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    SCI-ISIG Brochure

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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, and supporting a forum for interdisciplinary and international exchange.

     


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    Join us at the 2016 ACRM Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research in Chicago this fall, for 3 tracks of NONSTOP educational content focused on spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Plus, dive deep into intensive Pre-Conference Instructional Courses on a wide variety of spinal cord injury topics.

    Up to 42.5 hours of CE available.

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    NEWS & UPDATES

    Congratulations to Newly Elected SCI-ISIG Officers

    Special thanks and congratulations go to the following capable candidates who generously committed their service to the SCI-ISIG and were elected by the membership to fill the following leadership positions. They will officially take office at the SCI-ISIG Annual Business Meeting, Fri, 4 Nov from 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM at the 2016 ACRM Annual Conference in Chicago.

    • Denise Fyffe, Secretary
    • Ceren Yarar-Fisher, Treasurer
    • Swati Mehta, Early Career Officer
    • Sue Ann Sisto, Communications Officer

     


    Jeanne Zanca

    Jeanne M. Zanca

    Congratulations to Jeanne Zanca, Chair-Elect of the SCI-ISIG

    Jeanne M. Zanca, PhD, MPT is a senior research scientist in the Spinal Cord Injury Research Laboratory at Kessler Foundation.

    Her research focuses on self-management of secondary complications of spinal cord injury, with a particular interest in caregiving skills training and the management of chronic pain post-SCI.

    Dr. Zanca has been a member of the SCI-ISIG since the group's status was elevated from a networking group to an ISIG and has served in a leadership role as the Chair/Co-Chair for the Task Force on Secondary Complications and Aging since its creation in 2010. She also serves as the SCI-ISIG's liaison to the Communications Committee of ACRM.

    Dr. Zanca plans to work with the SCI-ISIG team to raise awareness of the SCI-ISIG and ACRM among colleagues in the rehabilitation field, encourage growth of this group through recruitment and retention efforts, assist SCI-ISIG members in the creation of products, and establish mutually beneficial collaborations with other SCI and rehabilitation related organizations in our field. Her term begins 31 OCT 2016.

     


    Updates to the SCI-ISIG Rules of Governance

    The SCI-ISIG has revised its bylaws to clarify existing procedures, make changes to reflect our current needs, and ensure compliance with ACRM policies. The full Rules of Governance for the SCI-ISIG are published in the ACRM Policies and Procedures Manual. To access the manual, log into the Member Portal and select "ACRM Policy and Procedures Manual (ACRM Members Only)."

    These updates have been approved by the ACRM Board of Governors. Substantive changes include:

    • Describing two poster awards that will be given annually at the annual conference of ACRM:
      • The SCI-ISIG Early Career Best Poster Award (awarded to the best SCI poster authored by someone within the first 5 years of his or her post-graduate training)
      • SCI-ISIG Best Poster Award (awarded to the best poster on any SCI topic)
    • Clarifying the terms of SCI-ISIG Only membership to match changes made by ACRM
    • Specifying that elections shall be held by ballot regardless of the number of candidates running for office
    • Adding two positions to the SCI-ISIG Executive Board: Early Career Officer and Communications Officer (see key responsibilities above)
    • Adding two committees:
      • Membership Committee (chaired by the Treasurer): Assists the Treasurer in all duties related to membership, such as ensuring an SCI-ISIG membership of 30 or more persons is maintained by the ACRM National Office and that an ongoing campaign is maintained to promote SCI-ISIG membership in order to enhance its ability to fulfill its stated objectives.
      • Media and Marketing Committee (chaired by the Communications Officer): Creates content for SCI-ISIG-specific and ACRM-wide publications, assists in website updates and social media postings, helps with responses to requests for information on SCI-ISIG activities

    Questions and comments regarding these changes are welcome, and may be directed to Jeanne Zanca.


     

    MORE ABOUT THE SCI-ISIG

    EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

    Yuying Chen

     

    CHAIR: Yuying Chen, MD, PhD
    Associate Professor & Director
    University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Jeanne Zanca

     

    CHAIR-ELECT: Jeanne M. Zanca, PhD, MPT
    Senior Research Scientist
    Kessler Foundation

    Susan Charlifue

     

    PAST CHAIR: Susan Charlifue, PhD, FISCoS, FACRM
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    Senior Principal Investigator
    Craig Hospital

    Ceren Yarar-Fisher

     

    TREASURER: Ceren Yarar-Fisher, PT, PhD
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    Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Denise Fyffe

     

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

    Hannah Mercier

     

    EARLY CAREER OFFICER: Hannah Mercier, MS, OTR/L
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    Doctoral Student, PhD Rehabilitation Sciences
    New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center

     

     

    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.

     

    Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Task Force

    CHAIR: Therese Johnston, PT, PhD, MBA

     

    Secondary Complications and Aging Task Force

    CO-CHAIR: Jeanne Zanca, PhD, MPT
    CO-CHAIR: Ching-Hui "Jean" Hsieh, PhD

     

    Fitness and Wellness Task Force

    CHAIR: Nick Evans, MHS, ACSM-CES, ACSM-HFS
    View current projects and learn how to get involved.

     

    Women’s Health Task Force

    CHAIR: Heather Taylor, PhD

    MISSION & PURPOSE

    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.

    The Women’s Health Task Force seeks to understand gender differences and the physical and psychological health of women following spinal cord injury. Our task force offers exciting opportunities for ACRM members looking for ways to become involved, get connected, and make a difference in the lives of women with SCI. We seek people who are willing to lend their time, expertise, and leadership to help the task force further its mission.

    JOIN US!

    If you are interested in participating in one of the following initiatives, or would like to become a member of this task force, please contact Heather Taylor, +1.713.797.5908.

    CURRENT PROJECTS

    • Initiative 1: Supported the development and promotion of the upcoming series of 4 webinars, Pelvic Health Matters. These dynamic webinars will review important pelvic health concerns for women with SCI and other disabilities. The webinars are sponsored by ACRM Institutional Member, TIRR Memorial Hermann and the Baylor College of Medicine. See Flyer >>>
    • Initiative 2: Support and assist with a comprehensive research review on women’s health after SCI.

    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