The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is a research leader in the evidence base on assessing and treating the full range of disabilities caused by neurological, musculoskeletal, and other system disorders. PM&R research faculty are leaders in developing and evaluating methods of assessment and treatment to improve the functioning, community participation, and quality of life of persons with physical and cognitive disabilities.
Areas of PM&R Research
Traumatic Brain Injury
PM&R Faculty have a long history of excellence in the area of traumatic brain injury (TBI) research. Topic areas include structural and functional neuroimaging, mild TBI and concussion, assessment and prediction of cognitive and psychosocial outcomes, and intervention to improve outcomes. Funded studies include a variety of randomized clinical trials, as well as systematic longitudinal studies, and span civilian and military samples, as well as pediatric to adult populations. Research is conducted at BCM, TIRR Memorial Hermann, Harris Health, and the Michael E. DeBakey VA. Learn More
Health and Wellness of Persons With Disabilities
The PM&R Faculty includes several investigators with a history of research funding in areas of health and wellness for persons with disability. Faculty conduct research in many health areas, including: pathogenesis, prevention, and treatment of healthcare-associated infections, particularly infections associated with spinal cord injury (SCI); secondary conditions in people with SCI and other disorders; implementation of evidence-based interventions in SCI and other disorders; improving health and access to care for women with disabilities; and improving psychosocial health and well-being of persons with SCI. Faculty conduct research with civilian and veteran populations. Research is conducted at BCM, TIRR Memorial Hermann, and the Michael E. DeBakey VA. Learn More
Facilitating Movement for Persons With Disability
PM&R Faculty conduct a variety of research that improves physical functioning and mobility for persons with disability. Funded areas of research include: regenerative rehabilitation strategies to optimize functional recovery in musculoskeletal disability; prosthetic and orthotic care; reduction of spasticity in cerebral palsy; and lifestyle interventions (including exercise and diet) aimed at maximizing bone quality. Research is conducted at BCM, at the Michael E. Debakey VA, and at Texas Children’s Hospital. Learn More
The Research Committee was established to advance the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation's research focus of successfully developing innovative research by supporting research of trainees and faculty, supporting strategic growth of research, and supporting management of research activities.