News and Notes 51 January 30

This issue includes factsheets on Multiple Sclerosis, January quick poll from SCI Health, an Administration on Community Living newsletter, NewPublicHealth Magazine interviews James Rimmer on increasing opportunities for people with disabilities to healthy, Yeongchi Wu presents at ISPO 2013 World Congress, and open registration for State of the Science Conference.

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We are wrapping up January here in Landover. Geese are returning, crocuses are emerging, and the DC weather forecast can't decide if it's late Winter or early Spring! Either way, we're looking forward to sharing the latest news and resources from the NIDRR community and, as we plan future issues, we would greatly appreciate your input on this newsletter. We're especially interested if you share News and Notes and how. Please take a moment and fill out this very brief survey (just 4 questions). Your opinion counts! 

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NewPublicHealth Magazine Interviews James Rimmer
James Rimmer, PhD, principal investigator of the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Interactive Exercise and Recreation Technologies and Exercise Physiology Benefiting People with Disabilities (RecTech) (H133E120005), was interviewed by NewPublicHealth, a public health magazine from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, for the December Faces of Public Health feature. The interview covered the RecTech's research and dissemination efforts to increase opportunities for people with disabilities to be healthy and active at home and in their communities, as well as the work of the National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability (funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

Yeongchi Wu to Present at ISPO 2013 World Congress
Yeongchi Wu, MD (PDF), principal investigator of the NIDRR-funded field initiated project Development of a Low-Cost Dilatancy-Based System for Orthotic Fabrication (H133G110266),  will present a preliminary report of project results at the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) 2013 World Congress in Hyderabad, India, February 4th to 7th. Schedule and abstracts of paper presentations (PDF) are available from the conference website. Dr. Wu was previously awarded “Best Paper in Trade/Craft” at the ISPO 2010 World Congress in Leipzig, Germany for a paper on dilatancy casting for transfemoral sockets.

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State of the Science Conference Open for Registration
Registration is now open for The State of the Science of Prevention and Management of Secondary Health Conditions in People After Spinal Cord Injury (H133B090005) (PDF), a pre-course to the annual meeting of the American Spinal Injury Association May 5th in Chicago, IL. This is a conference co-hosted by the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers on Secondary Conditions in the Rehabilitation of Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury at the Medical University of South Carolina and MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital. Register by February 15th for a reduced rate.


January Quick Poll from SCI-HealthThe NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Secondary Conditions in the Rehabilitation of Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (H133B090002) at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital continues their "quick poll" series asking "What's Your New Year's Resolution?" The quick poll series helps the RRTC develop educational and training tools for consumers and clinicians by gathering input and opinions on topics that are important to the community.

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Administration on Community Living Newsletter
The US Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Community Living (ACL) offers the ACL Newsletter (formerly AoA eNews), a weekly newsletter featuring news, events, and resources from and for the ACL community and anyone interested in full participation for people with disabilities. Each issue includes new research and policy updates, webinars, conferences, tools, publications, and other resources. News items feature projects, agencies, and organizations within and outside the ACL. Subscribe to the weekly newsletter, read this week's issue (PDF), and browse through the archives.