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Investigators Reach New High in Research Expenditures

Cancer Imaging With Radiopharmaceuticals

Arthritis Rehabilitation Research and Training

A Home for Swine Studies

Rethinking Mathematics Instruction

Seeking Answers to Coronary Artery Disease

Director Named for LSC

Maize Genome Mapping Project Nears Completion

Arthritis Rehabilitation Research and Training

The U.S. Department of Education in October awarded MU investigator Jerry Parker, clinical professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and director of Behavioral Health at Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital, a $4 million, 5-year grant for work with the Missouri Arthritis Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (MARRTC).

Established in 1971 as the MU Arthritis Center, today's center provides leadership in preventing and managing disabilities in persons with arthritis and related musculoskeletal diseases. Its staff includes faculty with a wide range of skills and areas of expertise, among them physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, health educators, nurses, biologists and social scientists. Parker says the center will put the funds to use in developing an online self-management program for older adults; research into the types of exercise and physical fitness that might work best for individuals with knee osteoarthritis; developing an arthritis prevention and self-management curriculum for migrant workers; and crafting a national strategic communication campaign. MARRTC is the nation's only federally funded arthritis rehabilitation research and training center.

"Arthritis is an often misunderstood and potentially disabling condition which diminishes the quality of life for millions of Americans," says Parker. "More than seven million people in the United States report limitations due to arthritis, and each year arthritis causes some 44 million outpatient visits and costs approximately $21.7 billion in medical care. This disease will continue to incapacitate millions of people in the future, it is imperative that we build a program that can combat its effects."


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