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Resident Research Opportunities

All residents follow a three-year research plan.   

Residents participate in the "UC Irvine/AAP Badges/Research Rotation," which covers a selection of skills, including:

  • Experimental and research design 
  • Research team organization 
  • Data analysis 
  • Writing and publication of a research paper 
  • Grant proposal writing 
  • Research ethics 

Residents may also undertake their own resident-initiated research project.

Research in progress

Research topics are available in these areas:

  • Neurobiological basis of PM&R, including interrelated areas of neural plasticity, such as brain development, learning and memory, control of movements and recovery after injury
  • Rehabilitation pharmacotherapy
  • Scientific basis of physical medicine techniques for management of nerve and muscle dysfunction
  • Functional magnetic stimulation
  • Pathophysiology and management of myofascial pain syndrome
  • Biomechanics of bone and joint
  • Falls in the elderly, functional facilitation in the elderly
  • Complementary health care
  • Clinical neurophysiology and electrodiagnosis
  • Stem cell/regenerative medicine
  • Robotics
  • Technology in rehabilitation
  • Dance Medicine