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Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Sciences Study Section [MRS]

The Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Sciences [MRS] study section evaluates applications pertaining to the biomechanics and therapeutics of impaired physical functioning, as well as exercise and physical manipulation as rehabilitation strategies as they relate to the musculoskeletal system. The study section primarily reviews studies on human subjects.

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Topics

  • Rehabilitation strategies related to neural control and exercise in relation to musculoskeletal disabilities including stroke, spinal cord injury, Parkinson's disease, cerebral palsy and traumatic brain injury.
  • Rehabilitation strategies related to impaired musculoskeletal function in conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, repetitive stress injuries, and low back pain.
  • Studies of gait and movement involving kinematics and neural control of movement and function (including but not limited to amputees, stroke survivors, etc.).
  • Motor control in integrated limb function including studies of individuals with impaired or altered function.
  • Robotic interventions to restore limb function (including foot ulcers).
  • Biomechanics related to skeletal muscle function and control in rehabilitation.
  • Rehabilitative therapeutic interventions of the musculoskeletal system.
  • Patient-oriented studies of rehabilitative medicine.
  • Use of alternative therapies such as massage, tai chi etc. in the treatment of physical impairments.

Shared Interests and Overlaps

​There are shared interests with Skeletal Muscle Biology and Exercise Physiology [SMEP] Study Section in the investigation of muscle function and exercise.  Grant applications that focus on molecular and cellular mechanisms of muscle function and related animal models may be assigned to SMEP. Applications that focus on rehabilitation interventions to improve muscle function, increase muscle mass, or identify muscles responsible to functional decline may be assigned to MRS.


There are shared interests with Skeletal Biology Structure and Regeneration [SBSR] in the areas of biomechanics and kinematics aspects of joint movement. Grant applications that focus on the characteristics of spine and joint movements affected by cartilage degeneration and pain in both human and animal studies may be assigned to SBSR. Applications that focus on rehabilitative therapeutic interventions to improve spine and joint function, and biomechanics, rehabilitation after sports injury, ACL or total joint reconstruction, and interventions to decrease chronic back pain in humans may be assigned to MRS.

There are shared interests with Motor Function, Speech and Rehabilitation [MFSR]  in the investigation of preventive and therapeutic interventions for movement, and normal and disordered motor function. Grant applications that focus on speech and voice production and function across the lifespan, associated behavioral, anatomical, physiological, neural, hormonal, and genetic factors, swallowing, facial and related movement, acoustic and perceptual aspects of sound production, and related adaptive technologies and prosthetics may be assigned to MFSR. Applications that focus on motor control of extremities in humans, body posture balance, locomotion, movement disorders [including motor dyskinesia, paralysis, parkinsonism, repetitive stress injury, spasticity, tremor], physical rehabilitation following disease or injury and related exercise may be assigned to MRS.

There are shared interests with Aging Systems and Geriatrics [ASG] in the investigation of age-related changes on human mobility and exercise with aging. Grant applications that focus on comorbidities of affected physiological functions and geriatric syndromes, and on pleiotropic and mechanism-driven interventions to ameliorate such age-related changes in elderly people or aging animals may be assigned to ASG. Applications that focus on rehabilitative interventions aiming to improve motor performance, balance and mobility in elderly people, including mobility support devices, may be assigned to MRS.

There are shared interests with Acute Neural Injury and Epilepsy Study Section [ANIE] in the investigation of targeted physical rehabilitation programs after stroke, traumatic brain injury, and spinal cord injury. Grant applications that focus on the onset, progression and clinical manifestation of these disorders may be assigned to ANIE. Applications that focus on rehabilitative strategies, including: evaluation of neural prostheses, electrical and magnetic stimulation, and physical therapy may be assigned to MRS.

There are shared interests with Sensorimotor Integration Study Section [SMI] in the investigation of posture and balance. Grant applications addressing neural or biomechanical aspects of posture and balance, especially if designed to study the motor control principles, may be assigned to SMI.  Applications that focus on rehabilitation of body posture balance, locomotion and movement disorders may be assigned to MRS.