Optimizing the Investment in Medical Devices for Rehabilitation: An NCMRR-Sponsored Workshop

On May 4 & 5, 2017, the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR) convened stakeholders to determine best methods to work with investigators developing devices and assistive technologies for the medical rehabilitation market to clear regulatory and payer hurdles for market entry and successful commercialization. The theme of the workshop is to identify success stories of rehabilitation devices that have entered the market for clinical application or for direct use by the individual with disability. The group will identify needed resources, infrastructure, and information needed to build on these successes and identify avenues for dissemination of these throughout the research community.

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NCMRR/REACT Workshop: The Future of Medical Rehabilitation Clinical Trials

The National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR) and the REACT Center cohosted "The Future of Medical Rehabilitation Clinical Trials,” a workshop, on September 29–30 at the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. Led by Dr. Allison Cernich, Director, NCMRR, and Dr. Marcas Bamman, Director, REACT Center, the two-day workshop featured presentations and lively discussions by rehabilitation researchers and clinical trialists from around the nation. The workshop aimed to take a closer look at how clinical trials in medical rehabilitation are unique, and how they can be bolstered by best practices, collaborative research efforts, and innovative funding resources. The two-day event was recorded and videos can be viewed online.

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Rehabilitation Research at NIH: Moving the Field Forward

Rehabilitation research took center stage at the National Institutes of Health–sponsored conference, “Rehabilitation Research at NIH: Moving the Field Forward,” on May 25–26 at the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. From a memorable keynote performance by teens and young adults with disabilities to moving remarks by NIH Director Francis Collins, the conference generated tremendous enthusiasm and helped bring about a research plan for future initiatives in medical rehabilitation.

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National Conference on Therapeutic Adherence

On February 26, 2016, a national conference, "Understanding and improving treatment adherence: An interdisciplinary approach" sponsored by the UAB School of Medicine and our Multidisciplinary Research Centers took place at the Lister Hill Library Edge of Chaos. This symposium included national experts in the area of therapeutic adherence spanning disciplines and included 5 lectures on: Behavioral Models/Interventions, Pharmaco-Epidemiology/Measurement, Health Disparities, and Health Communications. The published proceedings will highlight gaps in adherence research and collaborative funding opportunities.

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"The Future of Disease Monitoring: Wearable Biosensors, Social Media, and Smartphone Applications" (video)
A lecture by Brennan Spiegel, MD, MSHS, Director, Health Services Research and Cedars-Sinai Center for Outcomes Research and Education (CS-CORE), Professor of Medicine and Public Health in Residence at the University of Alabama at Birmingham


Optimizing Rehabilitation After Total Knee Replacement in a Changing Healthcare Arena
Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, PT, PhD, a professor in the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Colorado discusses translating work from a research setting to real-world clinical practice.
Exercise Is Regenerative Medicine: Impact on Chronic Disease
Marcas M. Bamman, PhD, Director of the UAB Center for Exercise Medicine discusses how evidence-based research in exercise medicine is driving improvements in clinical care.