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    MISSION

    The mission of the ACRM Neuroplasticity Networking Group is to synthesize and disseminate information about neuroplasticity for members of the ACRM community and to create a forum within the ACRM community for an ongoing dialogue on emerging implications of greater understanding of neuroplasticity on best practice within neurorehabilitation.

    We seek to align the aims of the Neuroplasticity Group with the seven goals set in the 2009 NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience and to engage ACRM members in rising to the challenges set within the framework of the NIH Brain 2025 Initiative.

     

    BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP

    • Task Force participation
    • Continuing education
    • Opportunity to plan educational courses for the ACRM Annual Conference
    • Networking
    • Collaborative research opportunities

     


    HOW TO JOIN

    Click the JOIN NOW button to learn more or contact Member Services at +1.703.435.5335 for personal assistance.

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    HOW TO PARTICIPATE

    • Bi-Monthly conference calls
    • Two face-to-face meetings each year: Mid-Year Meeting (spring) and in conjunction with the ACRM Annual Conference (fall).
    • Please contact a co-chair to learn more and get involved today!

     


    EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

    image: Theresa Louise-Bender Pape

     

    CO-CHAIR

    Theresa Louise-Bender Pape, DrPH, MA, CCC-SLP/L, FACRM
    Clinical Neuroscientist
    Hines VA Hospital

    Lynne Gauthier

     

    CO-CHAIR

    Lynne Gauthier, PhD
    Director, Neurorecovery and Brain Imaging Lab
    Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

     

    SECRETARY

    Lindsey Gurin, MD, PhD
    PGY6, Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology
    New York University School of Medicine

     


    DEFINITION OF NEUROPLASTICITY

    Neuroplasticity refers to the ability of the nervous system to respond to new information and/or intrinsic or extrinsic stimuli by reorganizing and/or adapting its structure, function and connections. This dynamic reorganization and adaptation of the nervous system, seen during human development and in learning and memory, is increasingly recognized to play a role in responses of the nervous system to acute (ex. stroke, traumatic brain and spinal cord injury), chronic and progressive neurological disease (ex. developmental disorders, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease).

    Adaptive and maladaptive forms of neuroplasticity have been observed following insults to the nervous system and there is a substantive need to advance our understanding of both, so we can enable and facilitate adaptive neuroplasticity to optimize recovery of neurological function. The need can be addressed, in part by bridging the gap between bench and bedside, and bringing consideration of neuroplasticity mechanisms to the treatment plans of brain and spinal cord injured patients.

    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.

     


    GOALS

    Education

    Develop educational content for neuroplasticity for the ACRM Annual Conference (i.e., instructional courses, symposia, oral presentations, posters)

    1. Fundamental principles of neuroplasticity
      1. Basic science of neuroplasticity
      2. How neuroplasticity relates to theories of recovery and rehabilitation and concepts of compensation/restoration of function
    2. Spontaneous neuroplasticity following acquired nervous system injury (at the cellular, molecular, local and brain-wide neural circuit levels). Will include discussion of adaptive/positive and maladaptive/negative forms of neuroplasticity.
      1. Stroke
      2. TBI
      3. Developmental disorders
      4. Chronic adult onset neurodegenerative diseases (e.g., MS, PD, AD)
      5. SCI
    3. Interventions to modulate neuroplasticity: concepts related to linking brain activity to motor/cognitive/neurobehavioral functions with precise interventional tools that change neural circuit dynamics (i.e, demonstrating causality) including, but not limited to:
      1. Behavioral interventions
      2. Pharmacological intervention
      3. Brain stimulation noninvasive
      4. Brain stimulation invasive
      5. Stem cells
    4. Methods of assessing, measuring and monitoring neuroplasticity in individual patients

     

    Research/ Collaboration

    Cross-fertilize with other ISIGs and networking groups to develop manuscripts for neuroplasticity and rehabilitation. Initial project ideas include:

    1. Course development for annual conference
    2. Systematic review of neuroplasticity relevant to motor system
    3. Systematic review of neuroplasticity to cognitive function
    4. Develop standards of clinical care as it relates to evidence based neuroplasticity

    NEW Enhance your CV by co-authoring an evidence-based review

    We would like to invite you to co-author a collaborative evidence-based review. The topic is noninvasive brain stimulation for motor recovery in acute and subacute stroke. If you are interested in participating, please email Sangeetha Madhavan.The group will hold a working meeting at the Mid-Year Meeting in Chicago on Friday, 15 APR at 12:00 PM.

     

     Clinical Trials Network

    1. Foster collaboration and multi-center efforts for translational research efforts relevant to neuroplasticity.
    2. Identify mechanisms to support initiation of multicenter clinical trials

     

    Website

    Develop educational resources for the broader neuroplasticity community and expand professional opportunities for members. Initial ideas that will be finalized during the 2015 neuroplasticity networking membership meeting in Dallas, include:

    1. Place bios – call for collaborators in the online matching of skill to need
    2. Links to neuroplasticity tutorials
    3. List of grants/ funding sources supporting neuroplasticity research

     

    Database building

    (Code sharing; links to imaging and patient repositories, e.g., ADNI)