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Laboratory for Advanced Rehabilitation Research in Simulation

Mobilizing Parkinson's Workshop

Mobility–Balance–Driving

  • Learn to become vigilant, overcome or minimize challenges, and take control. These interactive workshops are held across Kansas and Missouri for the Parkinson's community and are sponsored by the Parkinson's Foundation.

    September 10, 2019; 1:30 p.m.
    Landon Center on Aging, Room 200
    3599 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66160 [map]

    October 8, 2019; 10:00 a.m.
    Marriott Kansas City
    10800 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66210 [map]

  • For more information, or to sign up, please contact Amber Conn, OT, at aconn2@kumc.edu or 913-945-9673 (711 TTY).

Free Driving Assessments

  • The Parkinson’s Foundation has provided funding for a number of driving assessments to be available to individuals unable to pay for themselves. Recommendations include vision, thinking, physical ability, driving performance, reaction times, aids and equipment, training, safety with driving, and modifying driving behaviors.

  • Interested? Please contact Amber Conn, OT, driving and mobility specialist, at aconn2@kumc.edu or 913-945-9673 (711 TTY).

The primary mission of the Laboratory for Advanced Rehabilitation Research in Simulation (LARRS) is to improve rehabilitation outcomes using virtual reality technology.

This goal aligns well with one of the core research lines of the KU Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science: rehabilitation and health promotion in people with pain or neurological conditions.

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LARRS is currently seeking volunteers for several research projects.

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Research Focus

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Research at LARRS revolves around two focus areas: (1) virtual reality for mobility and (2) physiology of cognitive workload.

Team members are interested in driving simulation, virtual reality treadmill training, cognitive-motor interference, task complexity, and multimodal cognition. To learn more, read about current research projects in the lab.

Latest Technology

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LARRS makes discoveries that help improve the lives of people.

The lab maintains a driving simulator, a virtual reality treadmill, a balance platform, two eye trackers, an EEG system, and several visual and cognitive screening tools. Go inside the lab to see more.

Clinical Services

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Through the Driving and Mobility Clinic, the team provides services to the community.

Staff provide clinical driving evaluations for patients with visual, cognitive, and behavioral conditions who seek medical clearance to drive. Request a driving evaluation.


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Research
Projects

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Inside LARRS

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Research Publications
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Research Collaboration
LARRS team members are currently engaged in projects with top researchers at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Presently, work is underway with the Shelley Bhattacharya, D.O., MPH, FAAFP, William Brooks, Ph.D., Jeffrey Burns, M.D., M.S., Kathleen Gustafson, Ph.D., Sharon Lynch, M.D., Kelly Lyons, Ph.D., Jonathan Mahnken, Ph.D., Jamie Myers, Ph.D., Rajesh Pahwa, M.D., and Catherine Siengsukon, Ph.D., PT.

At the national level, LARRS team members are collaborating with David Carr, M.D. (Washington University, Saint Louis), Jacob Sosnoff, Ph.D. (University of Illinois), John Morgan, M.D. (Augusta University), Julianne Schmidt, Ph.D. (University of Georgia), and Ergun Uc, M.D. (University of Iowa).

Continued long-term international collaborations include the VIAS Institute of Belgium (Mark Tant, Ph.D.), the French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development, and Networks (Maud Ranchet, Ph.D.), and the University of Osaka (Jason Orlosky, Ph.D.).


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LARRS Team Members

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Hannes Devos, Ph.D., DRS
Director

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Abiodun Akinwuntan, Ph.D., MPH, MBA, DRS
Co-Director

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Shelley Bhattacharya, D.O., MPH, FAAFP
Affiliate Faculty

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Linda D'Silva, Ph.D., PT
Affiliate Faculty

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Jamie Myers, Ph.D., RN
Affiliate Faculty

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Amber Conn, B.S., DRS
Certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialist

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Bunmi Morohunfola, M.D.
Clinical Assistant

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Pedram Ahmadnezhad, M.S., PT
Graduate Research Assistant

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Melike Kahya, M.S., PT
Graduate Research Assistant

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Sanghee Moon, B.S.
Graduate Research Assistant

Students

  • Rob Gibson (MD student)
  • Maddi Hughes-Zahner (DPT student)
  • Katelyn Jarvis (DPT student)
  • Lisa Landis (DPT student)
  • Zachary Loesch (DPT student)
  • Fernanda Ribas (MD student)
Last modified: Aug 13, 2019

Activities and Updates

Amber Conn, B.S., DRS, was awarded the Parkinson's Foundation Clinical Research Award, a two-year award supporting the research expenses of a clinician scientist whose clinically oriented research involves people living with Parkinson's disease. Her project aims to educate people with Parkinson's disease on driving and falls prevention.

Jamie Myers, Ph.D., RN, presented a poster at the Oncology Nursing Society's 44th Annual Congress in Anaheim, Calif., on April 12, 2019. Her poster was titled "Pupillary Response, Driving Simulation, and Cognitive Load: Assessment of Cognitive Function for Breast Cancer Survivors."

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LARRS team member and rehabilitation science doctoral student Melike Kahya (above, second from left) was one of only three KU students nominated for the 2019 Dorothy Knoll Student Leadership Award. She was recognized for her leadership on and off campus during the Student Leader Award Ceremony on March 27, 2019. Her mentor is Hannes Devos, Ph.D., DRS.

More LARRS updates


LARRS is currently undertaking the Driving Parkinson's Project which is supported by a community grant from the Parkinson's Foundation.

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