Research Programs

Research is an important aspect of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Research is an important aspect of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

This is a summary of current research efforts in the PM&R Department. Studies are marked as Active (pre-enrollment or enrollment) and Data Analysis (enrollment completed but still active). 

Principal InvestigatorResearch Study and Status

Musculoskeletal and Spine Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Thiru Annaswamy, M.D.

Benefit of Lumbar Bracing for Chronic Low Back Pain Due to Degenerative Disc Disease (Foundation for PM&R)  Active

Thiru Annaswamy, M.D.

NetSE: Large: Collaborative Research: Exploiting Multi-modality for Tele-Immersion (NSF)  Active

Thiru Annaswamy, M.D.

Lumbar Zygopophyseal Joint Arthropathy Mediated Pain: Double Blind Randomized Study Comparing Triamcinolone with Hyaluronic Acid – Data Analysis

Thiru Annaswamy, M.D.

NetSE: Large: Long Term Outcomes of Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections for Spinal Stenosis/an extension of the “Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections for Spinal Stenosis (LESS): Randomized Controlled Trial (PCORI)  Data Analysis

Ankit Patel, M.D. Neuralgic Amyotrophy (Parsonage-Turner syndrome) and Phrenic Nerve palsy  Data Analysis
Amy Phelan, M.D., D.V.M.

Subscapular Muscle and Nerve Function after Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty  Data Analysis

Pelvic and Abdominal Rehabilitation

Kelly Scott, M.D.

Rehabilitation of Urinary Incontinence Following Robotic Assisted Prostatectomy  Active

Kelly Scott, M.D.

R Neurography in the Diagnosis of Chronic Pelvic Pain after Mesh Resection  Active

Kelly Scott, M.D.

MR Neurography in the Diagnosis of Chronic Cauda Equina Syndrome  Data Analysis

Kelly Scott, M.D.

Outcome Analysis of Computer Tomography Guided Injections for Pain  Data Analysis

Kelly Scott, M.D.

Rehabilitation Outcomes of Chronic Pelvic Pain after Mesh Resection  Data Analysis

Kelly Scott, M.D.

MR Neurography in the Diagnosis of Chronic Pelvic Pain  Data Analysis/No Funding

Medical Complexity/Cancer Rehabilitation
Kim Barker, M.D.

Rehabilitation of Liver Transplant Patients: A Preliminary Study on Post-Liver Transplant Patients at UT Southwestern Medical Center  Active

Benjamin Nguyen, M.D.

Assessing the Effectiveness of HI-ROC (High Risk Osteoporosis Consult) Following Hip Fracture  Active

Wound Care and Ulcer Prevention
Jean de Leon, M.D. Skin IQ™ Microclimate Manager Compared to SOC (Industry Sponsored)  Interim Data Analysis
Spasticity
Fatma Gul, M.D.

Incidence of Granuloma with Intrathecal Pump: A Case Series – Active

Fatma Gul, M.D.

Effectiveness of Medtronic Intrathecal Drug Delivery Pump Personal Therapy Manager in spasticity management (myPTM) – Data Analysis

Fatma Gul, M.D.

BOTOX® Pediatric Lower Limb Open-label Study Protocol 191622-112 (Allergan)  Active

Fatma Gul, M.D.

BOTOX® Pediatric Upper Limb Open-label Study. Protocol: 191622-105 (Allergan)  Active

Fatma Gul, M.D.

BOTOX Pediatric Upper Limb Double-blind study. Protocol: 191622-101 (Allergan)  Active

Fatma Gul, M.D.

BOTOX® Pediatric Lower Limb Double-blind Study. Protocol: 191622-111 (Allergan) – Active

Burn Rehabilitation
Radha Holavanahalli, M.D.

Evaluation of a Web-based Social Skills Training Program for Survivors of Burn Injury (NIDILRR) – Data Analysis

Karen Kowalske, M.D.

The Impact of Hypnosis on Post-burn Pain and Itch: A Randomized Controlled Trial (NIDILRR, North Texas Burn Model System) – Active

Karen Kowalske, M.D.

The Effect of Heat Intolerance on Exercise and Physical Function (NIDILRR)  Active

Karen Kowalske, M.D.

Randomized, Controlled, Multicenter Study of the Effect of In-Patient Exercise Training on Length of Hospitalization, Mental Health, and Physical Performance in Burned Patients (Department of Defense)  Active

Karen Kowalske, M.D.

North Texas Burn Rehabilitation Model System (NIDILRR) – Active

Karen Kowalske, M.D.

Spinal Cord Injury after High Voltage Electrical Burn  Active

Karen Kowalske, M.D.

Pamidronate to Treat Heterotopic Ossification after Burn Injury  Active

Karen Kowalske, M.D.

Decreasing Delirium in Burn Patients in the ICU  Active

Karen Kowalske, M.D.

Botulinum Toxin Injections to Calf Muscles to Treat Heel Cord Contracture after Burn Injury – Data Analysis

Karen Kowalske, M.D.

Demographic and Racial/Ethnic Differences among Children with Burn Injury  Data Analysis

Traumatic Brain Injury and Stroke
Christine Johnson, M.D.

Evaluation of Diffuse Axonal Injury During Post-Acute Rehabilitation for Traumatic Brain Injury – Active

Benjamin Nguyen, M.D.

Multi-modality study of brain function using near-infrared spectroscopy and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) -- Active

Kathleen Bell, M.D.

CON-TEX: North Texas Youth Concussion Registry (Texas Institute for Brain Injury and Repair) – Active

Kathleen Bell, M.D.

CONTACT: Concussion Treatment after Combat Trauma (INTRuST, Department of Defense) – Data Analysis

Kathleen Bell, M.D.

North Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Model System (NIDILRR) – Active

Kathleen Bell, M.D.

TWILIGHT: Phototherapy to Improve Sleep after Acute TBI (NIDILRR) – Active

Kathleen Bell, M.D.

TWIST: Treatment With Sumatriptan for Post-Traumatic Headache (NIDILRR) – Active

Kathleen Bell, M.D.

APP: Amitriptyline for Post-Traumatic Headache Prevention (NIDILRR) – Active

Pediatric Rehabilitation
Didem Inanoglu, M.D.

Effects of selective percutaneous myofascial lengthening (SPML) on gait in children with spasticity (Mobility Foundation Center) – Active