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  • Spinal Cord Injury

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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.


    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.


    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 2015.



    The SCI-ISIG is pleased to announce two exciting SCI presentations that will precede the SCI-ISIG Business Meeting  at the Mid-Year Meeting in Chicago.

    WHEN:  Friday, 15 April, from 3:00 – 5:00 PM
    WHERE:  ACRM Mid-Year Meeting, Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL


    T. George Hornby

    Feasibility of High Intensity Variable Stepping Training in Chronic Spinal Cord Injury
    Presented by T. George Hornby, PT, PhD
    Director of Locomotor Recovery Laboratory, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
    Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago

    Jennifer Moore


    Translation to Clinical Practice: Challenges and Solutions for Implementing Spinal Cord Injury Gait Training in the Clinical Setting
    Presented by Jennifer Moore, PT, DHS, NCS
    Clinical Practice Leader of Neurologic Physical Therapy
    Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
    Advisor to the SouthEast Regional Knowledge Translation Center in Oslo, Norway

    The SCI-ISIG Business Meeting will follow the presentations and is open to all. We hope you'll join us! As always, member registration to the ACRM Mid-Year Meeting is free, but required.

    Hilton ChicagoREGISTER NOW or Call +1.703.435.5335 for assistance

    BOOK HOTEL or Call +1.855.760.0869 and ask for the ACRM discounted rate

    Very limited availability remains in the discounted ACRM room block. Please reserve your room at the Hilton Chicago today.





    Yuying Chen


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

    Jeanne Zanca


    CHAIR-ELECT: Jeanne 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

    Therese Johnston


    SECRETARY: Therese Johnston, PT, PhD, MBA
    Associate Professor of PT
    Thomas Jefferson University

    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




    • Continuing education opportunities
    • Opportunity to plan educational courses for the ACRM Annual Conference
    • Task Force participation
    • Collaborative research opportunities



    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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    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

    View current projects and learn how to get involved.


    Women’s Health Task Force

    CHAIR:  Heather Taylor, PhD


    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.


    • 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.



    • Advance SCI research and promote research collaboration
    • Establish an interdisciplinary research agenda
    • Promote translation of evidence to enhance clinical expertise and practice


    • Conduct state-of-the-art reviews of practice in spinal cord care
    • Enhance competencies of an interdisciplinary team member in SCI rehabilitation


    • 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.




    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.