Insight Research Center

Insight Research Center

The Research Department at IINN is involved in several basic and applied research projects, for example:

  • The Insight Business Incubator works with entrepreneurs at early stages of the development of their ideas. These may be technologies that need financial support, basic science, clinical research studies, patents, and others.
  •  Insight originates and also collaborates in biomedical research projects, whose primary goals may be in basic science, or they may have commercial applications.
  •  Insight hosts a Clinical Research Organization, performing patient studies for Incubator clients,
  • as well as studies that are contracted from established medical device or pharmaceutical firms.
  •  Insight hosts IINNovation, a collection of educational opportunities that are tailored for undergraduate or medical interns.

The core purpose of the Research Department is drive positive and productive relationships with individuals, businesses and educational institutions in the Genesee County area specifically, and within our growing national and international network of collaborators; and to enhance and enrich in the growth of IINN as a whole.

Please click to see a summary of our current research studies

A Novel Electromagnetic-neurobiologic Interface for Treatment of Spinal Cord Injury

A Novel Electromagnetic-Neurobiologic Interface for Treatment of Spinal Cord injury

Paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury (SCI) is a relatively frequent condition that in most
cases will severely limit many functions in life. Complete paralysis is defined as the loss of
both motor and sensory functions. Different approaches are being tested as a treatment for
SCI, with electrical stimulation showing potential efficacy in incomplete SCI cases. Recently,
we have started testing a novel approach that provides neuromodulation of spinal nerve
roots, wherein electrical stimulation is provided to nerve roots as a means to allow
restoration of sensory and motor functions in complete SCI cases. We were able to modulate
motor nerve roots in precise, replicable and targeted manners. The procedure is followed by
physical therapy sessions for the patient to improve volitional muscle control. In the future,
we may use other therapeutic modalities, including robotic and other assistive devices. Our
results suggest the possibility of a parallel electric circuitry that can effectively bridge a
damaged spinal cord.

Photocatalytic Reactor to Control Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in a Hospital Environment

Photocatalytic Reactor to Control Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in a Hospital Environment

Improved control and reduction of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) are perpetual
concerns in hospitals and other healthcare settings, including non-hospital residential facilities
such as nursing homes and correctional facilities. A recent review of epidemiological studies
on the incidence of MRSA infections has indicated that, taken as a whole, there may be no
definitive evidence that their incidence is declining significantly. Indeed, contradictions
between source studies suggest the need for a comprehensive tracking system, while
underscoring the motivation to perform such studies, i.e., nosocomial infections, including
MRSA, Clostridium difficile, and others, undermine the therapeutic mission of healthcare
facilities. The advent of antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains illustrates pathogens’ persistence
in the face of powerful, highly specific chemical agents. At Insight, we are evaluating the safety
and effectiveness of a device that produces oxygen free radicals on sample slides containing
MRSA in hospital patient rooms. Our preliminary results are promising and showing a
reduction in some types of infections.

The Use of Colloidal Oatmeal Soap Can Reduce Symptoms of Atopic Dermatitis

The Use of Colloidal Oatmeal Soap Can Reduce Symptoms of Atopic Dermatitis

Topical colloidal oatmeal (CO) can reduce local inflammation, itching, and
a number of other indications, at low cost and with minimal side effects.
We conducted a study to test whether the addition of CO to cold-
processed vegetable oil soap could significantly clear overt symptoms of
atopic eczema within two weeks of use. Our results showed soothing,
anti-inflammatory and anti-pruritic effects suggesting the efficacy of using
this soap as a treatment for atopic dermatitis.

Research Team

Abeer Al-Gharaibeh, MD, PhD

Abeer Al-Gharaibeh, MD, PhD

Director of Research

Abeer has attained a degree in Medicine (MD) from Jordan University of Science and Technology and received a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Central Michigan University. Her research focused on using induced pluripotent stem cells and neural progenitor ce..

Vincent Rampersaud, MD

Vincent Rampersaud, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon, Pain Management Physician

Dr. Vince Rampersaud trained in orthopedic surgery with special interest in hand and spine surgery. He attended University of Virginia Medical School and completed his residency at Detroit Medical Center. Since 2004 he has been he has been an estee..

Jawad Shah, MD, FRCSC, FAANS, FACS

Jawad Shah, MD, FRCSC, FAANS, FACS

Neurosurgeon

Dr. Shah studied at McGill University in Montreal and the University of Manitoba prior to completing medical school at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada where he was also raised. He began PhD work in Psychoneuroimmunology prior to embar..

Sudesh Ebenezer, MD, Ed.M., FRCSC, FAANS

Sudesh Ebenezer, MD, Ed.M., FRCSC, FAANS

Neurosurgeon

Dr. Ebenezer is an Adult & Pediatric Neurosurgeon. He also performs Spine Surgery and Epilepsy Surgery. Dr. Ebenezer joined us from the State of Washington, and is now the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at IINN. Dr. Ebenezer is originally from Br..

Keith Denning, DC

Keith Denning, DC

Chiropractor

Dr. Denning received his BA at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana in 1996, before attending Sherman College to earn his doctorate. After completing his doctorate in chiropractic in 2000, he trained in specialties such as physiotherapy, wei..

Justine Pearl, MD

Justine Pearl, MD

Neurosurgeon

Dr. Justine Pearl comes to us from Canada. She obtained her Bachelor of Science with Great Distinction from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she majored in Physiology with a minor in Neuroscience. She then completed her Medical Degree, al..

Allison Piatt, ACNP-BC

Allison Piatt, ACNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner

Allison Piatt ACNP-BC is a board certified Nurse Practitioner with a specialty in Acute Care. She completed her nurse practitioner degree with honors from Saint Louis University in Saint Louis, Missouri. She did her nursing degree at University of Mi..

Salah Eldohiri, MD

Salah Eldohiri, MD

Anesthesiologist, Pain Management Physician

Dr. Salah Eldohiri is board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Management and finished medical school at Mansoura, Egypt in 1996. He later completed his residency at State Suny New York, New York in 2003. Dr. Eldohiri is part of the Genesys PHO an..

Erica Hammond

Erica Hammond

DPT

Dr. Erica Hammond graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from University of Michigan-Flint in 2003. Erica’s experience includes working with patients in outpatient and subacute orthopedics, spine care, neurological rehabilitation, and m..

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