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    Meet us in Atlanta! ACRM Conference Fall 2017

    WED 25 OCT  12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: SCI-ISIG Women's Health Task Force Meeting

    THUR 26 OCT  7:00 AM – 8:00 AM: SCI-ISIG Fitness & Wellness Task Force Meeting

    FRI 27 OCT  7:00 AM – 8:00 AM: SCI-ISIG Business Meeting


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    CLICK to See/Download SCI-ISIG Brochure

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    At the ACRM Annual Conference in October 2009, the eight-year-old Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Networking Group was recognized by the ACRM Board of Governors as the SCI Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group (SCI-ISIG). Started by Sue Ann Sisto in 2001, the group is now comprised of interdisciplinary professionals who desire to improve the educational and networking opportunities for ACRM membership in SCI medicine, rehabilitation and research, and to advance clinical practice to improve the lives of people with SCI.

    Spinal Cord Injury Rehab Content at the ACRM 2017 Annual Conference

    Join us at the ACRM Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research this fall, for NONSTOP educational content focused on spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Plus, dive deep into intensive Pre-Conference Instructional Courses or Specialized Workshops on a wide variety of topics.

    Attend the full 6-day conference and earn up to 44 hours of CE in your choice of 15 disciplines and enjoy educational content for 18 different focus areas.

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    The mission of the SCI-ISIG is to advance the field of SCI rehabilitation and research by providing opportunities for professional development, advocating for standards of practice and research, and supporting a forum for interdisciplinary and international exchange.



    Call for Late Breaking Research Now OPEN Through JUNE 30

    The Program Committee invites proposals focused on research evidence and its translation into clinical practice for presentation at the ACRM 2017 Annual Conference in Atlanta.



         ACRM Annual Conference Call for Proposals


    Seeking Members for Media & Marketing Committee

    The SCI-ISIG is now seeking members for the newly formed Media and Marketing Committee. The purpose of this committee is to help identify and contribute SCI content to ACRM publications, website, and social media. If you want to make a difference for the SCI-ISIG and work with great ACRM colleagues, please volunteer!

    Submit questions and nominations to Dr. Sue Ann Sisto, SCI-ISIG Communications Officer. We are looking forward to working with you and are available for any questions you may have about involvement with the SCI-ISIG.


    Updates to the SCI-ISIG Rules of Governance

    The SCI-ISIG has revised its bylaws to clarify existing procedures, make changes to reflect our current needs, and ensure compliance with ACRM policies. The full Rules of Governance for the SCI-ISIG are published in the ACRM Policies and Procedures Manual. To access the manual, log into the Member Portal and select "ACRM Policy and Procedures Manual (ACRM Members Only)."

    These updates have been approved by the ACRM Board of Governors. Substantive changes include:

    • Describing two poster awards that will be given annually at the annual conference of ACRM:
      • The SCI-ISIG Early Career Best Poster Award (awarded to the best SCI poster authored by someone within the first 5 years of his or her post-graduate training)
      • SCI-ISIG Best Poster Award (awarded to the best poster on any SCI topic)
    • Clarifying the terms of SCI-ISIG Only membership to match changes made by ACRM
    • Specifying that elections shall be held by ballot regardless of the number of candidates running for office
    • Adding two positions to the SCI-ISIG Executive Board: Early Career Officer and Communications Officer (see key responsibilities above)
    • Adding two committees:
      • Membership Committee (chaired by the Treasurer): Assists the Treasurer in all duties related to membership, such as ensuring an SCI-ISIG membership of 30 or more persons is maintained by the ACRM National Office and that an ongoing campaign is maintained to promote SCI-ISIG membership in order to enhance its ability to fulfill its stated objectives.
      • Media and Marketing Committee (chaired by the Communications Officer): Creates content for SCI-ISIG-specific and ACRM-wide publications, assists in website updates and social media postings, helps with responses to requests for information on SCI-ISIG activities

    Questions and comments regarding these changes are welcome, and may be directed to Jeanne Zanca.



    Yuying Chen


    CHAIR: Yuying Chen, MD, PhD
    Associate Professor & Director
    University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Jeanne Zanca


    CHAIR-ELECT: Jeanne M. Zanca, PhD, MPT
    Senior Research Scientist
    Kessler Foundation

    Susan Charlifue


    PAST CHAIR: Susan Charlifue, PhD, FISCoS, FACRM
    Senior Principal Investigator
    Craig Hospital
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    Ceren Yarar-Fisher


    TREASURER: Ceren Yarar-Fisher, PT, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
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    Denise Fyffe


    SECRETARY: Denise Fyffe, PhD
    Research Scientist
    Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation
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    Swati Mehta


    Research Associate
    Parkwood Institute
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    Sue Ann Sisto


    Professor of PT and Research Director
    School of Health Technology and Management, Stony Brook University
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    • Continuing education opportunities
    • Opportunity to plan educational courses for the ACRM Annual Conference
    • Task Force participation
    • Collaborative research opportunities



    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. Not sure ACRM membership is right for you? Consider an ISIG Only membership.



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    Work of the SCI-ISIG is carried out by its various task forces, which promote cutting-edge research, establish standards of care in SCI rehabilitation, and offer an interdisciplinary forum for development of state-of-the-art SCI rehabilitation practice.


    Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Task Force

    Mission: Promote high quality FES research and evidence-based clinical applications of FES for people with SCI to a target audience of health professionals and consumers.

    View current projects and learn how to get involved >>

    Therese JohnstonCHAIR: Therese Johnston, PT, PhD, MBA

    Associate Professor of Physical Therapy
    Thomas Jefferson University

    Secondary Complications & Aging Task Force

    Mission: To promote healthy aging among people with SCI and assist the prevention and management of secondary complications of SCI through education, research, and policy.

    View current projects and learn how to get involved >>

    Jeanne ZancaCHAIR: Jeanne Zanca, PhD, MPT

    Senior Research Scientist
    Kessler Foundation

    Fitness & Wellness Task Force

    Mission: To enhance the health and wellness of people with spinal cord injury through the development and implementation of evidence-based physical fitness and health initiatives created by an interdisciplinary team of clinicians and researchers in the field of spinal cord injury rehabilitation.

    View current projects and learn how to get involved >>

    Nick EvansCO-CHAIR: Nick Evans, MHS, ACSM-CEP

    Clinical Exercise Physiologist
    Shepherd Center

    Hanna MercierCO-CHAIR: Hannah Mercier, PhD, MS, OTR/L

    Advanced Clinician, Post Doctoral Research Fellow
    Spaulding Rehabilitation Network

    Women’s Health Task Force

    Mission: The mission of the Women's Health Task Force (WHTF) is to raise awareness, facilitate collaborative research, apply knowledge, and improve women's health and quality of life following SCI.

    View current projects and learn how to get involved >>

    Heather TaylorCHAIR: Heather Taylor, PhD

    Director for Spinal Cord Injury Research
    TIRR Memorial Hermann

    Dual Diagnosis: TBI in SCI Task Force

    Mission: To generate knowledge and disseminate information on the impact of traumatic brain injury in persons with spinal cord injury to a wide-ranging audience from scientists, clinicians, impacted persons, caregivers and society.

    View current projects and learn how to get involved >>

    CHAIR: Linda Isaac, PhD
    Director, Rehabilitation Research Center at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
    Clinical Assistant Professor at Stanford University, School of Medicine
    Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation




    • Advance SCI research and promote research collaboration
    • Establish an interdisciplinary research agenda
    • Promote translation of evidence to enhance clinical expertise and practice


    • Conduct state-of-the-art reviews of practice in spinal cord care
    • Enhance competencies of an interdisciplinary team member in SCI rehabilitation


    • Participate in continuing education offerings specific to the interests of SCI researchers and clinicians
    • Plan an educational course for the ACRM annual meeting, Progress in Rehabilitation Research
    • Develop and receive informational and instructional media

    Become involved in an SCI-ISIG task force by contacting the task force chair.





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