New Research Projects at the Institute on Disability and Human Development (IL UCEDD/LEND)

November 30, 2010

Beth Marks, PhD, received funding her project entitled:   Community-Academic Partnership:  Building an Infrastructure to Improve health for Persons Aging with Developmental Disabilities from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health.  The three year award was in the amount of $998,238 for the period July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2013.  The project seeks to build capacity in community organizations to participate in research to develop culturally relevant research questions and to promote commitment to the translation and dissemination of evidence-based practice.

The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Department of Education notified James Rimmer, Ph.D. of his success in receiving funding for the UIC Obesity Research Project on Prevalence, Adaptations and Knowledge Translation in Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities from Diverse Race/Ethnic Backgrounds.  The $2,000,000 project expands ongoing research on obesity in youth and young adults with disabilities by addressing significant gaps in the literature related to prevalence, risk factors and consequences of obesity; successful and promising community-based strategies for obesity prevention; and knowledge translation issues that limit access to important research findings.  The research targets transition-age youth and young adults, ages 15 to 25 years, with physical and cognitive disabilities from culturally diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. It is a five year project (October 1, 2010-September 30, 2015).