The ACRM Program Committee is Proud to Announce the Confirmation of these Presenters
FEATURED SESSION: U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals for Rehabilitation: Recent Changes and Future Directions
Chief of Health Analysis and Managing Editor, U.S.News & World Report
Ben Harder oversees U.S. News & World Report’s portfolio of data-driven patient decision-support tools. Freely available at usnews.com/health and used by more than 15,000 consumers per day, these tools include hospital rankings and ratings, nursing home ratings, and more than 850,000 searchable online profiles of individual physicians. Harder is a healthcare journalist whose work has appeared in BMJ, JAMA, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Science News, USA Today, the Washington Post and other publications, as well as the anthology Best American Science Writing 2005. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and completed a journalism fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2002. He has been an editor at U.S. News since 2007.
SPECIAL SYMPOSIUM: SPINAL CORD INJURY 2020: Here We Are, So Where Are We?
Lyn Jakeman, PhD
Director, Division of Neuroscience, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, United State
Dr. Lyn Jakeman is the Director of the Division of Neuroscience in Extramural Programs at National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). In this role, Dr. Jakeman oversees program staff managing extramural grants in basic discovery and neurological disease research. In addition, she helps to coordinate activities of the Division of Neuroscience with the Directors and staff of the Division of Translational Research, the Division of Clinical Research, and the Division of Extramural Activities at NINDS and interacts with Program Staff and Division Directors across the NIH. Prior to this appointment Dr. Jakeman was a program director at NINDS, where she managed a portfolio of grants and cooperative agreements in the areas of spinal cord injury, peripheral nerve injury and axonal regeneration. Dr. Jakeman received her B.A. Biology from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Florida. She did postdoctoral training in Neuroscience and Endocrinology at Genentech, Inc, and was a staff scientist doing discovery research in the Institute of Pharmacology at Syntex Research in Palo Alto, California. Prior to joining NINDS, Dr. Jakeman spent 13 years on the faculty in the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology at The Ohio State University, where she enjoyed teaching and service and led a research lab studying the role of glial cells in the regenerative response following spinal cord injury using rodent models.
SPECIAL SYMPOSIUM: BRUCKER INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM: Conducting International Rehabilitation Randomized Controlled Clinical Trials
Dina Brooks, PT, PhD
Professor, Vice-Dean (Health Sciences) and Executive Director, School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Dr. Brooks is a Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science and is the Vice-Dean (Health Sciences) and Executive Director, School of Rehabilitation Science. Dr. Brooks is a Professor who is recognized as a leader in cardiorespiratory rehabilitation and is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. She held a Canada Research Chair in Rehabilitation and COPD. Her research experience has included varied models and different research approaches.
Dr. Brooks is an alumna of University of Toronto, completing a Bachelor of Science degree in physiotherapy in 1988, a Master of Science degree in 1990 and a PhD in 1997. She joined the faculty at the University of Toronto as an associate professor in 1999 and has been full professor since 2011. She is a long-time scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and senior scientist in respiratory medicine at West Park Healthcare Centre in Toronto.