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 recently received the following research grants from outside funding agencies:

Novel Management of Lumbar Radiculopathy - A Dietary Approach
Funding Agency: Mayday Fund
Additional Funding from: North American Spine Society (NASS)
PI: Kevin Carneiro, DO 

Towards Transition and Self-Management: Assessing the Needs of Individuals with Cerebral Palsy in North Carolina
Funding Agency: Foundation for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (FPMR)
PI: Kimberly Karrat Rauch, DO

UNC Research Fellowship in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NIH R01)
Funding Agency: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Co-Investigator: Susan Gaylord, PhD (PI: J. Doug Mann, MD) 

Clinical & Metabolic Effects of Altering n-3 & n-6 Fatty Acids in Migraine (NIH T32)
Funding Agency: NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
Co-Investigator: Susan Gaylord, PhD (PI: J. Doug Mann, MD) 

Adaptation of Mindfulness Training to Treat Chronic Pain in the Military
Funding Agency: Research Triangle Institute (RTI International)
PI: Susan Gaylord, PhD 

Promoting Positive Mental Health for Youth and Caregivers in Southeast Raleigh through Mindfulness-based Training: A Collaborative Planning Project
Funding Agency: John Rex Endowment
PI: Susan Gaylord, PhD 

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.