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Interested in Being in a Study?

Call for Participants

Clinical research is at the center of all advances in rehabilitation science. Help us shape the future of rehabilitation science and participate in our research efforts to improve people's quality of life as it relates to movement and functional capacity. Contact us today to learn how you can support our research in rehabilitation science as a study participant.

Nick Balenger, a participant in our incomplete spinal cord injury study, spoke about his experience with the program at the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) annual meeting in 2016. Following a swimming injury, he was initially told he would never walk again, but after participating in the program he was able to move from a using a wheelchair to walking with assistance. 

Video courtesy of APTA.

Improving Gait and Balance in Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease

Person with Parkinson's Diseases participating in research in Mason's Department of Rehabilitation Science

Researchers in the Department of Rehabilitation Science are conducting a study examining gait and balance impairments in individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and what can be done to improve these functions. The study is recruiting people over the age of 18, both with and without a diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease. 

For more information, email Clinton Wutzke  or call 703-993-1903.

Crutch walking

Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury

The research project "Effects of Locomotor Training on Cardiorespiratory Function and Walking Performance in People with Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury" seeks volunteers who will commit to two separate visits to laboratory for testing at the start and the finish of 12 weeks of FREE locomotor training (90 minutes per session, two sessions per week). To be eligible, you must be:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Classified as having an incomplete spinal cord injury on American Spinal Injury Association Impairment Scale (AIS), grade C or D
  • At least 1 year post-injury
  • Able to stand with or without assistance
  • Free of unmanaged heart, blood, lung, vascular, or metabolic conditions

For information, please contact Dr. Andrew Guccione, Principal Investigator, ( or Brian Neville, Graduate Research Assistant.