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University of Southern California
University of Southern California
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Novel precision medicine approach to advance rehabilitation of surgically repaired tendons of the hand

ReHaB Core ⟩ MSOP Lab ⟩

Principal Investigator: Sandy C. Takata OTD, OTR/L

Faculty Mentor: Shawn C. Roll PhD, OTR/L, RMSKS, FAOTA, FAIUM ; Wendy Mack, PhD (Keck School of Medicine)

Aug 2019 – Jul 2021

Total funding

The training and research conducted through this full-time competitive fellowship will provide proficiencies in three primary areas related to integrating musculoskeletal sonography into clinical rehabilitation to support patient recovery following surgical tendon repair: 1) musculoskeletal sonography, 2) tendon pathophysiological recovery, and 3) research methods and data analytic techniques. In tandem with developing these proficiencies, the research conducted under this fellowship will examine morphologic biomarkers of tendon coadaptation using sonographic imaging. Accomplishing the research aims of this F-31 will: 1) establish a sonographic image acquisition and analysis protocol to evaluate healing and recovery following flexor tendon repair and 2) identify sonographic biomarkers that are related to functional recovery and that are able to distinguish patterns of healing following tendon repair. Together, this training and research will lay a strong foundation for a future career as an independent translational research scientist and leading scholar in the advancement of knowledge for clinical rehabilitation.


Type Source Number Amount
Federal National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases 1F31AR074894 $90,032