The Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and Disability (CCID) is an interdisciplinary research center in the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) at George Mason University. Founded in 2007, CCID promotes research to improve the lives of people with chronic illness and disability. Its mission is to perform state of the art, quality research to study factors that lead to chronic illness and disability, its prevention, or amelioration; and to provide research opportunities for the next leaders in clinical research and 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, and 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.
CCID provides research opportunities for students through grant and private donation funding, and is a leader of the integration of clinical research and education for undergraduate students. CCID provides students with supervised, hands-on research experience that advances science as well as students’ ability to perform and report research. These skills will help them become leaders in their professions, organizations, and communities.
In addition, CCID is the hub of chronic illness and disability research throughout the George Mason University campus, with active collaborations in the College of Science, Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Health and Human Services, Kellar Institute for Human DisAbilities, and Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study. CCID has many collaborations outside of the Mason community as well, including Inova Health System, American Institutes for Research, National Institutes of Health, Fairfax County Health Department, Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development, University of Maryland, University of Toronto, University of Guelph and Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
In the News
- Dr. Lynn Gerber, Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and Disability, Department of Health Administration and Policy, was the lead author of “A brief historical perspective of cancer rehabilitation and contributions from the National Institutes of Health,” published in PM&R, the journal of injury, function, and rehabilitation.
- Gerber LH, Hodsdon B, Comis LE, Chan L, Gallin JI, McGarvey CL 3rd. A brief historical perspective of cancer rehabilitation and contributions from the National Institutes of Health. PM R. Sep 2017;9(9S2):S297-S304. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmrj.2017.07.005
- Dr. Ali A. Weinstein, Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and Disability, Department of Global and Community Health, is a co-investigator on a grant that was awarded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) to be operated by the American Institutes for Research. This grant funds the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center for a five-year period (2016-2021).
- Dr. Ali A. Weinstein, Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and Disability, Department of Global and Community Health, was the lead author of “Demonstration of two types of fatigue in subjects with chronic liver disease using factor analysis,” published in Quality of Life Research, an international journal of quality of life aspects of treatment, care and rehabilitation.
- Weinstein AA, Diao G, Baghi H, Escheik C, Gerber LH, Younossi ZM. Demonstration of two types of fatigue in subjects with chronic liver disease using factor analysis. Qual Life Res. Jul 2017;26(7):1777-84. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11136-017-1516-6