General Laboratory Description
Dr. Wong’s Connected Health and Innovative Rehabilitation (CHAIR) Lab has three key areas to optimize health and rehabilitation for individuals with neurological conditions.
Dr. Wong’s lab also directs the Cognitive Rehabilitation Research Group (CRRG) Stroke Registry, which prospectively collects data from medicine, radiology and rehabilitation on more than 28,000 stroke patients admitted to Barnes-Jewish Hospital. This provides an ideal environment for researchers and students to study optimal stroke recovery from acute care to community rehabilitation.
Dr. Wong collaborates with scientists and clinicians at Washington University in St. Louis (Computer Science and Engineering, Informatics, Psychiatry and Vascular Neurology), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Shirley Ryan Ability Lab (formerly Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago), University of Michigan Medical School and University of California San Diego. Internationally, his lab has research projects with partners in the Asia-Pacific region, including China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea and Australia.
General Description of Student Activities
Dr. Wong uses the experiential-learning approach to help students gain clinical research experience and develop necessary skills to link research to practice. Students will have opportunities to receive training and participate in scheduling and conducting client interviews, focus groups and assessments. In addition, students may assist in training/intervention sessions, data entry, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, and writing peer-reviewed articles.
MSOT students will participate in ongoing research projects, and OTD students will have the opportunity to develop a project as part of an ongoing study that meets the support and resources available in the lab. PhD and/or MD candidates and visiting scholars will develop at least one independent research project that meets the support and resources available in the lab. Students are expected to support other lab members as necessary and attend regular lab meetings.
Students should be comfortable working in a team environment and willing to learn specialized software programs. By the end of the final year, students are mentored in the development of a journal-ready publication. Students are also encouraged to present at local and national conferences.
Examples of Projects
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