Rimmer Coulter Award 2017James Rimmer, Ph.D., Director of the UAB / Lakeshore Research Collaborative and inaugural Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences, has received the 2017 John Stanley Coulter Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM). The Coulter Award, the second highest honor delivered by the ACRM, recognized those who make significant contributions to the field of rehabilitation.

As part of the honor, Rimmer, a professor in the UAB School of Health ProfessionsDepartment of Occupational Therapy, delivered the Coulter Lecture at the ACRM 94th Annual Conference in Atlanta. His lecture, titled Pathway from Acute Rehabilitation to Lifelong Health and Wellness for People with Disabilities, took a closer look at how his work at Lakeshore Foundation empowers exercise and rehabilitation professionals to provide their patients with context-driven health and wellness recommendations needed to self-manage and sustain health across the lifespan.

“I am deeply honored to receive this prestigious award but most importantly, I am extremely grateful for ACRM’s acknowledgement that the work we are doing at Lakeshore Foundation and UAB to bridge the gap between rehabilitation and lifelong health and wellness is important to the organization and their members.  We have an amazing team of researchers and practitioners who are working at this intersection,” said Rimmer.

Rimmer has been developing and directing physical activity and wellness programs for people with disabilities for more than 30 years. In 2014, he became the first researcher with a focus on the fitness of people with disabilities to be named to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Science Board and was named chair of the board the following year.  He is also a former member of the NIH National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research advisory board.  

In early 2017, a research team led by Rimmer was awarded a $5.8 million grant by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors to determine whether people with multiple sclerosis get as much benefit from an exercise-based rehabilitation program delivered via internet and telephone as they do when the therapy is provided in a clinic.

Rimmer also serves as Director of two federally funded centers, the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) and the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Interactive Exercise Technologies and Exercise Physiology for People with Disabilities (RECTECH).