Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Mobility RERC State of the Science Conference: Wheeled Mobility in Everyday Life

Save the Date: State of the Science Conference, July 1-2, 2012

Save the Date

Sunday and Monday, July 1-2, 2012 Marriott Waterfront Hotel Baltimore, MD

The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Wheeled Mobility (mRERC) will conduct its State of the Science Conference (SOSC) in conjunction with the 2012 RESNA Annual Conference ( The SOSC will bring together experts in the fields of research, rehabilitation engineering, service delivery and policy to explore important topics related to the mRERC theme: Mobility in Everyday Life.

As part of the event, the mRERC is sponsoring the Sunday morning RESNA plenary session titled: How science influences public policy in seating and mobility. The plenary will consist of a presentation and discussion on how science influences public policy in seating and mobility and will address barriers that need to be overcome to allow policy makers to access and utilize research results.

This year’s Plenary Session: How science influences public policy in seating and mobility.
Rita S. Hostak
Vice President, Government Relations
Sunrise Medical

Doran Edwards, MD
Advanced Healthcare Consulting, LLC.
Speakers will address important topics such as:
  • How to tailor messages to policy-makers, just as one tailors messages to other stakeholders in the research and clinical community
  • How studies promoting evidence based medicine differ from those that target comparative effectiveness
  • What the functional outcomes are that interest policy makers with respect to comparative effectiveness research
  • How science and research can be used to allow companies to innovate more freely under current reimbursement policies

In addition to the plenary session, these sessions will take place Sunday, July 1st and Monday, July 2nd.
  1. Delivering wheeled mobility and seating services
    Laura Cohen, PhD, Rehabilitation Technology Consultants
    Nancy Greer, PhD, Minneapolis VA Health Care System

  2. Individualizing pressure ulcer risk and prevention strategies
    David Brienza, PhD, University of Pittsburgh
    Sharon Sonenblum, PhD, Georgia Tech

  3. Mobility trajectories and transitions: from walking to wheeling and vice versa.
    Louise Demers, PhD, OT(C), Université de Montréal
    Fran Harris, PhD, Georgia Tech
    Helen Hoenig, MD, MPH, Duke VAMC
    Lisa Iezzoni, MD, Harvard Medical School
    Jim Lenker, PhD, University at Buffalo

If you would like more information on this conference, please contact Stephen Sprigle at


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