2020 SCI-ISIG ELECTION
The 2020 SCI-ISIG Election has now concluded and we are pleased announce the following newly-elected officers. They will take office in November at the ACRM Annual Conference.
Nathan Hogaboom, PhD
SCI-ISIG EARLY CAREER OFFICER
Research Scientist, Center for Spinal Cord Injury Research
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Dr. Nathan Hogaboom is a Research Scientist at Kessler Foundation in the Center for Spinal Cord Injury Research, and a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He received his doctorate in 2017 from the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology at the University of Pittsburgh, where he studied biomarkers of upper limb overuse injuries in wheelchair users with SCI. Dr. Hogaboom’s research focuses on musculoskeletal complications secondary to spinal cord injury; specifically, upper limb pain and quantification of soft-tissue disease state and progression. Other interests include analyzing large data sets, including data collected as part of the SCI Model Systems database and site-specific modules, to better understand the impact of SCI on health-related quality of life; particularly within the domain of assistive technology.
As a SCI researcher who very recently received his degree, Dr. Hogaboom understands the needs of early career investigators and professionals. He is invested in how to best to advocate for those needs. Currently, Dr. Hogaboom mentors students and Residents and looks forward to taking this mentorship a step further as the ACRM Early Career Officer.
During his time at Pitt, Dr. Hogaboom helped found Students for Disability Advocacy, an organization created to highlight voices within the disability community. He organized events to make University leadership aware of the diverse array of issues experienced by students with disabilities. Dr. Hogaboom’s involvement helped him develop the skills necessary to listen, learn, and implement programs through an inclusive and accessible approach.
As the ACRM Early Career Officer, Dr. Hogaboom plans to design initiatives to broaden the SCI-ISIG audience. He will focus on expanding this audience to junior investigators and clinicians; particularly, those who may not have the resources available to attend the conference and/or purchase a membership.
Jia Li, PhD
Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Dr. Jia Li is a third-year postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She earned her PhD degree in Nutrition sciences at Purdue University and has since expanded her training in the field of spinal cord injury (SCI) rehabilitation. Her research focuses on understanding the risk factors for the development of metabolic disorders and developing interventions to improve metabolic function in individuals with SCI. For the past three years, she has been coordinating a dietary intervention trial that evaluates the impact of a high-protein low-carbohydrate diet on metabolic health, body composition, and gut microbiome composition in patients with chronic SCI. She has been spearheading a scoping review on nutrition and health status in SCI initiated by the Model System Knowledge Translation Center. In addition, she was awarded the Mary Switzer fellowship in 2019 to explore the relationship between the gut microbiome and glucose metabolism in chronic SCI.
Dr. Li has been an active advocate for her peers. She held leadership positions for the Purdue Graduate Student Organization, as well as the UAB Postdoc Association. As SCI-ISIG Secretary, she is fully committed to serving her peers in the SCI rehabilitation field.