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Dr. Beom-Chan Lee Awarded NIH Grant to Evaluate Rehabilitation Systems for Patients with Parkinson's Disease.

Health and Human Performance faculty Beom-Chan Lee, Ph.D. has been awarded a R21 research grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his project titled,"Systematic evaluations of a new smartphone-based wearable telerehabilitation system for use by people with Parkinson’s disease". The R21 grant is a 2 year  exploratory/developmental grant awarded by the NIH and is intended to encourage the development of new research activities by providing support for the early and conceptual stages of project development.

Dr. Beom-Chan Lee
Beom-Chan Lee, Ph.D.

Dr. Lee developed the first smartphone-based vibrotactile biofeedback system for static standing exercises. Recently he developed and assessed an advanced prototype, called Smarter Balance System (SBS), for use by people with Parkinson's disease performing dynamic balance exercises recommended by physical therapists. The NIH grant will evaluate improvements in static/dynamic balance performance, long-term performance retention, and carry-over effects in people with Parkinson's disease performing in-home balance training. 

Dr. Lee's research with balancing systems for patients with Parkinson's disease has been featured by the Houston Public Media and by the American Parkinson's Disease Association.