Dr. Thomas Buckley was awarded funding from the Department of Defense to examine clinical, biological, genetic, and physiological data in pursuit of prognostic biomarkers and predictors of favorable and unfavorable outcomes following mTBI and subconcussive neurotrauma.
Dr. Hendrik Reimann was awarded a Parkinson’s Foundation Junior Faculty Award.
Dr. Thomas Kaminski was awarded a BrainStrong Grant from the Brain Injury Association of Delaware. This grant will support research conducted by UD’s Athletic Training Research Laboratory to advance the science involoving purposeful heading in youth soccer, while also advocating for a safe playing environment for Delaware youth soccer players.
Dr. Jordan Patik was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the American Heart Association for his project titled “The Role of Oxidative Stress and Endothelial Dysfunction in High Sodium-Induced Changes in Pulsatile Hemodynamics.” The lab has already established that a high salt diet impairs blood vessel function due to oxidative stress, so the aim of this project is to determine how that affects the work that the heart must perform with each beat to pump blood. Additionally, he is trying to determine if regular physical activity and/or physical fitness protects against the deleterious effects of excess dietary salt.
Graduate Students Reza Koiler & Elham Bakhshipour were awarded an American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Stroke Tank Award. The goal of this proposal is to assess feasibility of an affordable home based biofeedback gait training system that harvests neural plasticity to improve over ground walking in stroke. Through previous grant work (Delaware CAT-ARC grant) they have repurposed and validated mTrigger (a portable,cost effective EMG-Biofeedback (EMG-BFB) device for athletic training) for stroke gait. EMG-BFB, specifically of plantarflexors, improves gait through increasing propulsive force which is the main component impaired after stroke. They intend to combine EMG-BFB of paretic plantarflexors in stroke subjects with Challenge point framework (CPF) from motor learning, to maximize cortical plasticity. CPF provides a framework to optimize the level of functional difficulty to increase learning and promote neuroplasticity. In addition, they intend to use Functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to measure and detect cortical plasticity in stroke gait due to EMG-BFB. Detection of neural biomarkers of learning in stroke gait may lead to creation of a litmus test to gauge the ability of different rehabilitation paradigms in harvesting neuroplasticity and create permenant changes in brain.