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Health and Human Services - The Center for Study of Chronic Illness and Disability

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

  • 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.
  • Lynn Gerber, Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and Disability, wrote with colleagues "A Systematic Comparison Between Subjects with No Pain and Pain Associated with Active Myofascial Trigger Points," which was published in the July issue of PM&R. She also wrote with colleagues "Ultrasonic characterization of the upper trapezius muscle in patients with chronic neck pain," which was published in Ultrasonic Imaging, April 2013.
  • 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.
  • AAPM&R Honorary Lectureships
    2013 Walter J. Zeiter Lecturer
    Lynn Gerber will present the The Forty-Fifth Walter J. Zeiter Lecture. The Lecture and Awards Ceremony is being 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
  • Lauren Rover: Presentation to AASLD "Title" Factors Influencing Likelihood of compiance in chronic hepatitis C with patients receiving pegylated interferon plus ribavirin. LRover, C Escheik, L Gerber, M Otgonsuren, F Nader
  • Maryam Zaazhoa: poster presentation at Biomedical Engineering Society. Title: Comparison of Oxygen Kinetics Using Near infrared Spectroscopy in the Upper Trapezius in Normal Subjects and Patients with Chronic Neck Pain and Myofascial Trigger Points Authors: Maryam Zaazhoa, Avinash Eranki, Lynn Gerber, Siddhartha Sikdar(Atlanta)
  • Jillian Price: Abnormal Cardiac and Metabolic Measures Correlate with significantly lower physical preformance and activity level in overweight patients with hepatitis C (HCV) and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) J Price, A Loria, C Escheik, L Gerber, L Rover, P Winter, Z Younossi
  • 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)

Functional Assessment Laboratory located at Inova Health System's Center for Integrated Research, an outgrowth of the Mason-Inova Partnership.