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Funded Project Details - FY2021

Project Number:

Title: Biomaterial Implants for the Treatment of Disuse Muscle Atrophy
Principal Investigator:

Robert M Gower

Location: Columbia, SC
Congressional District Code: 2
Research Service: Rehabilitation R&D
Project Period: January 2020 - December 2021
FY 2021 Funding Amount: $99,636
Total Award Amount
(all years):
Abstract: View full abstract and other project information on NIH RePORTER


Disabilities secondary to long term immobilization are a major cause of morbidity and escalating healthcare costs for the VA. Immobilization is a complication of many conditions (e.g. limb injury, bed rest) and results in mechanical unloading of skeletal muscles. In response to mechanical unloading, muscles undergo a rapid loss of mass, referred to as disuse atrophy. Disuse atrophy prolongs the rehabilitation period, increasing the risk that full functional recovery will not be achieved. The cur...

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