Merrill R. Landers, PT, DPT, PhD, OCSRSS

Merrill R. Landers, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS

Department of Physcial Therapy, Universtiy of Nevada, Las Vegas

Email: | Phone: 702-895-1377

Merrill Landers is a tenured, associate professor at UNLV and a licensed physical therapist. He earned a BS in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University, a DPT from Creighton University, and a PhD from UNLV in Biological Sciences (Integrative Physiology with cognates in neurobiology and statistics). He is in his sixth year as the Department Chair of Physical Therapy at UNLV.  His current research interests are in understanding the physcial and psychological factors (fear of falling and avoidance behavior) associated with balance impairment and falls in Parkinson's disease and mild cognitive impairment.  In addition, he has interests in the biological mechanisms of exercise and physical activity as a neuroprotective stretegy in Parkinson's disease and how this is moderated by a single nucleotide polymorphism of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (Val66Met).  He is also interested in motor priming using transcranial direct current stimulation to facilitate improved rehabilitation in Parkinson's disease.  Over the last 15 years, he has conducted research studies using both rodent models of Parkinson's disease and human clinical trials of Parkinson's disease.  He is an active, funded researcher and has had 40+ peer reviewed publicsations, 45+ peer reviewed abstracts, and 45+ national and international scientific presentations. 


There is little evidence in the literature to support the relationship of cognitive impairment on gait, balance, and falls. Therefore, we aimed to explore this relationship. Specifically, we wish to explore the association of fall history to the miniBESTe ...

Therapuetic AreaRehabilitation
Study TypeObservational

Participants are randomly assigned to one of two groups for either no physical therapy or physical therapy (comprehensive program that includes aerobic, strength, gait, and balance training plus patient education) intervention for a period of 6 weeks. Aft ...

Therapuetic AreaRehabilitation
Study TypeTherapies

The purpose of the proposed study is to determine if BDNF genotype interacts with lifetime self-reported physical activity levels to affect levels of postural instability as determined by measures of gait and balance function, as well as disease severity ...

Therapuetic AreaRehabilitation

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