Millions of Americans have a disability so severe that they have difficulty with everyday tasks such as going to work or taking care of themselves. Some have been injured in accidents or war. Some were born with their disability. Some have developed disabilities over time.
Rehabilitation research explores the intricate biology of disabilities and looks for ways to help restore lost function and to help people with disabilities reach their full potential.
The National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR) within the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) coordinates federal medical rehabilitation research. NCMRR has led the effort to release the NIH Research Plan on Rehabilitation.
This 5-year plan lays out priorities in medical rehabilitation research; will guide NIH support for rehabilitation medicine; and will benefit individuals with temporary or chronic limitations in physical, cognitive, or sensory function that require rehabilitation.
The plan was submitted for public comment in October 2015. The National Advisory Board on Medical Rehabilitation Research (NABMRR) reviewed the public comments in December 2015, and the NABMRR provided a second review of the revised objectives in May 2016. The final public input was received through the Town Hall meeting held during the May 2016 conference “Rehabilitation Research at the NIH: Moving the Field Forward.”
- The plan addresses the following topics:
- The Need for Rehabilitation Research
- NIH’s Investment in Rehabilitation Research
- Current Medical Rehabilitation Research Activities at NIH
- Opportunities, Needs, and Priorities
- Coordination with Other Federal Agencies