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 Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors to fund a study to determine whether people with multiple sclerosis get as much benefit from an exercise-based rehabilitation program delivered via internet and telephone as they do when the therapy is provided in a clinic.
Motl, professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and an international expert in exercise and MS, joined the UAB team last summer from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and will play a lead role on the project.
“This study will provide the strongest evidence to date on the effectiveness of exercise-based rehabilitation for restoring function and improving symptoms in people with MS, and the possibility of delivering these programs through telerehabilitation opens up the opportunity for changing the lives of all people with MS,” Motl said. “If successful, this is a game-changer.”
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions’ James Rimmer, PhD, is the lead on the study and director of the UAB / Lakeshore Research Collaborative, where the study is headquartered. Rimmer is Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences at the UAB School of Health Professions, and was recently awarded more than $10 million for research in this area by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.