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Hello MR3 Community! 

Welcome to the June 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, Inclusion, and Accessibility resource page for rehabilitation researchers. Please visit the DEIA 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.

Register for our Second Annual Scientific Retreat, "Rehabilitation Clinical Trials: Innovations, Designs, and Tribulations" coming your way, virtually, September 29-30, 2022!

Visit the MR3 Network website for more information and to register.

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 Awardees and Scholars


LeaRRn has accepted 8 new Learning Health System Scholars and is currently reviewing applications for pilot awards. The Learning Health Systems (LHS) Scholar Program partners rehabilitation researchers with health system stakeholders for a 12-month period to prepare for research or a quality improvement project on a priority topic identified by the health system
Learn more about the LHS scholars on the LeaRRn Webpage.

Matt Briggs, PT, DPT, Ph.D., AT
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Orthopaedics
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
LHS Scholar, Cleveland Clinic

Natalie Douglas, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Associate Professor
Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders,
Central Michigan University
LHS Scholar, Intermountain Healthcare

Jessica Edelstein Ph.D., OTR/L
Occupational Therapist and Postdoctoral Fellow,
Department of Occupational Therapy
Colorado State University
LHS Scholar, University of Pittsburgh Rehabilitation Network

Chih-Ying “Cynthia” Li, OTR, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & Clinician-Researcher
Department of Occupational Therapy
University of Texas Medical Branch

Corey Morrow, Ph.D., MOT, OTR/L
Assistant Professor and Doctoral Capstone Coordinator
Whitworth University

Rachel Prusynski, Ph.D., DPT, NCS
Assistant Professor
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
University of Washington
LHS Scholar, BAYADA Home Health Care

Megan Schliep, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, MPH
Assistant Professor
Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders,
MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston
LHS Scholar, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PMR)

Jennifer Weaver, Ph.D., OTR/L, CBIS
Assistant Professor
Department of Occupational Therapy
Colorado State University
LHS Scholar, UPMC Innovative Homecare Solutions (UIHS)


Our pilot project program supports rehabilitation neuroscience research that utilizes neuromodulatory methods/technologies. Projects must represent a new direction for the PI and/or an innovative application of neuromodulation. Our goal is to promote the growth of neuromodulation for rehabilitation research by providing resources and expertise towards the development of projects that will be sustainable through extramural funding mechanisms.

The NC NM4R congratulates the following 2022 Pilot Project Awardees. 
Learn more about the awardees and their projects on the NC NM4R webpage.

Victor Duenas, Ph.D. | Operant Conditioning of Loading Response During Locomotion in People After Stroke
College of Engineering and Computer Science, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Syracuse University

John Kindred, Ph.D. | Effects of tDCS on Post-Stroke Fatigue and Inflammation
College of Health Professions
Medical University of South Carolina

Thorsten Rudroff, Ph.D. | tDCS Treatment of Post-COVID-19 Fatigue
Department of Health and Human Physiology
Integrative Neurophysiology Laboratory
University of Iowa 

Andrew Quesada Tan, Ph.D. |  Examining the Relationship Between Changes in Corticospinal Excitability and Motor Learning after Acute Intermittent Hypoxia in Persons with Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury
Integrative Physiology
University of Colorado, Boulder

Amanda Therrien, Ph.D. | Motor Learning after Cerebellar Damage: The Role of the Primary Motor Cortex
Albert Einstein Healthcare Network
Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute


Conferences and Webinars


Annual Regenerative Medicine Essentials Summer Course and Regenerative Medicine Foundation Stem Cell Summit : June 6-11, 2022

“WFIRM's one-week virtual course, co-led with RMF, taught by prominent experts, provides a comprehensive foundation in this exciting field through lectures, special presentations, interactive panels, and networking.” AR3T will be hosting the AR3T Regenerative Rehabilitation Session, Tuesday, June 7 from 3pm to 4:35pm EST featuring Eda Yildirim-Ayan PhD, Marian Hettiaratchi PhD, Spencer Szczesny PhD, Franklin West PhD, & Amrita Sahu PhD.
Learn more about this summit on the Wake Forest School of Medicine webpage.

9th Annual International Symposium on Regenerative Rehabilitation

The 9th Annual International Symposium on Regenerative Rehabilitation will be held October 27-29, 2022 in Austin, TX. Registration and more details coming soon.



Webinar: Scientific Rationale for the Use of Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) Paired with Rehabilitation for Stroke

Dr. Steven Wolf will be leading this webinar, June 22, 2022 at 5:00 PM, EST. This talk will be free to attend. Steven L. Wolf, Ph.D., PT, FAPTA, FAHA, FASNR, is a physical therapist and neuroscientist who has spent over 5 decades studying the development of novel interventions and the mechanisms underlying their utility for improving upper extremity function and gait among stroke survivors and postural control in older adults who experience frequent falls. He is a professor and Director of Research within the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Division of Physical Therapy and a professor in the Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine. He also is an associate professor in the Department of Cell Biology and a professor of elder care in the School of Nursing. He is a senior scientist at the Atlanta VA Center for Visual and Neurocognitive Rehabilitation. 

Register for this C-PROGRESS webinar here.



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 19 webinars available in the Academy library. The following are those most recently released:

COURSE 1: Course Highlights for Wearable Sensors in Rehabilitation: Tracking for the Future.

A variety of wearable sensors are available to measure data from individuals needing or who will need rehabilitation. These data may be used to measure outcomes associated with movements, muscle activation, vital signs, and more. While there is no shortage of devices, it is confusing to know when and how to use them in clinical populations to answer clinical and research questions. To use wearable sensors effectively to obtain data that is meaningful and relevant, judgments must be made about which devices to use, where to place them, how to configure them, what types of data to collect, and when to make the measurements.

This "highlights" offering includes sessions from the 2021 C-STAR course "Wearable Sensors in Rehabilitation: Tracking for the Future," and explores basic principles of using wearable sensors to effectively measure biometrics such as muscle health, movement, and vital signs in a rehabilitation population. Facilitators review how common wearable sensors work and what they measure, and research/clinical applications where wearable sensors were actively employed using IMU or EMG features.

Non-Invasive Electrical Stimulation for Spinal Cord Injury and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

This webinar is led by Dr. Noam Harel, MD, PhD, Staff Physician, James J. Peters VA Medical Center; Associate Professor, Departments of Neurology and Rehabilitation & Human Performance, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Both spinal cord injury (SCI) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) result in a mixture of damaged and spared circuits with the spinal cord. Electrically stimulating spared neural circuits increases neural plasticity, which can provide a route toward improved function. Dr. Harel will discuss advances made in understanding how electrical stimulation can increase spinal cord excitability and enhance the body’s response to signals descending from the brain.

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

This webinar is led by Dr. Milos R. Popovic, PhD, PEng, Director KITE Research Institute, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network Professor, Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto.

Dr. Popovic present 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. The results of Phase II randomized control trials are presented, which were pivotal for this technology to become a commercially viable product. At the end of the lecture, Dr. Popovic speaks about the commercialization efforts involved in getting this therapy and turning it into a product, better known as MyndMove.




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. Our Fall 2022 Webinar series speakers can be found here - we invite you to subscribe to our mailing list to be notified when registration is available.

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.  



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.

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.

Open Source Materials


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 



NIH News and Updates

Rehabilitation 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 May edition includes upcoming events and notices and funding opportunities from the NIH.

View the May 31st edition of this newsletter and subscribe here.
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