Image description: Research assistant professor James Gehringer, PhD, of the MMI Department of Physical Therapy, collects data from a series of infrared cameras tracking reflective markers worn by a cosmetologist performing a haircut. The information is used to build virtual reality video games that mimics movements people might make during physical and occupational therapy.
The Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation conducts cutting-edge studies across the research spectrum. Basic, applied, translational and evaluative programs of investigation are conducted by each MMI program and discipline.
The clinical research happening across all of MMI ensures that our diagnostic approaches are the most accurate, our treatment methods and practices are the most effective, and our scientific research gives new insights into biomedical causes and future therapies.
Research programs at MMI range from basic investigations in developmental neurosciences, such as the genetics of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders, to applied studies of treatments for disorders of movement, severe behavior, feeding, communication, sleep, pediatric pain and learning. Many of these projects are funded from university, federal or state sources. A listing of the programmatic areas of study at MMI (see left column) can be found on this website along with links to individual faculty research interests and products.