performance and recovery are evaluated using sophisticated techniques that provide detailed information on changes happening at the biomechanical (kinematic and kinetic), neurophysiological (EMG, brain plasticity, muscle physiology), and clinical levels. We study uninjured able-bodied subjects as well as individuals with neuromuscular dysfunctions. Specific populations of interest include subjects with Stroke, Cerebral Palsy, Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury, Arthritis, Below Knee Amputation, and Joint Replacements

Active Funded Projects:

  • Wearable Resistive Robotic Device for Gait Rehabilitation
  • A low-cost Robotic Device for Gait Rehabilitation
  • Wearable eMbots to Induce Recovery of Function

For more details about Dr. Krishnan's research and his Neuromuscular and Rehabilitation Robotics Laboratory (NeuRRo Lab), please visit: 

pmr.med.umich.edu/research/research-areas-and-centers/neuromuscular-and-rehabilitation-robotics-laboratory or neurro-lab.engin.umich.edu

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James Leonard, Jr, MD
Research interests: Prosthetics and orthotics.

Current research activities:

  • Funded:
    • Development of an educational program for surgeons about amputation, prosthetics and rehabilitation

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Michelle Meade, PhD
Research interests: Psychological and behavioral factors associated with the management of spinal cord injury/disease and other physical impairments; health and health care disparities associated with both race/ethnicity and disability. Health access; community reintegration including employment after SCI.

Current research activities:

  • Funded:

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Nancy Hansen Merbitz, PhD
Research interests: Psychological and behavioral factors associated with the management of spinal cord injury/disease and other physical impairments; health and health care disparities associated with both race/ethnicity and disability. Health access; community reintegration including employment after SCI.

Current research activities:

  • Funded:
    • Self-management of spinal cord injury/disease
    • Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems
    • Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Program (NIDRR; with Dr. Tate)

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Sonya Miller, MD
Research interests: Quality of life outcomes in minority and aging populations; medical education.

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Susan L. Murphy, ScD,OTR
Research interests: Osteoarthritis, fatigue, physical activity, rehabilitation interventions, aging.

Virginia Nelson, MD, MPH
Research interests: Pediatric rehabilitation; SCI rehabilitation; rehabilitation of ventilator assisted children and adolescents; pediatric brain injury.

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Mark Peterson, PhD
Research interests:

  • Mechanisms of Secondary Muscle Pathology and Metabolic Dysregulation in Adults With Cerebral Palsy: The overall purpose of this research is to distinguish the mechanisms of secondary pathology and comorbidity from those attributable to the primary neuromuscular impairment in cerebral palsy, and to examine the efficacy of physical activity to improve function and cardiometabolic health.
  • Obesity Misclassification and Cardiometabolic Risk: The purpose of this line of research is to identify the extent of overweight and obsesity misclassification between BMI and percent body fat, as well as to determine the extent to which age, sedentary behavior, and physical activity mediates risk across body phenotypes.
  • Predictors of Muscle Aging: The purpose of this research is to examine and understand the predictors of muscle aging. Specific focus is placed on cellular mechanisms of muscle fragility as evidence by increased intramyocellular lipid and extracellular matrix, as well as understanding the common link with aberrant chronic inflammation, insulin resistance and mitochondrial stress.
  • Resistance Exercise for Metabolic Health: The focus of this work is to examine the efficacy of resistance exercise as a stimulus to induce positive morphologic and metabolic adaptations across a spectrum of ages and physical abilities.

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Percival Pangilinan Jr, MD
Research interests: General rehabilitation; musculoskeletal rehabilitation, stroke.

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James Richardson, MD
Research interests: Peripheral nerve dysfunction and its association with falls in the elderly; athletic injuries in the young; low back disorders; electrodiagnostic medicine.

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Randy Roth, PhD
Research interests: Psychological factors and treatment outcomes in chronic pain management; myofascial pain disorders; psychological predictors of surgical outcome for chronic pain disorders.

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James Rowan, PhD
Research interests: Traumatic brain injury.

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M. Catherine Spires, MD
Research interests: Multiple trauma and burn rehabilitation; lower limb prosthetics and rehabilitation; electrodiagnostic medicine; medical education.

Current research activity:

  • Funded:
    • Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Program (NIDRR; with Dr. Tate)

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Denise Tate, PhD
Research interests: Quality of life and outcomes research; health behaviors and wellness; SCI and post-polio adjustment; community integration following SCI.

Research skills: Research design; grant-writing.

Current research activity:

  • Funded:
  • Medical rehabilitation research training program (NIH; with Dr. Hurvitz)
    • Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Program (NIDRR; with Dr. Spires)
    • U-M Model Spinal Cord Injury Care System (NIDRR; with Dr. Gater)
    • Health and quality of life in persons with long-term mechanical ventilation (Model Systems)
    • Stress and coping across the lifespan in women with SCI (NIDRR)
    • Follow-up of the Wellness with SCI Study (MI PVA, U-M OVPR; with Dr. Zemper and Dr. Chiodo)

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Seth Warschausky, PhD
Research interests: pediatric neuropsychology of neurodevelopmental conditions; adapted neuropsychological assessment strategies and psychometrics; peer relationships and quality of life outcomes.
Current funded research activities:
2014                Mildred S. Swanson Foundation
                        PI: Using Direct Brain-Computer Interface to Identify the Cognitive Capabilities of 
                        People with Significant Disabilities
                        01/01/2014 - 12/31/2014

2014                MICHR
                        Co-Investigator (PI: Huggins)
                        Brain-Computer Interfaces to Assess the Cognitive Capabilities of Locked-In Children
                        01/01/2014 -12/31/2014

2013-18           DOED/NIDRR  RERC
                        Co-Investigator (PIs: Meade, Durfee)
                        Project PI: Characterizing the Cognitive and Motivational Contributions to Health Self-
                        Management of Congenital Neurodevelopmental Conditions
                        10/01/2013 - 9/30/2018

2011-2014       DOED/NIDRR Co-I
                        Co-Investigator (PI: Kaufman)
                                Auditory and Visual Working Memory in Children with Cerebral Palsy
                        10/01/2011 - 09/30/2014

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Robert Werner, MD
Research interests: Evaluating natural history of carpal tunnel syndrome among active workers; effective treatments for CTS; influence of intracarpal pressure on treatment outcomes in CTS.
Recent research activity:

  • Ergonomic solutions for employment (NIDRR)
  • Rehabilitation of upper extremity cumulative trauma disorder (UAW-GM)

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John Yarjanian, DO
Current research activities:

  • Lumbar spinal stenosis in relation to lumbar paraspinal atrophy (with Dr. Haig)

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Mark Ziadeh, MD
Research interests: Rehabilitation outcomes; residency education.

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