Summer Research Fellowship Program
Bohdan W. Chopko, Ph.D., M.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, NEOMED; Lead Neurosurgeon, OhioHealth Mansfield Campus
Neuromodulation for the Treatment of Acute Post-Operative Pain After Complex Thoracolumbar Spine Surgery
Thoracolumbar instrumented fusion, part of the spectrum of “complex spine surgery,” is commonly performed in adults for degenerative processes and fractures, including spondylosis, spondylolisthesis, senescent unstable “burst” fractures” and progression of idiopathic scoliosis. A particular challenge during the immediate post-operative recovery period is the effective management of pain., Spinal cord stimulation is a familiar method of neuromodulation typically used to treat chronic axial spine and extremity pain. There are no reported uses of spinal cord stimulation, however, for the treatment of acute postoperative pain, especially in the setting of large muscular and bone dissections that are typical of complex spine surgery. This study aims to explore the efficacy and feasibility of spinal cord stimulation when used in the immediate post-operative period, days 1-10, as an adjunctive to pain control.
Julia Jones Huyck Ph.D.
Speech Pathology & Audiology Program, Kent State University (1325 Theatre Drive, Kent, OH)
Processes underlying immature auditory perception and perceptual learning during adolescence
As state above, the goal is to evaluate the relative contributions of temporal processing and attention to immature auditory processing and auditory perceptual learning in typically-developing adolescents. The outcome will provide insight into the maturation of auditory processing.
- The fellow will learn to collect data on auditory perception and learning from adolescents and adults using custom computer programs.
- The fellow will learn to administer neuropsychological tests to assess cognitive skills.
- The fellow will become familiar with the medical research environment by actively participating in lab meetings and departmental journal clubs.
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