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Hannes Devos and Melike Kahya 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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The LARRS driving simulator has been fitted with hand controls and spinner knob. Hand controls enable individuals with reduced lower limb ability and wheelchair users the ability to brake and accelerate with their hands. A steering spinner knob enables people to steer with one hand, thus providing for hand control use or if someone has effective use of only one hand.

An added benefit of hand controls in a driving simulator is practice can be a stress-free and safe experience.

United Access, a specialized mechanic of wheelchair-accessible vehicles and equipment, donated hand controls for the purpose of assessment and training.

Photo of two students standing with research poster on display at event.

Above: Two LARRS students presented their poster at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Section Meetings 2018 in New Orleans, La in February 2018. The poster by Melike Kahya and Kevin Williams is titled "Does Pupillometry Reflect Change in Postural Control: A Proof-of-Concept Study."

A proposal by LARRS co-directors Akinwuntan and Devos has been selected to receive funding from the Frontiers Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation Trailblazer program. Titled "A Low Cost Portable Driving Simulator," the proposal is supported by a Clinical and Translational Science Award awarded to KU Medical Center from the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.

Below: Abiodun Akinwuntan and Hannes Devos from LARRS presented on driving simulation for drivers with medical conditions at the annual Transportation Research Board Conference.

Group photo from annual Transportation Research Board Conference

Jamie Myers, Abiodun Akinwuntan, and Hannes Devos from LARRS were awarded the KU Cancer Center Pilot Grant for their study, "Task-Evoked Pupillary Response: Assessment of Cognitive Effort for Breast Cancer Survivors"

Hannes Devos and Katie Siengsukon received research funding from the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science to study eye metrics of cognitive fatigability and sleepiness in multiple sclerosis.

Melike Kahya, a student in the doctoral program in rehabilitation science, has been awarded a full-time training stipend in the Kansas Training Program in Neurological and Rehabilitation Sciences, an Institutional Training Program funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Melike Kahya has been selected as an awardee of a Mabel A. Woodyard Fellowship in Neurodegenerative Disorders. This fellowship will provide her $30,000 support for tuition, research expenses, and academic traveling.

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Melike (above), recently presented her poster at the 2017 American Congress of Rehabilitation in Atlanta, Ga. Her poster was titled “Task-Evoked Pupillary Response Reflects Task Complexity in Parkinson’s Disease.”

Sanghee Moon, doctoral student in rehabilitation science, published a manuscript on unsafe driving risks across medical conditions in Mayo Clinical Proceedings.

Hannes Devos and Sharon Lynch received a pilot grant from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to study cognitive functions in multiple sclerosis using pupillometry.

Hannes Devos and Jamie Myers received a Frontiers Pilot Grant to study cognitive effort in breast cancer.

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

Viswa Gangeddula, doctoral student in rehabilitation science, published a manuscript on the effects of cognitive demand on visual field performance in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.

The LARRS team published a manuscript in Neuroscience and Biobehavioural Reviews on cognitive workload across the spectrum of cognitive impairments.

Hannes Devos received pilot funding from the KU Alzheimer's Disease Center to study neurophysiological mechanisms underlying cognitive changes in pre-clinical Alzheimer’s disease.

Lab director Devos presented “On the Road with Parkinson's” at the KU Medical Center's Neurology Grand Rounds on June 30.

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Above: T32 Summer students Kevin Williams and Ashwaan Uddin testing the eye tracker and balance platform.

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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. Congratulations!

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. Congratulations!

A manuscript co-authored by Hannes Devos, Ph.D., Abiodun Akinwuntan, Ph.D., and others has been published in the journal Behavioral Brain Research. Appearing in the March 30 issue, it explores the relationship between cognitive workload and cognitive impairments in individuals with Parkinson's disease.

LARRS members test EEG equipment:

lab team members test EEG equipment

Dean Akinwuntan tests the new VR treadmill in LARRS:

Dean Akinwuntan on the VR treadmill

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

lab team member working on computer

The LARRS was well-represented at the Student Research Forum April 5, 2017.

Melike at the podium during presentation

Melike presented "Pupillary Response to Task Complexity in Parkinson’s Disease."

Sanghee presenting his research

Sanghee presented "Comparison of Unsafe Driving across Medical Conditions," and Viswa presented "Effect of Cognitive Demand on Visual Field Performance in Senior Drivers with Glaucoma."

Devos collaborated with colleagues at Osaka University and Augusta University on a study exploring the use of virtual reality to diagnose neurodegenerative conditions. Abstract

On Dec. 13, Dean Akinwuntan presented the keynote lecture “Behind the Wheel” at the Young Stroke Conference in Orlando, Fla.

Devos presented “Driving in Dementia” at the PAIRS lecture series at KU Medical Center on Dec. 6.

Devos and Akinwuntan co-authored a paper on driving after concussion in the Journal of Neurotrauma.

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Devos has been elected treasurer and membership chair of the ACRM Neurodegenerative Diseases Networking Group.

“Determinants of On-road Driving in Multiple Sclerosis,” a paper co-authored by Devos and Akinwuntan, was recently published in the journal Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

On Nov. 1, LARRS co-directors presented a day-long workshop at the 2016 Progress in Rehabilitation Research of the American College of Rehabilitation Medicine in Chicago, Ill. Together with colleagues from the University of Iowa and Washington University, Devos and Akinwuntan led a session on methodologies to detect and assess driving impairments in patients with neurodegenerative conditions. Devos also presented in a symposium on therapies to improve cognition in patients with Parkinson’s disease, and he presented his recently conducted research in four platform communications.

Last modified: Aug 08, 2018