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PIRR 2015 will be Bigger & BRIGHTER in DALLAS


CLICK to VIEW ACRM 2015 Conference BrochureThe ACRM 92nd Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research (PIRR) will offer NONSTOP CONTENT for brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, neurodegenerative diseases, pain, cancer and pediatric rehabilitation.

THE Largest interdisciplinary conference in the world for rehabilitation research


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25 – 30 October 2015



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PIRR brings together an interdisciplinary 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.

Committed to the mission to IMPROVE LIVES through interdisciplinary rehabilitation research, ACRM delivers NONSTOP content for 7 focus areas:

  • Brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke
  • Neurodegenerative diseases
  • Pain
  • Cancer
  • Pediatric rehabilitation


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 14 disciplines


To create the sparks that happen only with in-person exchange. To share passions, share research, engage, collaborate and dive deep into topics that will IMPROVE LIVES.

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ACRM Call for Proposals: PIRR 2015

Disseminate YOUR Research to an interdisciplinary audience when you participate in the ACRM Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas.



Papers & Posters Abstracts submission deadline EXTENDED through 6 April.

All accepted papers and posters will be published, fully searchable and citable, in the online pages of the ACRM scientific journal, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation —the most cited journal in Rehabilitation.


Questions?  Contact meetings@ACRM.org or +1.703.435.5335.




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
  • 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 14 disciplines
    • NONSTOP content in 7 focus areas
    • PLUS dozens of additional interdisciplinary topics
    • Preconference Instructional Courses for Clinicians and Researchers
    • Early Career Development Course
    • 2-Day Cognitive Rehabilitation Training (12 hours CME/CEUs)
    • 500+ Scientific Papers & Posters



World Pass button imageThe ACRM WORLD PASS bundles conference registration with the most popular added-value options for HUGE savings.

INCLUDES ALL of these favorites:

  • Core conference registration (28 – 30 October)
  • NEW!  Your choice of pre-conference Instructional Courses
  • NEW!  New Member Reception (27 October)
  • CME/CEU credit in your choice of 14 disciplines
  • Ticket to the Henry B. Betts Awards Gala, “Diamonds & Denim”
  • Digital access to conference proceedings (CORE conference sessions and Pre-conference instructional courses, excluding Cognitive Rehabilitation Training and Early Career Development Course).


Your Colleagues Will Tell You

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“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
“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, PhD, FACRM, Stony Brook University School of Health Technology and Management
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
“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