Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Model System Researchers to Present at the 92nd Annual American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Conference

Model systems researchers will participate in the 92nd Annual American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Conference in Dallas, TX, October 25-30, 2015. The list of Model Systems researchers who have submitted conference presentations to the MSKTC can be found below. Additional information can be found in the conference program.

Rusk Rehabilitation Traumatic Brain Injury Model System

Researchers presented three posters focused on their unique patient population:
  •  Factors associated with changes in body mass index after TBI (Amanda Childs, PhD)
  • The effect of social integration on psychosocial variables one year post-TBI (Ellen Hada, Research Associate)
  • The effect of employment status on psychosocial variables one year post-TBI (Natalie Jenkins, MA, Research Associate).

In addition, Lucia Wexler-Smith, PhD who is an Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training post-doctoral fellows was selected to present the project, Disordered Eating, Weight, and Physical Activity Concerns in Rehabilitation Outpatients with Acquired Brain Injury, as part of NIDILRR Young Investigators panel.

Midwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury Care System 
Dr. Allen Heinemann, from Midwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury Care System will act as key speaker at: 
  • Progress and Report of the ACRM Measurement Networking Group Applied Cognition Task Force ( Key Speakers: Dr. Carrie Ciro PhD, OTR/L FAOTA, Dr. Allen Heinemann PhD, FACRM, Dr. Amy Herrold PhD, Dr. Patricia Heyn PhD, Dr. Sonya Kim PhD) 
  • International Activities to Promote Implementation of Standardized Measures in Medical Rehabilitation Practice (Key Speakers: Dr. Allen Heinemann PhD, FACRM, Dr. Jan Nordvik; Prof. Marcel Post, PhD, Dr. Coen A.M. van Bennekom MD, PhD) 
  • Training Assistive Technology: New Research and Best Practices (Key speakers: Laurie Ehlhardt Powell, Dr. Tessa Hart PhD, Dr. Allen Heinemann PhD, FACRM, Dr. Linda Resnik, PT, PhD) 
  • Meet the Archives’ Editors: Authorship, Reporting Guidelines, and Reviewing in Medical Rehabilitation (Key Speaker: Dr. Allen Heinemann PhD, FACRM) 
  • Preventing Wheelchair Breakdowns: Is DIY Maintenance the Solution? What’s Important and How to Teach It? (Dr. Trevor Dyson-Hudson, MD, Dr. Allen Heinemann PhD, FACRM, Dr. Lynn Worobey, PhD)
Additionally, MRSCICS research scientist Dr. Anne Deutsch RN, PhD will join Dr. Heinemann and others in presenting the session, Quality Measures for Inpatients Rehabilitation Facilities. (Key Speakers: Laura Coots, Dr. Anne Deutsch, Dr. Allen Heinemann, Dr. Melvin Ingber, & Dr. Poonam Pardasaney).
National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center
Yuying Chen, is presenting the poster, Fall-induced spinal cord injury: external causes and implications for prevention.
Yuying Chen, is presenting the symposium, Economic impact of spinal cord injury. This symposium is collaborative work among the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, University of Washington Spinal Cord Injury Model System (Jeanne Hoffman), and Southeastern Regional Spinal Cord Injury Care System (Jim Krause and Yue Cao).
New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center
Miriam Brody, is presenting the poster, Development of a Peer-Led Phone Intervention for Goal-Setting Primary Healthcare Needs in Chronic Spinal Cord Injury.
David Rosenblum, is presenting the poster, Development of the New England Spinal Cord Injury Toolkit for Peer-to-Peer Clinical Education.
Hannah Mercier, is giving an oral presentation titled, Rehospitalization is Associated with Persistent Negative Effects among Adults with Spinal Cord Injury.
University of Michigan Spinal Cord Injury Model System
Denise Tate, Martin Forchheimer, Rachel Hartwig, and Claire Kalpakjian are presenting the poster, The Bowel and Bladder Treatment Index (BBTI): A New Tool to Assess Bowel and Bladder Management in SCI.
Heather Becker, Margaret Nosek, Claire Kalpakjian from are presenting the symposium, Sexuality and Health in Women with Spinal Cord Injury.
Gina Jay, Susan Charlifue, Margaret Campbell, Brooks Wingo, Martin Forchheimer, Victoria Allen, Phillip Requejo, Ivan Molton, Denise Tate are presenting the poster, Prevalence of Comorbidities and Secondary Conditions among Persons Aging with Spinal Cord Injury/Disease (SCI/D): Pilot Study Results.
Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System
Irene Ward, Anthony Lequerica, and Denise Krch, are presenting the poster, The Association Between Motor Findings at Discharge and the Need for Supervision at 1 Year After Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
Irene Ward, Anthony Lequerica, and Lawrence Lai, Neil Jasey and Nancy D. Chiaravalloti, are presenting the poster, Premorbid Concussion and its Effects on Recovery Following Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
Giselle Vivaldi, Anthony Lequerica, Irene Ward, Neil Jasey, Denise Krch, and Nancy D. Chiaravalloti, are presenting the poster, Effect of Bladder Dysfunction on Disability and Community Participation in Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury

Michael Boninger will present the John Stanley Coulter Award Lecture, From Neuroprosthetics to Wheelchairs: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Assistive Technology.

Dr. Lynn Worobey, PhD will present the workshop, Preventing Wheelchair Breakdowns: Is DIY Maintenance the Solution? What’s Important and How to Teach It? (In conjunction with Dr. Trevor Dyson-Hudson, MD and Dr. Allen Heinemann PhD)

The poster, Preliminary Results on Effectiveness of Group Wheelchair Skills Training among Individuals With Spinal Cord Injury, was selected as winner of this year’s SCI-ISIG Best Poster Award (Dr. Lynn Worobey, PhD, Dr. Lee Kirby, MD, Dr. Michael Boninger, MD)
Indiana University School of Medicine / Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana TBI Model System
Dr. Lance Trexler will receive the 2015 ACRM Distinguished Member Award from the American Congress of Rehab Medicine at the annual meeting in Dallas, TX.
Preconference workshops:
Samantha Backhaus, Summer Ibarra; and Thomas Bergquist (Mayo Clinic) are presenting the workshop, Brain Injury Coping Skills Group.
Gordon Horn, Frank Lewis (Neurorestorative); Paula Kersten, Tori Harding, Russell R, Christina Papdimitriou , James Malec are presenting the workshop, Diversity of outcomes: From person-centered to international neurorehabilitation perspectives.
Jacob Kean, Kristen Dams-O/Connor, Flora Hammond, et al are presenting the symposium, Healthcare utilization following brain injury in veterans: perspectives from the va and the private sector.
James Malec, Jacob Kean; Irwin M. Altman, Shannon Swick (Rehab Without Walls); Vicki Eicher, Mary Pat Murphy (ReMed); Thomas Murphy (Inventive Software Solutions) are presenting the symposium, Post-hospital Brain Injury Rehabilitation Outcomes: Report from the National OutcomeInfo Database.
Risa Richardson, JohnWhyte, Joseph Giacino, Flora Hammond, Brian Greenwald, David Katz, Ross Zafonte, Mark Sherer, Zasler N, Weintraub A, David Arciniegas, Sunil Kothari S are presenting the symposium, Building capacity: Formal introduction and implementation of recommendations for the management of persons with disorders of consciousness.
Sue Ann Sisto, David Katz, Ross Zafonte, Flora Hammond, Michael Jones, Bradley Kurowski are presenting the symposium, How do I start, maintain or lead rehabilitation as a practicing physician, clinician or clinical researcher.
Lance E. Trexler, Sumer Ibarra, Devan Parrott are presenting the symposium, Improving return to work and school outcomes after acquired brain injury through resource facilitation: Translating evidence into practice.
Oral presentation:
Hammond F, William Sauve, Paul Shin, Aliso Viejo, Fred Ledon, Charles Davis, Charles Yonan, Joao Siffert are presenting an oral presentation titled, Safety, tolerability, and effectiveness of Dextromethorphan/Quinidine for pseudobulbar affect in patients with traumatic brain injury: PRISM-II.
Jim Malec, Gale Whiteneck, Jennifer Bogner (OSU) are presenting an oral presentation titled, Another look at the PART-O: Scoring to optimize sense and psychometrics.
Poster presentation:
Angelle M. Sander, Kacey L. Maestas, Monique R. Pappadis, Flora Hammond, Robin A. Hanks are presenting the poster, Sexual functioning of partners of persons with traumatic brain injury.
Larissa Swan, Edwin C. Haskins, Theresa Mull, Samantha Backhaus, James Malec are presenting the poster, Systematic implementation of cognitive rehabilitation in an outpatient brain injury treatment setting.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

TBI Model Systems Researchers Work Published in Five Publications

TBI model systems researchers from multiple sites collaborated on publications that were recently published in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Journal of Neurotrauma, Journal of Head Trauma and Rehabilitation, the Handbook on the Neuropsychology of Traumatic Brain Injury, and the International Journal of Telerehabilitation. View the citations and abstracts on the below.
  • Brown AW, Watanabe TK, Hoffman JM, Bell KR, Lucas S, Dikmen S. Headache after traumatic brain injury: a national survey of clinical practices and treatment approaches. PM R. 2015 Jan; 7(1):3-8.  Abstract

  • Eum RS, Seel RT, Goldstein R, Brown AW, Watanabe TK, Zasler ND, Roth EJ, Zafonte RD, Glenn MB. Predicting institutionalization after traumatic brain injury inpatient rehabilitation. J Neurotrauma. 2015; 32(4):280-6. Abstract
  • Brown AW, Leibson CL, Mandrekar J, Ransom JE, Malec JF. Long-term survival after traumatic brain injury: a population-based analysis controlled for nonhead trauma. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2014 Jan-Feb; 29(1):E1-8.  Abstract

  • Bergquist, T.F., Yutsis, M., Micklewright, J. (2014). Comprehensive assessment. In Sherer, M., Sander, A; (Eds.). Handbook on the Neuropsychology of Traumatic Brain Injury. New York, NY: Springer. Abstract

  • Bergquist, T.F., Yutsis, M., Sullan, M.J. (2014). Satisfaction with Cognitive Rehabilitation Delivered via the Internet in Persons with Acquired Brain Injury. International Journal of Telerehabilitation, 6 (2): 39-50. Abstract

Thursday, June 25, 2015

2014 Mitchell Rosenthal Award Announced

Mitchell Rosenthal, PhD, who passed away at age 58 in early 2007, played a significant role as a researcher, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model Systems National Data Base (NDB) curator, and program administrator in the TBI Model Systems program. While he was not at the birth of the TBI MSs, he became involved while at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan and Wayne State University in Detroit, assuming in 1990 the position of Project Director for the Southeastern Michigan TBI Model System, and becoming Project Director for the National Database and Statistical Center (NSDC) in 1993. When he moved to the Kessler Medical Rehabilitation Research and Education Center in 1999, the funding for the NDSC was moved to the Northern New Jersey Model System.

As a principal curator of the NDB, Rosenthal implemented a number of innovations to improve the quality of the data and especially to enhance the role of the TBI NDB and the TBI Model Systems program in the world of TBI research. Among the former are the creation of an online NDB syllabus and the implementation of site visits to TBI MSs. In the latter category are, for instance, the initiation of a research registry for MSs collaborations on NDB analyses, and the creation of an expanded version of “Facts and Figures,” a quarterly newsletter describing NDB information, the clinical and research programs of individual MSs, and other information of interest to clinicians and consumers. Rosenthal gave many talks at meetings of clinicians and researchers, in the United States and internationally, in which he presented the purpose, methods, and contents of the NDB. He also started a program of distributing copies of the NDB syllabus to researchers in the United States and elsewhere, resulting in emulation of the NDB, or significant components of it, in many locations.

By virtue of his role as NDSC Project Director, Rosenthal chaired the TBI Model Systems Project Directors group, which plays a central role in planning, monitoring, and evaluating all TBI Model Systems’ cooperative efforts, including the NDB, module research, and many other activities; the TBI Model Systems played a role in, for example, the first two TBI Interagency Conferences, for which Rosenthal was on the planning committee. In his leadership capacity, he set the agenda for the semiannual Project Directors meeting (in consultation with NIDRR staff), chaired the group’s meetings, and followed up between meetings to make sure that the various committees and task forces performed their work and coordinated with one another.

In addition, Rosenthal was a prolific user of the NDB data. He (co)authored about 20 papers that used information from the data set to investigate topics such as the measurement of community integration, the resource cost of TBI rehabilitation, differences in outcomes between minorities and whites, and the prediction of long term outcomes in general and of employment in particular.

In 2008, the TBIMS Project Directors established the Rosenthal Award, to keep his legacy alive and inspire new generations of investigators. The award initially was given biannually to the best paper published in a peer-reviewed journal that uses NDB information to investigate some aspect of TBI, its treatment or natural history.

The Award for the 2006-2007 period was won by William C. Walker MD, Jennifer H. Marwitz MA, Jeffrey S. Kreutzer PhD, Tessa Hart PhD, and Thomas A. Novack PhD for their article “Occupational Categories and Return to Work After Traumatic Brain Injury: A Multicenter Study” (Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2006, 87(12) 1576-82)

The Award for the 2008-2009 period was won by Jeffrey S. Kreutzer PhD, Lisa J. Rapport PhD, Jennifer H. Marwitz MA, Cynthia Harrison-Felix PhD, Tessa Hart PhD, Mel Glenn MD, and Flora Hammond MD for their article “Caregivers' well-being after traumatic brain injury: a multicenter prospective investigation” (Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2009, 90(6) 939-46)

Given the increase in the number of papers published each year, the award was made an annual one in 2010.

The Award for 2010 was won by Tessa Hart PhD, Mark Sherer PhD, Nancy Temkin PhD, John Whyte MD, PhD, Sureyya Dikmen PhD, Allan Heinemann PhD, and Kathy Bell MD for their article “Participant-proxy agreement on objective and subjective aspects of societal participation following traumatic brain injury. (Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. 2010, 25(5):339-48)

The Award for 2011 was won by Gale Whiteneck PhD, Marcel Dijkers PhD, Allen Heinemann PhD, Jennifer Bogner PhD, Tamara Bushnik PhD, Keith Cicerone PhD, John Corrigan PhD, Tessa Hart PhD, Jim Malec PhD, and Scott Millis PhD for their article “Development of the Participation Assessment with Recombined Tools-Objective for use after traumatic brain injury”. (Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2011, 92(4):542-51.)

The Award for 2012 was won by Cynthia Harrison-Felix PhD, Scott E. D. Kreider MS, Juan C. Arango-Lasprilla PhD, Allen W. Brown MD, Marcel P. Dijkers PhD, Flora M. Hammond MD, Stephanie A. Kolakowsky-Hayner PhD, CBIST, Chari Hirshson PhD, Gale Whiteneck PhD, and Nathan D. Zasler MD, FAAPMR, FAADEP, DAAPM, CBIST for their paper “Life Expectancy Following Rehabilitation: A NIDRR Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems Study”. (Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. 2012;27(6):E69-80.)

The Award for 2013 was won by John Whyte MD, PhD, Risa Nakase-Richardson PhD, Flora M Hammond MD, Shane McNamee MD, Joseph T. Giacino PhD, Kathleen Kalmar PhD, Brian D. Greenwald MD, Stuart A. Yablon MD, and Lawrence J. Horn MD for their article “Functional outcomes in traumatic disorders of consciousness: 5-year outcomes from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems” (Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2013; 94(10):1855-60.)

The Award for 2014 was won by John D. Corrigan, PhD, Jeffrey P. Cuthbert, PhD, MPH, Cynthia Harrison-Felix, PhD, Gale G. Whiteneck, PhD, Jeneita M. Bell MD, MPH, A. Cate Miller, PhD, Victor G. Coronado, MD, MPH, and Christopher R. Pretz PhD for their article “US population estimates of health and social outcomes 5 years".