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Laboratory for Advanced Rehabilitation Research in Simulation

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.

Join a study

LARRS is currently seeking volunteers for several research projects. Learn more

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 Hannes Devos, Ph.D., lab director, at, 913-945-9673 (711 TTY).

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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in a Study

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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 Jacob Sosnoff, Ph.D. (University of Illinois), and Julianne Schmidt, Ph.D. (University of Georgia),
Continued long-term international collaborations include 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.).

LARRS Team Members

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Hannes Devos, Ph.D., DRS

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Abiodun Akinwuntan, Ph.D., MPH, MBA, DRS

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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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Chun-Kai Huang, Ph.D.
Affiliate faculty

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Jamie Myers, Ph.D., RN
Affiliate Faculty

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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, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow

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John Estes, MPT
Research Manager


  • Rob Gibson (MD student)
  • Erin Holtmeier (DPT student)
  • Jordan Eberhardy (DPT student)
  • Courtney Moore (DPT student)
  • Payton Lancaster (MD student)
  • Christopher Denton (MD student)
Last modified: Jun 22, 2020

Activities and Updates

Researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina accepted LARRS co-director Hannes Devos to attend their Training in Grantsmanship for Rehabilitation Research workshop January 7-11 in Charleston, S.C. Organized by the National Institutes of Health for rehabilitation science grants, this intensive grant-writing program brings together nationally recognized mentors to foster future success in obtaining research grant support at the national level.

LARRS team member Amber Conn received a Parkinson's Foundation grant to conduct Mobilizing Parkinson's (balance, movement driving) workshops across Kansas and Missouri. This grant also provides free driving assessments to the Parkinson's community.

LARRS co-director Abiodun Akinwuntan has been appointed as Academic Editor of Plos One Journal.

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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