Neurodegenerative Diseases Networking Group
Rehabilitation in neurodegenerative conditions is getting increasing attention as an effective treatment to maintain independence and decrease disability. The NDNG has the goal of promoting and facilitating neurodegenerative rehabilitation research and scholarship. As one of the leading neurodegenerative diseases groups in the USA, our mission is to rapidly disseminate knowledge on evidence-based practice for improved health, wellness, and quality of life; and promote innovative biomedical research to identify ways in which these goals can be better translated into clinical practice through physical medicine and rehabilitation.
The NDNG promotes research on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, multiple sclerosis, Huntington’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson disease and many other important neurodegenerative conditions. The NDNG values, commits to, and advocates for inclusion, diversity and equality in research development and practice.
Our mission is to rapidly disseminate knowledge on evidence-based practice for improved health, wellness, and quality of life; and promote innovative biomedical research to identify ways in which these goals can be better translated into clinical practice through physical medicine and rehabilitation.
The NDNG prides itself on having volunteers who serve as liaisons, and on task forces and committees across ACRM. The assistance of our members enables the NDNG to help further the mission of this specialized group to inform others around the world of advances in rehabilitation research and clinical care for all individuals living with neurodegenerative conditions.
- Serve on the executive committee and/or task forces
- Participate in research collaborations
- Develop or participate in continuing education activities
- Help plan educational programs and presentations for the ACRM conference
- Develop industry partnerships
How does ACRM Help Neurodegenerative Diseases?
- Over 630 NDNG members including 258 ACRM members
- Unique Innovative Neurodegenerative publications ( i.e., IE Pages)
- Non-stop content at the annual conference
- A diverse and strong Neurodegenerative Task Forces representation
- Specialized state-of-the-art Instructional Courses and Symposia at ACRM Annual Conferences
Join us for the Upcoming NDNG Membership Meeting
The Neurodegenerative Diseases Networking Group (NDNG) invites your participation in the upcoming NDNG Membership Meeting. It’s a great opportunity to engage with colleagues who share your professional interests and explore opportunities to become more actively involved.
WHEN: Monday, 19 August // 10:30 – 11:30 AM EDT
WHERE: Join us at GoToMeeting from your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
U.S. DIAL-IN: +1.786.535.3211
ACCESS CODE: 187-026-261
NDNG Congratulates Leaders of Two NIH K01 Grant Awards
Hannes Devos, PT, PhD, was recently granted a mentored research scientist award (K01) from the National Institute of Aging to study neurophysiological changes in pre-clinical Alzheimer’s disease. The results of this study will hopefully lead to early detection of individuals at risk of Alzheimer’s disease. These individuals could benefit from early, targeted prehabilitation interventions to prolong independence and quality of life. His primary mentor on this award is Dr. Jeffrey Burns, Professor and Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Center at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
As a member of ACRM, Dr. Devos serves as Membership Officer on the NDNG Executive Committee and at the University of Kansas Medical Center, he is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. He is Co-Director of the Laboratory for Advanced Rehabilitation Research in Simulation (LARRS), a lab that uses neurophysiological instruments and virtual reality to study rehabilitation outcomes in neurological conditions.
Brian Downer, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch and member of the Neurodegenerative Disease Networking Group of ACRM received a K01 mentored research scientist award from the National Institute on Aging. The award is titled Improvement in Patients’ Cognition and Relationship with SNF Quality Measures.
Dr. Downer will receive training on the treatment and rehabilitation of older adults in skilled nursing settings, healthcare policies that impact the delivery of post-acute care, and methodologies for health services research. He will also conduct research to identify patient- and facility-level factors that are associated with changes in SNF residents’ cognitive functioning and determine if changes in cognitive functioning are related to existing quality measures of skilled nursing care.
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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. Please contact the NDNG Membership Officer, Hannes Devos, PhD, DRS or the NDNG Chair, Mark Hirsch, PhD to learn more about this networking group and ways to participate.
Click the JOIN NOW button to learn more or contact Member Services at +1.703.435.5335 for personal assistance.
NDNG Welcomes Industry & Stakeholder Involvement
The NDNG understands the importance of working in synchronicity with all the key stakeholders involved in the care and cure of neurodegenerative diseases. For this reason, we invite corporate partners, including startup companies, to associate with our networking group as an important contributor.
In addition, we have several opportunities for the industry to contribute and sponsor important activities related to the science of neurodegenerative diseases. If you are involved with the ND industry and you would like to participate in the NDNG as a member, please contact Terri Compos. If you are interested in sponsoring NDNG activities, please contact Jenny Richard.
All conference attendees are automatically ACRM members. Non-members receive a 6-month introductory ACRM membership automatically with registration. Put your member benefits to work right away—join an ACRM community group and attend a community group or task force meeting! PLEASE NOTE: Dates and times are subject to change. Please check the Online Program for the most up-to-date information.
Tuesday 5 NOV
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
- NDNG Multiple Sclerosis Task Force Meeting (open for ALL to attend)
Location: 4G, 4th Floor
Wednesday 6 NOV
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
- NDNG Business Meeting (open for ALL to attend)
Location: 4M, 4th Floor
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
- NDNG New Member Welcome Reception (open for ALL to attend)
Location: 4F, 4th Floor
Thursday 7 NOV
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
- NDNG Alzheimer’s Disease Task Force Meeting (open for ALL to attend)
Location: 4L, 4th Floor