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Rehabilitation Research News: September 19, 2022

From the Director's Desk

This is a light issue as we wrap up the fiscal year. I want to take this opportunity to thank all the wonderful staff at NICHD who support NCMRR, without whose assistance we would not be able to advance our mission. Here are a few event reminders:

  • The Medical Rehabilitation Research Resource (MR3) Network is hosting their second annual scientific retreat, Rehabilitation Clinical Trials: Innovations, Designs, and Tribulations, on September 29–30, 2022, via Zoom. For more information and to register, please visit the retreat website External Web Site Policy.
  • NICHD is turning 60! Please join us for a virtual scientific symposium on October 17. NCMRR grantee Michelle Johnson from the University of Pennsylvania will be speaking, and I’ll have the privilege of hosting a Zoom-based fireside chat with disability advocate and pioneer Judy Heumann. Visit the symposium website External Web Site Policy to register and check out the agenda. We look forward to celebrating with you!
  • The Rehabilitation Medicine Scientist Training Program (RMSTP) is recruiting! Operated in collaboration with the Association of Academic Physiatrists, RMSTP is open to early career physicians of all specialties planning research programs focused on human function, disability, and rehabilitation. The deadline for applications is October 1, 2022. To learn more about eligibility, program structure, and how to apply, visit the Association of Academic Physiatrists’ page about RMSTP External Web Site Policy or contact Mary Czerniak, program coordinator, at or 215-663-6592.

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NIH Announces RADx Tech for Maternal Health Challenge

The National Institutes of Health recently announced the launch of the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics Technology (RADx® Tech) for Maternal Health Challenge as part of the Implementing a Maternal health and PRegnancy Outcomes Vision for Everyone (IMPROVE) initiative, which supports research to reduce preventable causes of maternal deaths and to improve health for women before, during, and after delivery. 

NICHD, the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, and the NIH Office of the Director are co-sponsoring this challenge, which is offering up to $8 million in cash prizes to accelerate development of technologies to improve maternal health outcomes for people who live in areas lacking access to maternity care. The challenge will prioritize home-based or point-of-care diagnostic devices, wearables, and other remote sensing technologies to extend care and improve health outcomes during the postpartum period. Submissions for the multiphase competition are due November 1, 2022, and final winners are expected to be announced in March 2024. 

For more information about the challenge, please visit the challenge webpage.


Socio-Ecological Factors and the Double Burden of Malnutrition (DBM) Among Children and Adolescents in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) Conference

Among child populations, DBM has been defined as the coexistence of undernutrition (i.e., micronutrient deficiencies, underweight, and childhood stunting and wasting) and overweight, obesity, and diet-related noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) at the individual, family, and/or community levels. DBM is becoming particularly problematic in the poorest LMICs, largely because of increases in overweight and obesity.

This conference will examine the recent etiological and socio-ecological factors contributing to this increased DBM prevalence, as well as the implications for long-term health outcomes among children and adolescents (ages 3 to 18 years) in LMICs. Participants and presenters will explore evidence-based interventions, identify important research questions, and discuss policy implications toward improving nutrition and health outcomes of youth globally.
Closed captioning will be available through NIH VideoCast. Individuals who need any other reasonable accommodations to participate in this activity should contact Raquel McConnico at or 301-798-5619 at least 5 days in advance.
For more information, visit the conference webpage.

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