Welcome to the ENACT Summer 2013 Newsletter: An Introduction from Dr. Julie Keysor
As we come to the end of our 3rd year, I am amazed at how much we’ve accomplished. Our two clinical trials have almost reached our proposed sample size – not an easy task since we proposed to recruit 430 participants! Over the past year we presented our research findings at the American College of Rheumatology/Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (ACR/ARHP) and the National Association of Rehabilitation, Research, and Training Centers (NARRTC) 2013 scientific meetings, and look forward to discussing our work at upcoming meetings with the American Physical Therapy Association and American Occupational Therapy Association. Our pre-doctoral fellows are finishing up their didactical work and are moving their individual areas of scholarship forward. We have put together an exciting State of the Science conference “Promoting Activity and Participation among Persons with Arthritis” for this upcoming year on April 6th, 2014 in Pentagon City, VA, and are delighted to have outstanding and internationally respected speakers contributing to the meeting. Be prepared to hear a lot from ENACT over the next few years!
In addition, the upcoming months will involve re-creating last year’s successful community forum “Managing Fatigue and Pain with Rheumatic Conditions” in a more accessible electronic format. Our Active Living with Arthritis podcast series continues to be available through ENACT’s “Resource Corner” for free—a series of podcasts developed to be useful to people with arthritis, their families, and their health care providers. Lastly, we congratulate two of our ENACT faculty, Drs. Saralynn Allaire, ENACT Associate Director, and Michael LaValley, ENACT Director of Research, on their ARHP awards for Lifetime Achievement and Master Educator, respectively. We are very proud of their contributions to rheumatology!!
We hope you enjoy our newsletter! As always, we welcome your feedback on our activities. Stay active and be well!
Julie Keysor, PhD, PT, ENACT Center Director