Foundation for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Announces Research Grant Winners

Sep 30, 2013, 08:30 ET from Foundation for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

ROSEMONT, Ill., Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Foundation for PM&R announces the 2013 fall cycle grant award recipients of research funding in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R).

Drs. Jason D. Tucker (Virginia Commonwealth University), and Michael J. Burns (Stanford University) received Richard Materson ERF New Investigator Grants.  Dr. Tucker will be studying synovial fluid biomarker and mesenchymal stem cell response to PRP in knee osteoarthritis and its correlation with clinical and imaging outcome.  Dr. Burns will study adjunctive botulinum therapy to prevent decreased range of motion and rotator cuff re-tear after arthroscopic rotate cuff repair.

Colleen M. Fitzgerald, MD (Loyola University Chicago) received the Scott Nadler PASSOR Musculoskeletal Research Grant and will be conducting a clinical trial to determine the effectiveness of ultrasound guided posterior sacroiliac ligament corticosteroid injection in pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain.

Alecia K. Dunter, MD (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) was given the Gabriella Molnar-Swafford Pediatric PM&R Research Grant.  She will conduct a case study of outcomes in adults who had a selective dorsal rhizotomy as a child.

Preetri Raghaven, MD (Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, New York) was awarded the Mid-career Investigator Research Grant to study enhancing emotional regulation after traumatic brain injury.

The awards will be presented on Saturday, October 5 at the Gaylord National Harbor Convention Center during the plenary session of the AAPM&R Annual Assembly.

The Foundation for PM&R gives over $130,000 annually in seed money for pilot projects to help researchers secure funding for outcomes and effectiveness research on PM&R treatments for individuals with disability.  Over 90% of support for the Foundation comes from private individual donations.

About The Foundation for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation:
Nine out of 10 Americans will suffer functional disability due to illness or injury at some point in their lives.  The Foundation for PM&R is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, strives to enhance health and function for individuals with disability through research and education.  For more contact Phyllis Anderson at or visit the website at

Contact: Jennifer L. Vince
Phone: 312-593-4470

SOURCE Foundation for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation