August 4, 2013
Ceren Yarar-Fisher, PT, PhD,  post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology  and the Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC),  was recently awarded the 2014 Mary Switzer Merit Research Fellowship,  one of several grant programs of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). This 12-month grant will fund Dr. Yarar-Fisher’s independent original research “Novel Exercise and Diet Prescription to Improve Body Composition and Metabolic Health in Individuals with Long-Standing Spinal Cord Injury.”
Dr. Yarar-Fisher joined the NORC in 2011 and works under the primary mentorship of Marcas Bamman, PhD,  in the Core Muscle Research Laboratory . Her fundamental research interest is to develop rehabilitation/exercise and nutrition interventions that can improve cardiovascular and metabolic health in individuals with spinal cord injury.
The NIDRR—the main federal agency that supports basic and applied research, training, and development to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities—established the Switzer Research Fellowships Program to provide support to qualified scientists who engage in related research.