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The Center for Study of Chronic Illness and Disability (CCID)

The Center for Study of Chronic Illness and Disability (CCID) has as its vision, to improve the lives of people with disability. The mission is to perform state of the art, quality research to study factors that lead to disability, its prevention, or amelioration; and to provide research opportunities for the next leaders in rehabilitation science.

The program of research is designed to determine mechanisms by which disability occurs in chronic illnesses, who is at risk for severe disability, which treatments are effective in preventing or ameliorating disability and restoring function. The data gathered will help determine which treatments are likely to prevent or ameliorate disability.

In the News

  • Lynn Gerber, CCID; Ali Weinstein and Patrice Winter, Department of Global and Community Health; Guoqing Diao, Volgenau School of Engineering; and Ancha Baranova, College of Science, School of Systems Biology, are researching the impact of a prescribed aerobic exercise routine on fatigue in breast cancer patients, with the support of a grant from the PNC Charitable Trust.
  • Lynn Gerber, CCID; Siddhartha Sikdar, Volgenau School; and Jay Shah, Rehabilitation Medicine Department, NIH; will present a symposium on myofascial pain at the 9th International Society for Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine Meeting in Berlin 2015.
  • Nisha Kapani, a student of Foundations of Clinical Research, Spring 2014, was awarded an Undergrad Research Scholars Program (URSP) award to continue research in the Laboratory for the Study and Simulation of Human Movement Co-Directed by Profs. Zoran Duric and Lynn Gerber. She volunteered to work with the lab during the Summer 2014. The URSP is designed to give undergraduates an authentic research, creative, or scholarly experience under the guidance of a mentor. The award consists of funding for a Spring 2015 project entitled “A Comparison Between Normal Subjects and Research Subjects with Traumatic Brain Injury in Virtual Tool Manipulation”. She has also been selected as the university’s nominee for the early admissions program with George Washington School of Medicine.
  • Ali Weinstein, PhD and Lynn Gerber, MD are featured in the article "Research-Intensive Class Leads to Impressive Outcomes" in Mason News.
  • Ali Weinstein, PhD, Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and Disability and Department of Global and Community Health presented the paper, "Cancer-Related Fatigue is Not One Size Fits All," at the Gerontological Society of America meeting in New Orleans. She also co-published "Racial Provocation Induces Cortisol Responses in African-Americans" in the Open Journal of Medical Psychology.
  • Ali Weinstein, Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and Disability, wrote with colleagues, "Effect of aerobic exercise training on fatigue and physical activity in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension," appearing in the May 2013 edition of Respir Med. She also wrote with colleages "Benefits of intensive treadmill exercise training on cardiorespiratory function and quality of life in patients with pulmonary hypertension," which appeared in the February 2013 edition of Chest.
  • Ali Weinstein, Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and Disability, was elected vice chair of the Health Research Council of the American Psychological Association.
  • Lynn Gerber presented the The Forty-Fifth Walter J. Zeiter Lecture. The Lecture and Awards Ceremony was held on Saturday, October 5th at the AAPM&R's annual assembly at the National Harbor, Maryland.
  • Sam Gelman: The Office of Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR) awarded the OSCAR to Mr. Gelman for his project  titled, Tracking Lower Extremity Movement with the Microsoft Kinect
  • Settlement Eases Rules for Some Medicare Patients (NY Times, October 22, 2012)
  • CCID Expands Research Focus for Helping People with Chronic Illness and Disability (CHHS, May 16, 2012)

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