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Research Projects

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Current Research Projects

  1. Driver's Safety Institute to Improve Performance of Long Haul Truck Drivers
  2. Virtual Reality Treadmill Training to Improve Cognition and Mobility in Multiple Sclerosis
  3. Neurophysiological Changes in Pre-Clinical Alzheimer's Disease
  4. Increased Cognitive Effort During Dual-tasking and Its Relationship with Falls in Parkinson's Disease
  5. Increased Mental Effort during Visual Scanning Tasks in mild Traumatic Brain Injury
  6. Driving after Concussion: Naturalistic and Driving Simulation Study
  7. Cognitive Control as an Intervention for Older Adults

Completed Research Projects

  1. Cognitive Workload Reflects Subliminal Cognitive Impairment in Pre-Clinical Alzheimer's Disease
  2. Cognitive Effort in Breast Cancer Survivors
  3. The Eyes Have It: Use of Pupillometry to Assess Cognition in Multiple Sclerosis
  4. Eye-catching Measures of Cognitive Fatigability and Daytime Sleepiness in Multiple Sclerosis
  5. Development of a Low Cost Portable Driving Simulator

Current and Previous Funding (last three years)

Hannes Devos (Site PI) and Jeffrey M. Hausdorff (PI)
Virtual Reality-Treadmill Combined Intervention for Enhancing Mobility and Cognitive Function in Patients with Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis
National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Hannes Devos (PI), Jeffrey Burns (mentor), William Brooks (mentor), Kathleen Gustafson (mentor), Jonathan Mahnken (biostatistical advisor)
Neurophysiological Changes in Pre-clinical Alzheimer's Disease
National Institutes of Health

Hannes Devos (Co-I) and Vibhash Sharma (PI)
A Pilot Study for Quantitative Assessment of Gait in Essential Tremor Using Wireless Sensors: Potential Diagnostic Tool and Measure of Progression
Intentional Essential Tremor Foundation

Amber Conn (PI)
Driving in Parkinson's Disease
Parkinson's Foundation

L. Steve Miller (UGA, PI), Hannes Devos (Co-PI), Abiodun Akinwuntan (Co-PI)
Cognitive Control as an Intervention for Older Adults
Clinical Translational Science Unit

Jamie Myers (Co-PI) and Hannes Devos (Co-PI)
Task Evoked Pupillary Response: Assessment of Cognitive Effort for Breast Cancer Survivors
University of Kansas Cancer Center 2017 Fall Pilot Award

Hannes Devos (Co-PI) and Abiodun Akinwuntan (Co-PI)
A Low Cost Portable Driving Simulator
Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation/Frontiers Trailblazer Award

Hannes Devos (Co-PI) and Jamie Myers (Co-PI), Abiodun Akinwuntan, Wendy He, Jennifer Klemp, Monica Kurylo, Melissa Mitchell, Anne O’Dea (Co-I)
Task-Evoked Pupillary Response: Assessment of Cognitive Effort for Breast Cancer Survivors
KU Cancer Center Pilot Grant

Hannes Devos (Co-PI) and Catherine Siengsukon (Co-PI)
Eye-Catching Measures of Cognitive Fatigability and Daytime Sleepiness in Multiple Sclerosis
KU Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science Research Fund

Hannes Devos (PI) and Sharon Lynch (Co-I)
The Eyes Have It: Evaluation of Cognition Through Pupillometry in Multiple Sclerosis
National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Melike Kahya (PI) and Hannes Devos (Mentor)
Cognitive Workload During Cognitive-Motor Interference and its Predictive Accuracy of Falls in Parkinson’s Disease
National Institutes of Health T-32 Kansas Training Program in Neurological and Rehabilitation Science

Melike Kahya (PI) and Hannes Devos (Mentor)
Cognitive Workload During Cognitive-Motor Interference and Its Predictive Accuracy of Falls in Parkinson’s Disease
Mabel A. Woodyard Fellowship in Neurodegenerative Disorders

Shelley Bhattacharya (Site PI), Abiodun Akinwuntan (Site Co-PI) and Hannes Devos (Co-I)
Driver’s Safety Institute to Improve Performance of Long Haul Truck Drivers
U.S. Department of Transportation

Hannes Devos (PI), William Brooks, Jeffrey Burns, Kathleen Gustafson, and Jonathan Mahnken (Co-I)
Cognitive Workload Reflects Subliminal Cognitive Impairment in Pre-Clinical Alzheimer’s Disease
KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center

Hannes Devos (PI) and Jamie Myers (Co-I)
Cognitive Effort in Breast Cancer Survivors
KU Medical Center Research Institute

Hannes Devos (PI)
Pupillary Response to Cognitive Workload in Parkinson’s Disease
American Parkinson’s Disease Association

Abiodun Akinwuntan (Co-PI) and Hannes Devos (Co-PI)
Relationship Between Fall Risk and Driving Performance in Multiple Sclerosis
National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Abiodun Akinwuntan (PI)
Virtual Reality Rehabilitation After Stroke
Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

Abiodun Akinwuntan (PI)
Assessment and Rehabilitation of Fitness-to-Drive in Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis
National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Hannes Devos (PI)
Population-based Assessment of Fitness-to-Drive in Medical Conditions
Vias Institute

Hannes Devos (PI)
Low Vision Rehabilitation for Drivers with Glaucoma
Augusta University James and Jean Culver Vision Discovery Institute

Last modified: Dec 06, 2019

Coronavirus Update
In accordance with institutional policy regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus situation, research and driving evaluation activities have been suspended at this time. Updates will be posted here when available. Sorry for any inconvenience.

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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