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Hello MR3 Community! 

Welcome to the February 2023 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 is continuing to work on 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

Recent Publications and Other Media

NIH News and Updates
Pilot Grants and Funding Opportunities


2023 AR3T Pilot Grant RFA Opens February 8, 2023

The AR3T Pilot Funding Program supports researchers in the development of innovative, interdisciplinary Regenerative Rehabilitation research projects. AR3T is soliciting pilot grant proposals and will award up to $150,000 in this funding cycle.



Pilot Awardees Announced!

Six awardees have been selected based on the quality of their research design and innovation, potential impact on patient care, alignment with C-STAR's mission to advance technology in rehabilitation, and ability of the research team to lead efforts toward securing extramural funding.

Mark V. Albert, PhD | Pilot development and assessment of a precision gesture-to-speech system for speech-impaired individuals with limited mobility
Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering 
University of North Texas

Sameer Ashaie, PhD | Real-world assessment of mood in stroke aphasia
Research Scientist, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Shirley Ryan Affective and Emotion Rehabilitation Lab (SAfER)
Research Assistant, Professor
Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

Vasileios N. Christopoulos, PhD | Detection and characterization of motor activity in behaving infants through the use of novel ultrasonic brain imaging technology
Assistant Professor of Bioengineering 
University of California, Riverside

Brittany N Krekeler, PhD, CCC-SLP | Feasibility and Efficacy Study of Device-Facilitated Lingual Endurance Exercise in treating Post-Stroke Dysphagia
Assistant Professor, Clinician-Scientist
University of Cincinnati

Erin Meier, Ph.D., CCC-SLP | Word Retrieval in the Wild: Ecological Momentary Assessment of Naming in People with Post-Stroke Aphasia and Age-Matched Controls
Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University

Jinsook Roh, PhD | Automated quantification of movement quality during standard clinical assessment using upper-extremity exoskeleton for stroke rehabilitation
Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
University of Houston
Director, Rehabilitation Engineering for Improving Neuromotor Control (REIGN) Laboratory

2023 Pilot Award Cycle Opening Soon! Letters of Intent are Due April 3.



Conferences and Webinars


The National Pediatric Rehabilitation Resource Center offers multiple informative presentations, including short courses, symposia, demonstration workshops, and webinars.

  • Webinar: Quantifying Health Equity in Clinical Research March 23, 2023, 12 p.m. EST, by Jonathan Jackson, Executive Director of the Community Access, Recruitment, and Engagement (CARE) Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Register in advance to attend via Zoom.
    • In recent years, it has become clear that clinical research participation is more accessible to some populations relative to others. The proposed lecture will provide the audience with an overview of inequities and barriers for clinical trial recruitment in pediatric rehabilitation research. The presentation will describe current research in recruitment and inclusion science, including a testable framework for future research, as well as what investigators and study teams can do to minimize barriers to research recruitment.
    • Relevant questions:
      • What kinds of challenges have you faced in recruiting representative study populations
      • What have you tried to do to resolve difficulties, and with what result?
      • What kind of information, resources, or follow-up would be most immediately helpful during Jonathan’s presentation?



C-STAR and Restore

Upcoming Course: Machine Learning & Sensors to Enhance Rehabilitation Research
  • May 17, 2023, 9:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. Central US Time
  • Over recent years, there has been an explosion of interest in wearable sensors, video, and computer vision for healthcare and patient monitoring. In this introductory course, we will take a practical approach to understand how machine learning and sensors can be applied in the rehabilitation field, pitfalls to avoid, how to get started and how these tools can create reliable digital biomarkers.
  • Course Chairs:  
    • Arun Jayaraman, PT, Ph.D. Director, Max Näder Center for Rehabilitation Technologies & Outcomes Research; Director & Business Development Officer, Office of Translational Research, Associate Professor of PM&R, Medical Social Science, PTHMS, Northwestern University
    • Joy Ku, Ph.D. Director of Promotions and Didactic Interactions for the NIH-funded Restore Center; Director of Education and Communications for the Mobilize Center; Manager of SimTK
    • Eric Perreault, Ph.D. Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University; Associate Dean for Research in Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
    • Matt Petrucci, Ph.D. Research Engineer, Bioengineering. Program Manager, Mobilize and Restore Centers, Stanford University
  • Who Should Attend: Data Scientists, Engineers, MD/DO, PT, PTA, OT, SLP, RN
Register for this May course here.



Register now for our Spring Webinar Series on Informatics! Join us:

  • February 9, 2023 Webinar by Rachel Richesson, PhD, MPH, MS, FACMI, “Learning to Use EHR Data in Learning Health Systems: Focus on Compatible Phenotypes"
  • February 17, 2023 Grand Rounds by Claire Kalpakjian, PhD, MS, “Designing Data Inputs that Matter: Building An Infrastructure in a Real-World Learning Health System”
  • March 8, 2023 Webinar by Hadi Kharrazi  MD, PhD, MS, “Population Health Informatics: What, how, and why?”
  • March 22, 2023 Grand Rounds by Megan Morris, PhD, MPH, “Advancing Healthcare Equity for Persons with Disabilities through Documentation in the Electronic Health Record”

You can view all of LeaRRn's archived events now.


Save the date for the 2023 Virtual Institute, "Rehabilitation in the Management of Chronic Conditions: Realizing the Potential" on June 13 &15, 2023.



Speaker Series

The next presentation will take place on March 1, 2023 and will feature Dr. Andre Machado.

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.

Kick-Off Symposium and Social: 2023 American Society for Neurorehabilitation (ASNR) Annual Meeting

The American Society for Neurorehabilitation (ASNR) 2023 Annual Meeting is being held in Charleston, SC. The NC NM4R will host two pre-meeting events on March 13, 2023.

First, a symposium titled “Neuromodulation in Rehabilitation: Technological Advances and Translation of Novel Interventions into Clinical Practice” will be held from 1 pm – 5 pm. Additional details will be available soon on our website.

Then join us for a social from 5 pm – 6:30 pm that will allow the NC NM4R community and ASNR colleagues to network with food and beverages. See the invitation below for more details.

Both events will be held on the Medical University of South Carolina campus (151-A Rutledge Avenue).




Webinar on Clinical Gait Analysis using Smartphone Videos: 

We are pleased to announce our upcoming webinar with Ryan Roemmich and Jan Stenum from John Hopkins University. They will present the software they have developed to perform gait analysis in multiple clinical populations using smartphone videos. They will discuss the validation of their software; demonstrate the ability to capture clinically relevant, condition-specific parameters; and guide the audience through the analysis to obtain these measures. This event will be held jointly with the Mobilize Center on Wednesday, March 8th, 2023, at 9:00 AM Pacific Time. Register here



Recent Publications and Other Media


New Paper in Regenerative RehabilitationBioengineered 3D Skeletal Muscle Model Reveals Complement 4b as a Cell-Autonomous Mechanism of Impaired Regeneration with Aging


Multidisciplinary Perspective of Leveraging Mobile Technology for Public Health:

Restore Center co-director Dr. Jen Hicks and director Dr. Scott Delp joined an interdisciplinary team to provide recommendations on the design and use of mobile technology to promote and support behaviors that will improve overall health. In particular, they review emerging strategies and highlight directions for future research to improve physical activity and promote healthy behavioral changes. 

Read the full scientific article


Stephanie DeLuca and Jill Heathcock are serving as a Guest Editor of Behavioral Sciences (ISSN 2076-328X) developing a special edition. Behavioral Sciences is an open-access journal and the website for this journal is   The title of the of the edition is "Shifting the Therapeutic Paradigm for Children with Neuromotor Disabilities to Maximizing Development". The edition website is If anyone has relevant articles we welcome them,  Submission due date is April 10th, 2023.


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

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