News and Notes 50 January 23

This issue includes quick review of Model Systems research, arthritis studies in Massachusetts, JAN webcasts covering a wide range of employment issues, study and report on sports-related concussions in youth, IDEAL Group Reader displays at Consumer Electronics Show, and a peer-reviewed publication from UMSCIMS.

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Resource Highlight: 

Quick Review of Model Systems Research
The NIDRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (H133A110004) announced Quick Review of Model System Research, a new publication that provides timely summaries of newly published model system research studies funded by NIDRR using plain language for easy access. Two new reviews have been released: Manual Wheelchair Skills and Quality of Life (PDF) summarizes a study that investigates the relationship between manual wheelchair skills and quality of life and community integration; Effects of Nicotine on Spinal Cord Injury Pain (PDF) reviews a study that explores the effect of nicotine on pain experienced after spinal cord injury. 

NIDILRR News and Events: 

NIDRR Co-Sponsors New Study on Sports-Related Concussions in Youth
The Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Sports-Related Concussions in Youth, with support from multiple agencies and organizations including NIDRR, will study and report on sports-related concussions in youth, from elementary school through young adulthood, including military personnel and their dependents. The committee will review the available literature on concussions, in the context of developmental neurobiology, in terms of their causes, relationships to hits to the head or body during sports, and the effectiveness of protective devices and equipment. The committee will also review concussion risk factors, screening and diagnosis, treatment and management, and long-term consequences. The next open meeting of the committee and first public workshop is scheduled for February 25th

News items: 

IDEAL Group Reader on Display at Consumer Electronics Show
IDEAL Group Reader, technology developed by Apps4Android with support from the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Wireless Technology (Wireless RERC) (H133E110002) through its App Factory, was on display at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show. The IDEAL Group Reader is a fully accessible eBook reader application that can read text aloud like an audio book. The Wireless RERC has also supported the addition of MathML to the IDEAL Group Reader, as well as the addition of multiple foreign languages. The IDEAL Group Reader is available free in the Google Play app store.

New Peer-Reviewed Publication from UMSCIMS
The NIDRR-funded University of Michigan Spinal Cord Injury Model System (UMSCIMS) (H133N110002) published Patterns of pain across the acute SCI rehabilitation stay: Evidence from hourly ratings (abstract) in the November 27th issue of Spinal Cord. The objective of the study was to examine patterns of pain intensity and variability during acute spinal cord injury rehabilitation. 

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Peer Specialists in Rural Communities TOMORROW
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Participation and Community Living of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (H133B100037) presents Promoting Community Inclusion in Rural America: The Role of Peer Specialists, co-sponsored by the National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse, January 24th at 2pm EST. This free webinar and panel discussion will review the unique issues facing people with disabilities in rural America, the innovative approaches used by peer specialists in rural settings, and the challenges of promoting community inclusion. Registration is free but required


Arthritis Studies in Massachusetts
The NIDRR-funded Center for Enhancing Activity and Participation Among Persons with Arthritis (ENACT) (H133B100003) is enrolling participants for 3 studies. Eligibility criteria include knee osteoarthritis with knee pain; concerns about employment due to arthritis, lupus, scleroderma, or fibromyalgia; or knee replacement surgery more than 2 years ago. More information on how to participate is available from ENACT's website.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Job Accommodation Network Webcasts
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) offers monthly webcasts covering a wide range of employment issues. The next session, scheduled for February 12th, focuses on current events in accommodation. Registration is free but required for all webcasts. Completed webcasts are archived for any-time viewing. The schedule through August is available from JAN's website. JAN is a project of the US Dept of Labor Office on Disability Employment Policy.