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The *ACRM International Networking Group (ING) has qualified for ISIG status and will officially update their name to the International Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group (IISIG) on 29 September 2021 when their representative joins the ACRM Board of Governors.

This group comprises a community of rehabilitation professionals from around the world whose mission is to communicate and collaborate across international boundaries to advance rehabilitation research and evidence-based practice. It fosters international collaborations among rehabilitation researchers, consumers, and providers through multi-site research; disseminates evidence-based practice recommendations through active participation in the ACRM Annual Conference; and develops educational materials.

The IISIG will serve as a catalyst for ACRM’s global growth and through its membership and activities will bring an international perspective on rehabilitation research, service delivery, and education. It builds on the ACRM commitment to interdisciplinary research that reaches across health conditions and the continuum of rehabilitation care.

International group


  • Facilitate international exposure of ACRM and international representation at the ACRM meetings
  • Serve as a liaison among discipline-specific ACRM communities as well as to communicate and collaborate across international boundaries to promote cultural sensitivity
  • Advance interdisciplinary rehabilitation research, promote capacity building and improve rehabilitation outcomes through evidence-based practice.


  • To foster international collaborations among rehabilitation researchers, consumers, and providers
  • To disseminate evidence-based practice recommendations through active participation in the ACRM Annual Conference
  • To develop educational materials
  • To increase outreach through the IISIG newsletter and website


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Share Your COVID-19 Success Stories

The International ISIG is looking to share success stories from all around the word in managing the COVID-19 effects, with a focus on rehabilitation medicine. These stories may include public or private initiatives of clinical, research, or other content that allowed for the management and/or understanding of COVID-19.

Your success story needn’t be more than 250 words – keep it short and sweet. Longer content will be considered and will be edited down if deemed necessary.

If you wish to share your country’s / state’s / city’s success story please email Eva Pettemeridou, IISIG Communications Officer.


Step into a leadership role as IISIG Social Media Officer

The International ISIG is looking to expand the communication’s team by including a driven and enthusiastic individual who will attract and interact with targeted virtual networks and potentially their users. More specifically, you will be responsible in promoting all up-and-coming events of the IISIG and/or its partners, via the Twitter platform. If you are interested, please go through the following requirements to ensure this opportunity is a good fit for you, then contact IISIG Chair, Fofi Constantinidou to express interest.

  • Experience with social media and specifically, Twitter (may expand to other platforms in the future – e.g. Instagram and Facebook)
  • Fluency in English – Excellent writing and creative skills (e.g. provide appropriate description of content and on-point hashtags)
  • Skills in sharing, transferring (from one platform to another), and editing content (photo/video/text)
  • Communication skills – responding and guiding followers through the information promoted may be required
  • A positive attitude


Contribute to Ad Hoc COVID-19 Work Group

The International ISIG has decided to establish an ad hoc work group to address some of the needs of the international rehabilitation community during the COVID-19 Pandemic with the charge to work on the following two issues:

  • Create a depository of helpful material and links, relevant to the international community
  • How do we address mental health needs in this time of crisis? There have been innovative approaches proposed and we can certainly learn from our Chinese colleagues. One idea is to organize a webinar on Mental health considering the following three groups of stakeholders:
    1. Patients with covid 19 with or without rehabilitation needs
    2. People living with the fear of the disease and experiencing the effects of social isolation
    3. Health care providers who are in the front lines
  • How do we continue to provide services to those in need during the pandemic?

If you are able to share your talents and knowledge at this difficult time, please contact Fofi Constantinidou and Kristine Kingsley.


Join the Upcoming IISIG Meeting


WHERE: Online at GoToMeeting >>
Join from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

JOIN BY PHONE: United States: +1. 646.749.3122
Access Code: 136-025-493

Contact the International ISIG Chair, Fofi Constantinidou, or any Task Force chair to learn more about current projects and ways to get involved. Members meet monthly via teleconference to discuss their ongoing work. including:

  • New opportunities for research collaboration
  • Updates on current projects
  • Development of new dissemination products
  • International programming for the ACRM Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research

International group

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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.

The International ISIG is ACRM’s Global Initiative. Join us for networking, career growth and mentoring opportunities!

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


Hear about the International ISIG

Fofi Constantinidou, PhD CCC-SLP, FACRM
Center for Applied Neuroscience, University of Cyprus

How Does ACRM Help Internationally?

“We all need to JOIN FORCES in order to influence the lives of our patients in the most efficient, effective and meaningful manner”

—Fofi Constantinidou, PhD CCC-SLP, FACRM
Center for Applied Neuroscience, University of Cyprus


Memories from past ACRM Conferences

CLICK IMAGE for Slideshow of International ISIG members in action… ACRM International Networking Group



Dr. Bernard Brucker

Bernard Brucker

Brucker International Symposium

Each year, the International ISIG sponsors the Brucker International Symposium held during the ACRM Annual Conference. This signature event was established in 2008 in memory of Dr. Bernard (Bernie) Brucker, a long-standing ACRM member, who died unexpectedly that year. Originally established as a lecture luncheon, the event has become a popular ACRM tradition and continues today as a very special symposium. Learn More >>


2020 Brucker International Symposium

Dina Brooks is the 2020 ACRM Brucker International Symposium Lecturer

Dr. Dina Brooks was the 2020 Brucker International Symposium lecturer and presented, Conducting International Rehabilitation Randomized Controlled Clinical Trials, on  22 October at the ACRM 2020 VIRTUAL Annual Conference. Registered attendees will have access to this presentation through 30 June 2021.


Dr. Brooks is a Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science and is the Vice-Dean (Health Sciences) and Executive Director, School of Rehabilitation Science. Dr. Brooks is a Professor who is recognized as a leader in cardiorespiratory rehabilitation and is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. She held a Canada Research Chair in Rehabilitation and COPD. Her research experience has included varied models and different research approaches. Dr. Brooks is an alumna of University of Toronto, completing a Bachelor of Science degree in physiotherapy in 1988, a Master of Science degree in 1990 and a PhD in 1997. She joined the faculty at the University of Toronto as an associate professor in 1999 and has been full professor since 2011. She is a long-time scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and senior scientist in respiratory medicine at West Park Healthcare Centre in Toronto.



2019: Lena Verdeli, PhD, MSc, Capacity-Building in Low-Resource Regions: Lessons Learned from Global Mental Health

2018: Iracema Leroi, MD, FRCPC, MRCPSYCH, Ears, Eyes and Mind: The SENSE-Cog Project to Promote Well-Being for Elderly Europeans

2017: Maria Vlassopoulos, PhD, The Refugee Crisis in Greece and the Response of Mental Health Professional Community

2016: Stephanie Nixon, BA, BHSc, MSc, PhD, Global Health and Rehabilitation Research: What are the opportunities on the horizon?

2015:  Eli Vakil, PhD, Dissociation Between Memory Processes: The Contribution of Research on Memory Impairment Following Traumatic Brain Injury

2014:  Donald T. Stuss, PhD, C Psych, ABPP-CN, Completing the Circle between Science and Rehabilitation: The Ontario Brain Institute Story

2013:  Kathryn M. McPherson, RN, RM, DIP HV, BA (HONS), PhD, International Partnering in Research

2012:  Marcel Post, PhD, Need and Opportunities for Cross-Cultural Studies on Quality of Life in Rehabilitation Medicine

2011:  John Stone, PhD, Issues in International Collaboration in Rehabilitation Research