Category: Events

ENACT Investigator Jessica Maxwell to Present at 2016 APTA-CSM Meeting

February 18th, 2016 in Events, News Feed

Jessica Maxwell, PhD, DPT, will be at the American Physical Therapy Association – Combined Sections Meeting in Anaheim, California this week.

Dr. Maxwell will present results from her recent NIDILRR-funded qualitative study on Thursday, February 18th from 1-3.  Look for her poster, titled “Fear of the Unknown: Factors Effecting Participation Restrictions following Knee Replacement.”

ENACT To Be Part of Boston University’s Free Virtual Conference HEALTH MATTERS on September 17th, 2015

September 11th, 2015 in Events, News Feed

Boston University's Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences will hold Health Matters - a Virtual Conference on September 17th, 2015 from 9 am - 5 pm EST.  The conference focuses on innovative research and clinical approaches in health and rehabilitation. Registration is required, but the event is free.

Speakers represent Sargent College faculty's range of health and rehabilitation professions, with an agenda that covers topics like communication neuroscience, human movement, traumatic brain injury, intensive language intervention, child development, and more.  A feature of the work and experience of ENACT's doctoral fellows in the rehabilitation sciences doctoral program is scheduled for the 4:00 pm hour, just preceding ENACT collaborator Dr. Alan Jette's closing statement. See the full agenda here

To learn more about the conference or to register, click here

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Full Presentation Slides from APTA-CSM Symposia Now Available

March 19th, 2015 in Events, News Feed

View Dr. Keysor's presentation "Epidemiology and Clinical Management", now available in ENACT's online Continuing Education resource area.

The presentation was given as part of Optimal Arthritis Management: Bridging Clinic to the Community, a 3-part symposia at February's American Physical Therapy Association-Combined Sections Meeting in Indianapolis, IN.  The symposia was well-attended and feedback was enthusiastic.  Fellow presenters included Mary Altpeter, MSW, PhD from the University of North Carolina's Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and Lori Schrodt, PT, PhD from Western Carolina University

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OA Action Alliance releases Physical Activity Implementation Guide

March 12th, 2015 in Events, News Feed

The Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA) has recently released a new Implementation Guide to help agencies and organizations implement environmental and policy strategies for increasing physical activity among adults with arthritis.

Dr. Julie Keysor, ENACT Director and Chair of the OAAA Physical Activity Workgroup, supports the group's initiative to take this important next step: nationwide involvement to help people with osteoarthritis be more active and healthy.

Please help by spreading the news and ensuring that this guide gets into the right hands and reaches as many people as possible!  Share the guide with your friends or colleagues.  You can get started by sharing the Facebook and Twitter posts below!

Find the full guide here

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Catch ENACT’s Sympsosia on Technology and Exercise Adherence at ACR/ARHP 2014

November 10th, 2014 in Events, News Feed

Join ENACT researchers for their invited symposia at the upcoming 2014 Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP) Annual Meeting in Boston, MA.

Session title: "Exercise Adherence in Arthritis: The Role of Technology"
Time: Wednesday, November 19th from 900-10:30
Director Julie Keysor, PhD, PT,
Project 2 PI Kristin Baker, PhD, and
Doctoral fellow Molly Vaughan, DPT

Though research supports non-invasive interventions for arthritis, such as exercise and job accommodations, community level adoption of these programs remains very limited.  This 3-part symposia will cover the ways in which technology can enhance physical activity adherence and applications in the community environment.

We hope to see you there!

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ENACT to Present at Upcoming AOTA and NARRTC Meetings in April

March 25th, 2014 in Events, News Feed

With recruitment for ENACT's 3 research projects completed, expect to hear more from ENACT in the coming months at professional rehabilitation meetings around the country!

In addition to ENACT's own Arthritis State of the Science Meeting on April 7th, 2014 in Pentagon City, ENACT will present work to attendees at the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) in Baltimore, MD and to the National Association of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (NARRTC) in Washington, DC.

April 3rd will find Rawan AlHeresh, MS, OT, in Baltimore presenting 2 abstracts "Work Participation among Persons with Arthritis: Baseline Characteristics from a Rehabilitation Clinical Trial" and "Work It": Recruitment Lessons Learned from a Rehabilitation-Based Arthritis Randomized Trial" at the AOTA Annual Meeting in Baltimore.

Director Julie Keysor, PT, PhD, and Kristin Baker, PhD, PI for the BOOST study, will each present during the NARRTC Meeting in Washington, DC on April 23-24, 2014.  Together, they will present the symposia "Enhancing Activity and Participation among Persons with Arthritis: Updates from the Field".  Dr. Baker will later present on the BOOST study in her talk "Arthritis and Exercise: Using Innovated Technology to Improve Strength Training Exercise Adherence".

Later this summer, doctoral Fellow Aileen Ledingham, MS, PT, will present work from the BOOST study at June’s American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Annual Meeting in Charlotte, NC.

We will see you there!

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Registration Closes March 28th for the Arthritis State of the Science Conference

February 26th, 2014 in Events, News Feed, Winter 2014 Newsletter


The time to register for the Arthritis State of the Science Meeting Promoting Activity and Participation among Persons with Arthritis is now!  The deadline to register March 28th.

Join us for this one-day conference at the Ritz Carlton in Pentagon City, VA on April 7th, 2014. Evidence-based approaches to address promoting activity and participation among persons with arthritis across rehabilitation, community and employment settings will be discussed.  Our speaker panel includes experts from advocacy organizations, federal government, clinical professional organizations, as well as leading scholars.  The dialogue created by bringing together these experts will serve the ultimate goal of moving the arthritis activity and participation research and policy agenda forward.

On the afternoon of April 6th, ENACT will hold its New Investigator Workshop on Advancing Arthritis Research to foster growth in the area of rheumatological rehabilitation research.  We had an enthusiastic response to our call for applications and are very pleased to have accepted 20 outstanding new investigators. Applicants represent distinguished international academic and clinical institutions in the field of arthritis research.

The Workshop aims to enhance the capability of new investigators to employ innovative and novel research methods 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.

Register now for the meeting!  We hope you will join us for this exciting opportunity for interdisciplinary discourse.


Story by Ammarah Usmani

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ENACT to Present at APTA-CSM in Las Vegas

January 20th, 2014 in Events, News Feed

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

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 on February 3-6, 2014.  Dr. Maxwell's talk, "The Effect of Knee Replacement on Participation Restriction: The MOST and OAI Studies”, will be part of a platform presentation at 11 am on Tuesday, February 4th.  Ms. Vaughan will present her poster, “Mapping Environmental Features in the Environment-participation Literature of Older Adults to the ICF Framework” during the 1-3 pm session on Tuesday, February 4th.

Also keep an eye out for ENACT at the national American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) annual meeting in Baltimore, MD, where doctoral fellow Rawan AlHeresh will present two abstracts.  The AOTA conference takes place immediately prior to ENACT’s own Arthritis State of the Science Conference on April 7th, 2014 in Pentagon City VA - just a short train ride away!  Later this summer, doctoral Fellow Aileen Ledingham will present work from the BOOST study at June's American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Annual Meeting in Charlotte, NC.

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

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Dr. Jan Richardson to Give the Arthritis State of the Science Keynote Address

January 16th, 2014 in Events, News Feed

We are pleased to announce that Jan Richardson, PT, PhD, OCS, FAPTA, Professor Emeritus at Duke University Medical Center and Chief Medical Officer at Priority Care Solutions, will deliver the Keynote address for the Arthritis State of the Science Meeting Promoting Activity and Participation among Persons with Arthritis.

Dr. Richardson's talk, titled - Moving Together-Changing Lives! - is focused on the meeting's themes of advancing rheumatological research aimed at promoting activity and participation.  As the recent Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP) president and former president of the American Association of Physical Therapy (APTA), Dr. Richardson brings an important perspective to the State of the Science Meeting.

Be involved in advancing the arthritis rehabilitation research agenda and setting the stage for the next generation of scientific inquiry.

Join us on April 7th at the State of the Science Meeting - register here

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

November 25th, 2013 in Events, News Feed


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