New Pilot Study Opportunities Available From CoHSTAR

The Center on Health Services Training and Research (CoHSTAR) has opened a call for the development of multiple pilot studies that would help set the stage for larger efforts to advance a wide range of health services research. APTA was a major financial contributor to the development of CoHSTAR, having donated $1 million toward the center’s startup in 2015.

The selected pilot studies would address research questions in CoHSTAR’s 4 areas of specialization—analysis of large data sets, rehabilitation outcome measurement, cost-effectiveness, and implementation of science and quality improvement research—and the CoHSTAR Pilot Study Program webpage lists examples of specific types of studies that would qualify for funding. Each pilot study will receive $25,000 in funding for direct costs.

Priorities for funding will be given to applications that align with 1 of the 4 areas of CoHSTAR specialization, have a strong likelihood of leading to broader research with major external funding, and have good potential to result in future research with high societal or policy impact for physical therapy. Principal investigators must include at least 1 physical therapist (PT) who is a US citizen or a certified permanent resident of the United States.

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CoHSTAR Research Center Accepting Postdoctoral and Faculty Fellowship Applications

Physical therapists (PTs) who are interested in playing a transformative role in physical therapy health services research now have a big chance to do just that.

The Center on Health Services Training and Research (CoHSTAR) is seeking candidates for fellowships at either a full-time postdoctoral level or a part-time faculty level. Fellowships are available at the 3 institutions participating in CoHSTAR: Brown University, Boston University, and the University of Pittsburgh.

For the full-time fellowships, applications are being sought from PTs with a PhD, ScD, or DrPH, or from PTs with a DPT and research training, experience, and publication history. Part-time faculty fellow applicants must be licensed PTs and full-time faculty members with a doctoral degree or equivalent research experience. Faculty fellows must devote the bulk of their time to research activities, and be able to participate in CoHSTAR activities and regularly visit the CoHSTAR site.

Full story of CoHSTAR seeking candidates for fellowship at APTA

CoHSTAR Offers Online Viewing for First-Ever Conference on PT Health Services Research

A first-of-its-kind gathering to explore physical therapy health services research with some of the profession’s top researchers is nearly at capacity, but you still have a chance to tune in remotely.

The Center on Health Services Training and Research (CoHSTAR) is offering a 2-day Summer Institute on Health Services Research June 28-29 at Boston University. Specifically targeted toward training physical therapists in health policy and health services, the institute is CoHSTAR’s first national conference since its inception in 2015.

Events during the institute will include presentations on integrated health care systems, pragmatic trials, health care industry collaboration, hospital and academic collaboration, as well as discussions of ongoing CoHSTAR research projects.

Full story of the Summer Institute for PT training at APTA

From the Foundation: CoHSTAR Looking to Fund Studies; Fellowships and Scholarships Announced

The physical therapy profession’s first center of excellence for health services and health policy research is now accepting letters of intent for pilot study funding, but the July 15 deadline is fast approaching.

The Center on Health Services Training and Research (CoHSTAR) pilot study program is designed to provide funding for pilot research into areas related to health services research, and will be funding up to $25,000 in direct costs for each study approved.

According to CoHSTAR, pilot studies “may be designed to provide preliminary data that will support larger subsequent funding efforts, or develop new infrastructure … needed to pursue physical therapy health services research questions.” Application details, funding priorities, and other resources are available at the CoHSTAR pilot study webpage.

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From the Foundation: CoHSTAR Looking to Fund Studies; Fellowships and Scholarships Announced

The physical therapy profession’s first center of excellence for health services and health policy research is now accepting letters of intent for pilot study funding, but the July 15 deadline is fast approaching.

The Center on Health Services Training and Research (CoHSTAR) pilot study program is designed to provide funding for pilot research into areas related to health services research, and will be funding up to $25,000 in direct costs for each study approved.

According to CoHSTAR, pilot studies “may be designed to provide preliminary data that will support larger subsequent funding efforts, or develop new infrastructure … needed to pursue physical therapy health services research questions.” Application details, funding priorities, and other resources are available at the CoHSTAR pilot study webpage.

Full story of CoHSTAR foundation at  APTA

CoHSTAR Research Center Now Accepting Visiting Scientist Applications

Physical therapists (PTs) with a strong background in research have an opportunity to partner with a groundbreaking project that aims to play a transformative role in physical therapy health services research.

The Center on Health Services Training and Research (CoHSTAR) is now seeking candidates for its Visiting Scientist Program, a first-of-its-kind program that will link researchers with faculty mentors across 3 collaborating institutions, and provide opportunities for hands-on experience working with investigators.

Applications are being sought for PTs with a PhD, ScD, or DrPH and a history of research experience and publication who are committed to advancing health services and health policy research capacity in physical therapy. Initial application requirements include a description of the work an applicant wishes to do while at CoHSTAR, a curriculum vitae or NIH biosketch, and a statement describing future plans for physical therapy and related health services research. Stipends of up to $20,000 are available.

Full story of CoHSTAR research at APTA

Groundbreaking $2.5 Million Physical Therapist Research Initiative Will be Housed at Brown University

It’s no longer just a dream: a groundbreaking Center of Excellence for physical therapy health sciences research is now officially a reality. This week, the Foundation for Physical Therapy (Foundation) announced that Brown University in Rhode Island has been awarded a $2.5 million grant to create a transformative center for making dramatic improvements to the profession’s research capacity.

On February 4, the Foundation reported that Brown would receive the funding to establish the Center on Health Services Training and Research (CoHSTAR) over the next 5 years. While Brown will provide leadership and administration, Boston University (BU) and the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) will also participate in the multi-institutional research and training program, working together to deliver “a 3-part focus on analysis of large data sets, rehabilitation outcomes measurement, and implementation science and quality assurance,” according to a Foundation news release.

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