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Submitted by: Fofi Constantinidou, PhD, Chair, International Networking Group and Kristine Kingsley, PhD, ING Service Delivery Task Force Member

Τhe International Networking Group and its four dynamic task forces continue to grow and expand their activities. Our goal is to serve as the premier ambassador of ACRM to the rest of the world and to serve as a link among the various ACRM communities. Our most recent task force (TF), The Service Delivery TF of ING is celebrating its first year of existence. Since its inception, under the leadership of co-chairs Amy Morse, BS and Prathap Raghavan, FRCPC, MD, the TF has attracted a number of researchers and clinicians from Asia, Europe, U.S. and Oceania.

With an emphasis and clear expectation of paving the way toward the development of global service models, the team has been focused on identifying practices which are evidence informed, cost effective, and culturally sensitive. Furthermore, with an increasingly culturally and linguistically diverse population in rehabilitation medicine in many Western countries, there is interest in developing a framework for the advancement of organizational, cultural, and linguistic competence. Three of our ING symposia presented at the 2015 annual ACRM conference are designed to address relevant service delivery issues.

An important goal of the ING is to increase the international representation of symposia, instructional courses, and presentations at the annual conference. We are pleased to announce that we have achieved our goal for nonstop content for Dallas 2015!

Among the many presentations and symposia with international relevance, we would like to highlight the following Instructional Courses and symposia with cross-cutting themes:

SUN, 25 OCT — All-Day Instructional Course

  • The Constant Challenge of Person-Centered Care – Are you up to it? #2805

WED, 28 OCT 

  • International Activities to Promote Implementation of Standardized Measures in Medical Rehabilitation Practice #3013
  • International Spinal Cord Injury Data Sets and Common Data Elements #3146


  • Issues in Global Rehabilitation in Low-to-Middle Income Countries #3258
  • The Use and Applicability of the CIQ in International and Diverse Population Groups #3769
  • Cognitive Reserve in Healthy Aging and Long-term Outcomes for Individuals with Brain Injury #3014


  • Big Data: An International Perspective With Relevance to Rehabilitation #3234
  • Bridging the Gap In Brain Injury Rehabilitation In A Developing Country- Models Of Service Delivery #3220



In addition to the stimulating scientific program, we are very excited about the many opportunities for interaction and inter-professional collaboration that our conference offers. The Brucker International Luncheon, held on Thursday, 29 October from 12:30 -2:00 PM, is a great venue for information exchange. This year, we are featuring Eli Vakil, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology and the Head of the Memory and Amnesia lab at the Gonda (Goldschmied) Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center at Bar Ilan University, Israel.

Professor Vakil is an engaging speaker and a world known researcher for his contributions to the field of neuropsychology and in particular in memory and traumatic brain injury. He was instrumental in establishing neuropsychology training in Israel and also in advancing neuropsychological rehabilitation services in Israel. In addition to his academic position, Professor Vakil is director of the Rehabilitation Center for Veterans After Traumatic Brain-Injury in Jaffa, Israel.

His presentation is entitled Dissociation Between Memory Processes: The Contribution of Research on Memory Impairment Following Traumatic Brain Injury. If you have not yet purchased tickets for the Brucker International Luncheon, we encourage you to do so, as soon as possible, as space is extremely limited. To add the luncheon to an existing registration, return to online registration or call  +1.703.435.5335 for assistance.

Please note that the International Networking Group Business Meeting will be held on Friday, 30 October from 7:00 – 8:00 AM. All ACRM conference participants interested in learning about our groups’ activities are welcome to attend. Our group has been growing systematically in the past three years. Please go to to learn more about the ING, our four task forces, and to register for the Luncheon.