Kessler Researchers Impact ACRM Conference
By Nicky Miller
The American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine conference was held on December 5-8, in Chicago, IL. Over 14 of Kessler Foundation researchers attended, presenting posters, winning awards, and giving talks in various topics on rehabilitation research.
Taking home this year’s ACRM Fellowship award was Jeanne Zanca, PhD, senior research scientist, at the Centers for Spinal Cord Injury and Outcomes and Assessment Research at Kessler Foundation.
Fellows of ACRM are recognized for their outstanding service to the organization and have made a significance in the field of medical rehabilitation.
Dr. Zanca is known for her work with ACRM’s Spinal Cord Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group, a place for research minded members of the SCI community to gather. It’s a group for clinicians and researchers to unite and find ways to help people with disabilities.
Also, former Kessler Foundation postdoctoral fellow, Juan Carlos Arango-Lasprilla, PhD, won the ACRM Mitchell Rosenthal Mid-Career Award. This award recognizes Arango-Lasprilla's contributions and leadership to the field of brain injury research.
Presentations and Posters
“Cultural Humility: A Modest Introduction and Overview” was presented by Anthony Lequerica, PhD, senior research scientist at the Center for Traumatic Brain Injury Research at Kessler Foundation.
Dr. Lequerica's ACRM activity was covered on Kessler's Facebook channel and gained some attraction.
“Muslim Americans: Update on Mental Health, Disability Status, Cultural Beliefs & Implications for Competent Care” by Kessler researchers, Drs. Erkut Kucukboyaci, Joman Natsheh and Rooshey Hasnain, EdD, MA, from the University of Illinois.
Dr. Fyffe also presented a poster on “Personal and Cultural Factors Associated with Functional Independence in SCI” funded by NIDILRR and the Craig Neilsen Foundation.