News and Notes 128 August 20
Ice Bucket Challenge raising funds for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ASL); Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Secondary Conditions in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) offers video on Secondary Conditions and SCI; University of Michigan Model Spinal Cord Injury System Center (UMSCIS) seeks participants for its Spinal Cord Injury Research Registry; US Department of Education's OSERS and the OCTAE joint call for comment on implementation of Titles II and IV of the WIOA; update on WIOA implementation from the NIDRR Director; pilot study from Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Center on Neurocognitive Rehabilitation shows long-term effectiveness of cognitive rehab in MS; RRTC-EBP VR reports on effective vocational rehabilitation service delivery practices; four-part webcast series hosted by KTDRR and CIHR on innovative knowledge translation strategies.
The Internet is buzzing with the Ice Bucket Challenge, where people around the world are pouring buckets of ice water over their heads to raise awareness about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. According to the National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Stroke, ALS is a rapidly progressive, invariably fatal neurological disease that attacks the nerve cells responsible for controlling voluntary muscles. There is no cure at present and treatments are designed to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life. To learn more about ALS, visit the ALS Association. We also recommend these publications on therapy, technology, and treatment for ALS from the NIDRR community, as well as other sources, all available from our collection.
Secondary Conditions and SCI - What Have We Learned over the Past Five Years?
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Secondary Conditions in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) (H133B090005) at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) offers a video, Secondary Conditions and SCI: What Have We Learned over the Past Five Years? (first item). This 20th SCI Grand Rounds session, recorded July 23rd, covers types of secondary health conditions after SCI and their risk factors, the relationship of SCI to metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease, and implications for clinical practice.
From the NIDRR Director: Update on WIOA Implementation
On August 11th, NIDRR Director John Tschida released a WIOA Dear Colleague letter (PDF). The letter highlights changes coming to NIDRR as a result of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), including a new name and a move to the Administration for Community Living at the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Study Shows Long-Term Effectiveness of Cognitive Rehab in MS
The NIDRR-funded Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Center on Neurocognitive Rehabilitation (H133P090009) published A pilot study examining functional brain activity six months after memory retraining in MS: The MEMREHAB trial (abstract) in the June issue of Brain Imaging and Behavior. The results reported in the article support the long-term effectiveness of cognitive rehabilitation in individuals with cognitive impairment due to multiple sclerosis (MS).
RRTC-EBP VR Reports on Effective VR Service Delivery Practices
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Vocational Rehabilitation (RRTC-EBP VR) (H133B100034) recently published results from the Center's Phase II research: Multiple Case Studies on Effective Vocational Rehabilitation Service Delivery Practices. The report provides a comprehensive analysis of the policies, procedures, practices, and structural elements related to the provision of effective best practices that lead to successful employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities.
Webcast Series: CIHR's Innovative KT Strategies TODAY
The NIDRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) (H133A120002), in partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), is hosting a four-part webcast series: CIHR's Innovative KT Strategies, August 20th-28th. The first webcast, Knowledge Translation Initiatives at CIHR, airs TODAY at 3-3:45pm ET. Subsequent webcasts are August 21st: Ethics in Research: A Scientific Lifecycle Report; August 27th: Citizen and Patient Engagement; and August 28th: Evidence Informed Policy Making: A CIHR - Knowledge Translation Approach. Registration is free but required for the series.
University of Michigan Spinal Cord Injury Research Registry
The NIDRR-funded University of Michigan Model Spinal Cord Injury System Center (UMSCIS) (H133N110002) seeks individuals interested in participating in research on SCI through its Spinal Cord Injury Research Registry. The registry is open to adults 18 years or older with SCI. UMSCIS uses the registry to recruit for several types of studies, including over-the-phone surveys, medication studies, clinical service interventions, and at-home interviews.
Invitation to Comment on Implementation of Title II and Title IV of the WIOA
The US Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) and the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) issued a joint call for comments on the implementation of Titles II and IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Readers are invited to provide input on specific questions outlined in the announcement, as well as other issues and concerns that should be addressed in order to fulfill the expectations of WIOA. Comments may be submitted through August 29th.