UAB Insight Rehabilitation Volume 4

N ot e wo rt h y e v e n t Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage UAB Speech and Hearing Symposium on Medical Speech Permit No. 1256 Birmingham, AL PAID Pathology. Held August 24-25 at the UAB West Pavilion Conference Center, speakers included Chris Gaskill, PhD, CCCSLP, University of Montevallo, Alabama, and Richard McHugh, JNWB 412 • 500 22nd Street South 1720 2ND ave s birmingham al 35294-0104 VOL. 4 NO. 5 REHABILITATION INSIGHT MD, director of UAB’s Voice and AeroDigestive Center. T h e Published by the UAB Health System, 500 22nd Street South, Birmingham, AL 35233 ©2013 by The Board of Trustees of The University of Alabama for the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Second class postage paid by UAB Bulk Mail Dept. Postmaster: address changes to: UAB Insight 500 22nd Street South, Suite 410, 1720 2nd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35294 U ni v e r sit y o f A l a ba m a at Bi r m ingha m Richardson identifies an area of activity shown on fMRI in the brain of a study participant (not seen) who is viewing the 3D virtual reality video. Figures A and B show fMRI results from a stimulation protocol mapping the somatosensory cortex. REHABILITATION UAB’s Spain Rehab evaluates the effects of virtual reality on pain. Figure A REHABILITATION INSIGHT Figure B For more information on UAB’s Depar tment of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation visit : uab.edu /medicine/physicalmedicine For more learning opportunities visit UAB’s MD Learning Channel: learnmd.uabmedicine.org Visit the UAB Medicine Online Headquarters for Physicians P h ys i c ian H Q TO REFER A PATIENT, CALL 800.822.6478 • Information on how to refer patients • Full digital and downloadable editions of UAB Medicine Insight • Recent news and updates • Links to other helpful resources for referring physicians Sign up for more at UABMedicine.org/physician Spain Rehab Evaluating Virtual Reality Effect on Neuropathic Pain and Functional Brain Changes i s s u e h i g h li g h t s How Does Virtual Reality Affect Neuropathic Pain, Functional Brain Changes? UAB PM&R Commits to Transverse Myelitis Research, Treatment Spinal Cord: DeVivo Paper ‘Most Cited’ Spina Bifida Transition Clinic Grows Researcher Looks for Biopsychosocial Factors in Neuropathic Pain Researchers at UAB’s Spain Rehabilitation Center are and confidence building, but this is the first single-blind, exploring whether virtual reality (VR) might have a role not controlled trial involving NP and functional brain changes. only in helping alleviate neuropathic pain (NP) in spinal Subjects undergo a baseline fMRI at UAB’s new cord injury but also in reversing the maladaptive functional Publications of Note UAB Medicine News Multidisciplinary Neuroimaging Resource Core for Clinical 2 reorganization of the brain that follows SCI. Neuroscience and another following 2 weeks of viewing, for 3 Scott Richards, PhD, and Elizabeth Richardson, PhD, Noteworthy Presentations 3 Noteworthy Event 4 A pilot project directed by medical psychologists at least 20 minutes daily, a 3D video that gives them the visual illusion that they are walking. was promising enough for them to pursue the full 5-year “In our pilot study, patients showed reduced levels study, funded by the National Institute on Disability and of neuropathic pain. Other studies using similar sensory Rehabilitation Research. The rehabilitation field has evaluated paradigms in persons with deafferentation phantom pain VR for its potential for improving balance, motor function, continued on page 2