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Researchers in the Participation and Adaptation Research Consortium create and test applied interventions for people with acquired disabilities and their family members in areas such as cognitive and behavioral rehab, adaptation and community re-entry.
With funding exceeding $20 million, this consortium has led the VCU Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System of care grant for more than 30 years.
Next steps include expanding research interventions from primarily TBI to other neurotrauma and neurodegenerative diagnoses.
Since 1987 the VCU TBI Model System of care has received over $20 million in grants from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research. The program provides comprehensive, coordinated care for persons with traumatic brain injury and supports scientific research.
Since 2004, the VCU Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) program has received almost $2.3 million in grants from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). The project’s goal is to improve rehabilitation practice and outcomes by increasing the number of highly skilled clinical research professionals.
Katherine Dec, M.D., Niki Miller Ferguson, M.D., and Alia Marie Iqbal O’Meara, M.D., will lead a new TBI center with a $2.9 million grant from the Children’s Hospital Foundation. Components of the three-year grant include research equipment, renovated lab space and a new pediatric brain injury registry.