NIH Funding Renewed for MRRI Postdoctoral Training Program

Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI) has been awarded a 5-year renewal on its NIH-funded training grant entitled, “Postdoctoral Training in Translational Neurorehabilitation Research.” The grant is directed by John Whyte, MD, PhD, co-founder and former director of MRRI.

This is the only rehabilitation-focused institutional training program currently funded by the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR). The program offers mentored research training to individuals who have recently completed their PhD or MD degrees and wish to pursue careers in research that focus on understanding and treating cognitive and motor impairments that result from neurologic injury or disease.

The training program involves a collaboration between researchers at MRRI and the Neurology Department and the Center for Functional Neuroimaging at the University of Pennsylvania. Initially funded by a T32 grant from the Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research in 2013, the grant has supported 4 concurrent trainees, each typically spending 2 – 3 years in full time research, preparing for independent research careers. The training program faculty, collectively, are recognized for their contributions to rigorous rehabilitation research and to translating neuroscience theories into real world assessments and treatments.

The recent renewal, in the amount of $255,156 annually, acknowledges the quality of the training program and the productivity of its previous trainees, and provides exciting opportunities for a new cadre of future rehabilitation researchers to explore emerging developments in the field.

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