RSD faculty and Brooks-PHHP Research Collaboration member receives funding to improve breathing, walking function
The Department of Defense recently awarded Emily Fox, D.P.T., Ph.D., N.C.S., a $2.4 million Clinical Trial award to study the effects of Acute Intermittent Hypoxia (AIH) and respiratory strength training on breathing function in people with chronic spinal cord injury. Dr. Fox and Gordon Mitchell, Ph.D., a UF preeminence professor of neuroscience, are co-principal investigators on this four-year project, which is expected to begin later this year.
Dr. Fox, in collaboration with Dave Clark, Sc.D., in the UF Institute of Aging and the VA Brain Rehabilitation Research Center, also received funding for three pilot projects with a combined funding of roughly $300,000. They aim to test the use of non-invasive stimulation to improve neural activation in the spinal cord and improve walking rehabilitation and mobility outcomes. Their study of people with spinal cord injury is in collaboration with Brooks Rehabilitation.