REACT 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.

2018 REACT Center Pilot Studies Program Awardees

"Acute Effects of Aerobic and Resistance Exercise on Maternal Glucose Metabolism and Vascular Function in Obese Pregnancy" - W. Todd Cade, PT, PhD, Professor, Physical Therapy and Medicine Washington University

"Transcutaneous Spinal Direct Current Stimulation to Enhance Locomotion after Spinal Cord Injury" - Emily J. Fox, DPT, PhD, NCS, Research Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy University of Florida, Clinical Research Scientist, Clinical Research Center Brooks Rehabilitation

"The Immunomodulatory Response to Exercise in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease" - Harry B. Rossiter, PhD, Associate Professor, David Geffen School of Medicine Division of Critical Care Physiology and Medicine, Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

“Force-Velocity Profiling to Target Muscle Performance Interventions in Young Individuals after Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction" - Laura C. Schmitt, PT, MPT, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences Division of Physical Therapy Ohio State University

"Priming with tDCS: Expanding the Window of Recovery in Chronic Stroke Disease/rehabilitation focus area" - Gregory Thielman, PT, MSPT, ATC, EdD, Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist Professor of Physical Therapy and Neuroscience Director, Patricia Leahy Research Lab, University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, PA

2017 REACT Center Pilot Studies Program Awardees

"Mechanisms underlying exercise-induced improvement in sleep and cognition in Parkinson’s disease" - Amy Amara, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, University of Alabama at Birmingham

"Application, feasibility and acceptability of six-weeks of high intensity interval training in wheelchair users with spinal cord injury” - Alicia Koontz, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Pittsburgh

“Development of a Behavior-Based Circadian Rhythm Index in a PAD Rehabilitation Population Pilot Project” - William Kraus, MD, Professor, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Duke University

“Development of a Cognitive Reassurance Training Program on Physical Therapist and Patient Outcomes” - Jake Magel, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training, The University of Utah

"Priming the Brain for Rehabilitation: Brain Stimulation Followed by Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy in Adults with Severe Arm Paresis after Stroke" - Gitendra Uswatte, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham

2016 REACT Center Pilot Studies Program Awardees

"Smart Telehealth Exercise Intervention to Reduce COPD Readmissions" - Surya P. Bhatt, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham

"Evaluation of a Web-Based Fall Prevention Program on People with Multiple Sclerosis" - Michelle H. Cameron, MD, PT, MCR, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, Oregon Health & Science University

"Novel Rehabilitation Strategies to Improve Arm Function in Patients with Scleroderma" - Susan Murphy, ScD OTR/LA, Associate Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Michigan

"High Intensity Interval Training for Knee Osteoarthritis" - Abbie E. Smith-Ryan, PhD, FACSM, FNSCA, Assistant Professor, Department of Exercise and Sport Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill