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  • Program Overview

    The ACRM Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research (PIRR) is comprised of the main CORE Conference and the Pre-Conference delivering SIX jam-packed days of evidence-based educational content.


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    WED – FRI, 2 – 4 NOV 2016

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    WED, 2 NOV

    7:00 AM – 8:00 AM: ACRM Group Meetings

    8:15 AM – 10:15 AM: Opening Remarks & Plenary 1: Preparing Rehabilitation Clinicians and Researchers for Transformative Health Care and Pragmatic Research #859 presented by Dr. Pamela W. Duncan

    10:15 AM – 11:00 AM: COFFEE BREAK IN EXPO HALL

    11:00 AM – 12:15 PM: Block 1 Concurrent Sessions

    12:30 PM – 2:00 PM: LUNCH & NETWORKING BREAK

    2:15 PM – 3:30 PM: Block 2 Concurrent Sessions

    3:45 PM – 4:15 PM: Poster Grand Rounds

    4:30 PM – 5:45 PM: Block 3 Concurrent Sessions

    5:45 PM – 8:00 PM: Exhibitor Reception - Open to All


    THU, 3 NOV

    7:00 AM – 8:00 AM: Sponsored Breakfast and ACRM Group Meetings

    8:15 AM – 9:30 AM: Plenary II: Health, Health Care & Participation Disparities Experienced by People with Chronic Disabilities presented by Dr. Joy Hammel and Dr. Lisa I. Iezzoni

    9:45 AM – 10:15 AM: Poster Grand Rounds

    10:15 AM – 11:00 AM: Poster Viewing with presenting authors

    11:15 AM – 12:30 PM: Block 4 Concurrent Sessions

    12:45 PM – 2:15 PM: LUNCH & NETWORKING BREAK


    4:45 PM – 6:00 PM: Block 5 Concurrent Sessions

    6:15 PM – 7:00 PM: ACRM Membership Meeting - Open to All

    7:30 PM – 11:00 PM: Henry B. Betts Awards Dinner & Gala (Ticketed Event)

    • 9:30 PM: Doors Open Free to All Attendees
    • Performance by MOMENTA


    FRI, 4 NOV

    7:00 AM – 8:00 AM: ACRM Group Meetings

    8:15 AM – 9:45 AM: Plenary III, Coulter Award Lecture - How Rehabilitation Professionals Can Thrive in a Challenging Healthcare Environment #928 presented by Dr. Alan M. Jette

    10:00 AM – 11:15 AM: Block 6 Concurrent Sessions

    11:30 AM – 1:00 PM: LUNCH & NETWORKING BREAK

    1:15 PM – 2:30 PM: Block 7 Concurrent Sessions



    More NONSTOP Content than EVER Before

    — more than ANY other interprofessional rehabilitation event!


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    Access to all educational sessions—plenaries, symposia, special symposia, featured sessions, award lectures, scientific papers and posters, chat with the experts, product theater, EXPO, Exhibitors Welcome Reception and other networking opportunities (excluding ticketed events) from 2 – 4 November 2016.

    CORE Conference Registration does NOT include:

    Cognitive Rehabilitation Training, ACBIS Training, Instructional Courses, Early Career Development Course, RIC Lecture & Tour, Lecture Luncheons, the Henry B. Betts Awards Dinner and Gala, or meals.



    Includes access to 3-day CORE Conference PLUS all 3 days of Instructional Courses, CME-CEU credit in your choice of 15 disciplines, ticket to the Henry B. Betts Awards Dinner & Gala, and conference slides (PDF). LEARN MORE >>


    PLENARY SPEAKERS Plenary Details

    Enjoy plenary presentations from these outstanding speakers each day of the conference.

    Pamela Duncan, PhD, PT, FAPTA, FAHA

    Pamela Duncan, PhD, PT, FAPTA, FAHA

    Lisa Iezzoni

    Lisa I. Iezzoni, MD, MSc

    Joy Hammel

    Joy Hammel

    11/7/12 5:06:27 PM -- Boston, Massachusetts 11/7/12 - Boston University - SAR Dean Gloria Waters introduces SPH Professor, Dr. Alan M. Jette, Sargent’s 14th annual Dudley Allen Sargent Lecture. Dr. Jette's will focus on the fundamental changes occurring within healthcare as we face the challenges of limited access to services and unsustainable cost escalation. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky for Boston University Photography

    Alan Jette, PT, PhD, MPH

    WED 2 NOV

    Welcome Remarks from ACRM President, Douglas Katz, MD, FACRM, FAAN and PLENARY I: Preparing Rehabilitation Clinicians and Researchers for Transformative Health Care and Pragmatic Research with Pamela W. Duncan, PhD, PT, FAPTA, FAHA, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Read More >>

    THU 3 NOV

    PLENARY II: Health, Health Care & Participation Disparities Experienced by People with Chronic Disabilities with Joy Hammel, PhD, OTR/L, University of Illinois at Chicago and Lisa I. Iezzoni, MD, MSc, Harvard Medical School. Read More >>

    FRI 4 NOV

    PLENARY III: How Rehabilitation Can Thrive in a Challenging Healthcare Environment with Alan Jette, PT, PhD, MPH. Read More >>



    • Sheldon Berrol Memorial Chautauqua: #857 Confronting Spirituality and Religious Issues Surrounding TBI Rehabilitation with Bill Gaventa, Consultant, Trainer, and Coordinator of The Summer Institute on Theology and Disability and Sunil Kothari, MD, MA, TIRR Memorial, Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine. This BI-ISIG special annual venue explores topics that provoke questions of values, ethics, and humanism in brain injury rehabilitation. Read More
    • ACRM / National Stroke Association Award for Excellence in Post-Acute Stroke lecture with 2016 awardee, Pamela W. Duncan, PhD, PT, FAPTA, FAHA
    • Poster Grand Rounds are guided walking tours of selected award-winning scientific poster presentations. Poster presenters will give a brief summary of study highlights and answer questions.
    • NIDILRR-Sponsored ARRT Young Investigators Panel—In partnership with ACRM, NIDILRR selects five ARRT Fellows to present research relevant to the ACRM mission and audience. Read More
    • Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award Supported by CARF International – This year's awardee, Yelena Goldin, PhD, will present Attention Network Functions in Adults With Chronic Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Mark Ylvisaker Memorial Pediatric Brain Injury Symposium:
      Rehabilitation Interventions for Pediatric Brain Injury: Challenges, Opportunities, and the Role of Everyday People
      with invited speaker, Shari Wade, PhD, Director of Research Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Read More



    THU 3 NOV

    Alison Cernich, PhD, John Tschida, and Teresa L. Brininger, PhD, OTR/L, CHT, will present invaluable news and insight for all researchers seeking federal funding. You cannot afford to miss this symposium. Read More >>

    Alison Cernich, PhD

    Alison Cernich

    John Tschida

    John Tschida

    Theresa Brininger

    Teresa Brininger


    THU 3 NOV

    Art KramerArthur F. Kramer, PhD, Senior Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Education and
    Professor of Psychology & Engineering at Northeastern University will present on what we currently know, from animal studies, epidemiological studies, and human randomized controlled trials, about the relationship between physical activity and exercise and cognitive and brain health across the lifespan. He will also focus on gaps in our knowledge and how we might go about filling these knowledge gaps. Read More >>


    • ACRM Meetings of ISIGs, Networking Groups, Task Forces, and Committee Meetings. Read More >>
    • BI-ISIG Annual Summit is the annual meeting and awards of the Brain Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group (BI-ISIG). It is open to all attendees interested in learning more about the oldest and largest ACRM special interest group and taking part in its task forces.
    • ISIG and Networking Group Sponsored Luncheons, including:
      • Spinal Cord Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group (SCI-ISIG) Luncheon with guest speaker, Armin Curt (Ticketed Event)
      • Neuroplasticity Group Luncheon with guest speaker, Mark D'Esposito (Ticketed Event)
      • Neurodegenerative Diseases Networking Group Luncheon with guest speaker, Daniel Corcos, PhD (Ticketed Event)
    • Early Career and First-Time Attendees Welcome (OPEN TO ALL)—Come meet the ACRM Board of Governors and chairs of the many ACRM ISIG and networking groups to learn about the mission and goals of ACRM and ways you might connect and collaborate with peers who share your interests.
    • Welcome Reception (OPEN TO ALL)—
    • Exhibitor's Reception (OPEN TO ALL)—Connect with colleagues at the EXPO, enjoy munchies and cocktails and visit more than 100 exhibits from top suppliers of rehabilitation products and services, nonprofit health care associations, publishers, and leading rehabilitation institutions. It's all at the EXPO!
    • ACRM Membership Meeting (OPEN TO ALL) —Meet the leadership of ACRM and hear about the advances and challenges of the past year and exciting opportunities ahead.
    • Henry B. Betts Awards Dinner & Gala (Ticketed Event – Included in the WORLD PASS Lotus-purple_button_138x20) The biggest and brightest night of the week. Don't miss this celebration of excellence in rehabilitation research. Beginning with cocktails, dinner and award presentations, raise a toast to recipients of prestigious ACRM awards recognizing outstanding contributions to the field and service to ACRM. Then doors open free to all for a special performance, dancing and a cash bar. Read More >>


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    SUN – TUE 30 OCT – 1 NOV 2016


    THE PRE-CONFERENCE PROGRAM is comprised of longer courses, workshops, and training to dive deep into special interest topics and pile on maximum number of continuing education credits. Attend a single day or all three days. Pre-Conference registration is á la carte (or INCLUDED with the WORLD PASS)  and includes CME/CEUs except as noted.


    ACRM Cognitive Rehabilitation Manual coverTWO-DAY COGNITIVE REHABILITATION TRAINING #868

    31 OCT – 1 NOV

    Based on the ACRM Cognitive Rehabilitation Manual: Translating Evidence-Based Recommendations into Practice, this introductory training teaches evidence-based interventions for impairment of:

    • Executive functions
    • Memory
    • Attention
    • Hemispatial neglect
    • Social communication

    The two-day workshop, led by authors of the Manual, provides an extraordinary opportunity to learn evidence-based cognitive rehabilitation strategies from leading researchers and clinicians in the field. A print copy of the Manual is included (a $150 Value!) Eligible for 12.5 hours of CE.




    31 OCT – 1 NOV

    The Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS) provides the opportunity to learn important information about brain injury, to demonstrate learning in a written examination, and to earn a nationally recognized credential.

    The official ACBIS training is offered to prepare both direct care staff and professionals working in brain injury services to sit for the certification exam. It is intended for paraprofessionals and professionals at all levels who want a strong foundation in the best practices in brain injury rehabilitation.




    30 OCT - 1 NOV

    Choose between dozens of half- and full-day intensive courses on a wide variety of topics and diagnoses. Register for a single day or all three. CME/CEUs processing included. Nonmember attendees receive a 6-month introductory membership to ACRM with registration.



    WORLD PASS WORLD PASS registration bundles conference favorites into one low price Registration includes access to ALL THREE days of Instructional Courses. If you plan to attend more than one Instructional Course in addition to the CORE Conference, the WORLD PASS is the best value. Save nearly 50% off.





    1 NOV

    The Early Career Development Course is a perennial conference favorite developed by the ACRM Early Career Networking Group. It provides an ideal venue for connecting with seasoned professionals who can answer your questions and guide you on your path to success.With particular focus on career development issues relevant to early career researchers, this full-day pre-conference course comprises didactic presentation, panel discussion, one-on-one networking, and small group discussions. This full-day course is not eligible for continuing education credit.



    AbilityLabRIC LECTURE & TOUR

    Re-Imagining Rehabilitation Care and Research at AbilityLab: The Future of RIC #843

    1 NOV

    LOCATION: Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
    345 E. Superior Street, Chicago (2-mile independent commute)

    Be among the very first to hear about a new and innovative model of care that will transform how we talk about rehabilitation. This off-site lecture and tour will teach participants about cutting-edge concepts developed at RIC that integrate research directly into clinical practice. By literally breaking down the walls between science and clinical care, the Ability Institute, RIC's new research hospital, is making a $550 million investment to change the way research is conducted, accelerate clinical breakthroughs, and improve patient outcomes.

    Hear directly from the researchers and clinicians who built this advanced knowledge translation concept over the past 7 years, and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Joanne C. Smith, who will discuss how these innovations are being adopted in the new hospital. Participants will have the opportunity to tour the AbilityLab prototype on the 9th floor of RIC.




    One of the best benefits of ACRM membership is the opportunity to participate in any of the ACRM interdisciplinary special interest groups (ISIGs), networking groups and their many task forces.

    Pain Networking Group Meeting

    Pain Networking Group Meeting

    Most of these groups are open to new members and welcome your participation. See the ACRM Meetings Schedule here and plan to get involved.



    Wagner_Symposium_Speakers_cpSince 1923, ACRM has been a professional home to many of the pioneers of rehabilitation medicine and is still the association of choice for today's top rehabilitation researchers from around the world. The ACRM Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research is their time to shine.

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    Lecture Luncheon Presenters

    Featured Sessions Presenters

    Special Symposia Presenters

    Complete Faculty


    Why Participate in the ACRM Annual Conference?"

    Julia Totosy de Zepetnek, PhD
    McMaster University, ON Canada

    Poster Viewing Schedule

    Check out the conference APP for a complete listing of 600+ posters and tag your favorites for easy reference onsite.

    Poster Discussion

    TUE 1 NOV: Times TBA
    WED 2 NOV: Times TBA
    THU 3 NOV: Times TBA

    Poster Grand Rounds

    Join these moderated walking tours to review several of the award-winning posters in one 30-minute session. The author of each poster selected will briefly present the key points of their study and answer questions.

    Simon Beaulieu-Bonneau, 2014 Poster Award Winner

    Poster Awards

    All qualified posters will be rated by the Program Committee and representatives of special interest and networking groups sponsoring awards to identify this year's outstanding poster presentations. Top-rated posters will be eligible for more than a dozen awards. Specific details coming soon.








    Attendees can earn continuing education credits by participating in instructional courses, Cognitive Rehabilitation Training, the Early Career Development Course, plenary sessions, symposia, lectures, moderated panel discussions, luncheon lectures, and some special events, as noted.

    PIRR 2016 offers CMEs/CEUs in your choice of 15 disciplines—more disciplines than any other rehabilitation conference. Learn More



    *Although significant changes are not anticipated, all schedules, sessions, and presenters are subject to change.