Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Program
NIH/ National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR)
T32 HD041899-01A1 Mary Rodgers, PT, PhD (PI)
University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB)

This program offers two pre-doctoral fellowships and one post-doctoral
Its goal is to train researchers capable of advancing the field of physical
rehabilitation in order to improve the lives of people with functional
The program offers both pre and post-doctoral trainees the opportunity to
research regarding long-term neurological, musculoskeletal or immunological
dysfunction, with an emphasis on amelioration of declines in mobility and
activity. Three substantive areas of focus are: stroke, spinal cord injury
rheumatological and immunological disorders, which reflect the extensive
experience and on-going interdisciplinary research projects of its 30
Research opportunities for trainees include studies involving innovative
upper and
lower extremity exercise paradigms in subjects with a variety of disabilities,
parallel mechanistic studies, and epidemiologic studies. Trainees
participate in
weekly research seminars, journal clubs, and university sponsored courses in
research ethics and human subjects protection. Three mentors are assigned to
each trainee according to research interests and preferences of trainees
desired areas of expertise. US citizenship or permanent residency is

Post-doctoral trainees are expected to have high-level academic and research
skills upon acceptance into the program. Fellows are guaranteed two years of
funding with a third year optional. The fellowship period offers mentored
and research training and protected time with which to develop an
independent line
of research. All post-doctoral trainees are expected by the end of their
training to
write independent research grants to help fund them during their early
years of
transition to an academic position as an Assistant Professor.

Program faculty include individuals with national and international research
reputations from the University of Maryland School of Medicine Departments of
Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, Neurology, Epidemiology, Anatomy,
Physiology, and from other affiliated locations including Biomechanics (NIH),
Motor Learning and Motor Control (UMCP).

For more information see website
and contact:

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Mary M. Rodgers, PhD, PT
George R. Hepburn Dynasplint Professor and Chair
Dept. of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science
University of Maryland School of Medicine
100 Penn Street Baltimore, MD 21201
(410)706-5658 Fax (410)706-4903

Past President, International Society of Biomechanics
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