Through basic, translational, and clinical research, NCMRR fosters development of scientific knowledge needed to enhance the health, productivity, independence, and quality of life of people with physical disabilities.
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, 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.
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Learn more about the center's National Advisory Board on Medical Rehabilitation Research, which meets twice a year to discuss NCMRR's portfolio and research directions.
Check out the NCMRR-led NIH Research Plan on Rehabilitation (PDF 1.5 MB), which outlines the conduct, support, and coordination of medical rehabilitation research across NIH.
- Ableism in Medicine and Clinical Research: In 2023, NCMRR sponsored this 2-day workshop to examine awareness activities and research opportunities to mitigate the effect of ableism in clinical care and the biomedical and behavioral research enterprise. Visit the meeting page to access recordings of both days of the workshop.
- Medical Rehabilitation Research Speaker Series: Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology: This third session in the series featured NCMRR grantees Martina Mancini, Ph.D., and Lynn Worobey, Ph.D., D.P.T., A.T.C., presenting their advances in the fields of assistive and rehabilitation technology.
- Rehabilitation Research 2020: Envisioning a Functional Future: NCMRR co-sponsored this conference in 2020 to highlight advances in rehabilitation research and to help inform the revision of the NIH Plan on Rehabilitation. Visit the meeting page to read the conference summary and access the conference videos.
- NCMRR-Related NICHD News