Faculty Research

Faculty in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine are engaged in a broad scope of research topics to discover new knowledge and advance solutions for patient care in the field of rehabilitation.  Many focus on brain injury, spinal cord injury and pain medicine related research projects due to our affiliation with the South Texas VA.

Pain

Prospective case series: Reducing the abuse liability of prescription opioids in recreational drug users: A pilot study
Primary Investigator: Dr. Ameet Nagpal

Narrative review: 1 year update of diabetic peripheral neuropathy (Leet, Egan)
Primary Investigator: Dr. Ameet Nagpal

Narrative review: Peripheral joint radiofrequency ablation (Seale)
Primary Investigator: Dr. Ameet Nagpal

Prospective case series: Simplicity Radiofrequency Ablation Demonstrates Greater Functional Improvement Than Analgesia: A Prospective Case Series (Brennick)
Primary Investigator: Dr. Ameet Nagpal

Cadaveric dissection: Innervation of the Posterolateral Femoro-acetabular Joint: A Cadaveric Seris (Brennick, Clark, Leet)
Primary Investigator: Dr. Ameet Nagpal

 

Spinal Cord Injury

Treatment of Spinal Cord Injury patients for neurogenic bladder: An open label, pilot study of anticholinergic agent vs. mirabegron (MYRBETRIQ ®) to evaluate cognitive impact and efficacy (SCIMYR)
Co-Investigators: Trbovich, M and Kellogg, Dean L
Agency: Claude D. Pepper Older American Independence Center
Period: 11/1/18 – 6/2020
This project is testing the comparative impact of oxybutynin vs. mirabegron on cognitive function on older persons with spinal cord injury who require treatment for neurogenic bladder.

Vasomotor and Sudomotor Activity During Heat Stress in Persons with Spinal Cord Injury
Primary Investigator: Trbovich, M
Agency: Career Development Award-2, Rehabilitation and Research Development
Role: PI
Period: 1/2017 – 4/2020
The goal of this project is to examine the vasomotor and sudomotor responses during heat stress and then utilize topical agents to manipulate areas of intact skin blood flow and sweating responses to elucidate the underlying neurological controls of each.

Capsaicin 8% patch in persons with spinal cord injury, a randomized controlled trial
Primary Investigator: Trbovich, M
Agency: Foundation for PMR – Milbank SCI Rehabilitation Award
Role: PI
Period: 1/2017 – completion
The goal of this project is to collect pilot data on the efficacy of the capsaicin 8% patch for neuropathic pain in persons with spinal cord injury.

Traumatic Brain Injury

QI project (pseudo research): Assessing patient flow between DoD and VA.
Primary Investigator: Dr. Rebecca Tapia

Large data set in the outpatient clinic and trialing outcomes in the PNS population, which has IRB exemption approval from UT and VA.
Primary Investigator: Dr. Rebecca Tapia

General

A national telemedicine project (survey), that needs to have a quick turnaround
Primary Investigator: Dr. Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez

MSK

Pediatrics

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