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ACRM: The Most Stroke Rehabilitative Content of Any Conference … Again!

The ACRM Stroke ISIG will again lead the way with nonstop stroke rehabilitative content over a 6 day period. The meeting begins with all day, intensive instructional courses by well-known presenters, and continues with courses on noninvasive brain stimulation, measurement, strategies for neurogenic language disorders, upper and lower extremity intervention strategies, and much more. Also join us for the Excellence in Post-Acute Stroke Award and a special symposium delivered by the awardee, co-sponsored by the National Stroke Association. Read More


Stroke ISIG Member Spotlight: Dr. Elaine Miller, RN, PhD, CRRN, FAHA, FAAN

By Kelly Hargadon

Elaine Miller

Elaine Miller, RN, PhD, CRRN, FAHA, FAAN University of Cincinnati College of Nursing

Join us at the ACRM Annual Conference as Dr. Elaine Miller and colleagues present a full-day pre-conference instructional course titled, Models to Promote Best Practice in Interprofessional Care of Stroke Survivors and their Caregivers #2834 on Tuesday, 27 October.

The purpose of this instructional course is to present models that can guide interventions in the care of stroke survivors and caregivers. Models for: (1) assessing stroke caregiver readiness post-discharge, (2) phases of stroke recovery, (3) the survivor-caregiver dyad, and (4) best evidence for reducing stroke and risk factors will be presented. Read More

Dr. Miller is a Professor of Nursing at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Nursing and is certified in rehabilitation and gerontological nursing.  She teaches courses focusing on the interface of theory, research, and best evidence. Her current stroke research interests include multidisciplinary adapted cardiac rehabilitation and interventions to reduce modifiable stroke risk factors in African Americans.


Conference Preview: Dr. Leora Cherney presenting Hot Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation

By Sarah Wallace

Leora Cherney, CCC-SLP, PhD

Leora Cherney, CCC-SLP, PhD Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Lisa Connor

Lisa Connor, PhD, MSOT, MGH Institute of Health Professions

Marjorie Nicholas

Marjorie Nicholas, PhD, CCC-SLP MGH Institute of Health Professions

Leora Cherney CCC-SLP, PhD will lead this year’s Hot Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation: Aphasia Rehabilitation symposium with Lisa Tabor Connor, PhD, MSOT and Marjorie Nicholas, PhD, CCC-SLP at the ACRM Annual Conference.

Sponsored by the STROKE ISIG, this year’s Hot Topics symposium will highlight three issues that impact scientific inquiry and clinical practice related to aphasia rehabilitation.

  1. We will define essential components contributing to “intensive” treatment and discuss difficulties in tracking treatment intensity for multistep or complex therapies.
    2.    The importance of multidisciplinary collaboration that leverages the expertise of professionals trained in different fields, (e.g., speech-language pathology, cognitive neuropsychology, occupational therapy) will be discussed, highlighting the barriers and facilitators to their implementation in aphasia rehabilitation.
    3.    We will discuss some of the reasons for the underrepresentation of persons with aphasia in stroke studies and provide recommendations for selection and administration of tools that can be used to screen for study eligibility and to measure outcomes. Learn More

Dr. Cherney directs the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Center for Aphasia Research. Her highly respected research agenda focuses on clinically-relevant studies designed to establish the efficacy and effectiveness of many aphasia treatments including computerized treatments that use a virtual therapist and cortical stimulation. She is also well-known for her work related to group therapy programs that help people engage in everyday life activities following stroke.


John Chae

John Chae, MD, MEng, Case Western Reserve University

First Ever ACRM/NSA Excellence in Post-Acute Stroke Award Winner Announced

Submitted by: Steve Page and Heather Peters

In conjunction with the National Stroke Association, ACRM has instituted the world’s only award to honor outstanding care and science for the 7.5 million stroke survivors in the United States, and millions more worldwide. The inaugural winner is John Chae, MD, MEng, professor and chair of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Chae will deliver his lecture, Peripheral Nerve Stimulation for Hemiplegic Shoulder Pain #4408, and receive his award on Thursday, 29 October at the 2015 ACRM Conference.

Dr. Chae will also present a brief vision for stroke rehabilitation at the Stroke ISIG’s networking meeting on Wednesday, 28 October.