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A NEW MEASURE OF NEUROLOGICAL AND BEHAVIORAL RECOVERY AFTER SCI

PI: Velozo, Craig
Begin Date: July 1, 2010
End Date: August 31, 2012
Award Amount: $23,106.00
Sponsoring Agency: THE CRAIG H NEILSEN FOU
Agency Contract Number: 164521

A paucity of clinical trials for SCI stems in part from the lack of valid, reliable and sensitive outcome measures for people with different severities of SCI. An ideal outcome measure would reliably classify the severity of SCI based on functional ability and most importantly detect meaningful changes in recovery of pre-morbid function over time. A new assessment, the Phase System, is SCI-specific, gauges performance relative to normal and appears to detect improvements in function. Unlike other outcome measures for neurological injuries (e.g. Functional Independence Measure, Spinal Cord Independence Measure), a phase score represents the ability to perform a series of functional tasks (e.g. sitting, sit up, sit-to-stand) in a pre-injury manner and disallows compensation for weakened or paralyzed muscles by stronger muscles, substitutions, or devices. The Phase System now requires systematic psychometric testing, refinement of items and scaling, and establishment of reliability for the modified version. Finally, the utility of the revised tool in measuring responsiveness to intervention will be evaluated. The outcome of the proposed work will be to establish a new SCI-specific outcome measure appropriate for clinical trials which test new treatments and therapies for the restoration and recovery of functional mobility after SCI.

THE ROLE OF VISUAL ATTENTION IN THE DRIVING SAFETY OF PARKINSONS DISEASE PATIENTS

PI: Classen, Sherrilene
Begin Date: June 1, 2010
End Date: December 31, 2012
Award Amount: $269,966.00
Sponsoring Agency: NATL PARKINSON FOU

The overarching objectives of this proposal are to determine: 1) whether the Useful Field of View® (UFOV), a test of visual attention, shows homogenous impairment among PD drivers, compared to AC drivers; 2) whether the UFOV is a consistent predictor of driving safety risk, especially among PD drivers who are less motorically and cognitively impaired; and 3) whether the UFOV is the efficient and superior singular screening test for at risk PD drivers compared to the battery of standard clinical assessments performed by neurologists, neuropsychologists and driving rehabilitation specialists (DRS).

REHABILITATION RESEARCH CAREER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

PI: Mann, William
Co-PI: Velozo, Craig
Begin Date: September 25, 2007
End Date: August 31, 2010
Award Amount: $243,375.00
Sponsoring Agency: UNIV OF TEXAS
Division: MEDICAL BRANCH AT GALVESTON
Agency Contract Number: 10-022

Recruit and train rehabilitation scientists who are occupational and physical therapists. Program activities will provide trainees with the skills necessary to become independent investigators and future leaders and mentors in rehabilitation.

SPOOCI: SELF-REFERENCED PERSONAL OMNI-PURPOSE ORTHOTIC CONTROL INTERFACE

PI: Hubbard, Sandra
Begin Date: June 1, 2010
End Date: May 31, 2011
Award Amount: $371,626.00
Sponsoring Agency: NATL INST OF HLTH
Division: NICHD - CHLD HLTH & HUMAN DEV
Agency Contract Number: R21 HD053526

The purpose of the proposed project is to establish proof of concept of an orthotic wheelchair controller (Self-referenced Personal Orthotic Omni-purpose Control Interface abbreviated as SPOOCI)) that will allow functional mobility for this population. The rationale for developing SPOOCI is to: (1) Move the point of access from the wheelchair to the user's body to reduce the effect of extraneous movements, (2) Provide a "wearable" interface, (3) Simplify the motor task by sensing isometric force rather than movement, and (4) Eliminate the need to maintain a position at or near midline. Our innovative concept is distinguished by referencing the control sensor not to the wheelchair frame but mounting it instead on the adjacent proximal body segment via a custom-formed orthosis.

COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT OF THE IMPACT OF ILLNESS AND DISABILITY IN CHILDREN

PI: Bendixen, Roxanna
Begin Date: April 6, 2010
End Date: August 31, 2013
Award Amount: $566,689.00
Sponsoring Agency: NATL INST OF HLTH
Division: NICHD - CHLD HLTH & HUMAN DEV
Agency Contract Number: K01 HD064778

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is the most common form of muscular dystrophy and is characterized by progressive muscle damage and a loss of muscle function in male children. Traditionally, clinical and intervention studies in DMD have focused on physiological and functional measures that are affected by the disease, but fail to explore how the disease impacts a child's participation or provide important information about "real world" abilities. This project stresses the importance of integrating both quantitative biological and functional measures of disease progression and assessments of activity, participation and QoL into future clinical studies and trials to determine the effectiveness of new therapies and interventions being developed for DMD.

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