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Hello MR3 Community! 

Welcome to the April 2022 edition of the MR3 Network e-News, featuring the latest news, training and funding opportunities, and other announcements from the MR3 Network. Visit us to learn more about the latest in medical rehabilitation and share this newsletter with your friends and colleagues. Please also note the fast approaching deadlines for upcoming funding opportunities.

The MR3 Network has been working on the creation of a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion resource page for rehabilitation researchers. Please visit the DEI pages to read our statement on health disparities, and to find resources including initiatives, webinars, and additional information that may be useful to the rehabilitation research community. These pages are constantly evolving. Thus, we welcome your input and encourage you to let us know of additional content for consideration.

We are excited to announce our Second Annual Scientific Retreat, "Rehabilitation Clinical Trials: Innovations, Designs, and Tribulations" coming your way September 29-30, 2022!

Visit the MR3 Network website to view the call for abstracts and submission form. Stay tuned for upcoming information!

Table of Contents

Pilot Grants and Funding Opportunities

Conferences and Webinars

Podcasts and Other Media

NIH News and Updates
Pilot Grants and Funding Opportunities

Pilot Project Request for Applications


C-STAR Pilot Project Funding Open for Applications!

C-STAR is looking for clinicians, scientists and engineers early in their professional careers with innovative ideas for the use of technology in rehabilitation research.

C-STAR will fund four projects per year. Each project may receive up to $25,000 in direct costs that must be expended within 12-months of study start date. Awardees will also receive mentorship from top leaders in engineering, clinical, outcomes and implementation science research.
Pilot Project Application Deadlines
4/22/22 Letter of Intent Due
5/16/22 Applicants will be notified whether to submit a full proposal
7/1/22 Full Proposals Due
7/29/22 Pilot Project Awardees Announced
10/1/22 Earliest Pilot Project Start Date*
*Pending submission approval and completion of all post award documentation
If interested, please visit the C-STAR website for details and submit your letter of intent.


The American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) has partnered with the C-PROGRESS to fund multiple grants, up to $25,000 USD each! Areas of research should focus on topics related to cerebral palsy.

Research grant funding supports high-quality, clinical research projects/programs. The award may be used to fund planning for a project or to complete a small research project of high impact in any area relevant to the AACPDM’s mission. The successful applicant will have a commitment to and track record in childhood-onset disability research.

Submission deadline: Friday, April 15, 2022
Applications must be submitted online here. 
For more information please visit the AACPDM website.


Other Funding Opportunities


JoVE Methods Collection

A special JoVE Methods Collection on translational and pre-clinical mechanotherapy techniques used to study health and disease in animal models is accepting manuscripts to be included in this special issue. AR3T will provide additional funding support of up to $2,000 towards open access publication costs for each accepted manuscript. Please contact for more information. View the collection here.

Conferences and Webinars


Orthobiologics & Regenerative Medicine Webinar Series

Led by the AAP’s Resident/ Fellow Council and AR3T, this webinar series’ aims to provide comprehensive education for physicians-in-training and physiatrists interested in regenerative rehabilitation, while reducing stigma, misinformation, and encouraging responsible advancements for the regenerative field.

Register here for the LAST webinar to be held Tuesday, April 5, 2022 @ 7:00PM EST!



Precision Neuroscience Conference
May 25 – 27, 2022 in Roanoke, VA
Advancing neuroscience-based precision medicine and hosted every two years, the conference attracts 200+ neuroscientists, resident and attending physicians, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students.

Attend the 2022 three-day conference for just $275 for regular attendees and $75 USD for graduate students.

Learn more on the Precision Neuroscience website.


New C-STAR Webinars Available for Free Viewing

Our highly collaborative scientists and clinicians will share their knowledge, experience and technical and clinical know-how with you to provide training and enhance expertise across the field of rehabilitation research and practice. You will find sixteen webinars available in the Academy library. The following are those most recently released:

MyndMove: How Functional Electrical Stimulation Therapy for Reaching and Grasping Can be Used to Overcome Paralysis.

This webinar is led by Milos R. Popovic, PhD, Institute Director - KITE, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute - University Health Network and Tenured Professor, University of Toronto. In this lecture, Dr. Popovic presented a Functional Electrical Stimulation Therapy for reaching and grasping, which does not belong to a typical “garden variety” neuroprostheses that one can commonly find discussed in the literature. In the literature, the neuroprostheses for grasping are used to replace and substitute function, and patients are expected to depend on these devices their entire lives to reach and grasp objects. This lecture will showcase a neuroprosthetic application, better known as Functional Electrical Stimulation Therapy, which is aimed at restoring voluntary arm and hand function after severe stroke and spinal cord injury, instead of making the users depend on technology to perform reaching and grasping. In the lecture, the results of Phase II randomized control trials will be presented, which were pivotal for this technology to become a commercially viable product. At the end of the lecture, I will talk about the commercialization efforts involved in getting this therapy and turning it into a product, better known as MyndMove.

Promising Features of Future Robot-Aided Therapy

This webinar is led by Robert Reiner, PhD, Full Professor for Sensory-Motor Systems, Department of Health Sciences and Technology, ETH Zurich; Full Professor of Medicine, Spinal Cord Injury Center, Balgrist University Hospital, University of Zurich.

Robots can be very useful to restore upper and lower limb movement abilities of individuals with neurological or orthopedic lesions. However, current mechatronic solutions are still too bulky, and their sensory technologies and control strategies are still too primitive to support the correct motion and motion intention. Furthermore, they still require a lot of effort, labor and/or surveillance by a human therapist. Consequently, the use of the robots is less intensive than it could be, and robots are not yet broadly accepted by patients and medical staff. Therefore, we need to change the function and use of the rehabilitation robots to increase acceptability, therapy outcome and, eventually, quality of life of those who require physio or occupational therapy. For example, novel devices should provide effective assist-as-needed support and become more convenient and easier to use by both patients and therapists. In this talk Dr. Reiner presented new technical features and ideas that may improve the rehabilitation of arm movements and gait.





Register Now for the Virtual Institute, "Rehabilitation Payment Models: Innovation, Research, Policy" on June 21 & 23, 2022.

This institute will include discussion of Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) / Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), Bundled Payment, Quality Measures, Alternative Payment Models, Future Research, and more. The Keynote will be provided by Robert Kaplan, PhD, Distinguished Research Professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and Adjunct Professor at the Stanford School of Medicine, Clinical Excellence Research Center. Registration is complimentary but required.


LeaRRn's Webinar series has concluded for the year. You can view all of LeaRRn's archived events here and listen to webinars from our first season on LeaRRn's podcast here.

APPLIED LEARRNING CASES LeaRRn is pleased to introduce a new resource called Applied LeaRRning Cases, which provide examples of how rehabilitation researchers have used Learning Health Systems (LHS) research competencies in real world settings. Each Applied LeaRRning case includes: an Applied LeaRRning Case description, an accompanying presentation video, curated resources to deepen LeaRRning, and links to related topics in the LeaRRn Resource Database.  Click here to access our first Applied LeaRRning Case on Improvement & Implementation Science presented by Dr. Gerard Brennan, PT, PhD, FAPTA.  




Current Topics in Transcranial Electrical Stimulation (tES) Spring Workshop,
June 1-2, 2022

Join the NC NM4R for the upcoming Spring Workshop focused on Current Topics in Transcranial Electrical Stimulation (tES). The workshop will be offered in a hybrid format with in-person participation on Medical University of South Carolina's campus in Charleston, SC and online live-streaming via Zoom. In-person registration will be limited on a first-come, first-served basis. Stay tuned for upcoming information about this workshop including more registration information!

2021-2022 Speaker Series

This series will explore diverse neuromodulation methods with a focus on rehabilitation. Researchers and clinicians of all career stages (including students and fellows), who are interested in neuromodulation and novel rehabilitation techniques, are invited. At each meeting, a speaker will present a topic, study, or grant proposal relating to the improvement of rehabilitation techniques through the use of neuromodulation. The attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions, exchange ideas and opinions, and develop informal discussions. This monthly meeting aims to present innovative ideas and cutting-edge methods for clinicians and researchers. 

Learn more about the speaker series and view upcoming events, here.


This Speaker Series will continue with Til Ole Bergmann, Ph.D., and Umair Hassan, presenting “The BEST Toolbox: Increasing Objectivity, Reliability, and Reproducibility in Non-invasive Brain Stimulation Research” on Wednesday, April 6th at 12 PM Eastern.

Register on the Speaker Series Webpage.



Webinar on Estimating Energy Expenditure Using Wearables: We are pleased to announce our upcoming webinar with Patrick Slade from Stanford University. He will present an overview of an algorithm that can provide real-time estimates of energy expenditure during common steady-state and time-varying activities with substantially lower error than state-of-the-art methods. In the second part of the webinar, Dr. Slade will guide participants through a hands-on tutorial on applying the algorithm to data acquired from inertial measurement units (IMUs). This event is held jointly with the Mobilize Center on Wednesday, May 4th, 2022, at 9:00 AM Pacific TimeRegister now | Paper 


Dataset of Upper-Body Motion from Individuals during Rehabilitation Post-Stroke: Heidi Schambra, Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology at NYU, has made available an upper-body motion dataset of 55 rehabilitating stroke patients. Data was acquired using inertial measurement units (IMUs) and includes movements with both the paretic and non-paretic arm. The data are labeled with functional primitives, such as reach and transport (Shambra et al., 2019). The Restore Center encourages and supports researchers in making their study data accessible. Download data | Learn more 



Podcasts and Other Media


Orthobiologics & Regenerative Medicine Podcast Series

Led by the AAP’s Resident/ Fellow Council and AR3T, this podcast series’ aims to provide comprehensive education for physicians-in-training and physiatrists interested in regenerative rehabilitation, while reducing stigma, misinformation, and encouraging responsible advancements for the regenerative field. Click here to listen to podcasts featuring Dr. Michael Boninger (U. of Pittsburgh) or Dr. Kenneth Mautner (Emory U.).


LeaRRn has launched a podcast! This new podcast is an opportunity to explore our educational content about Learning Health Systems and rehabilitation research, and to hear more about our funding opportunities and programs.

Click here to stream from our website or subscribe on PodBean.

NIH News and Updates

Neuromod Prize

The Neuromod Prize is a SPARC (Stimulating Peripheral Activity to Relieve Conditions) initiative from NIH that is accelerating the development of targeted neuromodulation therapies. The competition seeks groundbreaking uses of peripheral nerve stimulation that can independently regulate two or more desired autonomic functions without unintended effects on non-target organs. At the discretion of NIH, additional competition phases may follow Phase 1. The first phase calls on scientists, engineers, and clinicians to submit novel concepts and plans for development. 

The competition is open to U.S. participants, subject to eligibility requirements. Phase 1 participants will submit concept papers describing their proposed therapeutic approaches, their plans for conducting proof-of-concept studies, their rationales for therapeutic use, and their expectations for clinical impact.
Submissions are due by 4:59 p.m. EDT on April 28.

Explore the Neuromod Prize resource hub to learn more about present and emerging methods for bioelectronic medicine, research tools, clinical translation, and target performance considerations. 

Learn more about the Neuromod Prize here.

Rehab Research Newsletter

The Rehabilitation Research Newsletter is delivered bi-monthly to subscribers from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The November edition includes upcoming events and notices and funding opportunities from the NIH.

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