News & Announcements

News & Announcements

News & Announcements

Call for Abstracts - Due January 26, 2018 - Health Services Research Institute in April

Save the date- 2018 Institute on Health Services Research Quality Strategies in Rehabilitation: Advancing Health Services Research

The Center on Health Services Training and Research (CoHSTAR) and the Center for Large Data Research and Data Sharing in Rehabilitation (CLDR) are joining forces to co-sponsor a Health Services Research Institute titled, Quality Strategies in Rehabilitation: Advancing Health Services Research. The Institute, which will held at Boston University on April 5th, will be preceded by an evening reception and poster session on April 4th. This is a unique opportunity to share your research and engage with Institute faculty and participants. Submit a poster session abstract and be part of this groundbreaking event!

Successful applicants will receive complimentary 2018 Institute registration.

Abstract Submission Deadline: January 26, 2018

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SAVE THE DATE: AHRQ Workshop on MEPS-HC Data - September 19, 2017

AHRQ MEPS-HC Data Users’ Workshop September 19, 2017 - Rockville, MD

This workshop will provide a general overview of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), with lectures on MEPS-HC survey design, health care utilization, expenditures, medical conditions; and statistical issues and challenges researchers face while analyzing MEPS-HC data.
- MEPS workshops & events
- Program information & registration

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Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) - Webinars & Workshop - September, 2017

Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Database Overview Webinar
- Wednesday, September 6 from 2:00-3:00 PM ET

Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Overview of HCUP Products and Tools Webinar
- Wednesday, September 13 from 2:00-3:00 PM ET

HCUP Data Users' Workshop: Using HCUP's State Ambulatory Surgery and Services Databases (SASD)
- Tuesday, September 19 from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM ET
Location: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Pavilion, Rockville, MD

Sponsored by AHRQ, the workshop is a one-day course for health services researchers on the use of HCUP databases and software tools. This year, there will be a specific focus on using the State Ambulatory Surgery and Services Databases (SASD) and how they differ from the State Inpatient Databases (SID) and State Emergency Department Databases (SEDD). Faculty will present instruction on working with the HCUP databases to conduct cross sectional analyses, with a specific hands-on comparison of the HCUP SASD and SID databases and how to use HCUP-US documentation to their advantage when developing analyses. Participants will use their own computers loaded with text editing software and will walk through SAS programs on the databases. It is highly recommended that attendees review the HCUP Online Overview Course prior to the workshop.

Learn more & register for these events

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ATLAS (Anatomical Tracings of Lesions After Stroke) - Live on BioRxiv

The Anatomical Tracings of Lesions after Stroke (ATLAS) Dataset
Now Available on ADDEP - September 12, 2017

The CLDR is pleased to present the Anatomical Tracings of Lesions after Stroke (ATLAS) dataset, now available through the Archive of Data on Disability to Enable Policy and research (ADDEP). ATLAS is a manually traced lesion dataset comprised of deidentified, raw T1-weighted MRI images of individuals after stroke and manually traced lesion masks. ATLAS provides the largest known, open source collection of manually traced lesion masks for researchers to use for testing and validation of new automated lesion segmentation algorithms and has the potential to be used in the development of powerful new tools for stroke neurorehabilitation and research. 

- Research Group Video

- Additional information can be found here:

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2017 ACRM Conference - CLDR Symposium, Presentations & Booth October 25-28, 2017 Sponsored Young Investigators Panel: Secondary Analysis of Archived Datasets

Four early career researchers presented their work as part of a CLDR sponsored symposium. This multidisciplinary session highlighted the importance of archiving and sharing data as well as show how new knowledge that can be generated through secondary data analysis. Read more about CLDR events at the ACRM Conference October 25-28, 2017.

Follow @UTMB_RehabSci on Twitter to find out more about CLDR activities.

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Rehabilitation Research at the NIH: Moving the Field Forward - Exec Summary Published

Approximately 53 million Americans live with a disability. For decades, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has been conducting and supporting research to discover new ways to minimize disability and enhance the quality of life of people with disabilities. After the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act, the NIH established the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research with the goal of developing and implementing a rehabilitation research agenda.

The NIH recently organized a conference under the title "Rehabilitation Research at NIH: Moving the Field Forward." This report is a summary of the discussions and proposals that will help guide rehabilitation research at NIH in the near future.

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New U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Open Data Portal

New Department of Veteran Affairs Open Data Portal

Data, APIs, tools and resources that can be used to develop web and mobile applications, design data visualizations, and create stories directly from VA resources.

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NIH R03 FOA: Small Grants for Secondary Analyses of Existing Data Sets & Stored Biospecimens

Small Grants for Secondary Analyses of Existing Data Sets and Stored Biospecimens (R03) (PA-17-299)

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages applications that propose to conduct secondary analyses of publicly available NICHD-funded data sets or stored biospecimens. The goal of this program is to facilitate innovative yet cost-effective research utilizing data and biospecimens collected with NICHD resources.  

Posted Date - May 26, 2017
Open Date (Earliest Submission Date) - September 16, 2017

Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

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Summer Workshops

ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research The ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research is recognized throughout the world as a leading source of basic and advanced instruction in a wide range of methodologies and techniques for research across the social, behavioral, and medical sciences.

Data Analysis Training Institute of Connecticut Professional development summer workshops in a variety of modern data analytic techniques geared toward researchers who wish to utilize these techniques in their own work.

University of Texas at Austin Summer Statistics Institute The Department of Statistics and Data Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin is proud to host the annual UT Summer Statistics Institute (SSI).

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New NIH Initiative and Policy Regarding the Sharing of Clinical Trials Data

Recently the NIH, in collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, announced new requirements for the sharing and dissemination of data resulting from clinical trials. Read Drs. Collins and Hudson's joint statement on the new policy and initiative: Clinical Trials: Sharing of Data and Living Up to Our End of the Bargain at the NIH Director's Blog.

Archiving and sharing data is one of the key focus areas of the Center for Large Data Research & Data Sharing in Rehabilitation (CLDR). Visit the Data Sharing & Archiving page for additional resources and information on our collaborative archival repository for disability- and rehabilitation-related datasets housed in the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan. We also have pilot grant opportunities for archiving data from completed rehabilitation studies.

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National Institutes of Health Research Plan on Rehabilitation: Moving the Field Forward

The National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR), part of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at the NIH, led the development of this ambitious plan, aimed at energizing and advancing the research field.  The plan benefited from the support and partnership of 17 institutes and centers within the NIH, and extensive input from rehabilitation experts across the country.  It carries out many of the recommendations made by the Blue Ribbon Panel convened by NICHD in 2011. 

The comprehensive plan outlines six priority areas. It includes investigating new approaches to assistive technology in the home, expanding resources to recruit scientists and innovators to the field and analyzing the biology, chemistry and genetic components of recovery to better understand why some people are better able to recover after injury, while others require more rigorous rehabilitation.

For more details on the plan, visit:

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AHRQ Medical Expenditure Panel Survey

The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, which began in 1996, is a set of large-scale surveys of families and individuals, their medical providers (doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, etc.), and employers across the United States. MEPS collects data on the specific health services that Americans use, how frequently they use them, the cost of these services, and how they are paid for, as well as data on the cost, scope, and breadth of health insurance held by and available to U.S. workers. More information is available at the AHRQ MEPS website.

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Archiving and Documenting Child Health and Human Development Data Sets (R03)

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to invite R03 applications to support archiving and documenting existing data sets in order to enable secondary analysis of these data by the scientific community. The priority of this program is to archive data sets within the scientific mission of the NICHD; highest priority is to archive data collected with NICHD support. More information is available at the NIH website.

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NICHD Data and Specimen Hub (DASH)

Researchers may now add data from NICHD-funded studies directly to the NICHD Data and Specimen Hub (DASH). Launched in August 2015, NICHD DASH is a centralized online resource that makes de-identified data available to researchers for secondary analyses, in accordance with the NIH Data Sharing Policy and the NIH Genomic Data Sharing Policy.

Read more: NICHD Invites Researchers to Share Their Data through Online Resource

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Public Data Resources on Chronic Conditions Among Medicare Beneficiaries

These public data resources provide researchers and policymakers a better understanding of the burden of chronic conditions among beneficiaries and the implications for our health care system. This information can be used to improve care coordination and health outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries living with chronic conditions. The public data are available from the CMS website.

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New Medicare Utilization and Payment Data Available for Home Health Agencies

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new dataset, the Home Health Agency Utilization and Payment Public Use File (Home Health Agency PUF). This data set, which is part of CMS's Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data set, details information on services provided to Medicare beneficiaries by home health agencies. These new data include information on 11,062 home health agencies, over 6 million claims, and over $18 billion in Medicare payments for 2013. Download Data | Fact Sheet | Press Release

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NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K)

The mission of the NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative is to enable biomedical scientists to capitalize more fully on the Big Data being generated by those research communities. Read more at the BD2K website.

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NIH Data and Informatics Working Group Report

In response to growth of large biomedical datasets, the NIH formed the Working Group on Data and Informatics, charged with examining issues related to data. View the report at the NIH website.

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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).