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Programs News Jessica Jernigan February 10, 2022

Recipients of the fall 2021 pilot grant funding opportunity, "Addressing Health Disparities in Adults or Children with Disabilities," have been announced by the Center for Engagement in Disability Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (CEDHARS).

By fostering dialogue and collaborations among typically disconnected worlds (disability/non-disability), CEDHARS aims to be the source for disability health and rehabilitation science research, accessible within UAB and the broader community.

The pilot program aims to support the advancement of disability health research. Applications were highly competitive and peer-reviewed using the NIH scoring framework. The quality of proposals submitted was so high that CEDHARS was obliged to fund five projects at $35,000 rather than the previously announced three projects.

Please join us in congratulating the following recipients:


  • Byron Lai, Assistant Professor, Heersink School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics Rehabilitation Medicine Division: “Improving Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Children with Physical Disabilities Through Group-Based Online Virtual Reality Gaming” 

  • Robert Sorge, Associate Professor, College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology; Conley Carr, Assistant Professor, Heersink School of Medicine Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: “Low-Carbohydrate Diet to Reduce Pain and Increase Quality of Life in Amputees”

  • Jia Li, Postdoctoral Fellow, Heersink School of Medicine Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Amy Goss, Assistant Professor, School of Health Professions Department of Nutrition Sciences: “Two Birds with One Stone: Impact of A Low Glycemic Index Diet on Postprandial Hypotension and Glucose Metabolism in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury”

  • Sarah dos Anjos, Assistant Professor, School of Health Professions Department of Occupational Therapy; David Morris, Professor and Chair of the School of Health Professions Department of Physical Therapy: “Application of a Reimbursable Form of Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy for Upper Extremity Recovery Following Stroke: a Pilot Study"

  • Christen Mendonca, Postdoctoral Scholar, School of Health Professions UAB/Lakeshore Foundation Research Collaborative: “Controlling Video Games with an Adapted Touchpad System to Increase Physical Activity Among Adults with Mobility Limitations”

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Please direct any questions or requests for additional information to Jamie Black at jsblack@uab.edu.

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