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Rehabilitation 1

Tuesday, April 16, 2:00-3:30
Meridian Ballrooms 4, Graduate Minneapolis

Organizer: Andrew Hansen, Minneapolis VA Health Care System
Elizabeth Hsiao-Wecksler, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"Encouraging Innovation in Medical Rehabilitation Devices"
Alison Cernich, Director, National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NICHD/NIH)

"Research, Development, and Translation of Medical Devices in the Veterans Health Administration"
Brian Schulz, Scientific Program Manager of Rehabilitation Engineering and Prosthetics/Orthotics (RR&D/ORD/VHA)
Ryan Davis, Technology Transfer Specialist, Midwest Department of Veterans Affairs


Session Abstract:

This session features speakers from the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Research and Development Service. Topics to be covered include gaps and needs in rehabilitation research and development, and resources that are available to try to address these needs.


Session Organizer Bios:

Andrew Hansen, Minneapolis VA Health Care System
Andrew Hansen is the Director of the Minneapolis Adaptive Design & Engineering (MADE) Program at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System, and a Professor of Rehabilitation Science at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Hansen’s work focuses primarily on development of rehabilitation technologies for Veterans with physical disabilities.

Elizabeth Hsiao-Wecksler, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Elizabeth Hsiao-Wecksler is Professor, Willett Faculty Scholar, and Associate Head of Undergraduate Programs in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. Her research is focused on investigating and improving movement control and function through two main areas: assistive device development and locomotion biomechanics.


Speaker Bios:

Alison Cernich, NICHD/NIHAlison Cernich, Director, National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NICHD/NIH)
Alison N. Cernich, Ph.D., serves as the Director of the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR) at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health. She provides oversight for the portfolio of NCMRR and works within NIH and across federal agencies to coordinate rehabilitation research.

 

 

Alison Cernich, NICHD/NIHBrian Schulz, Scientific Program Manager of Rehabilitation Engineering and Prosthetics/Orthotics (RR&D/ORD/VHA)
Brian W. Schulz, PhD, is the Scientific Program Manager of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Prosthetics/Orthotics Program in the Rehabilitation Research and Development Service of the Office of Research and Development within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). He oversees this portfolio of rehabilitation device development within VHA and collaborates with other federal agencies in the areas of rehabilitation research within this purview.

 

Ryan Davis, Technology Transfer Specialist, Midwest Department of Veterans Affairs
Ryan Davis is a Technology Transfer Specialist for the Department of Veterans Affairs, overseeing invention management, patent prosecution, marketing and licensing of VA technologies from VA facilities in the Midwest region of the United States. Prior to joining the VA Mr. Davis worked with the Coulter Translational Research Foundation program at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering, while attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.


Presentation Abstracts:

"Encouraging Innovation in Medical Rehabilitation Devices"
Medical rehabilitation often requires the provision of assistive technologies to help an individual function. New breakthroughs in the devices and technologies used for rehabilitation pose unique opportunities for medical device makers; including biological interfaces for device control. This talk will highlight advances in the field, explore the needs and gaps, and include consideration of user centered and universal design principles. The session will close with an overview of resources to further device development in medical rehabilitation.

"Research, Development, and Translation of Medical Devices in the Veterans Health Administration"
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is America's largest integrated health care system, providing care to 9 million enrolled Veterans at 172 medical centers and 1,069 outpatient sites of care each year. VHA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD), an intramural research program, has been fully focused on addressing the health care needs of Veterans for over 90 years. Currently over 3000 field-based investigators are conducting research at over 115 VA Medical Centers. This talk will provide an overview of ORD’s mission, purview, opportunities for collaboration and funding, and will conclude with various examples of device-related collaborations with industry partners.


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