Yih-Kuen Jan

Contact Information:
Yih-Kuen Jan



 

Jan, Yih-Kuen (HSC)
Faculty

Department of:

College Of Allied Health/Rehabilitation Sciences -Assistant Professor

Center of:

OK Center for Neurosciences -Member

Other Organization:

Rehabilitation Biomechanics Research Laboratory -Director

Education:

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA   Postdoc, Rehabilitation Technology   2006
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA   PhD, Rehabilitation Science   2004
National Yang Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan   MS, Biomedical Engineering   1997
National Yang Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan   BS, Physical Therapy   1995

Professional Interest/Expertise/Specializations:
Dr. Yih-Kuen Jan is interested in Tissue Biomechanics and Microvascular Physiology and their applications for preventing secondary medical complications in people with disabilities. His current research is in the activity-based rehabilitation for preventing cardiovascular diseases and pressure ulcers in people with spinal cord injury. Dr. Jan was a NIDRR Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Mary E. Switzer Fellow, Co-PI of a Field Initiated Project, and is a Project Leader of Rehab Engineering Research Center on Spinal Cord Injury. Dr. Jan serves as Principal Investigator of a grant funded by the Christopher Reeve Foundation. He is also PI of a grant investigating the effects of exercise on improving tissue viability in people with SCI funded by the Paralyzed Veterans of America Research Foundation. Dr. Jan is a member of American Society of Biomechanics, APTA, American Diabetes Association, and RESNA. His clinical expertise includes activity-based rehabilitation, adaptive sports, and physical agents.

Websites:

Rehabilitation Biomechanics Research Laboratory

Research Projects:

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Research Foundation (PVA2827), 2012-2014, Total Cost $100,000.00; Project title: Effects of obesity on soft tissue mechanical properties in people with SCI; Role: Mentor
National Institutes of Health through Oklahoma IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), Junior Scholar Awards, 2011-2014, Total Cost $293,000 (Oklahoma INBRE PI: Darrin Akins, PhD, P20RR016478), Role: Principal Investigator
National Institutes of Health (NIH)/NICHD R21 (R21HD065073), 2010-2011, $205,152.00 Project title: Blood flow oscillations and early detection of pressure ulcers in older adults. Role: Principal Investigator
Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST), Health Research Program (HR09-048), 2009-2012, $135,000.00 Project title: Biomechanical Analysis of Risk for Diabetic Foot Ulcers. Role: Principal Investigator
National Institutes of Health (NIH)/NICHD R03 (1R03HD060751-01), 2009-2011, $146,500.00 Project title: Effects of power seat function usage on tissue viability in wheelchair users with SCI. Role: Principal Investigator

Selected Publications:

Comparison of skin perfusion response to alternating and constant pressures in people with spinal cord injury
2011    Jan YK, Brienza DM, Boninger ML, Brenes G
Spinal Cord 49(1): 136-141
Brain. In Greenwald SJ and Thomley JE (eds.), Encyclopedia of Mathematics and Society.
2011    Liao F, Jan YK, Garrison DW
Salem Press, Pasadena, CA
Multifractal analysis of nonlinear complexity of sacral skin blood flow oscillations in older adults
2011    Liao F, Struck BD, MacRobert M, and Jan YK
Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing 49: 925-934
Effect of spinal cord injury on nonlinear complexity of skin blood flow oscillations
2011    Jan YK, Liao F, and Burns S
Lecture Notes in Computer Science 6768: 345-355
Using multifractal detrended fluctuation analysis to assess sacral skin blood flow oscillations in people with spinal cord injury
2011    Liao F and Jan YK
Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development 48: 787-800
EEG/EKG. In Greenwald, SJ and Thomley JE (eds.), Encyclopedia of Mathematics and Society.
2011    Jan YK, Liao F, Foreman RD
Salem Press, Pasadena, CA
Effect of wheelchair tilt-in-space and recline angles on skin perfusion over the ischial tuberosity in wheelchair users with spinal cord injury
2010    Jan YK, Jones MA, Rabadi MH, Foreman RD, and Thiessen A
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 91(11): 1758-1764
Relationship between nonlinear properties of sacral skin blood flow oscillations and vasodilatory function in people at risk for pressure ulcers
2010    Liao F, Garrison DW, Jan YK
Microvascular Research, 80(1): 44-53
Wavelet analysis of skin blood flow oscillations to assess soft tissue viability in older adults
2009    Jan YK, Struck BD, Foreman RD, Robinson C
Microvascular Research 78(2): 162-168
Tissue mechanics and blood flow factors in pressure ulcers in individuals with spinal cord injury. In Gefen A (ed.), The Pathomechanics of Tissue Injury and Disease, and the Mechanophysiology of Healing; 241-259
2009    Jan YK and Brienza DM
Research Signpost
Wavelet-based spectrum analysis of sacral skin blood flow response to alternating pressure
2008    Jan YK, Brienza DM, Geyer MJ, and Karg P
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 89(1): 137-145
Chapter 7: Tissue Integrity Management. In Cooper RA, Ohnabe H, and Hobson DA (eds.), An Introduction to Rehabilitation Engineering; 182-198
2007    Brienza DM, Jan YK, and Zanca JM
Taylor and Francis Group
Technology for pressure ulcers prevention
2006    Jan YK and Brienza DM
Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation 11(4): 30-41
Analysis of week-to-week variability in skin blood flow measurements using wavelet transforms
2005    Jan YK, Brienza DM, and Geyer MJ
Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging 25(5): 253-262
A comparison of changes in rhythms of sacral skin blood flow in response to heating and indentation
2005    Brienza DM, Geyer MJ, and Jan YK
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 86(6): 1245-1251
Using wavelet analysis to characterize the thermoregulatory mechanisms of sacral skin blood flow
2004    Geyer MJ, Jan YK, Brienza DM, and Boninger ML
Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development 41(6): 797-806