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Nov. 8, 2019

Applications now being accepted for NIH-funded T32: Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Program in Community Living and Participation (U-M ARRTP-CP)

The University of Michigan (UM) Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Program in Community Living and Participation (ARRTP-CP) will train postdoctoral fellows to advance the rehabilitation field in community living and participation by embracing research approaches and methodologies that are person-centered, community-based, and focus on optimizing participation.

Oct. 29, 2019

NCMRR Early Career Research Award (R03 Clinical Trial Optional)

The National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR) Early Career Research (ECR) Award (R03) is intended to support both basic and clinical research from rehabilitation scientists who are establishing independent research careers. The NCMRR ECR Award R03 grant mechanism supports different types of projects including secondary analysis of existing data; small, self-contained research projects; development of research methodology; translational research; outcomes research; and development of new technology. Irrespective of the type of project, the intent of the NCMRR ECR Award R03 is for the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) to obtain sufficient preliminary data for a subsequent R01 application.

Sept. 22, 2019

Vacancy Announcement - Director, National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR)

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), seeks to identify an exceptional and visionary leader to serve as the Institute’s Director of the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR).

Sept. 20, 2019

NICHD Strategic Plan 2020

This strategic plan guides the institute’s activities over the next five years. It proposes key scientific and public health priorities to advance research, methods to enhance scientific stewardship, and goals to support innovation in management practices and accountability.

Sept. 20, 2019

Applications being accepted for NIH-funded T32 Postdoctoral Training Program in Recovery and Restoration of CNS Health and Function

The goal of this multidisciplinary, multi-institutional training program based at Massachusetts General Hospital and the School of Engineering and the Carney Institute for Brain Science at Brown University, is to enhance recovery from disabling brain injuries by filling a pressing need for neuroengineers and clinician-scientists trained to leverage the computational neurosciences and to develop and test device-based and other interventions for patients.

June 26, 2019

REACT announces 2019 Pilot Studies awardees

REACT recently awarded funding to five Pilot Studies projects, bringing its total number of awardees to 19 in the past 4 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.

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 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by sharing posts about rehabilitation research achievements of its grantees.

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.

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.