Our mission and purpose is to develop effective solutions to maximize health, function, and quality of life of people with physical and cognitive disability across the lifespan through clinical and translational research as well as teaching and mentoring the next generation of scientists.

Our research cuts across diverse disabilities and conditions and addresses improving clinical outcomes and quality of life through new medical, behavioral and technological adaptations.


The Department of Physical Medicine conducts both clinical and basic science research. Currently, we are involved in a number of exciting projects that promise far-reaching effects, including projects with a focus on physical activity, metabolism and energy consumption, spine health and spinal cord injury, adapted neuropsychological assessment, pain management, cerebral palsy, neuropathies and balance, and health issues concerning women with disabilities. Our research engineers are making great technological advances with a brain computer interface and assistive technologies which provide access to technology to individuals with brain injuries.

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UM Research Faculty and Staff can find the Research Operations links on the PM&R internal Website