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MU occupational therapy chair and professor awarded $1.6 million for post-stroke research


Columbia, Mo. (May 11, 2016) – Dr. Timothy Wolf, chair and associate professor of occupational therapy at the MU School of Health Professions, was awarded a $1.6 million fast-track Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant by the National Institute of Nursing Research/National Institutes of Health.

Titled “Better Living After Stroke through Technology (BLAST)”, the grant will support research efforts to develop and evaluate an internet-based technology platform, BLAST, that will help individuals living in the community following stroke and their caregivers improve their quality of life and participation.

“We noticed that post-stroke patients go to rehab, but once they are no longer receiving services they still have unmet needs to help them learn how to live with a stroke out in the community, said Tim Wolf. “Our hopes are to use assessment tools to identify areas that are difficult for patients to manage daily living tasks after stroke and provide resources and community support to help them.”

Wolf will serve as co-principal investigator and collaborate with co-principal investigator, Dershung Yang, PhD, president of BrightOutcome, Incorporated and co-investigator, Carolyn Baum, PhD, professor and chair of occupational therapy at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

BLAST is an academic-industry partnership. BrightOutcome, Inc. will design the innovative technology product that will be available to market and Wolf, along with Baum, will evaluate it and make recommendations.

The project is expected to continue through September 2018.

The MU School of Health Professions (SHP) is the University of Missouri system’s only school of health professions and the only school of its kind in Missouri to be located on a health sciences campus. Health professions account for more than 60 percent of the total U.S. health care workforce and represent more than half of the fastest growing occupations in the country according to the Bureau for Labor Statistics. With programs in rehabilitation, diagnostic and imaging sciences, graduates of the School of Health Professions fill critical roles in health care.