Research conducted by the Rehabilitation Science faculty and staff is supported by research teams, centers, a variety of satellite laboratories and clinical research sites located across the medical campus and surrounding community. In addition to core
research facilities and labs, PhD Faculty collaborate with other scientists both regionally and nationally to conduct interdisciplinary and translational research. Our teams are routinely invited to present their research findings in scientific publications
and at local, national, and international conferences.
The newly developed CU Rehabilitation Science Consortium is a shared workspace and meeting place for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, residents, and research assistants who conduct research with faculty in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Much of our work falls into the following related areas:
Clinical trials research | We have led major studies focused on defining the impairments associated with specific disorders and outcomes from physical interventions. These investigations have helped to define how physical rehabilitation changes function and other outcomes for people who live with a variety of disabilities.
Health services research | Data from large national data bases and from large clinical practices help us to better understand how a whole host of factors work together to determine the extent to which a person will have functional
loss or disability. We have a number of ongoing studies using such data.
Translation to real life | Research studies in clinical laboratories help us to know what should be included in interventions to change people’s lives. However, information from these controlled studies need to be translated
to practical application in the real world. We have a number of such studies going on that examine ways.
Mechanistic research | Our faculty study the mechanisms underlying disability understanding the role of such diverse topics as genetic biomarkers, muscle physiology, neurophysiology, behavioral medicine, and biomechanics. These mechanistic studies relate to the broader questions that we research related to improving disability of a wide variety of populations.
The Muscle Morphology, Mechanics, and Performance Lab develops sonographic methods for sarcopenia and myosteatosis screening. They are also exploring the physiologic advantages of eccentric muscle actions for use in rehabilitation interventions for older adults.
The mission of the Systems of care and pediatric rehabilitation outcomes lab is to develop meaningful and innovative models of care that advance health equity for traditionally underserved populations of children with developmental delay or disability.
Our research focuses on the diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and prevention of youth sport-related concussion. We conduct clinical research in a variety of different settings, centered on improving health outcomes following a concussion.
The mission of the Interdisciplinary Movement Science Laboratory (IMSL) is to promote active and healthy aging through movement. Their vision is improving the lives of aging adults through novel rehabilitation practices.
RESTORE group is a collaborative team committed to optimizing movement and quality-of-life in older adults through innovative research and educational excellence.
The MOVE Laboratory uses a multifaceted approach to evaluate intervention strategies designed to enhance the effectiveness of rehabilitation in older adult patient populations.
The Spinal Cord Injury Imaging Research Laboratory (SCIRL) focuses on the prognosis and treatment of individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). We conduct clinical research in a variety of different ways, with a focus on spinal cord imaging. We value local, national, and international collaborations to study important clinical questions in the field of SCI. Ultimately, our lab aims to improve the lives and wellbeing of people with SCI.
Exercise Research Laboratory
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Lab