Studies

At the University of Illinois, we are able to offer free programs covering everything from exercises that build strength to education on fall prevention. Below is a list of all our studies with a short description. Click on them for more information or fill out the contact sheet to the right and someone will get back to you shortly.

Currently Recruiting:

Virtual Reality for People with Multiple SclerosisThis study seeks to find the effects of virtual reality training on individuals with MS. Participants will be asked to come in 3 times a week over a 6-week period, with an additional 3 visits to assess progress.  21 visits total will be made by each participant.  Compensation offered!

Mobile Technology and Fall Risk for People with Multiple Sclerosis: This study looks at the use of mobility technology for fall risk assessment in individuals with Multiple Sclerosis. Participation includes a single visit for 2 hours to perform everyday balance and walking tasks. Compensation offered!

Mobile Technology for Non-Ambulatory Adults: The MCRL is seeking to understand fall risk for individuals who use wheelchairs. Participants will be asked to come in for 2 sessions to perform functional tasks. Click here for more information! Compensation offered!

Online Falls Survey: This survey can be done right here, right now! You don’t even have to leave your house. The survey asks about how you or your loved one deals with falling.

Recently finished, Results soon:

Neck Strength, Activation, and Range of Motion in Older Adults: The goal of this study was to understand differences in neck strength, neck muscle activation, and neck range of motion in older and younger adults.

Completed with Results:

Walking and Talking in Older Adults Study: This study looks at how age effects people’s walking, balance, cognition, and fall risk. Participants come once for an hour to our lab and go through several tasks to get a fall risk assessment.

Cognitive Training for Persons with MS: We looked at the impact of online cognitive training on thinking, walking, and multitasking. We saw improvements in cognition in both our experimental (brain games) and control groups. This means the brain games didn’t do what they promised, as we expected the brain games to show greater improvements in cognition. This helps us to determine what is the best way to work on cognition in MS. 

Walking and Talking for People with MS Study: For this study, we had two training groups. One group did traditional walking and balance training. The other group also performed thinking tasks during the exercises. The study was done with 14 people. We found that the training method was feasible.  The method of exercising while thinking shows promise at improving walking while distracted.

We also have several collaboration studies.