Update: Farewell MSRRTC
It is with great pride and also great sadness that on September 30th, 2014, we will say farewell to 15 years of funding for the MSRRTC, the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Multiple Sclerosis. Our sponsor, the Department of Education's National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) made a policy change to not fund disability specific RRTCs, including a RRTC on multiple sclerosis. Along with our entire research team, we wish to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude to the MS community for working with us over the last 15 years. We are now in our final year, through Sept 30th, 2014, of "no-cost extension" to finish up data analyses and submitting manuscripts.
We are proud of our contributions to the field of rehabilitation and MS. We've done numerous qualitative interviews and focus groups to better understand the insider perspective on living with MS. We've completed over 25 separate research studies and 9 annual surveys on health and function. We've developed numerous magazine articles, factsheets, and educational materials. We've attended over 225 conferences and published over 250 research articles and abstracts that contributed to the body of knowledge of what we know about MS. We have also published 3 books and over 30 chapters on this disease.
Our MS research has been unique in its focus on the toll the disease takes on the function of persons with MS and the impact of changes in function on participation in valued activities. We have also focused on conducting research to evaluate the impact of self-management interventions on the ability of people with MS to participate fully in their lives. Despite the conclusion of the MSRRTC, we have a large number of ongoing research and training projects in MS in our department.
Thank you to everyone who has worked with us from students, staff, faculty, and most importantly, the people who have participated in our research.