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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 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.

Photo of man on C-Mill treadmillResearch Focus
Research at LARRS revolves around two focus areas:
(1) Virtual reality for mobility
(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.

State-of-the-art equipment
Photo of research assistant with study stubject on balance platformLARRS 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
photo of two women at driving simulator Through the Driving and Mobility Clinic, the team provides services to the community including clinical driving evaluations for patients with visual, cognitive, and behavioral conditions who seek medical clearance to drive. Request a driving evaluation.

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 David Carr, M.D. (Washington University, Saint Louis), Jacob Sosnoff, Ph.D. (University of Illinois), John Morgan, M.D. (Augusta University), Julianne Schmidt, Ph.D. (University of Georgia), and Ergun Uc, M.D. (University of Iowa).

Continued long-term international collaborations include the VIAS Institute of Belgium (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.).

Group photo of LARRS team members

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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Jamie Myers, Ph.D., RN
Affiliate Faculty

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Amber Conn, B.S., DRS
Certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialist

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Bunmi Morohunfola, M.D.
Clinical Assistant

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Nesreen Alissa, M.S., PT
Graduate Research Assistant

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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, B.S.
Graduate Research Assistant

  • Rob Gibson (MD student)
  • Maddi Hughes-Zahner (DPT student)
  • Katelyn Jarvis (DPT student)
  • Lisa Landis (DPT student)
  • Zachary Loesch (DPT student)
  • Fernanda Ribas (MD student)
Last modified: Sep 12, 2018

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

Activities and Updates

Hannes Devos and Melike Kahya from LARRS are presenting a special symposium at the annual conference of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine in Dallas Sept 30-Oct. 3.

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Melike Kahya of LARRS gave a seminar at the French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport Development and Networks. Her presentation was titled "Neurophysiology of Postural Control: Evidence from Pupils."

photo of Sanghee with his poster

Sanghee Moon, a LARRS graduate research assistant, presented his work titled "Increased Mental Effort During Abstract Reasoning in Parkinson’s Disease: A Pilot Study" at the Pan-American Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Congress, June 2018 in Miami, Fla.

At the MS Walk 2018, the LARRS members increased public awareness of the importance of MS research and had a demo using a head-mounted eye tracking device. Lab members also supported the event by actively participating in the walk with other people with multiple sclerosis.

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