The American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting is in San Antonio,
ENACT’s 2nd Newsletter Greeting
It’s hard to believe we are beginning the second year of our Center. We are fully staffed and working hard towards achieving ENACT’s goal of “making a difference in the lives of people with arthritis and rheumatic conditions such as lupus, scleroderma, and fibromyalgia.” We have exciting projects in progress, talented people in place, and great things on the horizon. In this issue we update the status of our research program area, discuss our training program, roll out our new “Interact with ENACT” educational series, and highlight the excellent work of four Boston University Doctor of Physical Therapy students who have worked with ENACT over the past year.
Our two clinical trials are now in the field and, as researchers know well, it feels great to be enrolling people and exciting to be testing our interventions. For details on our employment retention and exercise adherence studies please visit www-test.bu.edu/enact/research-projects. Our 3rd research study, under the direction of Dr. Jessica Maxwell, is also underway. Dr. Maxwell is analyzing data examining participation outcomes after total joint replacement.
We launched our pre-doctoral training program, welcomed our first two doctoral fellows, and we have the additional privilege to host a visiting scholar. Together, they bring us vast experience and interests from national and international entities, including the World Health Organization. We look forward to the exceptional work that our fellows and visiting scientist will accomplish over the upcoming years. You can learn more about their interests in this newsletter.
Lastly, this issue highlights ENACT’s Director of Training, Dr. David Felson. We are enormously grateful for his leadership of our training program and for his exceptional contributions to the field of rheumatology and epidemiology. Dr. Felson’s sincere interest in advancing rehabilitation in rheumatology will be imparted to our fellows during their training with ENACT. Dr. Felson is an extremely accomplished researcher and mentor and we are fortunate to have someone of his caliber working with our fellows.
On behalf of all of us at ENACT, we wish you a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year!
Be well, keep moving, and stay in touch with us!
Julie Keysor, PT, PhD
Director of ENACT