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Research in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Indiana University School of Medicine makes life-changing recovery possible after injury and illness. Through research on motor recovery, emotion regulation, prognosis and rehabilitation outcomes, investigators help people walk, communicate, think and love again.

The department offers an excellent environment for research success and supports four research centers with some of the world’s top researchers and state-of-the-art facilities.

Current research studies

Flora Hammond and Dawn Neumann examine data in their research center

Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center

The Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center at IU School of Medicine is one of 16 federally funded centers in the United States designated to conduct TBI research by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Researchers examine results from the InterFACE center

InterFACE Center

The Interactive and Functional Assessment of Communication and Emotion (InterFACE) Center investigates emotional and behavioral deficits in people with neurological, psychological and developmental disorders to improve relationships and behavior control.

Locomotor Recovery Center

The Locomotor Recovery Center investigates ways to improve walking functionality for patients with motor impairments due to brain injury, stroke or spinal cord injury.

Brain Rehabilitation, Advanced Imaging, and Neuroscience Center

The Brain Rehabilitation, Advanced Imaging and Neuroscience (BRAIN) Center leads interdisciplinary research to improve clinical care and drive the leading edge of translational research for acquired brain injury.

Indiana Spinal Cord/Traumatic Brain Injury Hospital Database

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation researchers collaborate with colleagues at Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center and Regenstrief Institute to develop the statewide Indiana Spinal Cord/Traumatic Brain Injury Hospital Database with funding from the Indiana Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Fund.

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To schedule an interview with an IU School of Medicine investigator or learn more about research studies underway, contact the Office of Strategic Communications team.

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Research Updates

Top 10 Largest NIH Grants Funding Research in 2018

At IU School of Medicine, 2018 was another record year for NIH-funded research, with the school’s faculty attracting federal support for research targeting genomic medicine, Alzheimer’s disease, pediatric health and more. Here are the projects that were awarded the largest grants: 1. Early Onset AD Consortium – the LEAD Study (LEADS) Amount: $7.3 million Principal […]

Anna Carrera  |  Jul 23, 2019