Spinal Cord Injury
PHOTO COURTESY: Spinal Cord Injury Lab, ACRM Institutional Member Shepherd Center
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.
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.
SCI-ISIG LUNCHEON WITH SPEAKER // Ticketed Event
FRI, 30 OCT
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.
MORE ABOUT THE SCI-ISIG
CHAIR: Yuying Chen, MD, PhD
Associate Professor & Director
University of Alabama at Birmingham
CHAIR-ELECT: Jeanne Zanca, PhD, MPT
Senior Research Scientist
SECRETARY: Therese Johnston, PT, PhD, MBA
Associate Professor of PT
Thomas Jefferson University
- 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.
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
Secondary Complications and Aging Task Force
Fitness and Wellness Task Force
Women’s Health Task Force
CHAIR: Heather Taylor, PhD
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
- 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.
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