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    MISSION
    CALL FOR PROPOSALS
    WEBINAR SERIES
    MEMBER BENEFITS
    HOW TO JOIN
    HOW TO PARTICIPATE
    EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
    TASK FORCES
    DEFINITION

    GOALS

     

    MISSION

    The mission of the ACRM Neuroplasticity Networking Group is to synthesize and disseminate information about neuroplasticity for members of the ACRM community and to create a forum within the ACRM community for an ongoing dialogue on emerging implications of greater understanding of neuroplasticity on best practice within neurorehabilitation.

    We seek to align the aims of the Neuroplasticity Group with the seven goals set in the 2009 NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience and to engage ACRM members in rising to the challenges set within the framework of the NIH Brain 2025 Initiative.

     


     ACRM 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.

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    EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

     

    Theresa Pape

    CO-CHAIR

    Theresa Louise-Bender Pape, DrPH, MA, CCC-SLP/L, FACRM
    Clinical Neuroscientist
    Hines VA Hospital
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    Lynne Gauthier

    CO-CHAIR

    Lynne Gauthier, PhD
    Director, Neurorecovery and Brain Imaging Lab
    Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
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    Maheen AdamsonPROGRAM COMMITTEE LIAISON

    Maheen Mausoof Adamson, PhD
    Senior Scientific Research Director, Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC)
    Clinical Associate Professor Affiliated Neurosurgery & Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
    Stanford School of Medicine
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    SECRETARY

    OPEN POSITION
    Contact a co-chair to learn more.


    BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP

    • Task Force participation
    • Continuing education
    • Opportunity to plan educational courses for the ACRM Annual Conference
    • Networking
    • Collaborative research opportunities

    QUARTERLY WEBINAR SERIES

    The ACRM Neuroplasticity Networking Group is please to announce an exciting new quarterly webinar series focused on methods for measuring neuroplasticity. Bookmark this page and watch your inbox for upcoming speakers and topics.

    Archived Webinars

    A special thanks goes to Michael Borich, DPT, PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of Physical Therapy from Emory University School of Medicine, who kicked off the series. A recording of this webinar is accessible below.

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    8 DEC 2017:  Clinical Opportunities for Non-Invasive Modulation of Neural Activity in the Human Brain
    Presented by Michael Borich, DPT, PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of Physical Therapy, Emory University School of Medicine

    The focus of this webinar is non-invasive brain stimulation approaches that have the capacity to modulate activity in specific pathways in the human brain. Using stroke as an example, Dr. Borich specifically focuses on potential clinical applications.

    If you have a method that you would like to share with the group in a future webinar, please contact Lynne Gauthier at gauthier.33@osu.edu and cc Theresa.Pape@va.gov and Amy.Herrold@va.gov.

     


    HOW TO JOIN

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

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    HOW TO PARTICIPATE

    • Bi-Monthly conference calls
    • Two face-to-face meetings each year: Mid-Year Meeting (spring) and in conjunction with the ACRM Annual Conference (fall).
    • Please contact a co-chair to learn more and get involved today!

    Seeking Manuscript Co-Authors

    Members of the Neuroplasticity Networking Group are seeking co-authors interested in collaborating on a manuscript discussing brain stimulation. The manuscript will focus on the use of non-invasive brain stimulation for measurement and intervention in the post-stroke lower extremity. Interested individuals should email Steve Page.

     


    TASK FORCES

     

    Biomarkers Task Force

    Maheen AdamsonCHAIR: Maheen M. Adamson, PhD
    Senior Scientific Research Director, Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC)
    Clinical Associate Professor Affiliated Neurosurgery & Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
    Stanford School of Medicine
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    Purpose of the Task Force

    • Establish a networking group (with new members) that consists of neuroimaging, proteomic and genetic experts
    • Facilitate collaborations for research studies
    • Combine different methodologies and work with MVANG Novel Methods Task Force for symposium & pre-conference workshops
    • Increase brain stimulation and biomarker content at next ACRM meeting

    Current Projects

    Newcomer participation is welcome! 

    • Write an Information/ Education Page (I/EP) in ACRM Archives
    • Work with us on symposia submissions for presentation at the ACRM Annual Conference
    • Develop dissemination products from the symposium content
    • Organize webinars


    DEFINITION OF NEUROPLASTICITY

    Neuroplasticity refers to the ability of the nervous system to respond to new information and/or intrinsic or extrinsic stimuli by reorganizing and/or adapting its structure, function and connections. This dynamic reorganization and adaptation of the nervous system, seen during human development and in learning and memory, is increasingly recognized to play a role in responses of the nervous system to acute (ex. stroke, traumatic brain and spinal cord injury), chronic and progressive neurological disease (ex. developmental disorders, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease).

    Adaptive and maladaptive forms of neuroplasticity have been observed following insults to the nervous system and there is a substantive need to advance our understanding of both, so we can enable and facilitate adaptive neuroplasticity to optimize recovery of neurological function. The need can be addressed, in part by bridging the gap between bench and bedside, and bringing consideration of neuroplasticity mechanisms to the treatment plans of brain and spinal cord injured patients.

    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.

     


    GOALS

    Education

    Develop educational content for neuroplasticity for the ACRM Annual Conference (i.e., instructional courses, symposia, oral presentations, posters)

    1. Fundamental principles of neuroplasticity
      1. Basic science of neuroplasticity
      2. How neuroplasticity relates to theories of recovery and rehabilitation and concepts of compensation/restoration of function
    2. Spontaneous neuroplasticity following acquired nervous system injury (at the cellular, molecular, local and brain-wide neural circuit levels). Will include discussion of adaptive/positive and maladaptive/negative forms of neuroplasticity.
      1. Stroke
      2. TBI
      3. Developmental disorders
      4. Chronic adult onset neurodegenerative diseases (e.g., MS, PD, AD)
      5. SCI
    3. Interventions to modulate neuroplasticity: concepts related to linking brain activity to motor/cognitive/neurobehavioral functions with precise interventional tools that change neural circuit dynamics (i.e, demonstrating causality) including, but not limited to:
      1. Behavioral interventions
      2. Pharmacological intervention
      3. Brain stimulation noninvasive
      4. Brain stimulation invasive
      5. Stem cells
    4. Methods of assessing, measuring and monitoring neuroplasticity in individual patients

     

    Research/ Collaboration

    Cross-fertilize with other ISIGs and networking groups to develop manuscripts for neuroplasticity and rehabilitation. Initial project ideas include:

    1. Course development for annual conference
    2. Systematic review of neuroplasticity relevant to motor system
    3. Systematic review of neuroplasticity to cognitive function
    4. Develop standards of clinical care as it relates to evidence based neuroplasticity

     

     Clinical Trials Network

    1. Foster collaboration and multi-center efforts for translational research efforts relevant to neuroplasticity.
    2. Identify mechanisms to support initiation of multicenter clinical trials

     

    Website

    Develop educational resources for the broader neuroplasticity community and expand professional opportunities for members. Initial ideas that will be finalized during the 2015 neuroplasticity networking membership meeting in Dallas, include:

    1. Place bios – call for collaborators in the online matching of skill to need
    2. Links to neuroplasticity tutorials
    3. List of grants/ funding sources supporting neuroplasticity research

     

    Database building

    (Code sharing; links to imaging and patient repositories, e.g., ADNI)