Research

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The Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation is actively involved in many research endeavors to maximize health and physical function for people with disabilities. We are exploring traditional as well as complementary and alternative treatment methodologies.

After our department was ranked sixth in the country in NIH rankings in 2009, we have maintained NIH rankings in the top 20 for subsequent years.

Recent Grants

Faculty in our department received the following research grants from outside funding agencies:

Nutrition for Migraine Prevention
Funding Agency: UNC-Chapel Hill Clinical and Translational Research Center / National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NIH R01)
Co-Investigator:  Susan Gaylord, PhD (PI:  J. Douglas Mann, MD, UNC Neurology)

Next Steps in Physicians’ Training in Geriatrics
Funding Agency: Don W. Reynolds Foundation
Co-Investigators: Michael Y. Lee, MD, MHA; Paul Thananopavarn, MD; Tanya Zinner, MD
(Dr. Jan Busby-Whitehead, PI) 

A Phase III, Multicenter, Double Blind, Prospective, Randomized, Placebo Controlled Study Assessing the Efficacy and Safety of Dysport® Intramuscular Injection Used for the Treatment of Upper Limb Spasticity in Adult Subjects with Hemiparesis Due To Stroke or Traumatic Brain Injury
Industry Sponsor: Ipsen
PI: Heather Walker, MD

A Phase III, Multicenter, Open Label, Extension Study, To Assess the Long Safety and Efficacy of Repeated Treatment of Dysport® Intramuscular Injection in the Treatment of Upper Limb Spasticity in Adult Subjects with Hemiparesis Due To Stroke or Traumatic Brain Injury
Industry Sponsor: Ipsen
PI: Heather Walker, MD

Mechanism of Action of Acupuncture for Pain Reduction in Chronic Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMD) Patients
Funding Agency: National Institute of Dental and Craniofacil Research
NIH K12 Award: Jongbae Park, KMD, PhD, LAc
(Dr. William Maixner, PI)

Mindfulness Training for Posttraumatic Headache Following a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Funding Agency: Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program
PI: Sutapa Ford, PhD

Disease, Disability and Death in an Aging Workforce
Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health (R01)
PI for UNC-Chapel Hill: James Hill, MD, MPH
Subcontract with Stanford University

Recently Completed Studies

Prospective, double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized, multicenter study with an open-label extension period to investigate the efficacy and safety of NT 201 in the treatment of post-stroke spasticity of the upper limb
Funding Agency: Merz Pharmaceuticals
PI: Michael Y. Lee, MD, MHA

A Phase III, Multicenter, Double Blind, Prospective, Randomized, Placebo Controlled Study Assessing the Efficacy and Safety of Dysport® Intramuscular Injection Used for the Treatment of Lower Limb Spasticity in Adult Subjects with Hemiparesis Due To Stroke or Traumatic Brain Injury
Industry Sponsor: Ipsen
PI: Heather Walker, MD

A Phase III, Multicenter, Open Label, Extension Study, To Assess the Long Safety and Efficacy of Repeated Treatment of Dysport® Intramuscular Injection in the Treatment of Lower Limb Spasticity in Adult Subjects with Hemiparesis Due To Stroke or Traumatic Brain Injury
Industry Sponsor: Ipsen
PI: Heather Walker, MD

Mindfulness for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Funding Source: NIH/National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
PI: Susan Gaylord, PhD
View an article about this study on WebMD

Effectiveness of a Care Package for Low Back Pain with Disc Herniation: A Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial
Funding Source: Jaseng Medical Foundation
PI: Jongbae Park, KMD, PHD, LAc

A Mindfulness-Based Intervention to Reduce Diabetes Risk in Pre-Diabetic African Americans
Funding Source: NIH/National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Lead PI: Susan Gaylord, PhD

STAR Project (Stroke Telemedicine and Rehabilitation, Robeson County)
Funding Source: Duke Endowment Fund
Note: Patricia Gregory, MD, served as PI until June 14, 2010.

Our department also houses the Program on Integrative Medicine, which conducts research in complementary and alternative medicine, and which is the administrative home of the T-32 Research Fellowhip in Complementary and Alternative Medicine and a recent R01 grant.

Additionally, examples of other research activities appear on individual faculty pages.