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Jack Tsao, PhD

Professor
Department of Neurology
Department of Pediatrics
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
855 Monroe Avenue, Suite 415
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: 901.448.6198
Email: Jack Tsao

Research Interest:

My research program is focused on two areas – mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) and its relationship to dementia and phantom limb pain (PLP) following amputation. The TBI research aims to investigate short- and long-term effects of mild TBI on cognitive functioning and, separately, the utility of computerized neurocognitive testing for the evaluation of acute concussion and recovery. The PLP research seeks to investigate the etiology of this phenomenon, utilizing functional neuroimaging coupled with mirror therapy (creating a visual illusion of the amputated limb by having the amputee place a mirror between his/her intact and phantom limbs and then moving both while viewing the reflection of the intact limb moving), a virtual reality approach to measuring how embodiment is related to PLP, and a genetics approach to determine if there are gene(s) which modulate the onset and persistence of PLP.  Techniques which we use include clinical research skills, questionnaires and psychophysical measurements, functional imaging, epidemiology, and physiological methodology including microelectrode recording from neurons.

Last Published: Apr 19, 2021