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Hello MR3 Community! 

Welcome to the October 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.


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The Retreat Planning Committee and the MR3 National Coordinating Center would like to thank all of the Keynotes, Speakers, and Session Moderators for this year’s highly successful retreat.

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As soon as the closed caption talks are complete and added to the website, we will send a dedicated message notifying you of their availability.


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.

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


Collaborative Mentorship Funding Opportunity
The Collaborative Mentorship Funding Program provides junior faculty and early-career rehabilitation researchers with mentoring and career advancement guidance from senior scientists and clinicians at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.

We are thrilled to share our recent awardees and their research interests!

Justin Huber, MD, MSc | Assessing Real-World Upper Extremity Performance in Stroke Survivors
University of Kentucky 

Tanner Thorsen, PhD Application of Wearable Smart Garment and Influence of Cycling Cadence Training on Gait Parameters in Older Adults at Risk of Falling 
The University of Southern Mississippi 

Gu Eon Kang, PhD Leveraging Wearable Sensors and Digital Technology to Assess Functional Outcomes and Cognitive Outcomes in Patients with Diabetic Foot Ulcers 
The University of Texas at Dallas 

Samuel Nemanich, PhD, MSCI | Validity and Reliability of Mobile-based Technology to Assess Children’s Motor Skills 
Marquette University

Ayse Torres, PhD, CRC, LMHC Augmented Reality Enhanced Supported Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 
Florida Atlantic University 

Other Funding Announcements


We have updated our funding options!
Applicants are now able to select from 3 different options for mentorship funding: customary mentorship including 20% salary support for up to 6 months, traditional extended sabbatical, or visiting scholar travel funds with scientific collaboration.
Learn more about C-STAR Collaborative Mentorship Funding 
Next cycle application opening December 15, 2022



Funding Opportunities
Now accepting applications for the Learning Health System Scholars Program. Review the Request for Applications and list of participating health systems, view the updated informational webinar, and peruse the FAQ page to learn more about the opportunity. Letters of Intent are due November 14, 2022.
You can hear testimonies from previous LeaRRn LHS Scholars along with previous webinars on the LeaRRn podcast.

Conferences and Webinars


9th Annual International Symposium on Regenerative RehabilitationJoin us for the 9th Annual International Symposium on Regenerative Rehabilitation, to be held October 27-29 in Austin, TX! Now in its 9th year, this symposium is the largest medical and scientific conference specific to Regenerative Rehabilitation in the world and brings together renowned experts in the fields of regenerative medicine and rehabilitation.

This year’s featured speakers include, Theresa A. Jones, PhD (University of Texas at Austin)Karunesh Ganguly, MD, PhD (University of California, San Francisco)Conor Walsh, PhD (Harvard University)William R. Wagner, PhD (University of Pittsburgh), and José del R. Millán, PhD (University of Texas at Austin)

Join us in discovering integrated methods to enhance tissue healing and regeneration through mechanotransduction and applied biophysics, as well as how these approaches relate to the application of clinically available rehabilitation approaches. Cutting-Edge Research, Trainee Opportunities, Travel Awards, Diversity Grants, Networking and More!

View the agenda and register here.




23 Free Webinars Available  
Our highly collaborative scientists and clinicians share their knowledge, experience and technical and clinical know-how to provide training and enhance expertise across the field of rehabilitation research and practice. You will find 23free webinars available in the Academy library.   

One of our newest offerings: 

Implementation Science for Rehabilitation Research & Development 
This presentation provides an overview of implementation science and user-centered design with a goal to accelerate technology uptake. It also provides examples of how to consider the ways in which clinician stakeholders can inform rehabilitation technology. It is appropriate for rehabilitation technology developers and clinical researchers. 

Dr. Miriam Rafferty is a Research Scientist and the Director of Implementation Science at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, as well as an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in the Departments of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Psychiatry & Behavioral Science. She is also an active physical therapist clinician specializing in neurologic physical therapy. Dr. Rafferty’s research uses implementation science methodology to study the implementation of evidence-based practices and novel technologies into real-world rehabilitation settings. 

Learn more about C-STAR Education and Training opportunities 

Upcoming Free Course 
Art and Science of Creating Intuitive Devices 
Course Chair: Levi Hargrove, PhD 
This one-day, virtual event will take place on January 19, 2023.  
Course registration to open soon!  



Webinar Series
Register now for our fall Webinar Series!
In October, Dr. Elena Mendez Escobar and Mr. John Goldie will present, "Health Equity Accelerator – BMC’s Approach to Health Justice" on October 7, 2022, followed by a Grand Rounds with Dr. Ericka Merriwether presenting, "Confronting Racism in Pain and Rehabilitation Research: Reframing and Reimagining Study Designs" on October 28, 2022.
In November, Dr, Julie Fritz will present, "Pragmatic and Embedded Trials: Strategies for Generating Real World Evidence" on November 14, 2022, followed by a Grand Rounds with Dr. Elizabeth Skidmore presenting, "Engaging Stakeholders and Health Systems to Optimize Pragmatic Trials" on November 30, 2022.  

LeaRRn's archived events, including our September Webinar presented by Cara C. Lewis, PhD, HSPP, and accompanying Grand Rounds presented by Catherine Quatman-Yates, PT, DPT, PhD are available for viewing.

WISH Workshop
Save the Date for the 2023 Workshop in Implementation Science and Health Services Research (WISH): Advancing Grant Writing Skills for Rehabilitation Researchers: May 16 - 18, 2023. More information forthcoming. Subscribe to our mailing list to be notified when applications open. View last year's workshop information.


Applied LeaRRning Cases
View our newest Applied LeaRRning Cases, featuring:

- Stephen Hunter, DPT, presenting, "Using Data From Clinical Information Systems To Perform Research and Improve Patient Care"

- Peter Coyle, PT, DPT, PhD, presenting, "Investigating Care Pathways Back to the Community for Stroke Survivors: A Systems Science Approach"

- Catherine Quatman-Yates, DPT, PhD presenting, "Community-FIT: A Systems Science Approach to Fall Prevention"

Applied LeaRRning cases tell the story of how rehabilitation researchers have used Learning Health Systems (LHS) research competencies in real world settings. Each includes: Applied LeaRRning Case, Accompanying Presentation Video, Curated Resources to deepen LeaRRning, and Links to the LeaRRn Resource Database.



Introductory Neuromodulation Workshop
The purpose of this workshop is to provide you with foundational knowledge including background, theory, safety, and methodology of a range of brain stimulation and operant conditioning techniques integrated with medical rehabilitation principles. We will provide a combination of lectures and laboratory demonstrations/limited hands-on participation in addition to panel discussions with our faculty centered on key rehabilitation problems. 

Monday's and Tuesday's sessions will be presented solely via Zoom. Wednesday is set aside for study of materials and for travel by in-person attendees. Those who wish to attend the virtual portion are not required to attend the in-person portion, but those who are planning on attending in-person should plan on registering and participating in the virtual portion as it is important foundational knowledge.

Learn more and register for this workshop here.

2021-2022 Speaker Series
Register for the NC NM4R Speaker Series here.
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.

Spinal Cord Plasticity in Motor Control Meeting at Neuroscience 2022
This symposium, organized by the National Center of Neuromodulation for Rehabilitation (P2C HD086844) and the National Center for Adaptive Neurotechnologies (P41 EB018783), will showcase and discuss promising neuromodulation approaches that aim to engage spinal cord plasticity for enhancing sensory and motor learning in health and disease. The targeted attendees include basic and translational research scientists, clinicians, engineers, students, and postdoctoral fellows.

Learn more and register for this symposium here.


Webinar on OpenCap for 3D Motion Analysis from Smartphone Videos: 
We are pleased to announce our upcoming webinar with Scott Uhlrich and Antoine Falisse from Stanford University. They will present an overview of OpenCap - a freely available 3D motion analysis software using videos from two smartphones. Drs. Falisse and Uhlrich will also guide participants through a tutorial of the proper set-up and calibration, tools for visualizing data collected through OpenCap, and interactive examples for performing additional analyses, such as kinematics and kinetics. This event will be held jointly with the Mobilize Center on Tuesday, October 25th, 2022, at 9:00 AM Pacific TimeRegister | OpenCap website | Paper 


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.

Other News


New Partners
LeaRRn welcomes our newest learning health system partners Spaulding Rehabilitation Network and Ivy Rehab Network. Spaulding and Ivy Rehab offer exciting new opportunities for LeaRRn’s embedded LHS researchers to focus on pediatric rehabilitation, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, burns and outcome measurement development. Ivy Rehab serves a large pediatric population and will offer opportunities for Scholars and pilot awardees to work in the area of pediatric rehabilitation. Spaulding Rehabilitation Network provides post-acute care to a variety of patient populations and will increase opportunities for our scholar and pilot programs. These health systems join eight others in our Learning Health Systems (LHS) Innovation Hub.


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

View the October 3rd edition of this newsletter and subscribe here.

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