Researchers from the University of Houston and Baylor College of Medicine, led by Health and Human Performance faculty Beom-Chan Lee, Ph.D. and Bijan Najafii, Ph.D. (BCM) have been awarded a UH/Baylor College of Medicine Collaborative grant for their project titled, “Tele-exergame: Remotely-Supervised Game-Based Exercise Platform for Improving Cognition and Motor Function in Adult Cancer Survivors Using Telemedicine”.
The main objective of the $60,000 grant is developing and feasibility testing a home-based tele-exergaming platform to improve motor and cognitive function of cancer survivors and further engage them in the survivorship-care.
Beom-Chan Lee, Ph.D.
Loss of balance is a major self-reported symptom among cancer survivors due to side effect of therapies like chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, and is a major cause of poor quality of life. Unfortunately, conventional rehabilitation programs suffer from poor adherence, availability of programs for supervised setting are also limited for those who live in remote areas or are too frail to travel after chemotherapy.
To address these gaps in care, a group of researchers from UH and Baylor College of Medicine have developed a pilot study to develop and test a home-based tele-exergaming platform to improve motor-function of cancer survivors and further engage them in the survivorship-care.