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    Get involved with the ACRM Geriatric Rehabilitation Networking Group and help identify the critical rehabilitation issues this group will address, recruit colleagues in the field or step into a leadership role as chair of a task force. Contact the chair to learn more.


    2018 Call for Proposals

    ACRM 2018 Call for Proposals

    The Program Committee invites proposals focused on research evidence and its translation into clinical practice for presentation at the ACRM 2018 Annual Conference in Dallas.


    2017 GRNG Election

    The Geriatric Rehabilitation Networking Group 2017 Election is now in progress to determine the next chair-elect. The candidate is Patricia Heyn, PhD, FGSA, FACRM. An unique member link to the election survey has been sent via email to all GRNG members. If you did not receive a link or need assistance accessing the survey, please contact Cindy Robinson. The survey will close on 30 November.

    Patricia Heyn

    Patricia Heyn


    I am honored to be considered for the Chair-Elect position for the ACRM Geriatric Rehabilitation Networking Group. I am currently the chair of the Neurodegenerative Disease Networking Group where my chair designation ends on October 2018. I am excited about the opportunity to transition my leadership to the GRNG where I believe I will be able to make significant contributions to the growth of the geriatric sciences within ACRM.

    I have been involved in several important ACRM leadership roles such as I assisted with the formation of the ACRM Complementary and Integrative Rehabilitation Medicine Group and was the founder of the Applied Cognitive Task Force (ACTF) from the ACRM Measurement Networking Group (MNG). The MNG Applied Cognitive Task Force is composed of two productive and active working groups and each group is systematically evaluating the evidence on:
    pharmacological treatments for cognitive function on individuals with TBI
    brain gaming training for older individuals with cognitive impairments.
    I am a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) where I am the associated editor of the society leading journal; The Gerontologist and am the Chair of the GSA Mentoring Committee. I also have significant leadership role in the Aging Interest Group of the American College of Sport Medicine.

    I have published more than 75 peer-reviewed papers, abstracts, and book chapters. I am well-known for my research on the prevention and intervention of Alzheimer’s disease through exercise treatments including screening and early identification of risk factors associated to cognitive impairments in the elderly.  My meta-analysis study on the effects of exercise training for individuals with dementia is recognized as one of the most cited article from the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and is Altmetric highly scored.

    My investigations include biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease and identifying preclinical stages of chronic disease development, such as metabolic syndrome and mild cognitive impairment. My research has achieved international recognition and was featured in the La Nación, Argentina's leading newspaper and is frequently cited in various media such as HealingWell.com, WIKIBOOKS, ABC 7 News and the Alzheimer’s Association.

    Best Early Career Poster in Geriatric Rehabilitation

    The poster presented at the 2017 ACRM Annual Conference that was judged to be the best scientific poster in geriatric rehabilitation by an early career author is:

    Change of Functional Mobility from Acute Hospital to Community in Elderly People
    First Author: Kyeong Eun Uhm


    Executive Committee


    Emily Nalder, PhDCHAIR: Emily Nalder, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto
    ResearchGate Profile

    Thomas W BufordPAST CHAIR:  Thomas W. Buford, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Department of Aging and Geriatric Research
    University of Florida
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    Rachel Ward

    Rachel E. Ward, MPH, PhD

    Post-Doctoral Fellow, Spaulding Hospital, Cambridge
    ResearchGate Profile

    Pallavi Sood, BPT MS

    Graduate Student, University of Florida
    ResearchGate Profile


    < Addie Middleton, PhD, DPT
    Research Assistant Professor, Division of Physical Therapy, College of Health Professions
    Medical University of South Carolina

    Ahmed Negm, MD, MSc, PhD(c)
    Research Coordinator
    McMaster University

    UT Southwestern Medical Center





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