AAP Research Committee Established
AAP officially established a Research Committee at the 2013 AAP Annual Meeting
in New Orleans, chaired by Gwendolyn A. Sowa, MD, PhD.
Research Development Consulting Program
Research Committee developed a Physiatric Research Development Consulting
Program, which will increase physiatrist research capacity by providing
customized assistance and recommendations for institutions committed to
developing a physiatric research program.
The program is supported by the Association of Academic Physiatrists
(AAP), the American Physiatric Education Council (APEC), and the Foundation for
PM&R (FPM&R). The program
consists of a pre-visit needs assessment and evaluation by the AAP Research
Committee, a two-day, on-site evaluation by three to four experienced researchers/administrators,
and a follow-up assessment. The site
visitors will meet with key individuals during the on-site visit, and then
provide specific recommendations for implementing or increasing the capacity
for a research program.
UC Irvine / AAP Research
AAP Research Committee collaborated in the development of the UC
Irvine / AAP Research Badges, a step-by-step guide designed to help
PM&R residents identify the knowledge & skills required for conducting
research, and to answer some of the most commonly encountered questions as AAP
members undertake research and publication.
PCORI White Papers
addition, the committee prepared and delivered three (3) white papers in 2013,
discussing research priorities in PM&R.
The white papers were developed in response to the Advisory Panels that
were created this Spring by PCORI and are written on topics that the committee
hopes each of the panels will include in their discussions. The white papers will also be submitted for
publication and member access in AJPM&R:
"Rehabilitation Systems of Care: Promoting
Research that Addresses Quality Outcomes”
by John Whyte, MD, PhD
"Rehabilitation Outcomes and Metrics
Development: Identifying Goals”
by Andrea Cheville, MD
"Rehabilomics Research: a Model for
Translational Rehabilitation and Comparative Effectiveness Rehabilitation
by Amy Wagner, MD and Gwendolyn Sowa, MD, PhD
AAP Partners with Disability Research Dissemination Center (DRDC)
In 2013, the AAP
announced its partnership with the newly-established Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental
Disabilities (NCBDDD) Coordinating
Center for Research and Training to Promote the Health of People with
Developmental and Other Disabilities – the Disability Research
Dissemination Center (DRDC). The purpose
of the DRDC is to identify and fund the innovative and contemporary
research in the field, foster training of public health and other professionals,
and use the most progressive mechanisms to disseminate knowledge about
evidenced based practice and policy.
Through partnership with the
DRDC, the AAP and its members have immediate access to the most contemporary
information, requests for research
proposals and fellowship opportunities,
broadening the NCBDDD network to all PM&R academic centers with expertise
in birth defects, disability and blood disorders.
By expanding the scope of
public health research for the NCBDDD, the NRDC intends to make discoveries
that impact the population.
The AAP joins other national organizations, such
as the American Association of Pediatrics, Association of Medical Colleges, the
Association of Schools for Public Health and others, as partners of the DRDC to
promote requests for proposals.
AAP Annual Report 2013
Letter from the President
2013-2015 Board of Trustees
Journal - AJPM&R
In 2013, the newly established Research Committee developed important programs to enhance research in PM&R:
PM&R White Papers were delivered to PCORI
Developed Physiatric Research Consulting Program
Collaborated in the development of the Research Badges