Members Appointed to Blue Ribbon Medical Rehabilitation Research Panel

Thirteen scientists have been appointed to a blue ribbon panel that will review medical rehabilitation research at the National Institutes of Health.

The panel was convened as a result of discussions between the medical rehabilitation research community, NIH Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., and NICHD Director, Alan E. Guttmacher, M.D.

Within the National Institutes of Health, the NICHD’s National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR) supports research needed to enhance the health, productivity, independence, and quality-of-life of people with disabilities. Other NIH Institutes and centers also support and conduct research relevant to medical rehabilitation in carrying out their respective missions.

“The panel will conduct a landmark surveillance of rehabilitation science within the NCMRR and across the NIH to identify the most promising research opportunities, Dr. Guttmacher said.

The panel will be co chaired by a member of the National Advisory Child Health and Human Development Council and by a member of the NCMRR Advisory Board, and will report their results to the NICHD Director. A listing of the panel members is available at http://


About the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

The NICHD sponsors research on development, before and after birth; maternal, child, and family health; reproductive biology and population issues; and medical rehabilitation. For more information, visit the Institute’s Web site at

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