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Rusk Experts Present At American Association Of Physical Medicine And Rehabilitation Meeting

November 16, 2011

Experts from Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center will present research and clinical insight into complex medical rehabilitation, the treatment of traumatic brain injuries and the integration of handheld technologies into practice management at the American Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) Annual Meeting in Orlando, November 17-20, 2011. Experts will be available to comment about advances in rehabilitation medicine. Presentations include:

*Personalized Medicine as a Driver of Neuromuscular Care: Changing the Landscape by Tailoring Diagnostics and Treatment to the Individual Patient*
Friday, November 18 at 1:15 PM
Jeffrey Cohen, MD, Doug Elwood, MD and Swati Sathe, MD
This discussion will highlight how personalized medicine — the use of genomic analysis to create individualized treatments for a patient and not just targeting the disease — has revolutionized health care delivery and is now changing how physicians diagnose and manage genetic neuromuscular diseases such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy and Pompe disease.

*TBI: Aging With a Chronic Disease*
Saturday, November 19 at 1:30 PM
Steven Flanagan, MD
This discussion offers rationale for treating traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a chronic disease with long-lasting medical problems requiring lifelong follow-up. Patients who suffer a TBI often exhaust the limited health care resources in the period soon after the initial injury — resulting in inadequate long-term care.

*Using Advances in Technology to Improve Practice Management and Patient Care: Opportunities and Case Study*
Saturday, November 19 at 3:15 PM
Jeffrey Cohen, MD, Doug Elwood, MD and Jeffrey Heckman, DO
This presentation will highlight the integration of smartphones and tablet computers in a health care practice, discuss attitudes towards adoption of these tools by physiatrists and discuss a pilot of inpatient and outpatient management approaches to improve services for patients with limb loss.

*Update on the Diagnosis of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and Pelvic Girdle Pain in Men and Women: And Underrepresented Condition of Musculoskeletal Medicine*
Sunday, November 20 at 8:00 AM
Jaclyn Bonder, MD
This presentation will highlight techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction and pain syndromes of the pelvic girdle region, which can cause significant decline in quality of life and loss of function.

*Brain Injury Fatigue: State of the Science*
Sunday, November 20 at 9:45 AM
Tamara Bushnik, PhD and Steven Flanagan, MD
This presentation will discuss fatigue in brain injury, one of the most common complaints among patients suffering from this condition, and other disease states, including recent advances in research, physiology, potential comorbidities and clinical associations established through functional neuroimaging.

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