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June 18, 2019

This July, celebrate the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and learn about advances in the field!

Throughout July, the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research will celebrate the 29thanniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by sharing posts about rehabilitation research achievements of its grantees.

May 10, 2019

NIH community is seeking input on the progress so far in achieving the priorities in the NIH Research Plan on Rehabilitation

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research is inviting comments and suggestions to guide the revision of the Research Plan on Rehabilitation on behalf of the Trans NIH Medical Rehabilitation Coordinating Committee.

April 16, 2019

Get Your Applications Ready to Address the Opioid Crisis

NINDS Division of Translational Research has added an additional due date in FY19 for #NIH #HEAL Translational Devices to Treat Pain RFA's.

Jan. 11, 2019

Request for Information (RFI): NICHD Strategic Plan Fiscal Years 2020-2024

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) has launched a collaborative process to revise and update its strategic plan. The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to solicit feedback on the scientific themes, goals, and opportunities under consideration for the new NICHD strategic plan. Input is requested by February 15, 2019.

“Design for Rehabilitation – Take the Challenge” – Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) • Feb. 15 – April 15, 2019

This competition is a new event for the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) 2019 meeting in Seattle, Washington. Partner with your local engineering school and assemble a team to design and fabricate an assistive device specifically for one of your patients or for any other person who would benefit from it.

Email a short letter-of-intent to enter preferably by February 15, 2019 but no later than April 15, 2019.

Jan. 11, 2019

NIH Implementation of the Final Rule on the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (Common Rule)

The Department of Health and Human Services has updated the Common Rule for Protection of Human Subjects. This will impact specific policies and programs in NIH and implementation as of January 21, 2019, including review of the grant application by the IRB, posting of consent document, and categories of exempt research. 

Oct. 8, 2018

Tools to Investigate Sleep in Rehabilitation Research

Dr. Amy Amara, a physician-scientist in the Department of Neurology at UAB and a collaborator in REACT as well as a REACT Pilot Studies award recipient discusses research tools to measure sleep outcomes among patients with Parkinson's disease.

Sept. 10, 2018

Just Published! Medical Rehabilitation: Guidelines to Advance the Field with High-Impact Clinical Trials

The purpose of this Special Communication is to summarize guidelines and recommendations stemming from an expert panel convened by the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR) for a workshop entitled, The Future of Medical Rehabilitation Clinical Trials, held September 2016 at the NCMRR offices in Bethesda, Maryland.

July 20, 2018

SPARC Partnership Opportunity: Custom Arrangements for Device-Based Clinical Studies with Flexible Data and Intellectual Property Rights

The purpose of this Partnership Opportunity (PO) is to create customized partnerships between NIH and successful applicants to maximize the scientific impact of human device studies through the collection of research data beyond those addressing clinical health end-points.

June 19, 2018

Just Released! FY18 DOD CDMRP Program

The Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program and the Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes Research Program, managed by the office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs has just released its fiscal year 2018 funding opportunities.

June 18, 2018

REACT announces 2018 Pilot Studies awardees

REACT recently awarded funding to four Pilot Studies projects, bring its total number awardees to 13 in the past 3 years. Such funding helps catalyze success for these researchers and their teams by providing consultation, seed funds, key expertise and resources as they conduct innovative pilot projects, early-stage proof-of-concept studies, and futility studies needed to shape more definitive clinical trials.

March 15, 2018

REACT component director, Robert Motl, awarded grant for collaborative MS research center

Robert Motl, PhD, was recently awarded an National Multiple Sclerosis Society grant to address the growing number of older adults with MS and the normal age-related declines in physical and psychological functioning that are seemingly compounded by the disease and its progression.

Feb. 6, 2018

NIH announces Inclusion Across the Lifespan policy

NIH has expanded the Inclusion of Children as Participants in Clinical Research Policy to include individuals of all ages.

Dec. 21, 2017

NICHD funding opportunity: R03 in Archiving and Documenting Child Health and Human Development Data Sets

The purpose of this Notice is to announce an expansion in the scientific topics of interest for applications submitted to the NICHD in response to PAR-16-149 "Archiving and Documenting Child Health and Human Development Data Sets (R03)”.

Oct. 2, 2017

REACT investigators part of research team awarded $5.7 Million for study on exercise delivery in people with MS

Researchers studying methods of exercise delivery and the effects on people living with multiple sclerosis have been awarded $5.7 million in funding by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

Sept. 26, 2017

FDA expands its clearance for the Indego exoskeleton

Parker Hannifin Corp announces it has received expanded FDA clearance for its Indego exoskeleton, for people with spinal cord injury (SCI) levels T3 and below in home and community settings.

Sept. 12, 2017

NCATS announces awards for tissue chip for disease modeling and efficacy testing

NIH has announced 13 two-year awards to develop 3-D tissue chip research platforms that model disease and test drug efficacy prior to clinical trials. The awards represent the first phase of a 5-year initiative to help scientists better understand disease mechanisms and predict more accurately how patients will respond to specific drugs.

Aug. 1, 2017

REACT Pilot Awardee receives American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Dr. Linda K. Hall Innovation Award

Surya Bhatt, MD, a 2016 REACT Pilot awardee, has received the 2017 American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Dr. Linda K. Hall Innovation Award.

May 17, 2017

Two REACT investigators honored with 2017 Dean's Excellence Awards

Two of the 11 UAB School of Medicine 2017 Dean’s Excellence Awards were given to REACT investigators. The awards are an honor recognizing exceptional contributions made by School of Medicine faculty in service, teaching, research, diversity enhancement and mentorship.

May 17, 2017

$5.8 Million to study home-based exercise in MS awarded to team including REACT Mobile Tech Lab Director Motl

REACT Mobile Technology Laboratory Director Robert Motl, PhD, is part of a UAB/Lakeshore Foundation team awarded $5.8 million over 4 years by the PCORI Board of Governors to study whether people with multiple sclerosis get as much benefit from an exercise-based telerehabilitation program compared to therapy is provided in a clinic.

May 15, 2017

NIH-funded rehabilitation technologies receive FDA clearance

Two new technologies that assist in rehabilitation from disabilities, injuries or stroke now have Class II medical device clearance from the Food and Drug Administration.

May 1, 2017

New discovery in spinal cord injuries shows oxygen can improve blood flow and restore motor function

A new discovery at the University of Alberta will fundamentally alter how we view spinal cord function and rehabilitation after spinal cord injuries (SCI).

Aug. 3, 2016

REACT Co-Director Ken Saag named president of National Osteoporosis Foundation

Kenneth G. Saag, M.D., Jane Knight Lowe Professor of Medicine in the Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has been elected president of the Board of Trustees of the National Osteoporosis Foundation.

May 26, 2016

UAB and Southern Research joint venture to unveil first product

Following an intensive period of research and product development, the Alliance for Innovative Medical Technology — AIMTech— has quickly developed its first product. ResistX will be unveiled at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting in Boston.