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Yarar-Fisher honored with KL2 Scholar in Translational Research Award

November 6, 2015

Ceren Yarar-Fisher, PT, PhD, former Nutrition Obesity Research Center post-doctoral trainee and current assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the UAB School of Medicine, has received a KL2 Scholar in Translational Research Award from the UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) Training Academy. With the program’s stated goal “to impart knowledge, experience and perspective to a network of junior scientists who will emerge as independent investigators,” Dr. Yarar-Fisher’s award will fund two to three years of formal training and hands-on research, with partial salary coverage, culminating in lead author manuscripts and an extramurally funded research grant submission (e.g., R01). The purpose of her project is to determine the effects of a ketogenic diet on neuro-recovery, body composition, and metabolism in individuals with spinal cord injury. Dr. Yarar-Fisher’s long-term goals are to develop an optimal nutrition and rehabilitation prescription that can be prescribed in the sub-acute stage to optimize neuro-recovery and metabolic health for patients with SCI and to translate findings from clinical trials to practice settings and communities, where these findings can improve the health of individuals with spinal cord injury as well as individuals with similar disabling conditions.