COPD Get With It Program: An Exercise Intervention to Reduce Hospital Readmissions.

Dr. S. Bickel is the Co-Investigator on a two year grant, “COPD get with it program:  an exercise intervention to reduce hospital readmissions,”  funded by the UAB Health Services Foundation General Endowment Fund.  The goal of this project is to provide neuromuscular electrical stimulation during and after a two week hospitalization followed by remote pulmonary rehabilitation using currently available technologies to monitor all participants.

Dr. Rimmer Named Expert Panel Member on 2 Committees

(1) Dr. Rimmer, PI of RecTech is serving as an expert panel member on the National Academy of Sciences, Physical Activity and Obesity Committee, 2015.

(2) Dr. Rimmer, PI of RecTech is serving as an expert panel member on the national Physical Activity Plan, Cultural Diversity Committee, 2015.


Dr. Rimmer Named to President’s Council

Dr.Rimmer, PI of RecTech has been named to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Science Board. He is the first researcher with a focus on the fitness of people with disabilities to be named to the prestigious post.


Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP) Excellence in Research Writing Award

Dr. James Rimmer, P.I. of RecTech received the Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP) Excellence in Research Writing Award for the article titled: “Telehealth Weight Management Intervention for Adults with Physical Disabilities: A Randomized controlled Trial.”


UAB Capstone Project Wins 2014 da Vinci Awards

Two projects from the UAB BME Capstone Design course are among 15 finalists for the 2014 da Vinci Awards, including the Cost Effective Home Wheelchair Scale, developed in collaboration with RecTech and the UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative.

Update: One of the teams nominated have won The Student of da Vinci Award. Visit to learn more.


Inaugural UAB Center for Exercise Medicine Symposium

Rectech student, Susan Silverman presented a poster titled “Development of a functional electrical stimulation (FES) – assisted rowing machine for adults with complete spinal cord injury“ at the inaugural UAB Center for Exercise Medicine Symposium. Susan won a cash award as one of the top three student presentors.


Student Intern, Michelle Hoogwout, Receives Honorable Mention for Paper at RESNA 2013

Student intern Michelle Hoogwout, working with Peter Axelson at Beneficial Designs, received a honorable mention at RESNA for her paper titled “Repeatability of a procedure for measuring color contrast on products, including fitness equipment.” For more information, click here and check out our blog post to learn more about color contrast. 


Dr. Rimmer Receives 2014 Excellence in Scholarship Award

Dr. Rimmer received the 2014 Excellence in Scholarship Award in the School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The award is awarded to faculty that have made significant scholarly contributions resulting in the advancement of knowledge. For more information on the award, click here.