About NC NM4R

NC NM4R Overview

Our Focus

The National Center of Neuromodulation for Rehabilitation will serve as a focal point for integrating and developing the new science of neuromodulation with a specific focus on how to use this knowledge to enhance rehabilitation. It will crucially support investigators in use of these tools as research methods or potential treatments and facilitate ‘rational development’ and use of neuromodulation methods in rehabilitation. To this end, NC NM4R offers general, didactic training opportunities such as and in-person and web-based conferences providing opportunities to interact with and learn from colleagues in the field; specialized, collaborative training opportunities; and research funding opportunities via grant awards.

Faculty and Staff

The faculty and staff of the NC NM4R are committed to advancing the field of neuromodulation applied to rehabilitation and to helping researchers in the field advance their work.

Diversity Plan

The NC NM4R fully embraces the Diversity Plans of the Medical University of South Carolina, where the center is housed and has its governance, and the National Institute of Health, where it is primarily funded. The Center further agrees to provide an environment that endorses the inclusion of all research investigators and/or clinicians in the field of Neuromodulation for Rehabilitation. Moreover, we pledge, that every NC NM4R Executive Committee (EC) Member, Faculty Investigator, Consultant, Collaborator, and staff members will make a good faith effort to provide equality of educational access and funding to investigators with disabilities, underrepresented minorities, and ethnic groups, by making reasonable accommodations.  Please see our Diversity Plan for full details of our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access.


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Program Summary

The overall goal of the National Center of Neuromodulation for Rehabilitation is to coordinate the development and high impact functioning of a national center at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) to support researchers in the field of neuromodulation for rehabilitation (NM4R). In order for the NC NM4R to exert a sustained, powerful influence on the field of NM4R, we will oversee numerous individual component functions to ensure a cohesive program that aligns with the needs of the research community and actively contributes to the coalescing of research priorities. The oversight and evaluation functions of this component are organized under the following specific aims:

Leadership & Oversight

The Executive Committee (EC) will provide balanced leadership, program integration, oversight and accountability for all NC NM4R programs, services, and interactions. Specific responsibilities encompass all activities except operations. Oversight of the Executive Committee will be provided by the External Advisory Board.

Operations & Fiscal Management

The PD/Pl and the Admin Oversight staff will be responsible for operations. Dr. Kautz will create an effective administrative infrastructure that ensures efficient implementation of Executive Committee decisions and directives, sound fiscal management and compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations.

Program Evaluation

The Executive Committee will be responsible for developing an integrated, long-term evaluation plan to ensure quality control of programs and continual improvement responsive to research community needs as well as document the impact of the NC NM4R on the research community.

Prioritizing Investigator/Collaboration Opportunities & Pilot Study Funding

Any investigator who wishes to access NC NM4R programs will be required to apply to be a member of the Center's community. An Admissions Committee will rank applicants and the Executive Committee will make the final decision on each affiliate's priority status. This process will define the framework for acceptance for workshops, advanced hands-on training programs and consultative services.

Diversity Planning

The Executive Committee will be responsible for approving the diversity recruitment and retention plan to be enacted by the Program Coordinator under the PD/Pl's oversight.

Collaboration & Networking

The PD/Pl will work effectively with NIH Program personnel and other Medical Rehabilitation Research Research Network (MR3N) sites to ensure that the NC NM4R program contributes significantly to overall network goals.