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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 recently received the following research grants from outside funding agencies:

Neurosensory Assessments of Headache
Funding Agency: NIH (R21)
The purpose of this study is to develop standardized quantitative metrics for the assessment of headaches.
Co-Investigator: Sutapa Ford, PhD

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 

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

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

Program on Integrative Medicine

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.

More examples of current and completed research activities appear on individual faculty pages.