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  • PIRR 2017
  • 2017 Annual Conference

    WHEN:  23 – 28 October 2017

    3.5 Days CORE Conference: 25 – 28 OCT

    2.5 Days PRE-Conference: 23 – 25 OCT

    WHERE:  Hilton Atlanta, USA

    SUBMIT!  Call for Proposals

    • Be a part of the largest rehabilitation research event in the world
    • SUBMIT a proposal to present your latest research or evidence-based knowledge
    • Join us in IMPROVING LIVES


    • Instructional Courses & Symposia proposals DUE: 14 FEB 27 FEB
    • Scientific Paper & Poster abstracts DUE: 28 FEB

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    WHY ACRM Conference:

    • CME / CEUs! The most available of any conference in the world
    • CME / CEUs available in 15 disciplines
    • Rock star speakers
    • Robust education offerings — Hundreds of sessions & posters
    • Inter-professional energy
    • International — leading researchers attend from 65+ countries
    • The MUST-ATTEND rehabilitation research event
    • The LARGEST conference in the world for interdisciplinary rehabilitation research
    • Great location HILTON ATLANTA >> BOOK HOTEL

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    "ACRM was a great opportunity to meet leaders within the rehabilitation industry. I could not have asked for a better environment in which to connect with influential leaders from organizations dedicated to the delivery and advancement of rehabilitation sciences."Adam Harthcock, Utilize Health


    You Asked, ACRM is Delivering...

    In direct response to feedback received from attendees, ACRM is pleased to announce these exciting changes for 2017:

    • Expanded CORE Conference — Now 3.5 days
    • Fewer concurrent sessions
    • More time with poster presenters & exhibitors
    • More networking opportunities
    • Larger ACRM REHAB EXPO — Open to the Public
    • Fitbit Challenge
    • New cocktail hour
    • More "Chat with the Experts"
    • More Product Theater
    • More educational content at the SAME low price


    Returning in 2017 ...


    “Chat with the experts” up-close networking & exchanges at ACRM Conference



    Product Theater



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    In a Nutshell ...

    The ACRM Conference: Progress in Rehabilitation Research (PIRR) brings together an inter-professional mix of rehabilitation professionals from around the world to learn about cutting-edge research and its translation into clinical practice to improve the quality of life experienced by people with disabilities.

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    NONSTOP CONTENT for 18 Focus Areas

    Build a diverse personal itinerary by selecting educational sessions from any of the following focus areas, or choose 3 days of NONSTOP content focused on a single diagnosis. YOU pick the content that's right for you.

    Programming by focus area:

    • Brain Injury
    • Cancer Rehabilitation
    • Clinical Practice
    • Complementary, Integrative Rehabilitation
    • Geriatric Rehabilitation
    • Health/disability policy, ethics, advocacy
    • International
    • Limb Restoration Rehabilitation
    • Measurement
    • Military and Veterans Affairs
    • Neurodegenerative disease (e.g., MS, Parkinson's disease)
    • Neuroplasticity (includes neuroscience)
    • Pain
    • Pediatric Rehabilitation
    • Spinal Cord Injury
    • Stroke
    • Arts & Neuroscience
    • Technology (e.g., prosthetics/orthotics, robotics, assistive technology)
    • PLUS cross-cutting topics spanning multiple focus areas


    As the largest interdisciplinary conference in the world for rehabilitation research, ACRM:

    • Brings together all members of the rehabilitation team for PEER-TO-PEER learning at its best
    • Provides a platform for critical INTERDISCIPLINARY exchange
    • Translates and disseminates the LATEST RESEARCH findings
    • BRIDGES THE GAP between Research and Practice
    • Promotes a COLLABORATIVE & INCLUSIVE culture
    • Informs EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE and standards
    • Provides CONTINUING EDUCATION credit for 15 disciplines


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    All rehabilitation professionals, administrators, and caregivers who need to know about the latest advances in research and its impact on evidence-based practice.

    • Administrators
    • Bioengineers
    • Biomechanists
    • Case Managers
    • Clinical Epidemiologists
    • Clinical Researchers
    • Movement and exercise specialists
    • Neurologists
    • Neuropsychologists
    • Occupational Therapists
    • Physiatrists
    • Physical Therapists
    • Physicians
    • Professors/Educators
    • Psychiatrists
    • Psychologists
    • Recreational Therapists
    • Rehabilitation Nurses
    • Rehabilitation Psychologists
    • Rehabilitation/Academic Researchers
    • Speech-Language Professionals
    • Students/postdoctoral Fellows
    • All members of the Rehabilitation Team



    Planning is underway to deliver:

      • Continuing Education for 15 disciplines — more than any other rehabilitation conference
      • NONSTOP content in 18 focus areas
      • Up to 20 concurrent sessions
      • Pre-Conference Instructional Courses
      • Early Career Development Course
      • 2-Day Cognitive Rehabilitation Training
      • 2-Day ACBIS Training Course for Brain Injury Specialist Certification
      • 600+ Scientific Papers & Posters
      • 3,000+ attendees from 65+ countries


    What They Say...

    image: Chris MacDonell

    “You can’t beat the value of the ACRM conference. The inter-disciplinary program is relevant to your whole team, and the content is cutting-edge. Whether your specialty is stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury or neuro-degenerative diseases, ACRM is presenting the evidence you need.”
    Chris MacDonell, FACRM, CARF International
    “I enjoyed the combination of clinically and scientifically oriented contributions and the interdisciplinary nature of the conference.” —GM Ribbers, MD, PhD, Rotterdam Neurorehabilitation Research
    Kenneth C. Chelette Poster Award Winner “I chose to present a poster at the 2012 ACRM Annual Conference because competing for and receiving this kind of recognition can be an important part of successful career development. Winning the Outstanding Scientific Poster Award was a great honor; and I encourage participation in this event by other students and early career scientists who, like me, strive for excellence in rehabilitation research. —2012 Outstanding Scientific Poster Winner, Kenneth C. Chelette, MS, Biomedical Engineer, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
    “Great conference, lots of take-away information to help improve practice in BI.” —Calvin Haws, Service Manager (BScOT)
     Allen Heinemann  “ACRM’s annual meeting provides an unprecedented opportunity to remain current on rehabilitation research advances and to meet authors, reviewers and editors of Archives.”—Allen W. Heinemann, PhD, ABPP, FACRM, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    “I have had an amazing experience as a participant in this conference.
    Thanks for everything!” —Diana Krasteva, Physiotherapist, Lion’s Gate Hospital, North Vancouver, BC
    Sue Ann Sisto “With a collegial harmonious atmosphere, rare in mega-medical conferences, ACRM functions as powerful “glue” that joins together professionals from all specialty areas and disciplines for intellectual exchange and improved rehabilitative outcomes.” —Sue Ann Sisto, PT, MA, PhD, FACRM, Stony Brook University School of Health Technology and Management, Stony Brook, NY
    garyulicny2 “The ACRM Annual Conference has grown to become the world’s largest interdisciplinary conference in the field of rehabilitation research, and as a result, the peer-to-peer networking is second to none.” —Gary Ulicny, PhD, FACRM, Shepherd Center, Atlanta, GA
    “As a clinician in the field for less than three years, this event opened my eyes to the research being done to advance the field and gave me a deeper understanding of where we come from in terms of becoming evidence-based in rehab. I appreciated the early career focus as well as the continued focus on interdisciplinary work”. —Christina Lighthill, MOT, OTR
    Duncan Babbage “Attending ACRM’s annual meeting provides the opportunity to forge and extend key relationships, which can then be maintained and developed through the rest of the year in our increasingly connected and online international rehabilitation community.” —Duncan Babbage, PhD, Auckland University of Technology, Centre for Person Centred Research, Auckland, NZ
     “ACRM’s commitment to early career rehabilitation scientists and practitioners is unparalleled, not only in rehabilitation but across most professional organizations.” —2012 ACRM Annual Conference Attendee
    Gregory O'Shanick “ACRM consistently provides translational research information that is timely and clinically relevant to the everyday practice of Brain Injury Medicine. Providing this in a format that fosters interdisciplinary dialogue adds icing to this cake!” — Gregory O’Shanick, MD, Medical Director Emeritus, Brain Injury Association of America
     “Attending the ACRM meeting has been a great experience on many levels.”
    — Mar Cortes, MD, Clinical Research, Burke Medical Research Institute, White Plains, NY
    Tom Felicetti “I have attended this conference for many years. It is a significant opportunity for professional collaboration and for adding to the knowledge base of the field.” —Thomas Felicetti, PhD, Beechwood Rehabilitation Services
    “The conference provided a rich environment for interprofessional education that is needed for collaborative clinical practice and research! A must attend conference for all team members.” —Genevieve Pinto Zipp, PT, EdD
    Saurabha Bhatnagar “Participating in the “Early Career” workshop at the ACRM annual conference connected me with unique mentoring opportunities in various disciplines of rehabilitation, which have continued to promote my development as a clinician and scientist.” —
    Bhatnagar, MD, PM&R Chief-Resident, Wayne State University/Oakwood


    *Although significant changes are not anticipated, schedules, sessions, and presenters posted on this website are subject to change.