News and Notes 28 August 8

This issue includes an ENACT Podcast titled Bumps in the Road: Finding Time For Exercise, investigation on the effectiveness of a treatment program for Social Competency for people who have sustained TBI, the 2012 Paralympics, World Report on Disability launch and symposium videos, NIDRR investigators receives APA Research Award, and The KT4TT Knowledge Base presents a webcast introducing and demonstrating the Need to Knowledge Model game board.

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NARIC news: 

August is here and we're wrapping up our annual update of the NIDRR Program Database. The Program Database lists more than 200 active projects conducting disability and rehabilitation research across the US. You see some of their excellent work highlighted here. Browse through the current projects to see what great work they do!

Resource Highlight: 

ENACT Podcast - Finding the Time for Exercise
The NIDRR-funded Arthritis Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (H133B100003) continues its Active Living with Arthritis podcast series with Bumps in the Road: Finding Time for Exercise. Help plan future topics by filling out this brief, 8-question survey

News items: 

World Report on Disability Launch and Symposium Videos Now Available
In September 2011, the NIDRR-funded Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange (H133A100021)conducted a two-day symposium on the World Health Organization's World Report on Disability. The symposium, conducted in cooperation with the WHO, the Interagency Committee on Disability Research, and other agencies and organizations, introduced the report to US audiences and examined its implications for the US domestically and internationally. Presentation videos are now available on the CIRRIE website.

NIDRR Investigator Receives APA Research Award
John DeLuca, PhD, co-investigator of the NIDRR-funded Northern New Jersey TBI Model System (H133A120030), received the 2012 Roger G. Barker Distinguished Research Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association. Dr. DeLuca also serves as co-investigator for a NIDRR-funded field initiated project on memory and TBI and as a mentor for the NIDRR-funded Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training grant. The Roger G. Barker Award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding lifelong contribution to rehabilitation psychology through empirical research, conceptual/theoretical development, or both. 

Grantee event: 

Webcast: The KT4TT Knowledge Base
The KT4TT Knowledge Base: The researcher's resource for innovation—Now including tools! is the latest webcast to be presented by the NIDRR funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer (H133A080050), 8/22 at 1pm EST. This free, one-hour presentation introduces and demonstrates the Need to Knowledge (NtK) Model game board and a comprehensive repository of tools for generating new products through the methods of research, development and production. Participants will learn how to navigate the knowledge base to efficiently find the information and resources they need to successfully transform research findings into commercialized products. Registration is free.


Social Competence  and TBI
The NIDRR-funded Traumatic Brain Injury Model System at the University of Washington (H133A120028) is investigating the effectiveness of a treatment program for Social Competency for people who have sustained a TBI. For eligible participants, the treatment program is 13 weeks, and would require the ability to attend classes at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA.Information and eligibility requirements are available online.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

The 2012 Paralympics
The opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympics is just three weeks away! Athletes from around the world will compete in 21 sports over 9 days. More than 1 million tickets have already been sold, according to New Mobility. One athlete, Oscar Pistorius, will be the first to compete in both the Olympics and the Paralympics in the same year. With his "Cheetah" prosthetics, Pistorius was the first double amputee to run the 400-meter in an Olympic games.