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LARRS activities and updates 2019

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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.


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Amber Conn presented "Local Driving Resources in Kansas" at the Stroke Symposium.


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


Akinwuntan was appointed to the editorial board of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Journal.


Lab Director Hannes Devos received the Commendation Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Neurodegenerative Diseases Networking Group.


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Sanghee Moon, graduate research assistant and LARRS team member, gave a platform presentation at the 96th Annual Meeting of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. It was titled "Artificial neural networks: Shaping the future of neurorehabilitation research methodology." He also presented a poster titled "Scoping review on artificial neural networks in neurorehabilitation research: Current status and future avenues" at the event held in Chicago, November 5-8, 2019.


Pedram Ahmadnezhad, doctoral student in LARRS, has received the Ringle Scholarship from the KU Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science.


Melike Kahya, doctoral student in LARRS, was interviewed by Julie Schwertfeger, chair of the Academic Neurological Physical Therapy Balance and Falls Special Interest Group, about her dissertation project and future goals in rehabilitation research. Listen.


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Melike Kahya, Hannes Devos, and Abiodun Akinwuntan presented together along with Jeffrey Hausdorff, Jacob Sosnoff, their work titled "Use of Technology to Assess and Optimize Brain-Behavior Interactions during Cognitive-Motor Interference" at the 96th Annual Meeting of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine.


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Melike Kahya, doctoral student in LARRS, received the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Neurodegenerative Diseases Networking Group Early Career Poster Award.


Amber Conn, B.S., DRS, together with her project team, was selected to receive the 2019-2020 Clinical Faculty Grant by the Faculty Practice Committee. Their project is titled "Driving After Concussion: A Simulator and Naturalistic Driving Study."


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.


Below: Sanghee Moon, graduate research assistant, presented a poster entitled "Can We Detect Early Cognitive Declines in People with Parkinson's Disease Using an Eye-tracker?" at the Kansas Physical Therapy Association's 2019 Spring Conference in Wichita, Kansas, April 12-13. His presentation was chosen as the Best Overall Presentation by the Research Committee.

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Sanghee Moon, graduate research assistant and LARRS team member, gave a platform presentation about the applications of artificial neural networks in neurorehabilitation research at the 2019 Student Research Forum on April 1, 2019, at KU Medical Center. He also was recognized at the awards banquet on April 2 with the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science award for Outstanding Presentation in Rehabilitation Science Research. His mentor is Hannes Devos, Ph.D., DRS.


Lab director Hannes Devos received official word that the LARRS lab will be awarded a subcontract from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to investigate effects of virtual reality interventions to reduce falls in multiple sclerosis. This study is a multicenter trial with Tel Aviv University (Hausdorff, PI) and University of Urbana-Champaign (Jacob Sosnoff).


Hannes Devos, Ph.D., was awarded a five-year Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Award (K01) from the National Institutes of Health. This grant will fund work to study neurophysiological changes in individuals with pre-clinical Alzheimer's disease. His mentors on this research project are School of Medicine faculty Jeffrey Burns, M.D., M.S., Will Brooks, Ph.D., Kathleen Gustafson, Ph.D., and Jonathan Mahnken, Ph.D.


Abiodun Akinwuntan, Ph.D., MPH, MBA, dean and professor, School of Health Professions, and LARRS co-director, has been elected to serve a two-year term as member of the Nominations and Elections Committee of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions. The association was chartered in Washington, D.C., in September 1967 as a not-for-profit national professional association for administrators, educators, and others who were concerned with critical issues affecting allied health education. As of 2017, its membership consists of 116 academic institutions and four professional associations.


Hannes Devos, Ph.D., was invited to serve on the review committee of Vision Research Program of the Department of Defense in January 2019.


Melike Kahya, LARRS doctorate student, was selected as a University of Florida Neuromuscular Plasticity Symposium scholar. With this award, she was invited to present her research at the 2019 Neuromuscular Plasticity Symposium in Gainesville, Fla. on March 15, 2019. She presented "Pupillary Response to Dual-tasking in Parkinson's Disease: Implications for Falls."


Melike Kahya presented her research at the American Physical Therapy Combined Sections Meeting in Washington, D.C, Jan. 24-26. Her poster presentation was titled "Test-retest Reliability of Pupillary Response to Measure Cognitive Workload During Postural Control in Parkinson's Disease."


Devos and Akinwuntan represented LARRS at the 2019 Transportation Research Board meeting in Washington, D.C., January 13-17, 2019.


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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.

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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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