UF Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation research

University of Florida Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Research

The University of Florida Physical Medicine and Research Division is committed to performing highly impactful rigorous research to improve patient functional capacity and quality of life across the age and ability spectrum. Through multidisciplinary research teams, we employ a combination of epidemiological, clinical, laboratory and community engagement approaches to develop new therapeutics and injury prevention programs. Our research extends into musculoskeletal health and disease, sports medicine, spine and multi-joint pain, inpatient rehabilitation, stroke and traumatic brain injury.

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Message from the Director Of Research

Heather Vincent, Ph.D., FACSM

We are advancing the field of Physiatry through discovery of new methods to increase and preserve physical and psychological function, to increase efficiency of physiatric care delivery and attain high quality of life. Our faculty are exploring new ways to help individuals successfully navigate the life challenges of acute injury, chronic injury or chronic conditions though rehabilitation, combined medical approaches and patient-focused programs.

Ongoing and recent research


Research services

The Human Dynamics Research Laboratory in the UF Health Orthopeadics and Sport Medicine Institute has the most current technology available that allows for the evaluation of musculoskeletal performance in active people, athletes and patients across the spectrum of physiatric conditions. Our team collaborates extensively with colleagues in several departments in the College of Medicine, the University, and other institutions on grant applications and funded projects that measure fitness, physical function, exercise capacity, body composition and gait in children and adults.

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