Boston University Arthritis Center to Host 2014 State of the Science Meeting

in 2014, News Releases
January 16th, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 16, 2014

Contact: Liz Simpson

ENACT Center Administrator

(617) 353-2384

(Boston) – The Center for Enhancing Activity and Participation among Persons with Arthritis (ENACT) at Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College is hosting the State of the Science meeting, “Promoting Activity and Participation among Persons with Arthritis.”  As the National Arthritis Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), ENACT has a unique responsibility to advance the arthritis research agenda.  The State of the Science meeting, which is held every five years, provides an ideal venue for bringing together leaders in the fields of rheumatology and rehabilitation science to discuss arthritis activity and participation research.

 “Arthritis and rheumatic conditions are the leading cause of disability, affecting the quality of life of nearly a quarter of the U.S. population and posing a major public health concern,” said ENACT Director Julie Keysor, PT, PhD. “There is a critical need to shift the arthritis research paradigm from a focus on limitation and pain to a focus on active living with full participation in the community.”

Conference presentations and discussion will focus on recent and emerging innovations for promoting activity and participation in three settings: community, rehabilitation, and employment. Presenters include representatives from national organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Arthritis Foundation, Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP), Arthritis Society of Canada, and multiple prestigious academic institutions.

EVENT DETAILS:

Event: Promoting Activity and Participation among Persons with Arthritis

Date: Monday, April 7th, 2014

Time: 8:00am – 5:00pm

Location: Ritz Carlton, Pentagon City VA

Registration: $150 registration fee (Registration Deadline March 7th, 2014)

Contact: Liz Simpson, lizsimps@bu.edu or visit www.bu.edu/enact/sos201

PRESENTERS TO INCLUDE:

Catherine Backman, PhD, OT(C), FCAOT, University of British Columbia

Kristin Baker, PhD, Boston University Sargent College

Nancy Baker, ScD, MPH, OTR/L, University of Pittsburgh

Teresa Brady, PhD, Centers for Disease Control

David Felson, MD, MPH, Boston University Clinical Epidemiology

Kelley Fitzgerald, PT, PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Scott Hasson, EdD, PT, FACSM, FAPTA

Karen Jacobs, EdD, OTR/L, CPE, FAOTA

Alan Jette, PT, PhD, Boston University Health and Disability Research Institute

Julie Keysor, PT, PhD, Boston University ENACT Center

Michael LaValley, PhD, Boston University Department of Biostatistics

Susan Murphy, ScD, OTR, University of Michigan

Jessica Maxwell, PT, DPT, OCS, Boston University

Glenn Pransky, MD, M.Occ.H, Liberty Mutual Research Institute

Jan Richardson, PT, PhD, OCS, FAPTA, Priority Care Solutions

James Rimmer, PhD, University of Alabama-Birmingham Research Collaborative

Renae Smith-Ray, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago

Theresa SanAgustin, MD, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research

Patience White, MD, MPH, Arthritis Foundation

Janet Yale, LLB, MA, Arthritis Society Canada

About ENACT

The Center for Enhancing Activity and Participation among Persons with Arthritis (ENACT) at BU College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). As a leader in arthritis rehabilitation, ENACT collaborates with The Arthritis Foundation’s New England Chapter and BU’s School of Medicine, School of Public Health, and School of Communications to enhance the lives of persons with arthritis and other rheumatic conditions through research, training, and community education programs. Visit www.bu.edu/enact for more information.

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