A Message from the President, Douglas I. Katz

It is has been an honor and delight to begin serving as your president for the 2015-2017 term. I cannot believe I am already a quarter of the way through. First, I want to thank Past-president, Sue Ann Sisto, for her service as our previous president, all of her continuing contributions to ACRM, and especially...
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Top Presenters, Hot Topics and a Sweet Deal

This year's program is going to change your life. With MORE nonstop content (30+ tracks), across MORE focus areas (16+) presented by TOP researchers and clinicians from around the world, this is the ONE conference you cannot miss. Prepare to be blown-away! Have you Ever Seen a Program Like THIS? While the Program Committee dots...
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2016 ACRM Board of Governors Election

The ACRM Nominating Committee is pleased to announce an outstanding slate of candidates from which the next ACRM Treasurer and TWO members-at-large will be elected.  A very special thank you goes to each candidate for their commitment to ACRM and their willingness to serve. Voting members of ACRM will receive an election ballot tomorrow, 6...
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SCI Information/Education Pages for Consumers

The SCI-ISIG has been hard at work developing Information/Education Pages (I/EPs) for the ACRM scientific journal, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  These two-sided, tear-out sheets are designed to provide key information on topics of interest to people with disabilities, family members, and clinicians. They are written in consumer-friendly language and published on a monthly...
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Updates from the Stroke ISIG

Submitted by: Kimberly Hreha, OT, OTR/L and Heather Peters, MOT, OTR/L

Vision Task Force Update The Vision Task Force membership is working hard to make this year a productive one. We have a great group of core members who are dedicated to the task force mission and the goals we set for the year. We are currently working on a second manuscript (based on a survey...
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Collaboration Ops Among Technology Experts

Submitted by: Megan Mitchell, PhD, Sabbatical, John Morris, PhD, Shepherd Center; Tracey Wallace, MS, CCC-SLP, Shepherd Center, Sara Benham, OTD, OTR/L, University of the Sciences, Rachel Proffitt, OTD, OTR/L, University of Missouri

In February of 2016, the ACRM Board of Governors approved the establishment of the Technology in Rehabilitation Group (TRG), allowing it to join the ranks of ACRM professional communities. The TRG serves as the venue for an interdisciplinary group of rehabilitation professionals, comprising academicians, clinicians, researchers, rehabilitation and consumer technology industry members, and end-users. This...
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Dr. Daniel Corcos Accepts Invitation to Speak at PIRR 2016

Submitted by: Deborah Backus, PT, PhD, FACRM

The Neurodegenerative Diseases Networking Group is excited to have Dr. Daniel Corcos join them at the 2016 ACRM Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research (PIRR) in Chicago. Dr. Corcos has completed a clinical trial on the effects of progressive resistance exercise in Parkinson’s disease that demonstrated clear benefits on the motor symptoms of the disease...
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Pediatric Rehab Networking Group Updates

            The Pediatric Rehabilitation Networking Group, now officially in our third year, continues to grow and expand in our membership and activities. Angela Ciccia and Cristina Sadowsky are the co-chairs of the group. We are currently looking for a communications officer.  If you are a member of the Pediatric Rehabilitation...
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Is My Patient Suffering from Pseudobulbar Affect?

Many patients we treat with multiple chronic conditions and severe disability exhibit symptoms including depression, stress, and the overall burden of coping with daily life.  When treating these complex patients, it is sometimes challenging to pinpoint and treat some of the secondary symptoms they are experiencing. Specifically, patients with a diagnosis of certain neurologic disorders,...
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Grant Writing as an Early Career Clinician-Researcher

Submitted by: Sarah Callahan, MOT, OTR/L

Grant writing: It is not how your typical therapist wants to spend his/her afternoon. Actually, I am not sure anyone wants to spend any extended length of time on this activity, but in research it is necessary. So after a year or so of trying to avoid grant writing altogether, I decided it was in...
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Neurodegenerative Diseases Networking Group Update

Submitted by: Deborah Backus, PT, PhD, FACRM

The Neurodegenerative Networking Group (NDNG) is growing! The NDNG leadership is expanding in order to fulfill its mission to provide a platform for facilitating cutting edge rehabilitation research and the translation of evidence into practice related to neurodegenerative diseases, including, but not limited to multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease (PD), and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)....
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Cancer Rehabilitation Networking Group Update

Submitted by: Dr. Jack Fu

The Outcomes & Research Task Force of the Cancer Rehabilitation Networking Group is in the process of a Delphi study of self-identified cancer rehabilitation experts within the ACRM. The first of three surveys has been completed. The second survey should be sent out soon. The Research Task Force is appreciative of the time taken by...
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Health Services Research Task Force Invites Your Participation

Submitted by: James Graham, PhD, DC

The new rehabilitation-related Health Services Research Task Force has been established within the ACRM Measurement Networking Group and invites your participation. Healthcare reform is having a dramatic impact on how rehabilitation services are being delivered, evaluated, and reimbursed. Additionally, technological advances and innovative analytic techniques have created unique research opportunities. The mission of the task...
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Meet the New ECNG Communications Task Force Chair: Alison Cogan

Hello! My name is Alison Cogan and I am currently a PhD candidate in occupational science at the University of Southern California. I earned my MS degree in occupational therapy from USC as well as an MEd in exercise physiology from Temple University. In addition to research, I teach a course on qualitative research for...
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