The PhD in Rehabilitation Science program is designed to prepare suitably qualified individuals for leadership positions in research and academia. A major focus of the program is to advance the science of rehabilitation, and to elucidate the scientific basis for the procedures and processes used in clinical practice.
Areas of research emphasis include human and animal studies designed to (1) promote an understanding of the pathophysiology of injury, disease, functional impairment, and associated disabilities, and (2) espouse the rationale for therapies designed to alleviate impaired human function and related physical and mental disabilities.
The program is open to persons with a B.S. degree or its equivalent in any of the relevant sciences. Applicants to the program do not have to be physical therapists; however, each candidate is encouraged to have a broad background in biological sciences (including anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, biochemistry, genetics, and cellular and molecular biology), calculus and statistics.
It is expected the equivalent of at least four years of full-time study will be needed to fulfill the requirements for this degree.
NIH-funded training program provides interdisciplinary training in translational research in neurorehabilitation. A stipend and training related expenses for up to three years will be provided.
In the spring 2009, the University of Kansas Medical Center was awarded with the Training Program in Neurological and Rehabilitation Sciences. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, this T32 grant was created by a high-caliber team of researchers and graduate student mentors led by Randolph J. Nudo, PhD. It provides interdisciplinary training in translational research in basic and clinical aspects of neuroscience with a focus on neurological conditions amenable to rehabilitative treatments. This program will produce well-trained scientists with highly promising careers in rehabilitation research.
A stipend and training related expenses for up to three years will be provided.
This grant is aimed at recruiting outstanding students to study in the areas of neurological rehabilitation and was specifically written with students in the KU PhD in Rehabilitation Science program in mind. Candidates must be US citizens or permanent residents and meet the eligibility requirements for admission to this program. For additional details please contact the PhD program director, Irina V. Smirnova.
In the summer of 2009, one PhD student became fully funded and four DPT students obtained summer fellowship funding.
To prepare highly qualified, professionally adaptable educators and researchers, and to lead the advancement of rehabilitation science through innovative research, teaching, and service.