Laboratory for Advanced Rehabilitation Research in Simulation

The Laboratory for Advanced Rehabilitation Research in Simulation (LARRS), is a facility at the University of Kansas Medical Center for advancing the scientific understanding of complex activities of daily living through state-of-the art simulation. The primary mission of LARRS is to support the integration of virtual reality in the assessment and rehabilitation of different modes of mobility. The team members from LARRS are interested in driving simulation, automated driving, virtual reality treadmill training, motor cognition, and cognitive workload.

The lab specializes in the assessment and rehabilitation of driving in individuals with central nervous system conditions including stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis. The team also renders clinical driving evaluations for patients with visual, cognitive, and behavioral conditions who seek medical clearance to drive.

The lab includes state-of-the art equipment including a driving simulator, a virtual reality treadmill, two eye trackers, and several visual and cognitive screening tools.

Video: Dr. Devos presented "Driving with Parkinson’s" at the 10th Annual Parkinson’s Disease symposium in Kansas City, Kansas.


Request a driving evaluation
If you have a medical condition (e.g., epilepsy, stroke, dementia, Parkinson's disease, spinal cord injury, diabetes, glaucoma, macular degeneration) and would like formal advice concerning your fitness to drive, car adaptation, transportation alternatives, or other mobility-related aspects, please contact us at LARRS@kumc.edu or call 913-588-2840 to ask about a driving assessment. We look forward to hearing from you.

Research Collaboration
Devos is currently engaged in projects with top researchers in the School of Health Professions and the School of Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Presently, work is underway with Rajesh Pahwa, M.D., and Kelly Lyons, Ph.D.

At the national level, Devos is working with Julianne Schmidt, Ph.D. (University of Georgia), John Morgan, M.D. (Augusta University), Ergun Uc, M.D. (University of Iowa), Jacob Sosnoff, Ph.D. (University of Illinois), and Deborah Backus, Ph.D. (Shepherd Institute).

Continued long-term international collaborations include the Belgian Road Safety Institute (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.).

LARRS Members

Photo of Hannes Devos

Hannes Devos, Ph.D., DRS
Director

Photo of Abiodun Akinwuntan

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

Research Assistant
Adam Bruetsch, M.S.

Graduate Research Assistants
Viswa Gangeddula, B.S.
Sanghee Moon, B.S.
Melike Kahya, B.S.

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

Students
Amber Barclay, B.S., volunteer
Mikaela Bell, B.S. student, volunteer
Ashwaan Uddin, B.S., summer student
Kevin Williams, B.S., summer student

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We are currently seeking volunteers for research into how pupils respond to cognitive demanding tasks in people with Parkinson's disease. Sign up


Activities and Updates

photo of Hannes Devos (at left) with three others in front of a APDA conference banner

Along with other award recipients (above), lab director Hannes Devos presented the study progress on "Cognitive Workload in Parkinson’s disease" at the American Parkinson's Disease Association's Scientific Board Meeting on May 25, 2017 in Newark, N.J.

Ashwaan Uddin, B.S., summer LARRS student from the KU School of Medicine, was offered a T-32 Summer fellowship to work on pupillary responses in Parkinson’s disease.

Kevin Williams, first-year DPT student, was awarded a T-32 program summer training position to study cognitive workload while walking in Parkinson’s disease.

Melike (below), graduate research assistant in LARRS, tests the remote eye tracker for our cognitive workload study:

lab team member working on computer

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