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About Us Building knowledge and scientific capacity related to rehabilitation research data.

Our long-term goal is to help create a research environment and culture where rehabilitation scientists will have the skills and knowledge to become significant contributors to the changes in health care policy and practice that are being driven through the use of large data and the unprecedented expansion of health care information that has occurred in recent years.

Previously funded in 2010 as the Center for Rehabilitation Research using Large Datasets, the revised Center for Large Data Research and Data Sharing in Rehabilitation (CLDR) continues and expands upon the original mission to build rehabilitation research capacity by increasing the quantity and quality of rehabilitation outcomes research using large administrative and research datasets. The CLDR expands this mission to include an important focus on data sharing and archiving information from completed rehabilitation research studies.
The Center involves a consortium of investigators from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Cornell University, and the University of Michigan (ICSPR and the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation).

We are developing education and training programs, facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration, and supporting pilot studies. Each of these components include activities and learning experiences involving the Center's two focus areas:

  1. Developing research capacity in the design, analyses and interpretation of large data; and
  2. Creating an infrastructure to support archiving and sharing information from completed rehabilitation research studies in order to make them available for secondary data analyses.

The Center expands our successful Rehabilitation Data Directory with the creation of an archiving and data sharing portal. The portal provides access to archived datasets along with information and learning opportunities related to data sharing. We are building scientific capacity in important new areas related to health care reform and large data research that will advance rehabilitation science and practice.


The Center for Large Data Research and Data Sharing in Rehabilitation involves a consortium of investigators from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Cornell University, and the University of Michigan. The CLDR is funded by NIH - National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, through the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research, the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. (P2CHD065702).