The National Pediatric Rehabilitation Resource Center (C-PROGRESS)

The National Pediatric Rehabilitation Resource Center, also known as C-PROGRESS, helps clinical scientists studying pediatric rehabilitation by funding pilot studies, providing mentorship, and offering training and tools to support clinical trials research. C-PROGRESS stands for the Center for Pediatric Rehabilitation: Growing Research, Education, and Sharing Science, the center’s primary objective is to “see progress” in the emerging field of pediatric rehabilitation science. The Center is funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. C-PROGRESS is one of six national centers in the Medical Rehabilitation Resource Network (MR3).

Specific aims are:

  • Educate – Provide workshops, webinars and demonstrations related to conducting high-impact clinical trials

  • Mentor and Collaborate – Support innovative, interdisciplinary research mentoring and partnerships

  • Develop Measurement Techniques – Identify neurobiological markers and bio-behavioral outcomes

  • Fund Pilot Studies – Partner with national organizations to yield data for NIH pediatric medical rehabilitation trials

  • Promote C-PROGRESS Expertise – Advocate for pediatric rehabilitation research in partnership with national associations and advertise C-PROGRESS expertise

Director’s Message

Our Team

Sharon Landesman Ramey, Ph.D.
Sharon Landesman Ramey, Ph.D.
Dr. Sharon Landesman Ramey serves as the C-PROGRESS Director
Amy Darragh, Ph.D., OTR, FAOTA
Amy Darragh, Ph.D., OTR, FAOTA
Dr. Amy Darragh leads the C-PROGRESS Pilot Studies Core
Stephanie DeLuca, Ph.D.
Stephanie DeLuca, Ph.D.
Dr. Stephanie DeLuca leads the C-PROGRESS Didactic Interactions Core
Jill Heathcock, MPT, Ph.D.
Jill Heathcock, MPT, Ph.D.
Dr. Jill Heathcock leads the C-PROGRESS Techniques Development Core
Craig Ramey, Ph.D.
Craig Ramey, Ph.D.
Dr. Craig Ramey leads the C-PROGRESS Promoting Center Excellence Core
Warren Lo, Ph.D.
Warren Lo, Ph.D.
Dr. Warren Lo leads the C-PROGRESS Mentored Collaborative Opportunities Core

C-PROGRESS Partners

C-PROGRESS is funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. Its founders are senior scientists at Virginia Tech’s Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, The Ohio State University, and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. C-PROGRESS is one of six national centers in the Medical Rehabilitation Resource Network (MR3).

“We simply have not had a full-court attack scientifically to find out how far these children can progress with the right level of investments at the right time. The right types and amounts of rehabilitation can be transformative for a young child and for the family as well. We have vastly underestimated human potential to grow and change.”

Sharon Landesman Ramey, Ph.D., C-PROGRESS Director

“I’ve gotten to know the children participating in our many clinical studies and watched their development into successful adulthood. I’ve also seen how parents are filled with amazing ideas worthy of research as well as grounded advice for how clinicians can be responsive to their child’s total needs.”

Stephanie DeLuca, Ph.D., C-PROGRESS Didactic Interactions Core Leader

“We will promote ideas for rehabilitation that are a combination of bold, feasible, and far-reaching. We want maximize the success of each pilot study so that the team can acquire large-scale funding for their ideas that demonstrate the greatest promise.”

Amy Darragh, Ph.D., OTR/L, C-PROGRESS Pilot Studies Core Leader

“Clinical insights can be corralled into improving measurements in clinical trials to become more attuned to the full range of physical and mental needs of patients.”

Warren Lo, M.D., C-PROGRESS Mentored Collaborative Opportunities Core Leader

“There is nothing more important than bringing forth the full human potential of each and every child by applying all of our scientific knowledge. Pediatric medical rehabilitation is ready for moving into the big leagues with team science.”

Craig Ramey, Ph.D., C-PROGRESS Promoting Center Expertise Core Leader