Through basic, translational, and clinical research, the NCMRR aims to foster development of scientific knowledge needed to enhance the health, productivity, independence, and quality-of-life of people with physical disabilities. The NCMRR supports research on the following topics: pathophysiology and management of chronically injured nervous and musculoskeletal systems (including stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and orthopedic conditions); repair and recovery of motor and cognitive function; functional plasticity, adaptation, and windows of opportunity for rehabilitative interventions; rehabilitative strategies involving pharmaceutical and neuroengineering approaches, exercise, motor training, and behavioral modifications; pediatric critical care and rehabilitation; secondary conditions associated with chronic disabilities; improved diagnosis, assessment, and outcome measures; and development of orthotics, prosthetics, and other assistive technologies and devices.
The NCMRR has its own National Advisory Board on Medical Rehabilitation Research that meets twice a year to discuss the Center's portfolio and research directions.
The NIH recently convened a Blue Ribbon Panel to evaluate rehabilitation research at the NCMRR, the NICHD, and across the NIH. Blue Ribbon Panel on Rehabilitation Research at the NIH (PDF - 528 KB) provides details of the Panel's findings.
- From the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
The FDA is working with the NCMRR and others on medical device development to ensure the safety and effectiveness of devices. For more information, consult one of the following resources:
- Webinar: New Research Tools for Exploring Disability and Rehabilitation Related Datasets
Wednesday, February 20, 2013; 2:00 PM to 03:00 PM EST
This presentation will introduce two innovative web-based resources:
This webinar is designed to help researchers learn: What datasets related to disability and rehabilitation are out there? What topics are covered in each dataset? What are the dataset strengths and limitations? How can researchers access the datasets? The tools were developed by the Employment and Disability Institute at Cornell University in collaboration with the Center for Rehabilitation Research using Large Datasets (CRRLD) at University of Texas Medical Branch. This work was funded by the NICHD and is part of the Medical Rehabilitation Research Infrastructure Network (Grant # R24 HD065702).
- Center Publication:
The proceedings from the NCMRR 20th Anniversary Symposium are now available. Read the speakers' presentations to learn more about the establishment and early years of the NCMRR as well as the important contributions that the Center has made to the medical rehabilitation field and to improving the health and quality of life of children and adults with disabilities. Visit http://www.nichd.nih.gov/ncmrr20th to access the proceedings.
- Center-supported resource:
Medical Rehabilitation Research Infrastructure Network
This network of centralized research infrastructure assists young faculty at the formative stage of their careers. Seven centers across the country provide state-of-the-art research facilities, mentorship, pilot grants, and other opportunities particularly relevant to rehabilitation researchers. The Network offers a broad range of expertise, including molecular/cellular biology, muscle physiology and function, biomechanical modeling, bioengineering and robotics, outcomes measures, analysis of large administrative and research datasets, and translation and commercialization of research.
- NCMRR supported research finding:
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Clinical Trials Network
Timmons, SD, Bee, T, Webb, S, Diaz-Arrastia, RR, & Hesdorffer, D. (2011). Using the abbreviated injury severity and Glasgow Coma Scale scores to predict 2-week mortality after traumatic brain injury. J Trauma. Nov;71(5):1172-8. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22071922
- Center-related research:
NICHD-supported researcher and National Advisory Board on Medical Rehabilitation Research member Todd Kuiken, M.D., Ph.D., talks about his innovative work with neural prosthetics.
- Funding Opportunity Announcements:
- Orthotics for Healthy Development (STTR) (R41)
Application Receipt Date(s): July 31, 2013
- Orthotics for Pediatric Populations (SBIR) (R43)
Application Receipt Date(s): July 31, 2013
- Health Promotion for Children With Physical Disabilities Through Physical Activity and Diet: Developing An Evidence Base (R01)