National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research: Workshop

Disability and Healthcare Research Results:
How to Increase Their Reach

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Dear Colleague,

This is an invitation to NIDRR grantees and other interested parties to participate in a workshop the NCDDR is sponsoring. “Disability and Healthcare Research Results: How to Increase Their Reach” will take place from 9 AM - 1 PM on May 7, 2009 following the NARRTC Conference (May 4-5) and the Knowledge Translation Planning Committee meeting (May 6). Please consider participating in this workshop as you make your travel plans, or if you live in the Washington DC area.

WHAT: Disability and Healthcare Research Results: How to Increase Their Reach
Attendees will be introduced to the Cochrane Collaboration, including the US Cochrane Center and the Rehabilitation and Related Therapies Field group, and how these can be important resources in the knowledge translation (KT) process. Information will be provided about how healthcare-oriented systematic reviews are produced in the Cochrane Collaboration. The value of systematic reviews and disability research evidence for KT will be discussed from the NIDRR perspective.

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Participant Learning Outcomes:

  1. Learn how to increase exposure/use of their NIDRR-supported research findings through resources of The Cochrane Collaboration
  2. Understand the evidence base and function of the Cochrane Collaboration, The Cochrane Library, PEDro database, and other research registries as tools to support research and the KT process
  3. Identify Cochrane systematic reviews and other resources that can contribute to disability and rehabilitation research
  4. Examine strategies for research design and knowledge translation activities to increase likelihood of NIDRR-sponsored research appearing in systematic reviews

WHEN: Thursday, May 7, 2009. 9:00 AM–1:00 PM.

WHO: Research and Knowledge Translation staff, including principal investigators, senior and early career researchers, post-doctoral and upper level graduate students.

WHERE: Holiday Inn - National Airport, 2650 Jefferson Davis Highway in Crystal City/Arlington, Virginia, approximately one mile from Reagan National Airport. The hotel provides complimentary van service to and from the airport; call the hotel on your arrival to request a shuttle. If you need a room at the Holiday Inn, please contact Lin Harris at (800) 266-1832 to see what is available now that the deadline for the special room rate has passed.

REGISTRATION: There is no fee to attend, but space is limited to 25 participants. A continental breakfast, refreshments at mid-morning break, and workshop materials will be provided. Please register by April 30, 2009: For more information, contact Joann Starks by email: or call 800-266-1832.


Roberta W. Scherer, PhD, is an Associate Scientist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she is also the Associate Director of the US Cochrane Center. Dr. Scherer has completed systematic reviews of treatments, etiology, methodology, and diagnostic accuracy on topics related to eye disease, kidney disease, and cancer. As part of her 15 year association with the Cochrane Collaboration, Dr. Scherer produced the first Cochrane methodology systematic review, examining publication bias in the subsequent full length publication of conference proceeding abstracts. Dr. Scherer also serves as as Methodological Editor and Associate Director of the US satellite of the Cochrane Eyes and Vision group. Dr. Scherer's research interests include clinical trial design and conduct, biases associated with publication of randomized controlled trials, and trial registration. She has also been involved in the design and conduct of multi- and single-centered randomized controlled trials in vision, women's health, tinnitus, complementary and alternative medicine, and aging.

Roger Nelson, PhD, PT, FAPTA, is a Professor of Physical Therapy at Lebanon Valley College and serves on the Advisory Board of the Rehabilitation & Related Therapies Field. Dr. Nelson is also Vice President of Expert Clinical Benchmarks, LLC (ECB), the independent academic and research subsidiary of MedRisk, Inc. He is a former advisor to the U.S. Surgeon General and an internationally recognized educator and expert in the field of physical medicine. Dr. Nelson's research interests include outcome modeling using activity based methodology and patient satisfaction.


  • The Cochrane Collaboration was founded in 1993 as an independent, international not-for-profit organization dedicated to making current, accurate information about the effects of health care available worldwide. It produces and disseminates systematic reviews of health care interventions and promotes the search for research evidence from clinical trials and other studies of interventions.
  • The US Cochrane Center (USCC) is responsible for coordinating US involvement in the work of The Cochrane Collaboration. To achieve this, the USCC provides information, training, and support to people interested in the work of The Cochrane Collaboration, as well as to those already involved in preparing systematic reviews. The main office of the USCC is based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore.
  • The mission of the R&RT Field is to ensure that individuals receive effective interventions for the best health outcomes based on up-to-date evidence, and that health care providers have up-to-date and easy access to the latest evidence. The Field works closely with relevant Cochrane entities and is based at the Center for Evidence Based Physiotherapy, Department of Epidemiology, Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

We hope you will join us on Thursday, May 7, 2009!

This workshop is supported through SEDL's National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research (NCDDR), funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), part of the U.S. Department of Education.

NIDRR Project Number: H133A060028
For additional information contact:

Disability Research to Practice
4700 Mueller Blvd.
Austin, TX 78723-3081
Phone: 800-266-1832
Fax: 512-476-2286

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