News and Notes 231 September 14

Recent NARIC blog post features information from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help readers get #Fit4Function in observance of National Institute on Aging sponsored Go4Life Month; Reseach in Focus looks at the benefits of a new memory training intervention following TBI; RRTC on Developmental Disabilities and Health publishes Policy to Practice: Falls in Adults with Intellectual Disabilities; research paper from Texas TBI Model System of TIRR and RRTC on Developing Strategies to Foster Community Integration and Participations for Individuals with TBI receives Harold Yuker Award for Research Excellence from the journal Rehabilitation Psychology; NIDILRR researchers Marcel Dijkers, MD, and Mel Glenn, MD receive William Fields Caveness Award for their work on TBI; KTDRR hosts online KT conference: Communication Tools for Moving Research to Practice; MSKTC hosts webinar: Consumer Testing of Products; National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health celebrates Go4Life Month, focusing on benefits of exercise and physical activity for older adults.

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2016-09-14
NARIC news: 

September is Go4Life Month, sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (see Elsewhere item below)! This campaign focuses on the benefits of exercise and physical activity for older adults, including adults aging with and into disability. According to the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Healthy Aging and Physical Disability (90RT5023),  research shows that exercise is a great way to improve health, physical functioning, and overall well-being for older adults with disabilities. With the right training or equipment, exercise can be done safely without exacerbating the symptoms of existing disabilities. Check out our recent blog post featuring information and tools from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help you get #Fit4Function!

Research In Focus:
How Does Working Memory Impact Memory Training After TBI?
This week's Research In Focus looks at who may get the most benefit from a new memory training intervention after traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Resource Highlight: 

Policy to Practice: Falls in Adults with Intellectual Disabilities
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and Health (RRTCDD) (90DT5020) has published Policy to Practice: Falls in Adults with Intellectual Disabilities (PDF). For adults with intellectual disabilities (ID), the prevalence of falls is higher than the general population. Falls are a major cause of serious injury and hospitalization, and an important public health concern. This research brief examines the prevalence of falls and potential risk factors for falls in adults with ID.

News items: 

NIDILRR TBI Research Article Receives Yuker Award
Key dimensions of impairment, self-report, and environmental supports in persons with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), a paper from the NIDILRR-funded Texas TBI Model System of TIRR (90DP0028/H133A120020) and the recently-completed Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developing Strategies to Foster Community Integration and Participation for Individuals with TBI (90RT5007/H133B090023), received the Harold Yuker Award for Research Excellence from the journal Rehabilitation Psychology. The article was recognized as the most highly rated paper for 2015. Principal investigator and lead author Mark Sherer, PhD, received the award at the August meeting of the American Psychological Association.

NIDILRR Researchers Honored by BIAA
Two members of the NIDILRR research community received awards from the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA). Marcel Dijkers, PhD, principal investigator for several NIDILRR-funded grants on traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injury, and outcomes measurement (90DP0002),  received the William Fields Caveness Award, recognizing outstanding research contributions to bettering the lives of people with TBI. Mel Glenn, MD, principal investigator for the NIDILRR-funded Spaulding/Partners TBI Model System at Harvard Medical School (1998-2008) (H133A020513),  received the Sheldon Berrol, MD, Clinical Service Award, recognizing outstanding contributions to improving quality of care, professional training, and education in the field of TBI.

Grantee event: 

2016 Online KT Conference: Communication Tools for Moving Research to Practice
The NIDILRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) (90DP0027) will host an online KT conference, Communication Tools for Moving Research to Practice, October 24, 26, and 28. This year's online conference is designed for researchers and others to learn about current and innovative communication tools, including social media, in order to increase the use of research findings though knowledge translation (KT) activities. Registration is free and required for single days or the full conference.

Webinar: Consumer Testing of Products TOMORROW
The NIDILRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (90DP0012) will host a webinar, Consumer Testing of Products, TOMORROW, 3-4pm ET. Presenters will discuss the value of consumer testing, its relevance to Model System products and audiences, common issues that can occur with testing, and important considerations for consumer testing. The webinar will also highlight examples of consumer testing that is done by the MSKTC and Model Systems. Registration is free and required.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Go4Life Month: Fit4Function
The National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health is celebrating Go4Life Month all through September. Go4LifeMonth is an opportunity to focus attention on the health benefits of exercise and physical activity for older adults. This year’s theme is #Fit4Function! The goal for Go4Life Month is to help older adults think about the practical benefits of exercise like being able to drive, carry groceries into the house, doing yardwork, or even walking the dog. Go4Life offers information and products to learn about physical activity and tools to set and track personal fitness goals.