Research

Research

The faculty and residents of the department are actively involved in a variety of research endeavors. Current projects are funded through a variety of mechanisms including government agencies, industry sponsors, private foundations, and intramural support. The department is home to two Model System centers: The South Florida Spinal Cord Injury Model System and The South Florida Traumatic Brain Injury Model System. These competitively-funded research and clinical programs are supported through the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), and position the PM&R department at the Miller School among the leading rehabilitation institutes in the nation. In addition to many extramural collaborative projects, the department’s close associations with the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and Jackson Memorial Hospital provide many opportunities for collaborative projects focused on patient-centered outcomes. The continuous involvement of faculty and medical residents in clinical trials and other research investigations ensures a state-of-the-art, evidence-based clinical practice in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Miller School of Medicine. For further information, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Felix at 305-243-4497 or via email EFelix@med.miami.edu.

Current Research Projects

- South Florida Spinal Cord Injury Model System national database project: Dr. Elizabeth Felix, principal investigator; Drs. Mark Nash, Diana Cardenas, Kevin Dalal, co-investigators

- South Florida Traumatic Brain Injury Model System national database project: Dr. Douglas Johnson-Greene, principal investigator; Drs. Elizabeth Felix, Gemayaret Alvarez, co-investigators

- Utility of brain biomarkers of pain phenotypes after traumatic brain injury: Dr. Eva Widerström-Noga, principal investigator; Dr. Elizabeth Felix, co-investigator

- Sleep Disordered Breathing and Cognitive Function In Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury: Drs. Douglas Johnson-Greene, Elizabeth Felix, co-investigators

- Pilot evaluation of assessment methods for measuring pain in persons with traumatic brain injury: Dr. Elizabeth Felix, principal investigator; Drs. Douglas Johnson-Greene, Gemayaret Alvarez, co-investigators

- Weight and traumatic brain injury: Dr. Douglas Johnson-Greene, site principal investigator; Dr. Elizabeth Felix, site co-investigator

- Equity and quality in assistive technology: Dr. Elizabeth Felix, site co-investigator

- Impact of pain at follow-up in individuals with spinal cord injury: Dr. Diana Cardenas, principal investigator; Dr. Elizabeth Felix, co-investigator