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National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR)

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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.

Last Updated Date: 12/08/2014
Last Reviewed Date: 12/08/2014

Contact Information

Name: Dr. Alison Cernich
National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research

Phone: 301-435-7767

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