Spinal Cord Injury

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At the ACRM Annual Conference in October 2009, the eight-year-old Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Networking Group was recognized by the ACRM Board of Governors as the SCI Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group (SCI-ISIG).

Started by Sue Ann Sisto in 2001, the group is now comprised of interdisciplinary professionals who desire to improve the educational and networking opportunities for ACRM membership in SCI medicine, rehabilitation and research, and to advance clinical practice to improve the lives of people with SCI.

 

MISSION

The mission of the SCI-ISIG is to advance the field of SCI rehabilitation and research by:

  • Providing opportunities for professional development
  • Advocating for standards of practice and research
  • Supporting a forum for interdisciplinary and international exchange and collaboration

 


2018 Call for Proposals

 

ACRM 2018 Call for Spinal Cord Injury 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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NEWS & UPDATES

MEMORIES from ACRM Annual Conference 2017: ATLANTA

See SCI-ISIG member slide show...

Spinal Cord Injury ISIG


2017 Poster Award Recipients

SCI-ISIG Best Poster

Time to Depression in a Spinal Cord Injury Inception Cohort
Catherine VanDerwerker, PT, DPT, NCS

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SCI-SIG Early Career Poster Award

Using a Screening Tool to Guide Assessment of Upper Extremity Function in Individuals With Tetraplegia
Amanda Gillot, MS, OT/L


Seeking Members for Media & Marketing Committee

The SCI-ISIG is now seeking members for the newly formed Media and Marketing Committee. The purpose of this committee is to help identify and contribute SCI content to ACRM publications, website, and social media. If you want to make a difference for the SCI-ISIG and work with great ACRM colleagues, please volunteer!

Submit questions and nominations to Dr. Sue Ann Sisto, SCI-ISIG Communications Officer. We are looking forward to working with you and are available for any questions you may have about involvement with the SCI-ISIG.


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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Jeanne Zanca

 

CHAIR: Jeanne M. Zanca, PhD, MPT
Senior Research Scientist
Kessler Foundation
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Yuying Chen

 

PAST CHAIR: Yuying Chen, MD, PhD
Chair, SCI-ISIG Nominating Committee
Associate Professor & Director
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Ceren Yarar-Fisher

 

CHAIR-ELECT: Ceren Yarar-Fisher, PT, PhD
Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
University of Alabama at Birmingham
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Denise Fyffe

 

SECRETARY: Denise Fyffe, PhD
Research Scientist
Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation
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Swati Mehta

 

EARLY CAREER OFFICER: Swati Mehta, PhD
Research Associate
Parkwood Institute
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Sue Ann Sisto

 

COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER: Sue Ann Sisto, PT, MA, PhD, FACRM
Chair, SCI-ISIG Media & Marketing Committee
Chair of Rehabilitation Science
University of Buffalo
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SCI-ISIG BENEFITS

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

 


HOW TO JOIN THE SCI-ISIG

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. Not sure ACRM membership is right for you? Consider an ISIG Only membership.

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TASK FORCES

Work of the SCI-ISIG is carried out by its various task forces, which promote cutting-edge research, establish standards of care in SCI rehabilitation, and offer an interdisciplinary forum for development of state-of-the-art SCI rehabilitation practice.

 

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Functional Electrical Stimulation & Technology Task Force

Mission:

The mission of our task force is to:

  • Promote high quality research and evidence-based clinical applications of FES and other technologies for people with SCI
  • Raise awareness among clinicians/rehabilitation specialists about daily applications of functional electrical stimulation (FES) in persons with spinal cord injury (SCI). This may include the recommended sessions, frequency of applications and the effective parameters based on the goal of therapy and the clinical characteristics (age, body fatness, level of injury, time since injury) of persons with SCI.

Our mission was recently expanded to incorporate technology similar to exoskeletons that currently serve as an effective tool to restore ambulation in rehabilitation and community setting. Along with exoskeletons, brain-computer interface has become a very attractive tool that can be used in conjunction with electrical stimulation/ exoskeletons to restore hand functions and ambulation following SCI.

We welcome all ACRM members who are willing to expand on the mission of our task force and willing to promote such applications for the welfare of persons with SCI.

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Ashraf GorgeyCHAIR: Ashraf S. Gorgey, MPT, PhD, FACSM
Chief of Spinal Cord Injury Research, Hunter Holmes McGuire Medical Center
Associate Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University
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Secondary Complications & Aging Task Force

Mission: To promote healthy aging among people with SCI and assist the prevention and management of secondary complications of SCI through education, research, and policy.

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Jeanne ZancaCHAIR: Jeanne Zanca, PhD, MPT

Senior Research Scientist
Kessler Foundation
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Fitness & Wellness Task Force

Mission: To enhance the health and wellness of people with spinal cord injury through the development and implementation of evidence-based physical fitness and health initiatives created by an interdisciplinary team of clinicians and researchers in the field of spinal cord injury rehabilitation.

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Nick EvansCO-CHAIR: Nick Evans, MHS, ACSM-CEP, ACSM-HFS

Clinical Exercise Physiologist
Shepherd Center
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Hanna MercierCO-CHAIR: Hannah Mercier, PhD, OTR/L

Clinical Specialist, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Harvard Medical School Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
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Women’s Health Task Force

Mission: The mission of the Women's Health Task Force (WHTF) is to raise awareness, facilitate collaborative research, apply knowledge, and improve women's health and quality of life following SCI.

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Heather TaylorCO-CHAIR: Heather Taylor, PhD

Director for Spinal Cord Injury Research
TIRR Memorial Hermann
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CO-CHAIR: Stephanie L Silveira, BS
Graduate Research Assistant
University of Houston Department of Health and Human Performance
TIRR Memorial Hermann
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HOW TO PARTICIPATE

RESEARCH

  • Advance SCI research and promote research collaboration
  • Establish an interdisciplinary research agenda
  • Promote translation of evidence to enhance clinical expertise and practice

CLINICAL CARE

  • Conduct state-of-the-art reviews of practice in spinal cord care
  • Enhance competencies of an interdisciplinary team member in SCI rehabilitation

EDUCATION

  • Participate in continuing education offerings specific to the interests of SCI researchers and clinicians
  • Plan an educational course for the ACRM annual meeting, Progress in Rehabilitation Research
  • Develop and receive informational and instructional media

Become involved in an SCI-ISIG task force by contacting the task force chair.

 


SCI-ISIG RESOURCES

 

MEMBER GUIDE TO PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

The Guide describes ACRM products, e.g., fact sheets, journal articles, manuals, and the procedure used by ACRM groups and committees to develop them. Includes a Product Development Worksheet and a Product Review Request Form.

SCI-ISIG BROCHURE >>