Dr. John Whyte Receives Gold Key Award From ACRM

Dr. Whyte (center) accepts The Gold Key award at 2019 ACRM Annual Conference.

On November 8, 2019, Dr. John Whyte, MD. PhD, FACRM, founding director and Institute Scientist Emeritus for the MRRI, received the Gold Key lifetime achievement award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM). The Gold Key, awarded by the ACRM Awards Committe and Board of Governors, is the ACRM’s highest honor.

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Dr. Buxbaum Writes Invited Blog for Psychonomics Society

Laurel J. Buxbaum, PsyD, recently wrote an invited blog for the Psychonomic Society. Her piece, entitled “#time4action: Using eyegaze to understand object-related action and goal knowledge” discusses some of the latest research on how visual attention and eyegaze are guided or distracted by objects that share similar purposes and manipulations.

Dr. Buxbaum is associate director of Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute and director of MRRI’s Cognition and Action Laboratory, which focuses on studying the behavioral and brain bases of skilled action and object use in healthy and stroke participants.

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MRRI Launches Annual Newsletter

The Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute recently published the inaugural issue of its annual newsletter, MRRI Letters. Highlighting the Institute’s accomplishments and successes from the past year, the newsletter tells the story of 2018 at MRRI.

This first issue includes a message from the Institute’s incoming Director, Dylan Edwards, PhD; a reflection from the former Director, John Whyte, MD, PhD; as well as feature stories on some of MRRI’s focus areas during the past year. Stories included features about grants awarded for research in stroke recovery, “naming impairment” in aphasia, and Traumatic Brain Injury treatments, just to name a few.

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MRRI Launches Research Virtual Reality Lab

Virtual reality headsets have the power to transport their wearers into new 3D environments and can even make them believe they have new bodies.  The realism that these “avatars” create can help provide insight into how that brain perceives space, imitates movement, and controls the body. MRRI recently launched a new effort, called the Virtual Reality Lab, to assist researchers interested in exploring the impact of VR in studies of rehabilitation treatment.

In this video, Laurel Buxbaum, PsyD, Associate Director of the MRRI and Aaron Wong, PhD, director of the Cognitive-Motor Learning Laboratory, discuss two research projects currently underway at the VR lab.

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Relieving Phantom Limb Pain Using Virtual Reality

Many people who have lost a leg or arm experience a persistent sensation known as a “phantom limb”, which can be associated with debilitating pain. Current therapies fall short of bringing relief to most of these individuals, but recent research using virtual reality equipment is showing promise.

In this video, MRRI Associate Director Laurel Buxbaum, PsyD, explains the reearch and results so far.

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NIH Funding Renewed for MRRI Postdoctoral Training Program

Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI) has been awarded a 5-year renewal on its NIH-funded training grant entitled, “Postdoctoral Training in Translational Neurorehabilitation Research.” The grant is directed by John Whyte, MD, PhD, co-founder and former director of MRRI.

This is the only rehabilitation-focused institutional training program currently funded by the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR). The program offers mentored research training to individuals who have recently completed their PhD or MD degrees and wish to pursue careers in research that focus on understanding and treating cognitive and motor impairments that result from neurologic injury or disease. Continue Reading