University of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City, Kansas
Wen Liu, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science at the University of Kansas Medical Center and Senior Rehabilitation Researcher at the Kansas City VA Medical Center. He has twenty-five years of experience in rehabilitation research. Dr. Liu was the first who replicated in a laboratory environment a real life experience of ankle “giving way” episode and proved a new etiological factor for functional ankle instability. Dr. Liu was also the first who proposed a minimal-assistance strategy used in gait training and developed a novel training device in stroke rehabilitation. He has published over 60 research articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and a book chapter, and more than 100 scientific conference presentations. He has been awarded a US patent. He was in the Final list for New Investigator's Recognition Award at 41st Annual Meeting of the Orthopedics Research Society in 1994. He received the Investigator Research Award at University of Kansas in 2004. In 2017, he received Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award at University of Kansas. He received an award in the recent Emerging Medical Innovation Valuation Competition at 2018 Design of Medical Devices Conference (DMD2018). Dr. Liu and his research team have long been working in research in patients with neurological diseases with a focus on patient assessment and rehabilitation. They have quantitatively evaluated motor function of patients with PD either with or without deep brain stimulation. They have developed ways to evaluate performance of the patients in gait, balance control, and gait initiation. They have also studied non-motor symptoms in patients with PD recently including sleep dysfunction, pain, fatigue, mood disorder, and cognitive decline. They understand the importance of those non-motor symptoms on the quality of life and underlying mechanism in terms of associated biological pathways including inflammatory pathways. They will explore more on those issues in their future research.