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The UAB Center for Disability Health and Rehabilitation Science (DHARS) hosted the 2nd annual DHARS Symposium in Birmingham on May 18, 2018. The theme of the event was “Optimizing Health, Function and Participation in Children and Adults with Disabilities.” The daylong symposium, which was free and open to everyone, included in-depth panel discussions and featured three nationally recognized keynote speakers:

  • Diane Damiano, PT, PhD- Chief of Functional & Applied, Biomechanics Section, NIH Clinical Center, Bethesda, Maryland.
  • Ken Ottenbacher. OT, PhD- Professor & Director, Rehabilitation Sciences; Professor, Internal Medicine; Professor, Occupational Therapy; University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas.
  • Pamela Duncan, PT, PhD- Professor, Neurology, Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine; Wake Forest School of Medicine, Wake Forest, North Carolina.

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In addition, the event hosted a student poster contest with nearly 30 students presenting their research findings. The judges awarded $500 travel awards to these winners:

Pre-doctoral Awards:

  • Rebecca Hennessy: “The Development of Virtual Reality Environments to Improve Movement Quality and Quantity in Individuals with Chronic Low Back Pain”
  • Morghen Sikes: “A Qualitative Study of Exercise and Physical Activity among Adolescents with Pediatric Onset Multiple Sclerosis”

Post-doctoral Award:

  • Emma Richardson: “A Narrative Exploration of the Evolving Perception of Exercise within People with Multiple Sclerosis”

The UAB DHARS vision is to create a world where people with disabilities have the same opportunities for a high quality of life and purposeful living as all other individuals. Center membership is comprised of investigators from various departments and schools across UAB’s campus. Membership includes secondary faculty appointments within the Center. Click here if you are interested in applying.