Spinal Cord Injury
PHOTO COURTESY: Spinal Cord Injury Lab, ACRM Institutional Member Shepherd Center
ABOUT THE SCI-ISIG
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 Special Interest Group (SCI-SIG). 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.
- Continuing education opportunities
- Opportunity to plan educational courses for the ACRM Annual Conference
- Task Force participation
- Collaborative research opportunities
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.
- Caregiving and Social Support Task Force
Chair: Jack Dahlberg, MA
- Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Task Force
Chair: Therese Johnston, PT, PhD, MBA
- Secondary Complications and Aging Task Force
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
OFFICERS OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Chair: Susie Charlifue, PhD, FACRM
Chair-Elect: YuYing Chen, MD, PhD
Past Chair: Deborah Backus, PhD, PT
Secretary: Therese Johnston, PT, PhD, MBA
Early Career Chair: Hannah Mercier, MS OTR/L
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 Debbie Backus, PT, PhD or the task force chair.
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HOW DO I JOIN OTHER ACRM GROUPS?
ACRM membership includes affiliation with any ACRM community forum. Members may participate in any group, including Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, and Stroke Interdisciplinary Special Interest Groups; Early Career, Healthcare Policy, International, and Outcomes Measurement Networking Groups; as well as groups now forming for Geriatric Rehabilitation, Pain, Neurodegenerative Diseases, and Pediatric Rehabilitation. Nonmembers are welcome and encouraged to participate in any networking or forming group. Please contact Terri Compos, ACRM Community Relations Manager, for details.