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Call for NDNG Award Nominations

The NDNG Awards Task Force is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Women in Neurodegenerative Disease Rehabilitation Science Award through 1 March. The award is given in recognition of world-class rehabilitation research conducted by a female scientist in the rehabilitation research field of multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson’s, dementia, Alzheimer’s or related neurodegenerative disease.

Qualified candidates are female members who have been principal or co-principal investigator on at least one research grant/project pertaining to neurodegenerative-related disease and senior author on two or more peer-reviewed neurodegenerative-related publications. Self-nominations are permitted.


NDNG Congratulates Leaders of Two NIH K01 Grant Awards


Hannes DevosHannes Devos, PT, PhD, was recently granted a mentored research scientist award (K01) from the National Institute of Aging to study neurophysiological changes in pre-clinical Alzheimer’s disease. The results of this study will hopefully lead to early detection of individuals at risk of Alzheimer’s disease. These individuals could benefit from early, targeted prehabilitation interventions to prolong independence and quality of life. His primary mentor on this award is Dr. Jeffrey Burns, Professor and Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Center at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

As a member of ACRM, Dr. Devos serves as Membership Officer on the NDNG Executive Committee and at the University of Kansas Medical Center, he is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. He is Co-Director of the Laboratory for Advanced Rehabilitation Research in Simulation (LARRS), a lab that uses neurophysiological instruments and virtual reality to study rehabilitation outcomes in neurological conditions.

Brian Downer, PhD imageBrian Downer, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch and member of the Neurodegenerative Disease Networking Group of ACRM received a K01 mentored research scientist award from the National Institute on Aging. The award is titled Improvement in Patients’ Cognition and Relationship with SNF Quality Measures.

Dr. Downer will receive training on the treatment and rehabilitation of older adults in skilled nursing settings, healthcare policies that impact the delivery of post-acute care, and methodologies for health services research. He will also conduct research to identify patient- and facility-level factors that are associated with changes in SNF residents’ cognitive functioning and determine if changes in cognitive functioning are related to existing quality measures of skilled nursing care.