Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Research - Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center - Richmond, VA
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Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center - Richmond, VA

 

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Research

Current Paid Spinal Cord Injury Research Protocols

  1. Effect of Epidural stimulation and Resistance Training on Overground Locomotion after Spinal Cord injury

Role: PI

Funding Period: 09/20-09/2024

Determine 1) the impact of 12 months of Exoskeletal Assisted Walking + Epidural Stimulation + Resistance Training EAW+ES+RT on 10-meter over ground walking-speed, number of over ground unassisted steps and EMG pattern compared to 12 months of EAW+ delayed-ES +no-RT in persons with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI); 2) the impact of 12 months of EAW+ES+RT on cardiovascular profile (blood pressure, total and regional body composition profile and oxygen uptake) compared to 12 months of EAW+ delayed-ES +no-RT) in persons with SCI; and 3) the impact of 12 months of EAW+ES+RT on parameters of bladder filling and emptying as measured by urodynamic studies compared to 12 months of EAW+ delayed-ES +no-RT in persons with SCI.

 

  1. Department of Veterans Affairs-SPiRE Grant Program

 

Transspinal versus Epidural Stimulation for Exoskeletal Assisted Walking after Spinal Cord Injury

Role: PI

Funding Period: 07/20-06/2022

Brief Description of Project’s Goals: The primary focus of this pilot application is to determine the

effects of epidural stimulation compared to trans-spinal stimulation on gait parameters,   

cardiovascular function and bladder capacity during 6 months of exoskeletal assisted walking in persons with chronic SCI

Name and Address of Funding Agency’s Procuring Contracting/Grants Officer: Department of Veteran Affairs- VA SPiRE Program (1 I21 RX003456-01)

 

  1. Department of Veterans Affairs-VA Merit Grant Program (VA-RRD)

Testosterone and Long Pulse Width Stimulation (LPWS) for Denervated Muscles After Spinal Cord Injury

Role: PI

Funding Period: 07/18-06/2022

Brief Description of Project’s Goals:

 One year of TRT+LPWS will result in a greater knee extensor, whole thigh muscle CSAs and leg lean mass compared to TRT+ standard NMES, independent of the LMN denervation. The increase in muscle size and leg lean mass will be accompanied by improvement in basal metabolic rate, fasting lipid profile and carbohydrate profile

Name and Address of Funding Agency’s Procuring Contracting/Grants Officer: Department

of Veteran Affairs- VA Merit Program (1 I01 RX002649-01A1)

 

  1. Department of Defense-CDRMP (# SC140119)- Clinical Trial

Skeletal Muscle Hypertrophy and Cardio-Metabolic Benefits after Spinal Cord Injury

Funding Period: 09/15-09/2020

Role: PI

Brief Description of Project’s Goals: The objective of the current trial is to determine the impact of evoking skeletal muscle hypertrophy using surface NMES and ankle weights prior to conducting FES-LEC on oxygen uptake, insulin sensitivity and glucose effectiveness) compared to those who undergo passive movement and FES training only.

Name and Address of Funding Agency’s Procuring Contracting/Grants Officer: DoD-CDRMP

(W81XWH-14-SCIRP-CTA)

Contact Info

Location

  • First floor, Room 1V

Contact Number(s)

  • 804-675-6200

Hours of Operation

  • Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm