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2015 Annual Conference




Seeking EVIDENCE-BASED content in the following areas:

  • Brain Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Stroke
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • Pain
  • Cancer

With special FOCUS on:

  • RESEARCH METHODS, CLINICAL PRACTICE (assessment, diagnosis, treatment, knowledge translation/EBP)
  • OUTCOMES RESEARCH/EPIDEMIOLOGY, NEUROSCIENCE (e.g., neural regeneration/repair, motor control/learning, biomechanics)
  • TECHNOLOGY (e.g., prosthetics/orthotics, robotics, assistive technology)
  • HEALTH/DISABILITY POLICY (ethics, advocacy, health disparities)

PARTICIPATE in the LARGEST interdisciplinary rehabilitation research conference in the world


Online proposal submissions for the 2015 ACRM Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research OPENING SOON.

2015 Proposal Submission Deadlines

  • 15 December 2014:  Pre- and Post-Conference Instructional Course proposals due
  • 15 January 2015:  Symposia proposals due
  • 2 March 2015:  Scientific Paper and Poster proposals due


Print Proposal Submission Guidelines

The ACRM Annual Conference: Progress in Rehabilitation Research (PIRR) is the premier, evidence-based educational conference for creators, users, and funders of rehabilitation science. The 2015 Program Committee invites proposals focused on research evidence and its translation into clinical practice. Topics of particular interest to conference attendees include:

  • Evidence-based approaches to diagnosis, treatment, and overall care of individuals with acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, neurodegenerative diseases, pain, and cancer.
  • Applications of technology in rehabilitation research and practice (prosthetics, orthotics, assistive technology, implantable devices, robotic devices).
  • Evidence-based approaches for remediation of cognitive impairment, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, sleep disturbances, and pain.
  • Role of exercise and “activity-based” therapy in neuro-recovery.
  • Use of innovative information and communications technology in rehabilitation (telehealth, telerehabilitation, internet and social media).
  • Use of neuro-imaging in diagnosis and treatment.
  • Methods for translation of evidence into clinical practice and policy, and evaluation of those methods.
  • Alternatives to randomized clinical trials (RCTs) for validating treatment effectiveness and application of RCT findings into clinical practice.
  • Application of biomechanics, motor control, and learning perspectives in rehabilitation.
  • Measurement and outcomes of rehabilitation
  • Health policy related to rehabilitation
  • Pediatric rehabilitation
  • Geriatric rehabilitation
  • International issues in rehabilitation science

Proposals that are interdisciplinary in nature, or include international or early career presenters are encouraged.


ALL accepted presenters/speakers/moderators are required to register for the conference.


All presentations must avoid commercialism. Presentations that constitute promotion and advertising will be prohibited. This includes pervasive and inappropriate use of logos. No advertising matter of any kind may be distributed. No material may be displayed that in any way directly promotes the commercial interest of any company or enterprise, or of the author(s)/presenter(s). If the cost of presentation has been underwritten to any extent, a clear acknowledgment stating support and identifying the particular source should be included (e.g., “The support of [name of corporation/institute] for this project is gratefully acknowledged.”). Statements made in presentations are the sole responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s). Any statement made should not be viewed as, or considered representative of, any formal stance or position taken on any product, subject, or issue by ACRM.


At the time of online submission, course directors must provide complete contact information (e.g., name, credentials, title, institution, mailing address, email, and phone) for all authors/presenters associated with the submission. Further, all course directors, authors, and presenters must sign and submit faculty disclosures when requested. Failure to do so prevents acceptance of a submission. An electronic copy of presentations must be held on file with ACRM.


ALL accepted presenters/speakers/moderators are required to register for the conference, and are fully responsible for all of their expenses related to the conference (e.g., registration, airfare, hotel, meals).





Instructional courses may be proposed for a four-hour or eight-hour time block, allowing speakers the opportunity to discuss and present a topic in depth. Courses should be either instructional in nature, offering in-depth training or knowledge translation on a particular topic, or informative, providing detailed coverage of an area of research, methodology, or clinical practice. Courses may be scheduled as either pre-conference sessions on Wednesday or on Saturday, depending upon the length and level of interest in the topic. An additional fee will be charged for attendance at instructional courses to offset room and refreshment expenses. Stipends and honoraria will not be paid for course presenters.

The proposal should include title, course director, all presenters with credentials, detailed outline, duration, preferred room set-up and AV requirements. The submission must describe the instructional method to be used, and the content and format of presentations. There should be more than one presenter identified for the course. All course presenters must furnish necessary disclosure information concerning potential conflicts of interest and must agree to have the course audio or video-recorded for future re-broadcast. All presentations must be submitted for review prior to the conference.
Selection of courses to be announced February 6, 2015.

Selection Criteria
Each complete submission received by the published due date will be independently peer-reviewed. Late proposals are not accepted—no exceptions. Each proposal is peer-reviewed for the following elements: 1) scientific, clinical, or didactic quality; 2) interdisciplinary nature; 3) broad appeal to the membership; 4) timeliness of the topic; 5) and contribution to state-of-the-art of rehabilitation science. The conference program committee reserves the right to offer alternative or reduced time slots for presentations based on submissions.



Symposia are 90 minutes in length, presented by professionals with expertise in the topic. There is a mandatory period of 10 minutes questions and discussion, and more time may be allotted. Desired symposia submissions:

  • Show how current research can effectively guide clinical practice.
  • Identify clinical questions where additional research data are needed.
  • State a direct relationship between the subject matter and evidence-based practice.

The number of symposia presenters may vary from one to several. The following components are encouraged: interdisciplinary, multi-institutional, one international presenter, and a point/counterpoint format, as appropriate, for the discussion period. All symposium presenters must furnish necessary disclosure information concerning potential conflicts of interest and must agree to have the symposium audio or video-recorded for future re-broadcast. All presentations must be submitted for review prior to the conference. Selections to be announced April 3, 2015.

Selection Criteria
Each complete submission received by the published due date will be independently peer-reviewed. Late proposals are not accepted—no exceptions. Each proposal is peer-reviewed for the following elements:

  1. scientific and clinical quality;
  2. interdisciplinary nature;
  3. broad appeal to the membership;
  4. timeliness of the topic;
  5. and contribution to state-of-the-art of rehabilitation science



A scientific paper is an oral platform presentation of 15 minutes followed by five minutes of discussion with a moderator. Outstanding submissions may be chosen for a longer presentation. AV equipment may be used to supplement the presentation. Posters are graphic presentations of a scientific paper. Submissions must include objectives, hypotheses, methodology, and results in the abstract (see details below). Submissions with pending results are not accepted.


  • To PUBLISH your work! All accepted oral and poster presentations of scientific papers will be published in the online version of the ACRM scientific journal, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and will be fully searchable and citable. Archives is the most cited journal in rehabilitation.
  • To present your research to an international audience of your peers
  • To connect with colleagues who share your research interests
  • To gain recognition as an expert in your topic of research and as an ACRM contributor
  • To become eligible to receive prestigious ACRM awards for outstanding posters


ACRM Outstanding Poster Award
All accepted posters will be reviewed and judged by the Awards Subcommittee of the Annual Conference Program Committee. Awards will be presented to the lead author of the posters judged to be the top three presented.

Brain Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group (BI-ISIG) Poster Awards

  • David Strauss, PhD Memorial Award
    This award was created in 2004 in honor of David Strauss, PhD, a long-term BI-ISIG member, nationally recognized for his humanistic interests, vision, and teaching in post-acute TBI topics. This award is given to the primary author of a poster presentation at the annual conference judged as best reflecting Dr. Strauss’s areas of interest.
  • Early Career Award
    This award is given to a researcher in the first 10 years of his or her career, who is first author of a poster in the area of brain injury exhibited at the annual conference and judged on its merits across several areas of topic relevance and importance, research methodology, coherence, writing quality, and overall presentation.

Stroke Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group (ISIG) Poster Awards
This award recognizes the three best Stroke posters presented.


All posters will be judged according to the following criteria:

  1. Title
    >Title is well related to article content
  2. Aims/Objectives/Hypotheses
    >Problem/gap and significance are clearly stated
    >Adequate review of relevant literature for reader to understand
    >Research question (or) statement of purpose (and/or) hypotheses are clearly articulated
  3. Procedures
    >Appropriate research design for problem being examined
    >Sample is adequately described, including demographics and study criteria if applicable
    >Data collection methods including instruments and apparati are clearly described
    >Appropriate data analysis methods are described and conducted
  4. Results
    >Results are presented clearly
    >Tables and figures are clear and effective to illuminate findings
  5. Discussion/Conclusions
    >Conclusions are clearly stated
    >Conclusions are relevant to the problem (as outlined in the aims/objectives/hypotheses)
  6. Form and Style
    >Poster is clearly and logically presented
    >Poster content is free from biases

Submission Guidelines

A 250-word abstract must follow the structured abstract format required for submission of general articles to the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. See the Instructions for Structured Abstracts available at www.Archives-PMR.org.

The Basic Format

Structured Abstracts for Research Papers/Posters must have these sections:

  • Objective(s)
  • Design
  • Setting
  • Participants (animals or cadavers or specimens [for orthotics only])
  • Interventions
  • Main Outcome Measure(s)
  • Results
  • Conclusions

Systematic/Meta-analytic Reviews must have these sections:

  • Objective(s)
  • Data Sources
  • Study Selection
  • Data Extraction
  • Data Synthesis
  • Conclusions
  • Keywords

Selection Criteria

Each abstract will be reviewed for the following elements: (1) scientific and clinical quality; (2) broad appeal to the interests of the ACRM membership; (3) interdisciplinary nature; (4) timeliness of the topic; and (5) contribution to the state-of-the-art of rehabilitation science. Each complete submission received by the published due date will be independently peer-reviewed. Late proposals are not accepted — no exceptions. There should be NO more than one presenter identified for Scientific Papers & Posters. Authors to be notified of acceptance or rejection 5 June 2015.


The online submission process will OPEN SOON.



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