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!

Movement and Attention with Eye Trackers: The MCRL is examining the role that vision plays in movement and attention. We are using state of the art technology to examine eye gaze and pupil dilation during movement and different thinking tasks.

Automated Fall Risk Assessment at Carle: This study looks at using a commercially available gaming system (Microsoft Kinect) to assess fall risk. The study takes place at Carle Hospital. The goal is to see if this type of system can automatically assess fall risks for hospital and clinical care centers. This would help cut costs and increase efficiency for doctors and clinicians.

Walking, Balance, and Falls in Cancer SurvivorsThe MCRL is working to understand the relationship between walking, balance, and falls in cancer survivors. The study is a one time visit to our lab on campus. The testing takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes. All test are simple and easy to complete. You will also receive a comprehensive fall risk report upon completion!

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:

Effects of Multitasking on Movement: This study wants to see how fall risk differ between PD, MS, and stroke survivors in a one-time visit to campus.

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.