Research

"VCU Center for Rehabilitation Sciences and Engineering anchors a consortium of multiple schools and departments across VCU with more than $25 million a year in grant and contract sponsorship. CERSE brings together a variety of professionals to enhance research, education and clinical care for individuals from all walks of life."

Wehman

Paul Wehman, Ph.D.

Interim director, VCU-CERSE Professor Vice chair for research Chair, Division of Research

Research is at the forefront of the mission of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at VCU. Through research grants earned by our faculty, the department has earned a reputation for high-quality research.

Center for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering

The VCU Center for Rehabilitation Sciences and Engineering brings together researchers, clinicians, rehabilitation specialists and academicians from the VCU schools of Medicine, Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Education, Engineering and Social Work to promote research, education, physical medicine and rehabilitation services, and clinical care for America’s veterans, children and adults with disabilities. This site offers resources and initiatives aimed at improving the health, functional ability and quality of life of persons who experience a disability.

Our research programs at the VCU Center for Rehabilitation Sciences and Engineering are a four-school, nine-department, 67-member, interdisciplinary consortium with more than $25 million a year in grant and contract research sponsorship in all areas of disability research, resulting in more than 50 publications and 200 presentations a year. CERSE brings together researchers, clinicians, rehabilitation specialists and academicians from the VCU schools of Medicine, Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Education, Engineering and Social Work to promote research, education, physical medicine and rehabilitation services, and clinical care for America’s veterans, children and adults with disabilities.

Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium

The Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium, or CENC, is a federally funded research project devised to address the long-term effects of mild traumatic brain injury in military service personnel and veterans. CENC is one of two major initiatives developed in response to the injuries incurred by U.S. service personnel during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The project is jointly funded in the amount of $62.175 million by the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs. The CENC is led by CERSE’s Cifu.

VCU Scientific Review Committee (SRC)

The Scientific Review Committee (SRC) at VCU was formed to provide study design, analytic planning and operational feasibility review of clinical research before IRB review.  This initiative is being led by Dr. David Cifu (Chair) and Dr. Antonio Abbate (Associate Chair) with the SRC membership ranks being filled by prominent VCU researchers http://www.cctr.vcu.edu/src/leadership.html.  

The mission of the SRC is to ensure that all research projects involving human subjects meets acceptable standards of scientific rigor and feasibility without obstructing institutional efficiency and timeliness and is aligned with the VCU Quest for Distinction.  Please continue to submit your protocols to the IRB for institutional review.  You will be informed if your protocol has been screened and selected for a SRC review.  To learn more about the SRC visit our website at http://www.cctr.vcu.edu/src/index.html or contact Jennifer Economy at Jennifer.Economy@vcuhealth.org, (804) 827-0472 (work),  or (804) 514-6360 (cell). 

Traumatic Brain Injury Model System (TBI Model System)

The VCU Model System of care provides comprehensive, coordinated inpatient and outpatient care for persons with traumatic brain injury (TBI). The system includes emergency medical services; early intensive and acute medical care; comprehensive rehabilitation services; and long-term rehabilitation follow up. This project is led by Dr. Jeffrey Kreutzer.

VCU Work Support

VCU Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation’s Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Workplace Supports works closely with business associations and corporate partners to analyze barriers to employment, policymakers and state governments to develop innovative service delivery systems and people with disabilities and rehabilitation service providers to determine the best practices for increasing the employment of people with disabilities. These programs are led by Dr. Paul Wehman.