Researchers using virtual reality to perturb balance
Researchers in the Department of Kinesiology at East Carolina University are using virtual reality to study balance control in concussion and recovery. Concussions are most often caused by a blow to the head or body that affects brain function. Although usually temporary, a concussion can cause headaches and problems with concentration, coordination, memory and balance. Athletes of all ages as well as military service members can be sidelined from a week or two to much longer while the brain rests and recovers.
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Kevin White, Assistant Professor, College of Health and Human Performance
Kevin White, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, is analyzing data collected through the national Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation to improve outcomes for children who leave foster care through adoption or guardianship. Children in the foster care system often face developmental issues — including serious physical and mental health challenges. White’s work intends to support foster parents so that more children can be placed in stable, permanent homes.
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MS Environmental Health (MSEH) student, Megan Rhyne
MS Environmental Health (MSEH) student, Megan Rhyne, investigates how the insect growth regulator pyriproxyfen can impact life table characteristics (i.e., egg abundance, egg hatch rates, adult emergence rates) of the Aedes albopictus (Asian tiger mosquito). She expects that information gained from this study will help improve management of this and potentially other mosquito species.
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