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Professor Wins Federal Grant to Study Nerve Regeneration

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Dan Dickison
October 1, 2016

Developing a breakthrough is every scientific researcher’s dream. Coming up with a new solution to a significant problem is tantamount to the Holy Grail in this realm. And that’s essentially what Assistant Professor of Psychology Jennifer Wilhelm is on the verge of doing.

Wilhelm’s research into the most effective treatments for peripheral nerve regeneration after injury landed her a coveted National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant this summer. That award – $432,000 over a three-year period – will enable Wilhelm and the seven students who work in her lab to continue refining their understanding of how peripheral nerves regenerate. Ultimately, Wilhelm hopes that her work will lead to better surgical interventions, better rehabilitation outcomes via physical therapy and better pharmaceutical options for those patients unable to exercise.

“We were awarded this grant to look at peripheral nerve injury in general, but my particular interest is trying to understand how individuals with peripheral nerve injuries recover,” says Wilhelm, a neuroscientist who studied at Emory University. “These injuries affect 100,000 people every year in the U.S. They can be as simple as getting a really bad paper cut, or as bad as a laceration in a car accident. What I study are the more traumatic nerve injuries.”Wilhelm’s research into the most effective treatments for peripheral nerve regeneration after injury landed her a coveted National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant this summer. That award – $432,000 over a three-year period – will enable Wilhelm and the seven students who work in her lab to continue refining their understanding of how peripheral nerves regenerate. Ultimately, Wilhelm hopes that her work will lead to better surgical interventions, better rehabilitation outcomes via physical therapy and better pharmaceutical options for those patients unable to exercise.

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