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Research Resources

A monthly newsletter of the AOTF Institute for the Study of Occupation and Health
May 2008

 

Dear Colleagues,

Greetings from the AOTF Institute for the Study of Occupation and Health, the programmatic arm of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation. Thanks to your support, to the time and talent of our many volunteers, and to the generosity of our colleagues at the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) our research and education programs at the recent AOTA Annual Conference and Exposition were a tremendous success. On the heels of this accomplishment is another that we are excited to announce in this month's AOTF Institute Program Spotlight.

Thank you again for subscribing to Research Resources and for encouraging your colleagues to connect to AOTF through this monthly publication and its associated news alerts. We appreciate your support very much as we help to advance occupational therapy through programs of research, education and leadership, and as we promote a society in which individuals, regardless of age or ability, may participate in occupations of their choice that give meaning to their lives and foster health and well-being.

Sincerely,
Jeff

Jeffrey S. Reznick, PhD
Director, Institute for the Study of Occupation and Health

 

AOTA Conference News

Call for Papers - AOTA Annual Conference
The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) invites proposals for the 89th Annual Conference & Expo in Houston, Texas, April 23 - 26, 2009. Proposals addressing the conference theme, Linking Education, Research and Practice, will be given special consideration. Proposals can be submitted from May 1 - June 15, 2008.

 

Grant Announcements & Resources

Rehabilitation Research Training
The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), in collaboration with the University of Florida (UF), has been awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to educate and train future rehabilitation scientists as leaders and mentors. The Rehabilitation Research Career Development Program (RRCD) program is geared towards rehabilitation scholars.  They will acquire extensive research experience, generate, analyze, present and publish research data, and become equipped to compete for independent external research funding.  

Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Program
This program is designed to build the nation's capacity for research, leadership and policy change to address the multiple determinants of population health. The program is intended to produce leaders who will change the questions asked, the methods employed to analyze problems, and the range of solutions to reduce population health disparities and improve the health of all Americans. Application deadline is October 3, 2008.

Project Launch seeking Applications
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is accepting applications for fiscal year 2008 for Cooperative Agreements for Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children's Health (Project LAUNCH). The purpose of Project LAUNCH is to promote the wellness of young children, birth to age 8. The goal is to create thriving, safe, and supportive environments for children, allowing them to enter school ready to learn and succeed. Applications are due June 12, 2008.

 

Web-based & Related Resources

NIH Roadmap Sponsors Two Workshops in May
The National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), on behalf of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Roadmap, is hosting two innovative  workshops on clinical and translational research in early May.
Clinical Research Networks: Building the Foundation for Health Care Transformation  May 8, 2008   8 a.m. - 6 p.m. NIH, Bethesda, Maryland. Key accomplishments of the NIH Roadmap Clinical Research Networks Program will be presented and will provide a venue for the research community to critically review and  discuss how these accomplishments can be used to advance clinical and  translational research. Accelerating the Dissemination and Translation of Clinical Research into Practice May 9, 2008  8 a.m. - 5 p.m. NIH, Bethesda, Maryland.This innovative meeting is the first in a series of six workshops to discuss and share best practices and ways in which researchers can partner with community health care providers to translate clinical research into practice. CME credit will be offered by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. This meeting will be webcast starting at 8:30 a.m. on May 9.

 

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AOTF Institute Program Spotlight

AOTF New Blog
AOTF now has its own blog where visitors can download previous issues of Research Resources, listen to the proceedings of the 2008 AOTF Institute Research Colloquium, and keep informed about initiatives of the AOTF Institute as AOTF envisions its new web site.

 

Conference Announcements

Hazards and Disasters Researchers Meeting (HDRM)
The 2008 HDRM will take place on July 16, 2008, immediately following the 33rd Annual Hazards Research and Applications Workshop, Boulder, Colorado, July 12-15, 2008. Submissions of scholarly research on all aspects of hazards/disaster research from all disciplinary perspectives are being accepted.  Abstract deadline is May 30, 2008.

The Science and Clinical Application of Integrative Holistic Medicine
This conference, November 16-22, 2008, San Diego, California) will further the understanding of integrative holistic medicine for health professionals.

Interrogating Trauma: Arts & Media Responses to Collective Suffering
This conference, December 2-4, 2008, Perth, Australia, will engage the critical debate surrounding the "'orthodoxies" of trauma theory and its application and appropriation within the humanities. This is especially relevant to the fields of creative arts, cultural and media studies, which have frequently engaged with the literary, visual and performative representation of human suffering and resilience. Panel and individual paper proposals are invited.

Southampton Neurorehabilitation Conference
This conference, Southampton, United Kingdom, September 4-5, 2008, will bring together key people and leading researchers in the field of neurorehabilitation to present current insights into the rehabilitation of stroke and Parkinson's disease, discuss possible implications for clinical practice, and identify future goals for neurorehabilitation research. Deadline for submission of abstracts is May 30, 2008.

Congenital Cytomegalovirus Conference
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Congenital Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Foundation will sponsor the Congenital CMV Conference, Atlanta, Georgia,  November 5-7, 2008. The conference will bring together an international community of scientists, academics, practitioners, and families to discuss congenital CMV research findings and how they can be translated into public health action that will improve outcomes for women and children. The deadline for abstract submission is June 15, 2008.

International Conference on Ambulatory Monitoring of Physical Activity and Movement
This comprehensive three-day program, May 21-24, 2008,  Rotterdam, The Netherlands, will involve international speakers, oral and poster presentations, and commercial exhibitors providing insight into the latest technology. 

 

Publication Announcements

Community Disaster Recovery and Resiliency: Exploring Global Opportunities and Challenges
This edited and peer-reviewed volume provides a forum to discuss community trauma during the immediate and long-term disaster response and recovery periods.The editors of this volume are calling for diverse community examples as a framework to facilitate a candid, in-depth comparison of the best practices illustrating how communities experience disaster, recover from it, and affect social policies. Proposals are due June 1, 2008.

New DVD from U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine
Pandemic Flu: Taking Action describes potential outcomes of an influenza pandemic, explains what pandemic flu is, how to prepare for an outbreak, and how to prevent spreading the virus.

Social Ecological Approaches to Community Health Research
A special issue of the American Journal of Community Psychology (AJCP), Social Ecological Approaches to Community Health Research and Action, highlights the work of community health researchers and practitioners who have applied a social ecological framework. Community health researchers and practitioners are invited submit full articles and to present their research at the 2009 Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action, Montclair, New Jersey, June 2009. Papers due to Shannon Gwin Mitchell no later than July 1, 2008.

Environmental Justice
This new quarterly peer-reviewed journal will be the central forum for the research, debate, and discussion of the equitable treatment and involvement of all people, especially minority and low-income populations, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. The Journal will explore the adverse and disparate environmental burden impacting marginalized populations and communities all over the world.  

Computer Resources for People with Disabilities
The newest edition of this award-winning book offers a fully revised guide to maneuvering the growing world of computers and software and offers new ways to interact with the world. Computer Resources for People with Disabilities (4th ed.) (2001) Petaluma: Alliance for Technology Access.

The Parent-Child Home Program for Overcoming Educational Disadvantage
This expanded and updated edition describes the continued success and expanded research base of this program, spearheaded by the late Phyllis Levenstein, which prepares at-risk children for school success, overcoming educational disadvantage. Levenstein, P. & Levenstein, S. (2008) The Parent-Child Program for Overcoming Educational Disadvantage. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Agnotology: The Making and Unmaking of Ignorance
The essays in this book show that ignorance is often more than just an absence of knowledge; it can also be the outcome of cultural and political struggles. Proctor, R.N. & Schiebinger, L. (Eds.)(2008) Agnotology: The making and unmaking of ignorance. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Gendered Innovations in Science and Engineering
Several government granting agencies now require that requests for funding address whether, and in what sense, sex and gender are relevant to the objectives and methodologies of the research proposed, yet few research scientists or engineers know how to do gender analysis. This book begins to rectify the situation by shedding light on the how and the why. Shiebinger, L. (Ed.) (2008) Gender Innovations in Science and Engineering. Standford: Stanford University Press.

Two New Books from Rutgers Press
In Biofeedback for the Brain, Paul G. Swingle, PhD, describes how neurotherapy works. Clients are followed from the initial "brain map" that shows the location and severity of the neurological abnormalities to the various stages of treatment. Swingle, P.G. (2008) Biofeedback for the Brain: How Neurotherapy Effectively Treats Depression, ADHD, Autism and More. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.
David Mechanic, a health policy participant, researcher, teacher and consultant, examines the strengths and weaknesses of health care in The Truth about Health Care. Mechanic, D. (2008) The Truth About Health Care: Why Reform is Not Working in America. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.

 

 

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