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Funded Project Details - FY2021

Project Number:

Title: Developing a Feedback-Controlled Heated Vest to Address Thermoregulatory Dysfunction in Persons with Spinal Cord Injury
Principal Investigator:

John Handrakis

Location: Bronx, NY
Congressional District Code: 13
Research Service: Rehabilitation R&D
Project Period: November 2018 - October 2021
FY 2021 Funding Amount: $58,373
Total Award Amount
(all years):
Abstract: View full abstract and other project information on NIH RePORTER


Persons with spinal cord injury (SCI), particularly [cervical injuries (tetraplegia]), are unable to effectively regulate core body temperature (Tcore) due to interruption of motor, sensory, and sympathetic pathways. Thus, control of distal extremity vasoconstriction (heat conservation) and shivering thermogenesis (heat production) are impaired, and the ability to maintain a constant Tcore is compromised. Persons with tetraplegia often report “feeling cold,” frequently present with subnormal Tco...

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