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RMSTP: Current Fellows
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Current Fellows RMSTP


Prakash Jayabalan, MD, PhD
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Dr. Jayabalan grew up in London, UK and graduated medical school from King's College London School of Medicine. He completed a PhD at the University of Missouri as the Robert B Gordon Arthritis Research Fellow. His research focused both on the tissue engineering of cartilage for osteochondral defects and the development of a biomarker panel pertaining to the rehabilitation of patients with osteoarthritis. He completed residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, with research mentorship provided by Dr. Gwen Sowa. Following residency, he completed a sports medicine fellowship at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC)/McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. He is currently an Attending Physician/Clinician-Scientist at RIC and Assistant Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. His RMSTP/K12 award focuses on the development of walking exercise regimens that are efficacious for patient symptoms and delay the structural progression of knee osteoarthritis (OA). This research uses biomarker, biomechanical and epidemiological assessment to investigate the effect of physical activity and structured, defined walking regimens on disease progression and joint health. His mentorship team includes prominent national leaders who will provide expertise and further training in his research area of interest: Leena Sharma MD, Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University, and Director of the Mechanical Factors in Arthritis of the Knee (MAK) study group, Yasin Dhaher, PhD, Professor, Department of PM&R at RIC/Northwestern University, and Director of the Sensory Motor Performance Program (SMPP) laboratory and James L. Cook, Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, and Director of the Thompson Laboratory for Regenerative Orthopaedics at the University of Missouri.

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Prin Amorapanth, MD, PhD
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Dr. Prin X Amorapanth grew up in Edison, New Jersey and detoured from a budding career in the arts to study the neuroscience of emotion with Joseph LeDoux at New York University. He then pursued combined MD/PhD training at the University of Pennsylvania, where he worked with cognitive neurologist Anjan Chatterjee identifying neural systems underlying spatial representation in the human brain. Following an internship at Temple University Hospital, he then completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. He returned to New York University to complete a fellowship in Brain Injury Medicine, where he has remained as a member of both the clinical and research faculty. His RMSTP project, under the primary mentorship of Dr. Charles Marmar, is focused on identifying imaging biomarkers of emotional impairment in mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). His long-term goals include leveraging developments in neuroimaging and neuroplasticity to deliver focused rehabilitation interventions to patients with acquired brain injury.

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