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Osteoarthritis Action Alliance Elects ENACT Director Julie Keysor as 2014 Chair

December 20th, 2013 in News Feed

ENACT proudly announces that Director Dr. Julie Keysor has been elected to chair the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance for the 2014 year.

The OA Action Alliance is an interdisciplinary coalition of national organizations, including ENACT, the American Physical Therapy Association, and The Arthritis Foundation, with a broad mission of “elevating OA as a national health priority and promoting effective policy solutions that aim to address the individual and national toll of OA.”  As Director of The Center for Enhancing Activity and Participation among Persons with Arthritis (ENACT), Dr. Keysor is uniquely positioned to lead this group in its policy and advocacy activities for the coming year.

Learn more about the activities of the OA Action Alliance here.

Arthritis in 60 Seconds: Watch This Feature of ENACT Director Julie Keysor in Boston University’s Annual Report

December 18th, 2013 in News Feed

This December, Boston University released its Annual Report, a series of video shorts highlighting  important work and activities across the university in 2013.  Dr. Julie Keysor‘s research on arthritis with ENACT, the national Arthritis Rehabiliation Research and Training Center (RRTC) at Boston University’s Sargent College, is featured in this year’s report.

Watch ENACT Director Julie Keysor explain the impact of arthritis on daily life and how research on physical activity can improve participation outcomes for people everywhere with this prevalent disease.  ENACT’s work is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabiliation Research (NIDRR).

To view of the rest of the videos, click here.


Sign-up for the December 7th Community Forum on Managing Your Arthritis During the Holiday Season

November 25th, 2013 in Events, News Feed

ENACT Investigator Dr. Jessica Maxwell Publishes in the Physical Therapy Journal

November 20th, 2013 in News Feed

Findings from ENACT Investigator Dr. Jessica Maxwell’s research on total knee replacement have been published in the Physical Therapy Journal.

The article, titled “Participation following knee replacement: The MOST cohort study” appeared in the November print version of PTJ.  Using data from the Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study (MOST), Dr. Maxwell investigated participation outcomes following total knee replacement.  Read the full abstract here.

ENACT’s Drs. Julie Keysor and David T. Felson also contributed  to this research.  See more ENACT faculty publications here.


Maxwell, J. L., Keysor, J. J., Niu, J., Singh, J. A., Wise, B. L., Frey-Law, L., … & Felson, D. T. (2013). Participation Following Knee Replacement: The MOST Cohort Study. Physical therapy, 93(11), 1467-1474.

ENACT to Present at Upcoming APTA/CSM, AOTA, and ACR/ARHP Annual Meetings

September 27th, 2013 in Events, News Feed

ENACT will be all over the country this year reporting on our research progress to the arthritis and rehabilitation scientific community.

Next month, center director Julie Keysor and doctoral fellow Rawan AlHeresh will present abstracts from the Work-It study at The American College of Rheumatology/Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ACR/ARHP) annual meeting in San Diego, CA.  The abstracts, “Work It Recruitment: Lessons Learned from an Arthritis Work Disability Prevention Randomized Trial” and “Baseline Work Participation of a Novel Intervention to Minimize Work Disability among Persons with Arthritis: The Work It Study”, will be presented consecutively on Wednesday, October 30th 2013.

In February, investigator Dr. Jessica Maxwell and doctoral fellow Molly Vaughan will each present at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting (APTA/CSM) in Las Vegas.  Finally, immediately prior to ENACT’s own Arthritis State of the Science Conference on April 7th, doctoral fellow Rawan AlHeresh will present two abstracts at the national American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) annual meeting in Baltimore, MD.

Keep an eye out for ENACT at all of these meetings!

We Are Enrolling for 3 Arthritis Research Studies in Massachusetts

September 17th, 2013 in News Feed

You may be eligible if you have:

  • knee osteoarthritis with knee pain
  • concerns about your employment due to your arthritis, lupus, scleroderma or fibromyalgia
  • had a knee replacement at least 2 years ago

Click here for more information about participating!

Registration Opens SOON for ENACT’s 2014 State of the Science Conference, “Promoting Activity and Participation among Persons with Arthritis”

September 6th, 2013 in News Feed, September 2013 Newsletter

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Registration opens this month for ENACT’S State of the Science conference Promoting Activity and Participation among Persons with Arthritis. The one-day conference will be held in Pentagon City, Virginia on April 6th, 2014. The conference will include innovative presentations and opportunities for participant discussion in three primary areas: rehabilitation, community, and employment.  The dialogue created by bringing together experts in the fields of rheumatology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and rehabilitation will serve the ultimate goal of moving the arthritis activity and participation research and policy agenda forward.  We hope you will join us for this exciting opportunity for interdisciplinary discourse.

Sign up Here to receive email notification when registration officially opens

The Conference will be preceded by a New Investigator Workshop on Advancing Arthritis Research for new investigators during the afternoon of April 6th.  The Workshop aims to enhance the capability of new investigators to employ innovative and novel research methods that can be used to address critical clinical research questions. The Workshop will include opportunities for individual mentoring, as well as presentations on using large data sets and selecting optimal outcome measures. Workshop mentors include Drs. David Felson, Alan Jette, Julie Keysor, and Michael LaValley.  The Workshop, which will be offered free-of-charge, involves a competitive application process.  New investigators are invited to submit an application.

We hope to see you in April!

ENACT Presents at NARRTC Annual Meeting

September 6th, 2013 in News Feed, September 2013 Newsletter

Julie_expo 2012.pngENACT faculty and staff featured in two presentations at the National Association of Rehabilitation, Research, and Training Centers (NARRTC) annual meeting on April 18-19, 2013.

ENACT Director Julie Keysor, PT, PhD gave a talk with ENACT faculty member Jessica Maxwell, PT, DPT, OCS titled The Effect of Knee Replacement on Participation Restrictions: The Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study. This presentation discussed Dr. Keysor’s and Dr. Maxwell’s work with data from the Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study (MOST). In the second talk of the day, ENACT Pre-doctoral fellow Aileen Ledingham presented the research paper Telephone counseling for long-term adherence to strength training for knee osteoarthritis (OA): A Pilot Study which profiles Dr. Kristin Baker’s pilot work on which the ENACT BOOST study is based. View both presentations here on the ENACT website

This meeting serves as the annual gathering for NIDRR, the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) and the funding agency of ENACT.  ENACT has been the NIDRR Arthritis Rehabilitation, Research, and Training Center (ARRTC) since 2010.

ENACT faculty and staff have also been accepted to present at upcoming ACRP/ARHP and APTA/CSM meetings in 2013.  We look forward to sharing our research with you this year!

ENACT in the Community: Arthritis Health Fairs in 2013

September 6th, 2013 in News Feed, September 2013 Newsletter

Alex_SeatedPosture2_cropENACT continues to stay involved in community arthritis health events wherever possible, including two recent large health expos in Boston. On March 23rd, 2013 ENACT faculty and staff, along with Sargent College students, took part in the Arthritis Foundation’s Better Living with Arthritis Expo held at Boston College High School. At the Expo, ENACT was prominently featured in both the resources and research sections of the Expo.

Sargent Doctor of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy students volunteered their time to offer postural assessments and adaptive equipment demonstrations. Both of these were a hit with the attendees and also a positive community service experience for the students.  Other seminars and exhibits included topics such as arthritis research, pain management, surgery for arthritis, and living with arthritis as a young person.

Additionally, ENACT represented Sargent College at this summer’s Boston Medical Center Health and Fitness Expo, sponsored by Channel 7 News. The event, stretching over the weekend of June 22-23, drew 70,000 guests to the Hynes Convention Center. Among the many health-related exhibits, ENACT’s bright red “Got Arthritis?” t-shirts must have gotten some attention! The line for postural assessments again offered by ENACT faculty and staff at the ENACT/Sargent College booth stretched around the corner for most of the day.

ENACT Teams Up with the Arthritis Foundation to Offer a Program for Persons Newly Diagnosed

September 6th, 2013 in News Feed, September 2013 Newsletter

Molly_AF RA_Newly diagnosedThe New England Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation partnered with ENACT to apply for a grant to pilot a new program developed for persons newly diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). The grant was awarded to the chapter, to be administered in the Boston area.  On June 22, 2013, the RA: Newly Diagnosed” program was offered at Boston University’s Sargent College.

After completing the training to become a facilitator, ENACT doctoral fellow Molly Vaughan, DPT, conducted the 12-person session.  The free, 3-hour program addressed key issues of importance for people newly diagnosed with RA, including discussion to demystify this complex autoimmune disorder; an easy-to-understand explanation of medication and treatment options; and self-management strategies to help take control of the disease.  All of this was done in a group setting, providing opportunities to interact with others who have RA and to share personal experiences and tips.  Attendees ended the morning with great ideas about how to manage RA.  The program was ranked “the most successful pilot nationwide” by Arthritis Foundation staff.

ENACT is proud to continue its successful collaboration with the Arthritis Foundation, and we look forward to many more such events in the future.