Catherine Lang, professor of physical therapy, of neurology and of occupational therapy at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has received a MERIT award from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The award will support five years of research and the opportunity to extend funding an additional five years.
The $2.7 million award will support Lang’s work using wearable motion sensors in stroke rehabilitation. Since 2012, Lang, the associate director of the Movement Science Program in the Program in Physical Therapy, and her team have been evaluating discrepancies between activities people are capable of in structured environments, such as a rehab clinic — and what they actually do in their daily lives. The goal is to use the knowledge to develop or modify interventions that will improve outcomes in the real world, not just the clinic.
Read more on the School of Medicine website.