Faculty in the Department of PM&R at the University of Missouri-Columbia have varied research interests including hormone levels in patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) and multiple sclerosis; anabolic hormone therapy; osteoporosis subsequent to SCI; dysphagia from stroke, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and cerebral palsy; neuromuscular electrical stimulation for treatment of dysphagia ; pharmacological treatments for cognitive problems resulting from TBI; quality and stability of intrathecal baclofen; treatment of tactile defensiveness and symptoms of autism spectrum disorder with intrathecal baclofen; carpal tunnel syndrome; long term sequela of Guillain Barre’ syndrome; platelet rich plasma; use of the autoambulator in rehabilitation of mobility impairment; growth rates of children with cerebral palsy; development of improved orthotics for children with mobility impairment; spasticity interventions; body mass index and rehabilitation outcome; and rehabilitation practice management .
The department is home to the TIPS4Kids grant. Training in Interdisciplinary Partnerships and Services (TIPS) for Kids is the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) training program in Missouri. The LEND program provides intensive training for advanced graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in the field of neurodevelopmental and related disabilities. Faculty also participate in multi-site national clinical studies on an ongoing basis.
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