Pilot Projects and Sabbatical Opportunities
CENT funds Pilot Projects, Sabbaticals and mini-Sabbaticals
Pilot Projects are aimed at developing preliminary data that can lead to extramural funding, e.g., from NCMRR. They may involve capable laboratories that are not currently working on rehabilitation-related projects, or they may involve laboratories that do not have all the capabilities needed for a project and wish to use the capabilities of the CENT.
Sabbaticals are 6-12 month periods during which investigators from other institutions are on scholarly leave, serving as visiting scientists in one of the CENT laboratories acquiring many rehabilitation-related research skills.
Mini-Sabbaticals are short-term experiences, less than 6 months, during which a visiting scientist is trained in a specific technical skill or limited group of skills, so that they can take those skills back to their own institutions and apply them to their own work.
In order to build a stronger rehabilitation research community, professionals who do not have strong research backgrounds, or whose research experiences have been in slightly different fields, must be encouraged to move into rehabilitation research. Therefore, Pilot Projects and Sabbaticals will be offered based on the potential for the applicant to acquire the requisite skills, on the likelihood that they will apply them to problems in neurorehabilitation, and on evidence of support from and requisite research environment in their home institution. With rare exceptions, an MD, PhD, or equivalent level degree will be required. Applicants must submit a brief (no more than 2 pages) proposal plus their NIH biosketch or cv. These will be evaluated by the CENT Executive Committee. There are no deadlines or official start times for Sabbaticals or Pilot Projects, and every effort is made to accommodate the needs of prospective trainees.
INVESTIGATOR INSTITUTION PROJECT TITLE Anthony S. Burns, PhD Drexel Imaging neuromuscular junction instability following spinal cord injury S. Thomas Carmichael, MD, PhD UCLA Celllular effects of transcranial DC stimulation after stroke David Garrison, MS, PhD U. of OK Health Sciences Center Comparison of common areas of brain function during motor execution, imagery and passive observation of the same task: a fMRI study Leif A. Havton, MD, PhD UCLA Spinal cord mapping using optical imaging of intrinsic signals in a rat cauda equina injury model Patricia C. Heyn, MD, PhD U. Colorado at Denver The effects of pioglitazone on cognitive function in patients with metabolic syndrome and mild cognitive impairment: a pilot Langston T. Holly, MD UCLA A prospective study of cerebral cortical activation of patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy using functional MRI Simon F. Giszter, PhD Drexel Creating families of electrodes for neuroprotheses that have controllable compliance Jennifer Newton, PhD UCLA Improving characterization of stroke-related white matter damage for rehabilitation trials - development of diffusion weighted imaging scanning protocols and voxel-wise quantitative methods Jed S. Shumsky, PhD Drexel Neuroprotection and task-oriented motor training improve function in cervical contusion injury Young-Jin Son, PhD Drexel Application of in vivo imaging to spinal cord repair Eran Zaidel, PhD UCLA Use of EEG biofeedback for neurorehabilitation of attention in patients with hemispheric damage