REACT Center Pilot Studies Prior Awardees

The central goal of the REACT Center Pilot Studies Program is to catalyze the success of medical rehabilitation researchers and interdisciplinary teams by providing consultation, seed funds, key expertise and resources for the conduct of innovative pilot projects, early-stage proof-of-concept studies, and futility studies needed to shape more definitive clinical trials. 

2017 REACT Center Pilot Studies Program Awardees
Investigation Academic Affiliation Project
Amy Amara, MD, PhD Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, University of Alabama at Birmingham "Mechanisms underlying exercise-induced improvement in sleep and cognition in Parkinson’s disease"
Alicia Koontz, PhD Associate Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Pittsburgh "Application, feasibility and acceptability of six-weeks of high intensity interval training in wheelchair users with spinal cord injury”
William Kraus, MD Professor, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Duke University “Development of a Behavior-Based Circadian Rhythm Index in a PAD Rehabilitation Population Pilot Project”
Jake Magel, PhD Research Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training, The University of Utah “Development of a Cognitive Reassurance Training Program on Physical Therapist and Patient Outcomes”
Gitendra Uswatte, PhD Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham "Priming the Brain for Rehabilitation: Brain Stimulation Followed by Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy in Adults with Severe Arm Paresis after Stroke"
2016 REACT Center Pilot Studies Program Awardees
Investigation Academic Affiliation Project
Surya P. Bhatt, MD Assistant Professor, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham "Smart Telehealth Exercise Intervention to Reduce COPD Readmissions"
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Michelle H. Cameron, MD, PT, MCR Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, Oregon Health & Science University "Evaluation of a Web-Based Fall Prevention Program on People with Multiple Sclerosis"
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Susan Murphy, ScD OTR/L Associate Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Michigan "Novel Rehabilitation Strategies to Improve Arm Function in Patients with Scleroderma"
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Abbie E. Smith-Ryan, PhD, FACSM, FNSCA Assistant Professor, Department of Exercise and Sport Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill "High Intensity Interval Training for Knee Osteoarthritis"
Read more about Dr. Smith-Ryan's Pilot Study