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, stimulation, and neuroengineering approaches, exercise, motor training, and behavioral modifications; pediatric 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. Minutes from these meetings are posted for public review, and sections of the meeting are open to the public.
NCMRR supports the NICHD Director in the development of a comprehensive plan for the conduct and support of medical rehabilitation research. The Rehabilitation Research Plan will identify current medical rehabilitation research activities at NIH, opportunities and needs for additional research, and priorities for this research. Development of this plan is underway with planned opportunities for public comment planned for late 2015 and early 2016. Please continue to check this site to learn more.
- Mobile Health in Rehabilitation Webinar (Hosted by the Boston Rehabilitation Outcomes Center) http://www.bu.edu/bostonroc/training/mobilehealth/
- 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:
Neural constraints on learning
Patrick T. Sadtler, Kristin M. Quick, Matthew D. Golub, Steven M. Chase, Stephen I. Ryu, Elizabeth C. Tyler-Kabara, Byron M. Yu & Aaron P. Batista. Nature 512, 423–426 (28 August 2014) http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v512/n7515/full/nature13665.html
- 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.