The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is among the top recipients of funds from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for rehabilitation research funding. We also receive funding from the U.S. Department of Defense, VA Health System, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Foundation of PM&R, Paralyzed Veterans of America, and the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation.
Exceeding $6 million, this funding gives our patients access to cutting-edge research, clinical trials, and technology not available anywhere else in the region.
Our research has resulted in advancements in diagnostic mechanisms, treatments, and rehabilitation therapies and increased independence for patients. Scientific initiatives have led to the development of new therapies, more effective rehabilitation technology, and greater understanding of physical and cognitive impairments.
Together, our physicians work not only to shape the rehabilitative care for our patients, but for patients around the country.
For a recent example of a rehabilitation research advancement, read about how a Pitt-UPMC team used Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) technology to help a paralyzed man feel again through a mind-controlled robotic arm.
Doctors and scientists at the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute are partnering with other departments and laboratories at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University to find answers to these and other questions, listed below.
Learn more about the PM&R's research, resources, and partnerships.
Some of the rehab-related topics we are currently researching include:
The Pitt+Me initiative is a program of the University of Pittsburgh's Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) that engages researchers, patients, and volunteers from the greater Pittsburgh community in an effort to advance science and improve health for future generations.
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