College of Charleston assistant professor of psychology Jennifer Wilhelm will receive a National Institutes of Health grant to study treatments for peripheral nerve regeneration after injury.
The three-year, $432,000 grant will help Wilhelm and seven students continue learning and researching peripheral nerve regeneration.
“We were awarded this grant to look at peripheral nerve injury in general, but my particular interest is trying to understand how individuals with peripheral nerve injuries recover,” Wilhelm said. “These injuries affect 100,000 people every year in the U.S. They can be as simple as getting a really bad paper cut, or as bad as a laceration in a car accident. What I study are the more traumatic nerve injuries.”
She hopes her research will ultimately help to better surgical interventions, provide better rehabilitation outcomes via physical therapy and better pharmaceutical options.