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  • Spinal Cord Injury

    PHOTO COURTESY: Spinal Cord Injury Lab, ACRM Institutional Member Shepherd Center

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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.


    NEWS & UPDATES

    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.

     


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    SCI-ISIG LUNCHEON WITH SPEAKER // Ticketed Event

    FRI, 30 OCT

    Edelle Field-Fote

    Edelle Field-Fote

    The Spinal Cord Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group (SCI-ISIG) will sponsor an educational luncheon with speaker, Edelle Field-Fote, PhD, PT presenting Reactivate, Rewire, Restore: Challenging the Nervous System to Optimize Function after SCI.

    Dr. Field-Fote is a leading neuroscientist and director of spinal cord injury research at Shepherd Center. She is internationally renowned for her work in motor recovery after spinal cord injury. Save the date and invite a colleague to join you for a stimulating and informative lunch.

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    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 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

     

     

    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

     


    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