News and Notes 3 February 8

This issue includes highlights on intellectual property basics for researchers, NUPOC conducting a “state of the science” survey, a new resource from the Institute on Disability, Dr. Wayne Gordon of the NY TBI Model System featured in the Scientific American, NY articles features Jeffery Kruetzer of TBI Model System, two reports on preventive care and a web cast on factors that impact employment among persons with disabilities.

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Resource Highlight: 

Intellectual Property Basics for Researchers
The NIDRR-Funded Center for Knowledge Translation in Technology Transfer (H133A080050) has a webcast teaching the basics on intellectual property (IP) and IP protection for researchers and inventors. Tech Transfer e-News called it "terrific" for engineers and researchers developing assistive and rehabilitation technology! 

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Two Reports on Preventative Care
Two NIDRR-funded projects focusing on the benefits of preventative care published their findings. Dr. Amanda Reichart of the NIDRR-funded Kansas University RTCIL (H133B110006) discussed the link between preventative care and lowering Medicaid costs (podcast) associated with diabetes in people with physical disabilities in Disability and Health Journal (free abstract).  In another study, researchers from Brandeis University and the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill published findings from their NIDRR-funded trial of a health promotion intervention to increase cancer screening knowledge among women with developmental disabilities (H133G090124). The article appears in Research on Social Work Practice (free abstract)

TBI Model System Grantees in the News
We spotted some excellent items in the news featuring the work of NIDRR-funded brain injury researchers: Dr. Wayne Gordon of the NY TBI Model System (H133A070033) is featured in a Scientific American article on the link between incarceration and brain injury. A NY Times article features Dr. Jeffrey Kreutzer of the TBI Model System (H133A070036) in Virginia talking about relationships after TBI.

Grantee event: 

Causes of the Chasm: Factors that Impact Employment Among Persons with DisabilitiesOf the 17.5 million working-age adults with disabilities, just 33 percent are employed compared to 73 percent of those without disabilities. Join John O'Neill of the NIDRR-Funded StatsRRTC (H133B120006) and others in a policy forum and webcast to discuss this persistent employment gap and identify factors that may reduce it. March 15, 2012 12-1:30pm EDT online or on location in Washington, DC. Registration information is online. 


Currently Recruiting
The NIDRR-funded Northwestern University Rehab Engineering Research Center on Prosthetics and Orthotics (NUPOC) (H133E080009) is conducting a "state-of-the-science" survey to investigate the opinions of the prosthetics and orthotics community about the direction of future research. The survey is open to the entire community including consumers. The survey closes 3/12 and results will be discussed at the NUPOC's state of the science meeting. 

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Look Back, Plan Forward's twitter feed alerted us to a new resource from the Institute on Disability: Look Back, Plan Forward - Person centered planning for individuals with disabilities and people who are aging. This US Department of Health and Human Services-funded web tool guides you through planning for and providing support to a family member who is aging or living with a chronic illness or disabilities. It gathers relevant information and creates a variety of reports and timelines to print and share. No data is stored so your information is safe.