ACRM - American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine

ACRM - American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Improving lives through interdisciplinary rehabilitation research: BRAIN INJURY, SPINAL CORD INJURY, STROKE, NEURODEGENERATIVE DISEASES, PAIN, CANCER & MORE
ACRM (American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine) is an organization of rehabilitation professionals dedicated to serving people with disabling conditions by supporting research that: - promotes health, independence, productivity, and quality of life, and - meets the needs of rehabilitation clinicians and people with disabilities. In order to enhance current and future research and knowledge translation, ACRM: - assists researchers in improving their investigations and dissemination of findings, - educates providers to deliver best practices, and - advocates for funding of future rehabilitation research. ACRM is a global community comprised of both researchers and consumers of research, in the field of rehabilitation. ACRM is the only professional association representing all members of the interdisciplinary rehabilitation team, including: physicians, psychologists, rehabilitation nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, recreation specialists, case managers, rehabilitation counselors, vocational counselors, and disability management specialists.

ACRM serves people with disabling conditions by promoting rehabilitation research and facilitating information dissemination and the transfer of technology. We value rehabilitation research that promotes health, independence, productivity, and quality of life for people with disabling conditions. We are committed to research that is relevant to consumers, educates providers to deliver best practices, and supports advocacy efforts that ensure adequate public funding for our research endeavors. As rehabilitation science continues to evolve, ACRM’s goal is to keep the community connected by creating opportunities to exchange and share information among clinical practitioners, rehabilitation researchers, knowledge brokers, research funders, provider organizations, healthcare payers, and industry regulators. ACRM encourages leaders in rehabilitation to identify current best practices and best providers at all levels of care, and share this information via education meetings and the journal, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. ACRM aims to support multidisciplinary leadership and practice innovation to ensure that people living with chronic disease or disability have access to effective rehabilitation services throughout their lives. ACRM serves as a forum for creating and discussing new treatment paradigms that take into account the composition of the rehabilitation team, the duration of care, and the venues required to achieve optimal functional outcomes for people with chronic disease and disabilities. ACRM is dedicated to: - serving as an advocate for public policy and legislative issues that support individuals with disabilities and providers of rehabilitation services, - helping develop innovative and cost-effective models of collaborative care and comprehensive rehabilitation management, - leading research efforts that examine and develop the most effective clinical technology and treatment paradigms, and - initiating dialogue with payers and regulators to communicate the collaborative care models that produce positive rehabilitation outcomes.

Mission: ACRM enhances the lives of people living with disabilities through a multidisciplinary approach to rehabilitation. As leaders in the physical medicine and rehabilitation field, ACRM promotes innovative research, new technologies, and sharing information, and encourages evidence-based practices in clinical settings.

See the program, register now, save the most. Toggle later What you need to know - the links you need to check outThe pr...
06/02/2020

See the program, register now, save the most. Toggle later

What you need to know - the links you need to check out

The program is at http://ACRM.org/poster and http://ACRM.org/op

Early Bird Deadline 30 JUNE. No Risk Register with our Two Options at http://ACRM.org/register

Virtual Registration Rates are great! Check out https://ACRM.org/rates

FAQs Coming Soon

The Medium May Change but the Mission Does Not!

#rehabilitation #physiatry #conference #improvelives #rehabresearch #TBI #SCI #Stroke #Cancer #Measurement #limbloss #geriatric #pediatric #sportsrehab #sportsmedicine #neuroplasticity #pain #painmanagement #assistivetech #rehabtech #veteranshealth #healthpolicy #musictherapy #arttherapy #speechtherapy #physicaltherapy #occupationaltherapy #neuroscience #ACRM2020

Don't forget: register now. Two choices: 1) Virtual 2) In-Person. Toggle laterThe Program is hereEarly Bird Rates end 30...
06/02/2020

Don't forget: register now. Two choices: 1) Virtual 2) In-Person. Toggle later

The Program is here
Early Bird Rates end 30 JUNE
FAQs Coming Soon

The world's largest interdisciplinary rehabilitation research event has never been more accessible. The VIRTUAL-ONLY option offers significant savings.

What you need to know - the links you need to check out
The program is at http://ACRM.org/poster and http://ACRM.org/op
Early Bird Deadline 30 JUNE. No Risk Register with our Two Options at http://ACRM.org/register

Virtual Registration Rates are great! Check out https://ACRM.org/rates

FAQs Coming Soon

The Medium May Change but the Mission Does Not!

#rehabilitation #physiatry #conference #improvelives #rehabresearch #TBI #SCI #Stroke #Cancer #Measurement #limbloss #geriatric #pediatric #sportsrehab #sportsmedicine #neuroplasticity #pain #painmanagement #assistivetech #rehabtech #veteranshealth #healthpolicy #musictherapy #arttherapy #speechtherapy #physicaltherapy #occupationaltherapy #neuroscience #ACRM2020

ACRM 2020Find significant savings when you register for the VIRTUAL-ONLY option and help us bring the Rehab Science to t...
06/02/2020

ACRM 2020

Find significant savings when you register for the VIRTUAL-ONLY option and help us bring the Rehab Science to the world!

The world's largest interdisciplinary rehabilitation research event has never been more accessible. The VIRTUAL-ONLY option offers significant savings. FAQs are coming soon.

What you need to know - the links you need to check out

The program is at http://ACRM.org/poster and http://ACRM.org/op

Early Bird Deadline 30 JUNE. No Risk Register with our Two Options at http://ACRM.org/register

Virtual Registration Rates are great! Check out https://ACRM.org/rates

#rehabilitation #physiatry #conference #improvelives #rehabresearch #TBI #SCI #Stroke #Cancer #Measurement #limbloss #geriatric #pediatric #sportsrehab #sportsmedicine #neuroplasticity #pain #painmanagement #assistivetech #rehabtech #veteranshealth #healthpolicy #musictherapy #arttherapy #speechtherapy #physicaltherapy #occupationaltherapy #neuroscience #ACRM2020

Catch the next episode of the ACRM Pandemic Webinar SeriesTUE 2 JUN // 1:00 – 2:00 PM ETLimb Loss Rehabilitation during ...
06/01/2020

Catch the next episode of the ACRM Pandemic Webinar Series
TUE 2 JUN // 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
Limb Loss Rehabilitation during the Pandemic: A Stakeholder Perspective on Barriers and Telemedicine Part 2
With GUEST SPEAKER: Prateek Grover, MD, PhD, MHA, FAAPMR
MODERATOR:
John Morris, PhD, FACRM

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Upon completion of the webinar, learners will be able to:
Understand the patient’s rehabilitation journey after limb loss
Understand the infrastructural requirements and stakeholder roles in usual care
Describe barriers created by the pandemic relating to infrastructure and for the stakeholders
Explain how telemedicine may be able to integrate stakeholders and infrastructure to continue to provide care
Adapt this information to their local context

Go to https://acrm.org/resources/coronavirus-pandemic/acrm-pandemic-webinar-series/prateek-grover-limb-loss-rehabilitation-during-the-pandemic-ii/

#COVID19 #limbloss #amputee #prosthetic #pandemic #ACRM #webinarseries #webinar

New in #ARRCT and #openaccess #Muscle thickness of anterior mid-thigh in hospitalized patients: Comparison of supine and...
06/01/2020

New in #ARRCT and #openaccess
#Muscle thickness of anterior mid-thigh in hospitalized patients: Comparison of supine and standing postures from Tomohiro Yasuda, Shigeru Toyoda, Teruo Inoue, Toshiaki Nakajima at https://bit.ly/2XQYEeN #musculoskeletal #MTH

Catch the next episode of the ACRM Pandemic Webinar SeriesTUE 2 JUN // 1:00 – 2:00 PM ETLimb Loss Rehabilitation during ...
05/31/2020

Catch the next episode of the ACRM Pandemic Webinar Series
TUE 2 JUN // 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
Limb Loss Rehabilitation during the Pandemic: A Stakeholder Perspective on Barriers and Telemedicine Part 2
With GUEST SPEAKER: Prateek Grover, MD, PhD, MHA, FAAPMR
MODERATOR:
John Morris, PhD, FACRM

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Upon completion of the webinar, learners will be able to:
Understand the patient’s rehabilitation journey after limb loss
Understand the infrastructural requirements and stakeholder roles in usual care
Describe barriers created by the pandemic relating to infrastructure and for the stakeholders
Explain how telemedicine may be able to integrate stakeholders and infrastructure to continue to provide care
Adapt this information to their local context

Go to https://acrm.org/resources/coronavirus-pandemic/acrm-pandemic-webinar-series/prateek-grover-limb-loss-rehabilitation-during-the-pandemic-ii/

#COVID19 #limbloss #amputee #prosthetic #pandemic #ACRM #webinarseries #webinar

The EXCITING 2020 Conference Program Poster is HERE!Full program now available! Register now for VIRTUAL or IN-PERSONWha...
05/31/2020

The EXCITING 2020 Conference Program Poster is HERE!

Full program now available! Register now for VIRTUAL or IN-PERSON

What you need to know - the links you need to check out

The program is at http://ACRM.org/poster and http://ACRM.org/op

Early Bird Deadline 30 JUNE. No Risk Register with our Two Options at http://ACRM.org/register

Virtual Registration Rates are great! Check out https://ACRM.org/rates

FAQs Coming Soon

The Medium May Change but the Mission Does Not!

#rehabilitation #physiatry #conference #improvelives #rehabresearch #TBI #SCI #Stroke #Cancer #Measurement #limbloss #geriatric #pediatric #sportsrehab #sportsmedicine #neuroplasticity #pain #painmanagement #assistivetech #rehabtech #veteranshealth #healthpolicy #musictherapy #arttherapy #speechtherapy #physicaltherapy #occupationaltherapy #neuroscience #ACRM2020

Catch the next episode of the ACRM Pandemic Webinar SeriesTUE 2 JUN // 1:00 – 2:00 PM ETLimb Loss Rehabilitation during ...
05/31/2020

Catch the next episode of the ACRM Pandemic Webinar Series
TUE 2 JUN // 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
Limb Loss Rehabilitation during the Pandemic: A Stakeholder Perspective on Barriers and Telemedicine Part 2
With GUEST SPEAKER: Prateek Grover, MD, PhD, MHA, FAAPMR
MODERATOR:
John Morris, PhD, FACRM

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Upon completion of the webinar, learners will be able to:
Understand the patient’s rehabilitation journey after limb loss
Understand the infrastructural requirements and stakeholder roles in usual care
Describe barriers created by the pandemic relating to infrastructure and for the stakeholders
Explain how telemedicine may be able to integrate stakeholders and infrastructure to continue to provide care
Adapt this information to their local context

Go to https://acrm.org/resources/coronavirus-pandemic/acrm-pandemic-webinar-series/prateek-grover-limb-loss-rehabilitation-during-the-pandemic-ii/

#COVID19 #limbloss #amputee #prosthetic #pandemic #ACRM #webinarseries #webinar

The EXCITING 2020 Conference Program Poster is HERE!Full program now available! Register now for VIRTUAL or IN-PERSONWha...
05/30/2020

The EXCITING 2020 Conference Program Poster is HERE!

Full program now available! Register now for VIRTUAL or IN-PERSON

What you need to know - the links you need to check out

The program is at http://ACRM.org/poster and http://ACRM.org/op

Early Bird Deadline 30 JUNE. No Risk Register with our Two Options at http://ACRM.org/register

Virtual Registration Rates are great! Check out https://ACRM.org/rates

FAQs Coming Soon

The Medium May Change but the Mission Does Not!

#rehabilitation #physiatry #conference #improvelives #rehabresearch #TBI #SCI #Stroke #Cancer #Measurement #limbloss #geriatric #pediatric #sportsrehab #sportsmedicine #neuroplasticity #pain #painmanagement #assistivetech #rehabtech #veteranshealth #healthpolicy #musictherapy #arttherapy #speechtherapy #physicaltherapy #occupationaltherapy #neuroscience #ACRM2020

The EXCITING 2020 Conference Program Poster is HERE!Full program now available! Register now for VIRTUAL or IN-PERSONWha...
05/29/2020

The EXCITING 2020 Conference Program Poster is HERE!

Full program now available! Register now for VIRTUAL or IN-PERSON

What you need to know - the links you need to check out

The program is at http://ACRM.org/poster and http://ACRM.org/op

Early Bird Deadline 30 JUNE. No Risk Register with our Two Options at http://ACRM.org/register

Virtual Registration Rates are great! Check out https://ACRM.org/rates

FAQs Coming Soon

The Medium May Change but the Mission Does Not!

#rehabilitation #physiatry #conference #improvelives #rehabresearch #TBI #SCI #Stroke #Cancer #Measurement #limbloss #geriatric #pediatric #sportsrehab #sportsmedicine #neuroplasticity #pain #painmanagement #assistivetech #rehabtech #veteranshealth #healthpolicy #musictherapy #arttherapy #speechtherapy #physicaltherapy #occupationaltherapy #neuroscience #ACRM2020

05/29/2020
Training Grants (Career Development Corner Webinar)

ACRM Career Development Corner Webinar Series

Training Grants (Career Development Corner Webinar) by Amy A. Herrold, PhD

Brought to you by the ACRM Early Career Networking Group

For more information on the ACRM Early Career Networking Group

and to see other webinars go to https://acrm.org/acrm-communities/early-career/

About the speaker Amy A. Herrold, PhD

Research Health Scientist Edward Hines Jr., VA Hospital

Research Assistant Professor Northwestern University,

Feinberg School of Medicine Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

#research #rehabilitation #funding #researchfunding #grants #traininggrants #NIHfunding #earlycareer #webinar

ACRM Career Development Corner Webinar Series Training Grants (Career Development Corner Webinar) by Amy A. Herrold, PhD Brought to you by the ACRM Early Car...

Cognitive Rehabilitation Training & ManualDon't miss this two-day introductory training course coming to the ACRM 2020 A...
05/29/2020

Cognitive Rehabilitation Training & Manual
Don't miss this two-day introductory training course coming to the ACRM 2020 Annual Conference in Atlanta and virtually. Led by authors of the ACRM Cognitive Rehabilitation Manual: Translating Evidence-Based Recommendations into Practice, this course translates the latest research into step-by-step interventions for clinical practice. Ideal for occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, psychologists, neuropsychologists and other rehab professionals, the course teaches evidence-based interventions for impairments of Executive functions, Memory, Attention, Hemispatial neglect, and Social communication. Registration includes 150-page Manual with worksheets.
Go to https://acrm.org/meetings/2020-annual-conference/program/preconference/twodaybraininjurytraining/cognitiverehabilitationtraining/

#cognitive #rehabilitation #training #ACRM #ACRM2020 #onlinelearning #distancelearning #TBI

05/28/2020
The Science Goes On: TWO ways to Join: ACRM Annual Conference

ACRM 2020

The science goes on. The research is here.

TWO ways to Join: VIRTUAL-ONLY & IN-PERSON

The ACRM Annual Conference: http://ACRM.org/register

Register NOW for the Virtual or In-Person Option; TOGGLE later, any time before the event.

#ACRM2020 #ACRM #rehabilitation #research #getpublished #abstract #TBI #SCI #Stroke #Cancer #geriatrics #lifestylemedicine #sportsrehab #neuroplasticity #veteranshealth #musictherapy #speechtherapy #physicaltherapy #occupationaltherapy #neuroscience #amputee #prosthetics #limbloss

The science goes on. The research is here. TWO ways to Join: VIRTUAL-ONLY & IN-PERSON The ACRM Annual Conference: http://ACRM.org/register Register NOW for t...

Call for Late-Breaking & COVID-19 Research ProposalsDo you have emerging rehabilitation research or COVID-19 research th...
05/28/2020

Call for Late-Breaking & COVID-19 Research Proposals

Do you have emerging rehabilitation research or COVID-19 research that you'd like to present at the ACRM 2020 Annual Conference? The Program Committee is now accepting proposals for scientific papers (oral presentations) and posters of your latest research. The abstracts of all accepted papers and posters are eligible for publication in the Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation — the most-cited journal in rehabilitation. Visit the website for submission guidelines and deadlines. Submitters of accepted proposals will be invited to record their presentations for extended distribution via the virtual conference program. Attendees will have virtual access to educational content through 30 June 2021.

Go to https://acrm.org/meetings/2020-annual-conference/callforproposals/

#COVID19 #ACRM2020 #ACRM #rehabilitation #research #getpublished #abstract #TBI #SCI #Stroke #Cancer #geriatrics #lifestylemedicine #sportsrehab #neuroplasticity #veteranshealth #musictherapy #speechtherapy #physicaltherapy #occupationaltherapy #neuroscience #amputee #prosthetics #limbloss

05/28/2020
ACRM 2020 is ON!

The world's largest interdisciplinary #rehabilitation #research event is ON & it's never been more accessible. The ACRM Conference this fall in Atlanta and on your screen from anywhere in the world. Register NOW http://ACRM.org/register for the VIRTUAL-ONLY or the IN-PERSON option & TOGGLE later, any time you like #ACRM2020 #RehabResearch #researchers #physicalmedicine #rehabilitation #physicaltherapy

Congratulations to the ACRM 2020 Awards RecipientsACRM is proud to honor these professionals who have made significant c...
05/27/2020

Congratulations to the ACRM 2020 Awards Recipients

ACRM is proud to honor these professionals who have made significant contributions to the field of rehabilitation medicine and research. These prestigious awards will be presented during the ACRM 2020 Annual Conference

Go to https://acrm.org/about/awards/

Every year , everyone is welcome at ACRM — all #rehabilitation professionals, administrators, #researchers, #clinicians, consumers, & #caregivers. There are 2 ways to register & attend: VIRTUAL-ONLY or IN-PERSON http://ACRM.org/register

#physiatry #goldkey #womeninscience #womeninstem #womeninmedicine Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation #earlycareer

ACRM 97th Annual ConferenceTWO NO-RISK Options for 2020 Conference Registration In response to the pandemic, ACRM will o...
05/27/2020

ACRM 97th Annual Conference
TWO NO-RISK Options for 2020 Conference Registration

In response to the pandemic, ACRM will offer TWO registration options for the 2020 Annual Conference to meet the needs of ALL ACRM presenters and attendees from around the world:
· IN-PERSON AND
· VIRTUAL-ONLY

Go to https://acrm.org/resources/coronavirus-pandemic/pandemic-statement/ to see our message from ACRM President Dr. Pamela Roberts

Our goal is to accommodate everyone who needs access to the latest rehabilitation research

#ACRM2020 #rehabilitation #conference #virtualconference #physiatry

Archives of Rehabilitation Research and Clinical Translationis ACRM's official Open Access journal for the entire rehabi...
05/27/2020

Archives of Rehabilitation Research and Clinical Translation

is ACRM's official Open Access journal for the entire rehabilitation field.

Now in year two you can check the journal out at https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/archives-of-rehabilitation-research-and-clinical-translation

Fun fact - ACRM members enjoy a great discount on the Article Processing Charge (APC). So great that if you are accepted and you are not a member of ACRM you should immediately become one - you will save money AND get the great benefits of ACRM membership at the same time!

#research #openaccess #journal #rehabilitation #physiatry #ACRM

05/26/2020

The world's largest interdisciplinary #rehabilitation #research event has never been more accessible. This year, there are 2 ways to register & attend: VIRTUAL-ONLY or IN-PERSON.

LOCK-IN the best price TODAY at http://ACRM.org/register #CME #ceus #ACRM2020 #scientificresearch #sciencecommunication #science #researchers #academicresearch #TBI #SCI #Cancer #Stroke #neuroplasticity #prosthetics #physicaltherapy #occupationaltherapy #musictherapy #speechtherapy #limbloss #amputee #geriatrics

ACRM Spinal Cord Injury ISIG
05/26/2020
ACRM Spinal Cord Injury ISIG

ACRM Spinal Cord Injury ISIG

ACRM continues to host free, live webinars with experts from the #telehealth industry to provide clear and up-to-date information regarding the use of #technology in the provision of #rehabilitation services and #research during the #COVID19 crisis.

Upcoming schedule:

TUE 26 MAY // 1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT: #Telerehabilitation Now and Forever
With Guest Speaker: Marcalee Alexander, MD

THU 28 MAY // 1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT: Telehealth Medicine and #Exercise for Persons with #SpinalCordInjury
With Guest Speaker: Ashraf S. Gorgey, MPT, PhD, FACSM, FACRM

TUE 2 JUN // 1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT: #LimbLoss Rehabilition During the Pandemic: A Stakeholder Perspective on Barriers and Telemedicine PART II
With Guest Speaker: Prateek Grover, MD, PhD, MHA, FAAPMR, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
Washington University in St. Louis Program in Physical Therapy

TUE 9 JUN // 1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT: Remote Sensors and Monitoring in Neurodegenerative Disease
With Guest Speaker: Erwin van Wegen, PhD, MS

https://acrm.org/resources/coronavirus-pandemic/acrm-pandemic-webinar-series/

05/26/2020
ACRM 2020 Registration Options

Register NOW for the Virtual or In-Person Option; TOGGLE later, any time you like

The world's largest interdisciplinary #rehabilitation #research event is ON & it's never been more accessible. The ACRM Conference this fall in Atlanta and on your screen from anywhere in the world. Register NOW http://ACRM.org/register for the VIRTUAL-ONLY or the IN-PERSON option & TOGGLE later, any time you like #ACRM2020 #RehabResearch #researchers #physicalmedicine #rehabilitation #physicaltherapy

05/26/2020

The world's largest interdisciplinary #rehabilitation #research event is ON & it's never been more accessible. Register NOW for the VIRTUAL-ONLY or the IN-PERSON option and TOGGLE later, any time you like.

The VIRTUAL-ONLY option offers significant savings. Either option gets you incredible value with access to hundreds of hours of recorded content — ALL accessible through 30 JUNE 2021. REGISTER NOW to lock-in the lowest Early Bird rates. ACRM.org/register

#ACRM2020 #RehabResearch #MedEd #ImproveLives #research #CME #ceus #scientificresearch #occupationaltherapy #physicaltherapy #scientists #researchers #physiatrists #rehabilitation #physicalmedicine #PMandR

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Special Interest and Networking Groups -------------------- Participation in ACRM is organized around specialties in rehabilitation. The ACRM has the following special interest and networking groups: BI-ISIG | Brain Injury — Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group SCI-ISIG | Spinal Cord Injury — Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group STROKE-ISIG | Stroke — Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group Cancer Rehabilitation Networking Group EC-NG | Early Career Networking Group HP-NG | Health Policy Networking Group I-NG | International Networking Group Neurodegenerative Diseases Networking Group Pediatric Rehabilitation Networking Group OM-NG | Outcomes Measurement Networking Group MVA-NG | Military/Veterans Affairs Networking Group Geriatric Rehabilitation Group Pain Rehabilitation Group Membership -------------------- The ACRM welcomes as members all stakeholders in the field of rehabilitation, including clinicians, researchers, administrators, consultants, consumers, educators, research funders, insurers, and policymakers. Students and new entrants to the field are especially encouraged to join; a “young investigators” course offered each year as part of the annual meeting helps them to become productive rehabilitation researchers and ACRM members. Members meet colleagues from around the world, engage with experts and mentors, learn new research strategies, access the latest clinical guidelines, advance academic and research careers, and gain opportunities to shape and lead the field of rehabilitation. Members represent various disciplines, including: Audiology Biomedical Engineering Biostatistics Case Manager Clinical Epidemiology Clinical Research Counseling, Pastoral Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, Vocational Dietetics | Nutrition Health Services Research Neurology | Neurosurgery Neuropsychology Occupational Therapy Pediatrics Psychology Physiatrist Physical Therapy Psychiatry Recreation Therapy Rehabilitation Medicine Rehabilitation Nursing Rehabilitation Psychology Social Work Speech | Language Pathology Organization -------------------- The ACRM is led by elected members organized into the Board of Governors. Supporting the Board of Governors are volunteer standing committees as well as a business team led by the Chief Executive Officer. Executive Committee 2013-2015 President Sue Ann Sisto, PT MA PhD President Elect Douglas Katz, MD PhD FACRM Treasurer Wayne A. Gordon, PhD ABPP-CN FACRM Secretary Cindy Harrison-Felix, PhD FACRM Past President Tamara Bushnik, PhD FACRM Member-at-Large Deborah Backus, PhD PT Member-at-Large Jennifer Bogner, PhD ABPP Member-at-Large Anne Deutsch, PhD BSN Member-at-Large Dawn Neumann, PhD Member-at-Large Ronald Seel, PhD FACRM Member-at-Large Ross Zafonte, PhD DO Archives Co-EIC Leighton Chan, MD PhD MPH FACRM Archives Co-EIC Allen W. Heinemann, PhD ABPP-RP FACRM BI-ISIG Liaison Lance Trexler, PhD FACRM SCI-ISIG Liaison Susan Charlifue, PhD FACRM Stroke ISIG Liaison Phil Morse, PhD FACRM Program Committee Liaison Michael L. Jones, PhD FACRM CEO Jon W. Lindberg, MBA CAE Contact Details -------------------- For business matters relating to ACRM or The Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, please contact: Jon W. Lindberg, MBA, CAE Chief Executive Officer ACRM, 11654 Plaza America Drive, Suite 535, Reston, VA, USA 20190 Phone: +1.317.471.8760 Upcoming Meetings -------------------- 91st Annual ACRM Conference Progress in Rehabilitation Research 7 – 11 OCTOBER 2014 Intercontinental, Toronto Centre and Metro Toronto Convention Centre | Toronto, ON, Canada

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Bringing research to practice. Faster

We believe that it should not take 40 years to get research into practice. Our goal is to translate the research into practice. Faster.

At ACRM, we bring together all members of the rehab team regardless of title, and we collaborate with the researchers. We call this — research to practice & practice to research — a positive feedback loop.

THE MISSION

With the mission of IMPROVING LIVES of those with disabling conditions through interdisciplinary rehabilitation research, ACRM curates and disseminates world-class rehabilitation research:


  • IN PERSON (ACRM Meetings),

  • IN PRINT (ACRM ARCHIVES), and

  • ONLINE (ACRM.org).
  • ACRM serves people with disabling conditions by promoting rehabilitation research and facilitating information dissemination and the transfer of technology. As rehabilitation science and communication channels continue to evolve, ACRM’s goal is to keep the rehabilitation community connected by creating opportunities to exchange and share information among clinical practitioners, rehabilitation researchers, knowledge brokers, research funders, provider organizations, healthcare payers, consumers, and industry regulators. ACRM encourages leaders in rehabilitation to identify current best practices and best providers at all levels of care, and share this information via education meetings and the journal, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

    At ACRM we believe in integrating research & clinical practice for the BEST care as FAST as possible. If you do too, please join us at our Spring and Annual Meetings and as a member. (TIP: when you register for an ACRM event you receive a bonus 6 month ACRM membership for FREE).

    We invite you to take the stage and we will help amp up your research. Get published. Boost your cv. Make your mark. Call for Proposals. DEADLINES & GUIDELINES: ACRM.org/call

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    Announcing a free online symposium, open to anyone interested in learning more about the current science and research on Alexander technique as an intervention, entitled “Current Scientific Research and Models for the Alexander Technique” on May 18th at 12 noon Eastern time. This is an opportunity to view how AT is making its way forward and reaching more people through our better understanding of how contemporary science supports and clarifies this transformative work. Consistency in language and a grounding in the contemporary scientific aspects of the AT principles is really essential to advance and enter the mainstream of the general public, removing barriers to access for broader socioeconomic groups in the 21st Century. Dr. Tim Cacciatore, Assoc. Prof. Rajal Cohen, Prof. Ian Loram and Dr. Patrick Johnson will present an overview of what current science has to offer the Alexander Technique. This 2.5 hour in-depth symposium addresses the urgent need for updating our scientific understanding of our work. It also aims to help AT teachers to better communicate with scientists, medical professionals, and AT colleagues. For more information and to sign up, visit: www.alexandertechniquescience.com/symposium2020/ For those who cannot join live, please sign up for information about accessing the post symposium video.https://www.alexandertechniquescience.com/symposium2020/
    Hard to exaggerate the importance of Dr. Paul Harch's recently published study, which duplicates the 2015 Israeli studies showing that hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) helps heal TBI even years post-injury. Since 2015 HBOT is standard treatment for most brain injuries in Israel. DOD, VA and Tricare, must move to make it standard of care here If you have connections with these organizations, please push them to adopt this life-altering treatment for TBI/ABI. Let's not wait for FDA approval. Costing tens of millions, the FDA process effectively precludes alternative therapies from gaining traction - regardless of efficacy. Physicians should be encouraged to use HBOT off-label for brain injured patients. The DOS, VA and Tricare should be encouraged to include it as a covered treatment for TBI/ABI.
    Call for Proposals
    Hope this video gives a sense of what alternative therapies may offer to brain injury survivors. Bart has made great progress since this video was made, boosted by Omega-3 supplementation, LENS neurofeedback, and even hypnosis. And so it goes. God bless us all.
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    A Nightmare Named Mirsarai Tragedy Still Haunts: A Pleading for Psychosocial Rehabilitation =========================================== -Mahbub Ara Akter A black, thick, deep ditch at Tentultola on Abu Torab Road still exists like a death trap to any of the locals whoever had witnessed a line of near about half century deceased students on the big playground kept ready for being engraved after the dusk. 3 years ago, on 11th July, 2011, 45 students of 5 academic institutions of Mayani and Mohadia unions of Mirsarai died in a tragic crash. They were killed as a mini truck carrying more than 70 students skidded off the road and fell into a ditch at Tentultola on Abu Torab Road at 1:30 pm. They were returning after participating in a football match. 39 students died on the spot. Among the rescued 5 more students died later while they were under treatment. Only11-12 students were rescued alive. It is not a tragedy of the loss of only 45 students caused by a mere bus accident in an area of Mirsarai. It is more than that if we really cast a cautious glance over the terrible disaster of Mirsarai Tragedy from humanitarian perspective. The class topper of class eight, Druba Nath of Abu Torab High School of Mirsarai had a dream of becoming a doctor. “My son got fifth grade scholarship in the talent pool. He was preparing for eight grade scholarship” said Direndrakumar Nath, Druba’s father. Another outstanding Ninth grader Abu Sufian, who secured both the primary and junior secondary scholarships, was well on the way to bagging a ‘golden A plus’ in the Secondary School Certificate Exams. “The accident shattered the dreams of our family”’, said a tearful Dhirendra. The yelling episode of shattered dreams does not differ in its consequence for the families of 45 students who were killed in the accident. The trauma is still very much part of nearly 1000 people of Mirsarai. Meherin Chowdhury, the eldest sister of Saidul mourned, “My parents still cry much holding the things like books, school dress that my brother used” Nizam Uddin, one of the rescued students, though returned alive from medical college after treatment, still experienced the difficulty to forget the terrible moment of their truck carrying other fellow students falling into the ditch for long time. “Whenever I remember the moment, my heart beats much”, he bemoaned Most of the local people complained that every now and then they would be awakening in the middle of the night by the wailing parents of the deceased. Jafrul, one of the locals said, “We might have not lost any of ours in the accident, but a pall of gloom descends on us when we hear them wailing. Our children can not accept that their friends were no more.” “I can not hold my tears whenever I remember the face of any of my students even now”, said Jafar Sadek, head teacher of Abu Torab High school. “Some of them, including Druba, Abu sufian and Kajal Nath, were very talented and were set to achieve great things”, Jafar lamented. All the talks (some of the quotes taken from newspapers “Dhaka Tribune”, published on July 10, 2013; “Samakal”, published on July 11, 2012) full of grievance, shocks, losses, trauma lead to a massage: The loss of 45 promising young lives is alarming because the scale of the tragedy deeply affects their parents, grandparents, siblings, relatives, friends, classmates, teachers and neighbours. Our thoughts should go now with the psychological breakdown of the more than 1000 survivors of the manmade disaster including the victims, their families, teachers, relatives, neighbours and the population of the whole area bearing the stigma of the mournful memories of Mirsarai Tragedy. In Bangladesh it is a fact that psychosocial breakdown in result of the casualties caused by any kind of disasters either manmade or natural remains always unseen and out of focus. From psychological as well as clinical psychoanalytical perspective, psychological disorder related emotional distress such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, panic disorder, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) have significant direct effects on physical health and thereby affect our daily life, either in relationship or work. So it needs attention! To measure the effects it is urgent to be aware of the role of psychosocial care provided to the disaster affected population. The Term ‘PSYCHOSOCIAL’ denotes the inter-connection between psychological and social processes and the fact that each continually interacts with and influences the other. The composite term mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) is used to describe any type of local or outside support that aims to protect or promote psychosocial well-being and prevent or treat mental disorder. Social support aims to protect and support mental health and psycho-social well being in emergencies. These types of supports should be approached in collaboration. For ensuring overall sound health, mental health and psychosocial support are fundamental requirements and it needs to be provided in an integrated way and it should be community-based to ensure services are available, acceptable, accessible and affordable that can improve mental health and psychosocial outcomes. And these services should be indiscriminately made available to the persons, victims or survivors of disaster with more focus on vulnerable groups including women, children, elders and persons with disabilities. Ignoring a problem does not work. When ignored, a problem often grows and begins to affect more and more of our lives. Because psychological disruption or breakdown leads to the terrible outcome of psychological disorders and even to psychosocial disabilities effecting the overall socio-economic structure of the country if the fact of giving timely counseling and psychotherapy is ignored. To have mental health care is an individual’s human right. History and experience show that in general, most of us are resilient and have the capability to cope well with the adverse situation and bounce back to the expected normal life. Even then, some develop significant psychological trauma, and if not attended in a timely and appropriate manner, the condition might result in long-term pathologic disorder. While it may be true that Bangladesh, as one the young nations, has won remarkable accomplishments in the field of social development in some fields, it severely lacks progress in various others. For instance, in terms of our health indicators, the impressive drop in child mortality rates; improved maternal health care and near-elimination of malaria and TB are just a few causes of envy for our neighbours. However, although the progresses we have made in the public health sector have been remarkable, one challenge that has almost slipped out of our radar includes the lack of mental health services. It is estimated that one in every six persons in Bangladesh suffers from some from mental illness, a majority of who go undiagnosed. Moreover, Bangladesh is estimated to have only one psychiatrist for every two million of its people. According to a World Health Organisation (WHO) report, conducted in 2005, the country’s health department spent only US$ 1.4 million on mental health, which was less than 0.5 percent of the total annual healthcare budget. Furthermore, the report also highlighted that social insurance schemes in the country did not cover mental disorders and that no human rights review body exists to inspect mental health facilities under the direct supervision of a “National Mental Health Act”. It should also be mentioned that the Indian Lunacy Act of 1912, that sanctions discrimination against the mentally ill, still remains operative in Bangladesh. This report was formulated almost a decade ago, but little has changed since then. Another instance of defying the need of psychological care is obvious in medical sector of our country. In MBBS Course offered in our country, Psychiatry and Clinical Psychotherapy are included as optional subjects though they require vast study. Almost all the students abstain from undertaking the huge liability to study the optional subjects to obtain degree without having overmuch difficulty. As a result, proper diagnosis of physical ailment related with psychological disorder can not be done and the patient suffers though of undergoing a long term treatment process. Sometimes, even it leads to fallacious treatment. So, from medical perspective, Psychiatry and Clinical Psychotherapy should be included as being one of the compulsory subjects of MBBS Course so that a doctor can treat a patient well even if with having the syndrome of psychological disorder after being properly diagnosed. All the details should be closely related to scrutinize the aftermath psychosocially disrupted situation created by the traumatic experiences of “Mirsarai Tragedy”. From humanitarian ground it is propitious time to pay attention to the vulnerable situation created in Mirsarai. Occasional suicidal cases, panic disorder, nightmare haunting, insomnia, loss of appetite, depression, deficiency in working power, sense of feeling worthless among the survivor students, friends of the deceased students, their parents, relatives, neighbours are being reported at individual levels. Years of governmental neglect and failure of the local government to assess the loss and damage including misleading propaganda against the psychosocial care giving initiatives undertaken by NGO like UTSA have left Mirsarai in a very vulnerable position of a severe manmade disaster. It is because of the inability of the government, local authority to deal with the impacts of a far-reaching psychosocial disability. We should not waste time any more! It is urgent to conduct a study to survey the real scenario of the psychosocial disorder of the victims having relations with the deceased juveniles. The study should focus on the real picture of the psychological disorder related problems, sufferings and their impacts on the socio- economic life of the community people as soon as possible. On the eve of third anniversary of Mirsarai Tragedy we would like to raise a voice to the government, local leaders, concerned authority, civil society and people from all walks of life claiming the need of protecting the affected people’s mental health ensuring short as well as long term psychosocial care related initiatives like counseling, psychotherapy etc. Otherwise we will have to take the liability for opening a chapter of a lamenting history of an incurable socio-economic impairment resulting from permanent psychosocial impairment, another evidence of violation of human rights to the future generation!! UTSA, a Preface to Therapeutic Theatre in Bangladesh A Unique Intervention in the field of Mental Health Issue As a pioneer organization, UTSA, one of the renowned NGOs has initiated its intervention mainly in raising awareness about Mental Health issue through Therapeutic Theatre tools as its organizational motto since 1997. UTSA began its journey by establishing area based ‘Theatre Unit” to work on different socio-economic issues. UTSA believes that theatre is one of the most effective tools for communicating awareness raising programmes. UTSA already has completed more than five thousand issue-based theatre shows. The issues of the theatre shows included Child Labour, Labour Rights, Child Rights, Disabled People’s Rights, Women’s Rights, Sexual Harassment, Child Trafficking, Early Child Care development, HIV/AIDS, Strengthening Local Government, Population Growth, Disaster Management, Leprosy, Environmental Preservation, Drug Addiction and Abuse of Acid. Besides theatre shows UTSA has implemented a number of therapeutic theatre based interventions focused on different issue based projects, institutions and networks. UTSA can claim of having initiated to build up a strong networking through country wide either by patronizing or by having partnership with different institutions working for establishing human rights of PwDs, adolescents, vulnerable community people like TTCD, BTTI, CCBPC, BBL, KHRDI, RRTC, Dr. Jahangir Complex, ADF, CSD, AUDC etc. focused on a sustainable socio-economic and cultural development which ensures a democratic society free from all kinds of discriminations. Through incorporating Theatre for Development and Therapeutic Theatre as a part of clinical psychology, it is not only possible to ensure the effectiveness of any kind of psychosocial care based development issues but also to bring human resource development by initiating a process to safeguard an interpersonal empowerment. Physical development like financial development and sound infrastructural change is never to gain its sustainability without being reached to the acceptable level of people’s mentality that is formed by the socio-economic and cultural infrastructure. Actually the desired level exists within the sphere of the development of individual’s psychosocial aptitude. It is true for any type of socio-economic and cultural condition in the worldwide. Here comes a question of the most effective communicative tools that simply convert the development initiative to its all-time practice. Theatre especially the Therapeutic Theatre tools can play a vital role in this regard. Due to the unique properties of theatre, it can be used very successfully as a form of counseling. Generally, counseling is purely talk therapy consisting of thought-provoking conversations aimed at increasing the client’s self-awareness. However, just talking about thoughts and emotions might not always be enough. All those emotions we experience require a physical outlet which Theatre Therapy can provide. The key premise on which this therapy rests is that creative art is a force that has the power to heal. With the aim of developing the situation of Persons with Disability (PwD), underprivileged, and different types of vulnerable people in Bangladesh UTSA has introduced its social action related interventions through ‘Theatre Therapy’, ‘Psychodrama’, ‘Sociodrama’ and ‘Theatre for Development’. It is obvious that Theatre allows us the opportunity to experience the emotions like pain, anger, depression, anxiety and achieve catharsis for our own pent up emotions vicariously by watching the lives of the characters. In Bangladesh, as one of the very few institutions since its inception UTSA has been playing a vital role either by arranging or by participating in the therapeutic theatre based dramas, exhibitions, workshops, seminars, and festivals to improve the mental health of adolescents, underprivileged community people and PwDs. In addition to building therapeutic theatre units, other creative counseling and group psychotherapy tools UTSA aiming at developing expert Theatre Therapists has been organizing National Therapeutic Theatre Workshops (NTTW), conducted by international Theatre Therapists every year as one of its remarkable interventions since 2003. Particularly working experiences with the school going adolescents suffering from emotional disorders, PwDs, victims and survivors of natural disasters like SIDOR and AILA as well as man-made disasters like Mirsori Tragedy, Savar Tragedy are the remarkable additions of uplifting the confidence level of UTSA Team members. The desired achievement is still far reaching as in Bangladesh there is no National Mental Health Act. Morover, there are fund crisis, shortage of resources and efficient manpower. Still UTSA believes that through the advocacy programmes the vision of establishing a democratic society where people will live with dignity, freedom and safety will come true soon of course with all kinds of supports come from influential philanthropic organizations as well as individuals at home and abroad. Contract person: Mostafa Kamal Jatra Executive Director, Unite Theatre for Social Action (UTSA), 2111, Tahera Bhaban, Akbarshah Mazar lane, Pahartoli, Khulshi, Chittagong, Bangladesh. Cell: 01819-514564, 01919-514564 email: [email protected], [email protected], https://www.facebook.com/pg/utsa1997/photos/?tab=album&album_id=782926478567552