Fralin Biomedical Research Institute, partners pioneer nation’s first pediatric rehabilitation resource center
Research partners across three institutions are opening the nation’s first and only resource center dedicated to promoting clinical trials research in the rapidly expanding field of pediatric rehabilitation.
Sharon Landesman Ramey, research professor and distinguished research scholar at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, will direct the new center — a partnership between Virginia Tech, Ohio State University, and Nationwide Children’s Hospital — to help clinical scientists in pediatric rehabilitation research by funding pilot studies and offering courses and mentored experiences.
The award builds on the groundbreaking research and discoveries at the institute’s Neuromotor Research Clinic, which Stephanie DeLuca, an associate professor at the institute, directs with Landesman Ramey. Virginia Tech will expand its role as an infrastructure base to encourage other researchers to broaden their focus.
The National Pediatric Rehabilitation Resource Center is known informally among its scientists as C-PROGRESS, an acronym for Center for Pediatric Rehabilitation: Growing Research, Educating, and Sharing Science. The nickname reflects the team’s primary objective of “seeing progress” in the relatively new and emerging field of pediatric rehabilitation science, and the group will broadly support pediatric rehabilitation research, providing up to $150,000 a year for pilot studies.
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