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    As leaders in rehabilitation, the members of the Neurodegenerative Diseases Networking Group (NDNG) hope to address the needs of people with multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease in two important ways: By facilitating evidence-based practice for improved health, wellness, and quality of life; and promoting innovative research to identify ways in which these goals can be better accomplished through physical medicine and rehabilitation.

     

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    One of the most valuable benefits of ACRM membership is the opportunity to participate in the many interdisciplinary special interest groups (ISIG) and networking groups. Please contact the NDNG Chair, Deborah Backus, PT, PhD, FACRM to learn more about this networking group and ways you might participate.

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    PIRR16_Checkoutads_300x250_11Jun16_4-1ACRM ANNUAL CONFERENCE

    2 Tracks of Content for Neurodegenerative Diseases

    Join us at the 2016 ACRM Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research in Chicago this fall, for 2 tracks of NONSTOP educational content focused on neurodegenerative diseases. Plus, dive deep into intensive Pre-Conference Instructional Courses or Specialized Workshops on a wide variety of topics.

    Up to 42.5 hours of CE available.

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    NEURODEGENERATIVE DISEASES LECTURE LUNCHEON

    Daniel Corcos

    Daniel Corcos

    Mechanisms Underlying Exercise Efficacy in Parkinson’s Disease

    WED 2 NOV 2016 // ACRM Annual Conference
    Hilton Chicago

    with Guest Speaker, Daniel M. Corcos, PhD
    Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

    The evidence that exercise of all kinds is beneficial for everyone is clear and compelling. For individuals suffering from a neurodegenerative disease such as Parkinson’s disease, exercise should be considered as medicine. This presentation will outline the benefits of exercise that are specific to Parkinson’s disease. The benefits of resistance training, endurance training and balance training will be outlined. The presentation will discuss what is known about the dose response to exercise. The presentation will also discuss different mechanisms that bring about therapeutic change. The mechanisms will include brain mechanisms, spinal mechanisms as well as potential trophic and inflammatory mechanisms.

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    SPECIAL SYMPOSIUM

    Exercise for the Elderly and People With Neurodegenerative Disease

    THU 3 NOV 2016 // ACRM Annual Conference
    Hilton Chicago

    with Guest Speaker, Daniel M. Corcos, PhD
    Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

    It is now axiomatic that exercise is beneficial for everyone. For individuals experiencing physical and mental decline, as well as those suffering form neurodegenerative disease, exercise is considered medicine. This presentation will provide the general prescription for exercise, both for the elderly and those with neurodegenerative disease. The benefits of resistance training, endurance training and balance training will be outlined. The presentation will also discuss different approaches to working with the elderly. Finally the presentation will review recent studies on the benefits of exercise programs that target both the person being cared for and the caregiver.

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    EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

     

     

    CHAIR
    Program Committee Liaison

    Patricia Heyn, PhD, FACRM
    University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

    CHAIR-ELECT
    Program/ Awards Officer

    Mark Hirsch, PhD
    Carolinas Medical Center

    Deborah Backus

     

    PAST CHAIR
    Program Committee Liaison

    Deborah Backus, PT, PhD, FACRM
    Shepherd Center

    Shilpa Krishnan

     

    SECRETARY
    Early Career Networking Group Liaison

    Shilpa Krishnan, PT, PhD
    University of Texas Medical Branch

    Hannes Devos

     

    MEMBERSHIP OFFICER

    Hannes Devos, PhD, DRS
    University of Kansas Medical Center

    Jake Sosnoff

     

    COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
    Communications Committee Liaison

    Jacob Sosnoff, PhD
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Jeff Hebert

     

    MEMBER-AT-LARGE

    Jeffrey Hebert, PT, PhD
    University of Colorado Denver

    INTERNATIONAL LIAISON OFFICER

    Position Open

     


    TASK FORCES

     

    EDUCATION TASK FORCE

    Co-Chair: Anna DeJoya

    Co-Chair: Michele York

     

    HEALTH & WELLNESS TASK FORCE

    Co-Chair: Blake Burdett

     

    AWARDS TASK FORCE

    Chair: Mark Hirsch, PhD

     

    PSYCHOSOCIAL TASK FORCE CHAIR

    Chair: Cherie Hyder, Pharm D, JD

     

    PEDIATRIC TASK FORCE CHAIR

    Chair: Position open

     

    EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE & OUTCOMES RESEARCH

    Chair: Position open

     


     

     “How does ACRM Help Neurodegenerative Diseases?"

    Deborah Backus, PhD PT, FACRM
    Shepherd Center