The mission of the Division of Research is to provide excellence in rehabilitative care through advances in rehabilitation research, promote collaborative efforts across health-related disciplines, endorse and support patient advocacy, and develop programs of excellence in education and teaching.
The overall goal of our research program, located at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, is to identify and test innovative and complimentary translational rehabilitation interventions, and utilize rehabilitation outcome measures to document the short- and long-term impact of these strategies on improving quality of life. Working with faculty and staff from the University of Kentucky Healthcare related colleges and Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, we strive to:
- Improve the quality of patient care by identifying and facilitating the integration of unique research teams from the various Colleges at the University of Kentucky and Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital.
- Attract established investigators and support staff with areas of expertise that bridge and synergize interactions between the basic sciences, clinical research and the Cardinal Hill rehabilitation programs.
- Successfully compete on a national level for federal and private foundation funding opportunities.
- Provide leadership and mentoring for residents, research fellows and young faculty.
- Develop programs that will increase the regional and national recognition of the PM&R research program.
Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital also has a leadership role and active participation with community-based support groups, education and research programs in rehabilitation, data management of numerous indices of functional outcome, and long-term assessment of quality of life.
Dr. Joe Springer is Professor and Vice Chair for Research in PM&R and in 2004 was appointed the Cardinal Hill Endowed Chair in Neurorehabilitation. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center, the Advisory Board of the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute, has been a member of the editorial board of numerous journals in the neuroscience field, and served on numerous NIH study sections and the Research Advisory Board of several private foundations. Dr. Springer's research interests include CNS trauma, cell death mechanisms and mitochondrial function, treatment strategies in CNS trauma, and rehabilitation and recovery of function following CNS damage.