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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.

 

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

Database building

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

 


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.

 


BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP

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

 


HOW TO JOIN

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