Clinical Lectures, Vignettes, Courses

REACT is proud to offer online coursework to support research in medical rehabilitation. We are constantly adding to our library of courses, so please tell us if there a topic you’d like for us to discuss. You can also access these videos through our REACT Center YouTube Channel. For more information, please contact us.

While each video is open to anyone, the following is a key to a potential audience for each presentation:

  • C = Clinicians
  • P = Patients
  • C = Researchers
  • S = Staff

NEW: REACT is excited to offer podcasts for CME credit, in conjunction with UAB MedCast

Rehabilitation in TBI/SCI

Candace Floyd — In this segment, Dr. Candace Floyd explains that The University of Alabama at Birmingham Traumatic Brain Injury Model System (UAB-TBIMS) maintains an Information Network as a resource to promote knowledge in research, health, and quality of life for people with traumatic brain injuries, their families, and TBI-related professionals.


Clinical Trials Overview
Course Faculty & Description Audience Presentation
Adherence: You Can't Improve What You Can't Measure Jeff Curtis, MD, MS, MPH, UAB

Overview of definitions of adherence, methods to measure and comparison between methods, outcomes and improving adherence.
C R S
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(36:41 minutes)
Before You Begin Research: What You Must Know Penny Jester, PhD, Program Director, UAB Clinical Trials Office UAB Research/Pediatric Virology

Considerations for planning a research clinical trial.
C R S
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(39:20 minutes)
ClinicalTrials.gov: What You Need to Know Penny Jester, PhD, Program Director, UAB Clinical Trials Office UAB Research/Pediatric Virology

Background on the history of ClinicalTrials.gov and how to navigate it for your trial .
C R S
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(31:07 minutes)
Conceptual Models and Behavioral Frameworks in Adherence Rivet Amico, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Michigan

"A pragmatic interventionalist's approach" to conceptual models and behavioral frameworks in adherence.
C R S
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(35:50 minutes)
Creating Budgets: The Basics Tina Ayers, BS, CCRP Program Manager, Nephrology Transplant Clinical Research University of Alabama at Birmingham

Overview of study protocol and design, schema, and budget, including negotiation, management and reimbursement.
C R S
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(34:01 minutes)
Cultural Issues in Medication Adherence Disparities and Directions Elizabeth McQuaid, PhD, ABPP, Alpert Medical School, Brown University

Evidence for patterns of medication use across racial/ethnic groups, barriers to consistent adherence, and strategies to overcome them.
C R S
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42:55 minutes)
Drug Accountability in the Research Arena Brenda Reed Denson, PharmD, Children's of Alabama

Discussing components for research medication documentation, required documentation and consideration of special circumstances.
C R S
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(23:23 minutes)
Exercise and Sleep Dysfunction Amy Amara, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, UAB Dept. of Neurology

A closer look at a clinical trial studying exercise as an intervention in Parkinson's patients suffering from sleep dysfunction.
C PR S
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(1:48 minutes)
Exercise as Medicine: A UAB Approach Ray Watts, President and Neurologist and Marcas Bamman, PHD, UCEM and REACT Director

Overview of clinical trials at UAB featuring exercise as medicine.
C PR S
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(5:10 minutes)
Exercise Is Regenerative Medicine: Impact on Chronic Disease Marcas Bamman, PHD, UCEM and REACT Director

Discussing how evidence-based research in exercise medicine is driving improvements in clinical care.
C PR S
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(58:34 minutes)
"Getting Your Clinical Research Funded: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the DoD but Didn't Know Who to Ask" Robin Levin, MD, MBA, Scientific Review Officer, Peer Review and Science Management, SRA International

Overview.
C PR S
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(57:36minutes)
Health Behavior Research Kathleen Harrington, PhD, MPH Associate Professor, School of Medicine UAB

Basic theories of health behavior, including behavioral factors , uses of health behavior research, and health behavior research study design, and comparison of behavioral vs. medical intervention.
C R S
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(39:48 minutes)
Imaging to Understand Chronic Exercise and Impact Kimberly Wood, PhD, Neurology Research Fellow

A closer look at a clinical trial using brain imaging to collect data on the impact of chronic exercise in Parkinson's Disease.
C R S
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(1:45 minutes)
Incorporating Prehabilitation in Pre-Operative Care for Veterans Melanie Morris, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

Overview of prehabilitation, readmission following surgery, and results to date of pilot project.
C PR S
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(1:00:04 hours)
Informed Consent Tiffany Grimes, RN, BSN Research Nurse Coordinator CCTS and CRSP

The ins and outs of why informed consent is so important, including consent process versus document, hindrances to informed consent, and opportunities for improvement.
C R S
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(18:14 minutes)
IRB Process Nancy Stansfield, RN, MSN, CIP, the University of Alabama at Birmingham

Review of human subjects research protections and the process by which research is vetted to ensure human subjects protections.
C R S
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(1:26:14 hours)
Managing a Study Bari Cotton, RN, BA, MA SAE/PD Coordinator for the Collaborative Antiviral Study Unit Research Nurse Coordinator

Explanation of key startup activities, time management, and working with ancillary departments.
C PR S
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(32:02 minutes)
Monitoring and Audits Meredith Fitz-Gerald, RN, MSN CCTS Nurse Research Manager at UAB

Overview of clinical trials monitoring, types of monitoring, and review of regulations governing monitoring.
C R S
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(26:56 minutes)
Optimizing Rehabilition After Total Knee Replacement in a Changing Healthcare Arena Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, PT, PhD, Professor Physical Therapy, University of Colorado

Discusses translating rehabilitation work from a research setting to real-world clinical practice.
C R S
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(47:01 minutes)
Organizational Codes of Conduct and Conflicts of Interest in Research Katie Crenshaw, University Compliance Coordinator, UAB

Overview of research codes of conduct, common elements, what conflicts are, and ways to meet code of conduct expectations.
C R S
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(24:33 minutes)
Patient-Centered Medication Adherence Research: Research Done Differently Penny Mohr, MA, Senior Project Officer, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Initiative

PCORI researcher discusses comparative effectiveness trials and medication adherence from the patient perspective.
C R S
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(26:49 minutes)
Physical Activity and Multiple Sclerosis: What We've Learned Robert Motl, PhD, REACT Mobile Technology Laboratory Director, Professor, UAB School of Health Professions

Overview of research into how physical activity can be used and tested in the multiple sclerosis patient.
C PR S
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(1:04:08 hours)
Pre-Study Activities, Where Do I Start? Carla Perna, Administrative Director, REACT Center, MR3 Network, UAB Center for Exercise Medicine

Overview of considerations and activities that should take place before starting a clinical trial.
C R S
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(59:00 minutes)
Prevention and Treatment of Missing Data in Clinical Trials Scott Emerson, MD, PhD, Professor of Biostatistics, University of Washington

Overview of the various estimates that might be addressed in a clinical trial so as to account for the eventuality of missing data; an approach to defining sensitivity analyses that first defines a missing at random (MAR) mechanism, and then explores a spectrum of departures that encompass relevant missing not at random (MNAR) models.
C R S
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(1:03:27 hours)
Quality Assurance, Quality Control, and Management of CRFs and Source Documents Karen Savage, RN, CCRC, UAB

Definition of source documents (eg. case report forms), creating completing, and managing case report forms.
C R S
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(6:00 minutes)
Recruitment and Retention Joey Richardson, RN, CCRC, UAB

Identification of common recruitment/retention barriers, and advertising guidelines for recruitment of participants.
C R S
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(41:37 minutes)
Regulatory Training Program Susan Branscum, CCRP, UAB Regulatory Manager

Introduction to essential regulatory documents required to conducted a clinical trial and the sources requiring these documents.
C R S
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(31:19minutes)
Research Training Program Shelia Moore, BS, Director of Clinical Studies, Birmingham VA Medical Center

General overview of human subjects research and an explanation of the human subjects research process .
C R S
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(48:10 minutes)
Serious Adverse Event Reporting Leigh Powell, MSN, BSN, RN, CCRC, Research Nurse Coordinator, UAB

Review purpose of clinical trial serious adverse event reporting process and procedures.
C R S
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(38:58 minutes)
So You Want to Design a Clinical Trial Gary Cutter, PhD, Co-Director, REACT, Professor of Biostatistics, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Review introductory concepts of clinical trials; purpose, design, implementation and evaluation along with examples and controversies of clinical trial design.
C R
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(7:55 minutes)
Study Closeout Tiffany Grimes, RN, BSN, Research Nurse Coordinator, UAB CCTS

Review purpose of clinical trial closeout process and procedures to close a study.
C R S
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(17:57 minutes)
Clinical Trials Design
Course Faculty & Description Audience Presentation
Adherence: An NIH Perspective Michael Stirratt, PhD, NIMH Division of AIDS Research

An NIH researcher discusses treament adherence in clinical trials; includes discussion on NIH Adherence Network.
C R S
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(31:01 minutes)
Comparative Effectiveness Research and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research: T2 Research and Beyond Kenneth Saag, MD, MSC, Director, REACT Promotion & Dissemination

Overview of T2 Research, domains of comparative effectiveness research (CER) and patient cetnered outcomes research (PCOR).
C R S
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(1:07:55 hours)
Design of Pilot Studies David Redden, PhD, Professor, Biostatistics, UAB School of Public Health

Overview of how to design a pilot study from a biostatistics point of view.
C R S
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(1:19:09 hours)
Introduction to Device Studies Cynthia Joiner, PhD, MPH, MSN, RN Assistant Professor, Cardiovascular Disease

Overview of clinical trials using medical devices including defining devices, the regulatory pathway, and nuances of device studies.
C R S
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(23.39 minutes)
Life-Space Assessment Cynthia Brown, PT, MD, MSPH, REACT Coinvestigator

Examine mobility and LSA. Use the WHO International Classification of Functioning. Provide an overview of the concepts of activities and participation. Describe methods for measuring these two domains including the UAB Study of Aging LSA.
C PR S
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(11:43 minutes)
Method for Testing/Training Cardiorespiratory Fitness of Individuals with Gait and Balance Disability Christopher Hurt, PhD Assistant Professor, UAB Department of Physical Therapy

Describing a novel way to deliver exercise testing and training for an individual's gait and balance disabilities, demonstrating validation data on the training method, presenting a new device to deliver exercise training.
C R S
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(41:03 minutes)
Pitfalls in RRMS and Progressive Clinical Trials in MS Gary Cutter, PhD, Co-Director, REACT, Professor of Biostatistics, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Overview of pragmatic clinical trial study design.
C R S
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(44:30 minutes)
Pragmatic Clinical Trials Kenneth Saag, MD, MSC, Director, REACT Promotion & Dissemination

Review introductory concepts of clinical trials; purpose, design, implementation and evaluation along with examples and controversies of clinical trial design.
C R S
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(6:50 minutes)
Remarkable Anti-Aging Effects of Aerobic Exercise on Arteries Douglas Seals, PhD, University of Colorado, Boulder Department of Integrative Physiology UCEM Distinguished Lecture Series

Lecture on study of role of aerobic exercise on vascular aging, with details on large elastic artery function, endothelial function, and vascluar protection.
C R S
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(52.26 minutes)
Incorporation of Biologic Mechanisms into Clinical Trials
Course Faculty & Description Audience Presentation
Inter-individual Response Heterogeneity Marcas Bamman, PHD, REACT Director

Overview of inter-individual response heterogeneity in rehabilitation trials, examples of participant responses, and understanding what the respones mean.
C R S
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(12:48 minutes)
mHealth, PROS, and Biosensors James Curtis, MD, MPH, REACT Collaborator

Overview of mobile health, patient reported outcomes, and biosensors and their use in rehabilitation research.
C R S
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(15:06 minutes)
Walking as Important Outcome in Medical Rehabilitation Research Robert Motl, PhD, REACT Mobile Technology Laboratory Director, Professor, UAB School of Health Professions

A closer look at the importance of walking as a measurable outcome in medical rehab research.
C PR S
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(11:26 minutes)
Shake Algorithm vs. Smartphone Pedometers James Willig, PhD, PhD, REACT Collaborator

Performance of the shake algorithm versus the pedometers found in smartphones for accuracy in clinical trials..
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(13:11 minutes)