Call for Late-Breaking Research 2017

CALL FOR LATE-BREAKING RESEARCH

NOW OPEN THROUGH 30 JUNE


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There is still time to participate in the 2017 ACRM Annual Conference in Atlanta. The ACRM Program Committee is now accepting proposals to present your latest research as a scientific poster.

Present your research to an interprofessional audience. Be a part of the largest interdisciplinary rehab research event.

Call for Late-breaking research

CONFERENCE INFO

Core Conference: 25 – 28 Oct  //  Pre-Conference: 23 – 25 Oct
Location: Hilton Atlanta


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WHY SUBMIT?

  • BUILD YOUR CV
    • Participating in the ACRM Annual Conference and being published in the ARCHIVES are celebration-worthy career milestones

  • PRESENT your research / your knowledge to a large INTERNATIONAL audience
    • 2000+ attendees from 60+ countries expected

  • CONNECT with interdisciplinary colleagues who share your research interests and passions
  • NETWORK with POTENTIAL EMPLOYERS, mentors, collaborators, and funders
  • Gain RECOGNITION as an expert in your topic of research and as an ACRM contributor
  • Get Published in the ARCHIVES

    ACRM’s scientific journal, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ARCHIVES) is the most-cited journal in rehabilitation. All accepted abstracts will be published, fully searchable and citable, in the online pages of ARCHIVES.

  • AWARDS — Become eligible for prestigious ACRM AWARDS for outstanding posters

  • DISCOVER: …interprofessional colleagues... The ACRM Conference attracts the most passionate interdisciplinary mix of rehabilitation pros from around the world

 


WHO SHOULD SUBMIT?

Rehabilitation professionals who:

  • Wish to present their latest research
  • Value the opportunity to engage with an interdisciplinary audience
  • Offer translational research to inform evidence-based practice


HOW TO SUBMIT

>>> Go to the ACRM Conference System

>>> Submissions FAQ

 


SUBMISSION TOOLS

Use these Submission Worksheets to organize your materials before you enter the submission portal. Worksheets list all required fields so you won't be stumped by unexpected requirements.

>>> Submission Worksheets
>>> Presenter Disclosures Guide

 


Questions?

Contact meetings@ACRM.org or call +1.703.435.5335

 


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 2016 Program Committee invites proposals focused on research evidence and its translation into clinical practice. ACRM is especially interested in the following content topics:

  • Brain Injury
  • Cancer Rehabilitation
  • Clinical practice (assessment, diagnosis, treatment, knowledge translation/EBP)
  • Geriatric Rehabilitation
  • Health/disability policy, ethics, advocacy
  • International
  • Measurement
  • Military and Veterans Affairs
  • Neurodegenerative disease (e.g., MS, Parkinson's disease)
  • Neuroplasticity (includes neuroscience)
  • Pain
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Stroke
  • Technology (e.g., prosthetics/orthotics, robotics, assistive technology)

Sample topic areas of interest to conference participants 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 (tele-health, tele-rehabilitation, Internet and social media)
  • Use of neuro-imaging in diagnosis and treatment
  • Methods for translation of evidence into clinical practice
  • 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.

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

 

Avoidance of Commercialism

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.

 

Accreditation Requirements

At the time of online submission, submitters 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 submitters, authors, and presenters must submit a current CV or resume and electronically sign a continuing education (CE) agreement and disclosure form. Failure to do so prevents acceptance of a submission. An electronic copy of presentations must be held on file with ACRM.

 

Conference Attendance and Presenter Expenses

Presenters for all accepted proposals 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).

ONLINE SUBMISSION

All proposals must be submitted online via the ACRM Annual Conference System.

Questions?

Contact meetings@ACRM.org.

 

Scientific Papers & Posters

To ensure that the ACRM Annual Conference truly delivers cutting-edge research, the Program Committee will issue a second Call for Proposals to present your late-breaking research as a scientific poster. The following guidelines for submitting a poster apply.

A scientific paper is a moderated oral presentation of 18 minutes including questions and discussion. 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.

 

Submission Guidelines

A 275-word abstract must follow one of the two structured abstract formats required for submission of general articles to the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. See the Instructions for Structured Abstracts.

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

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

Systematic/Meta-analytic Reviews must have these sections:

  • Research Objective(s)
  • Data Sources
  • Study Selection
  • Data Extraction
  • Data Synthesis
  • Conclusions
  • Author(s) Disclosures

The total length of all sections in the submission must not exceed 275 words. Tables or other graphics are not permitted. Submission must include three to five continuing education learning objectives. This is required whether the abstract is eventually selected for CE/CME or not.

Submission must indicate all participants in the abstract, listing the lead investigator first, followed by all other participants in the order in which they should appear in print. The submitter has the ability to complete all information for each participant, though we recommend that participants log in to the system to complete the information themselves.

 

Selection Criteria

Each complete submission received by the published due date will be independently peer-reviewed. There should be no more than ONE presenter identified for Scientific Papers & Posters. 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.

 

Abstract Publication & Poster Awards

All abstracts of accepted papers and posters will be published in the online pages of the ACRM journal, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, where they will be fully searchable and citable. Archives is the most-cited journal in rehabilitation.

Accepted posters will have the opportunity to be considered for the ACRM Poster Awards. Further, a subset of the poster award winners will have the opportunity to present their poster in a Poster Grand Round session.

Poster Award Winner, Dr. Simon Beaulieu-Bonneau

Proposal Review Criteria Details

Each proposal (instructional courses, symposia, scientific papers and posters) 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.

 

WEIGHTING FOR EACH CRITERIA

Scientific quality or clinical quality40%
Pertinent to the interests of the ACRM membership20%
Timeliness of the topic20%
Contribution to state-of-the-art of rehabilitation science20%

 

Guiding Questions for Scoring Each Attribute

 

SCIENTIFIC QUALITY OR CLINICAL QUALITY

  1. To what degree are the concepts, approaches or methodologies, or interventions reflective of rigorous scientific principles, evidence-based research, or other generally accepted principles or practices?
  2. To what degree does the research have application in practice?

 

PERTINENT TO THE INTERESTS OF ACRM MEMBERSHIP

  1. To what degree are the concepts in the abstract relevant to one or more the content topic areas of most interest to ACRM?
    • Brain Injury
    • Cancer Rehabilitation
    • Clinical practice (assessment, diagnosis, treatment, knowledge translation/EBP)
    • Geriatric Rehabilitation
    • Health/disability policy, ethics, advocacy
    • International
    • Measurement
    • Military and Veterans Affairs
    • Neurodegenerative disease (e.g., MS, Parkinson’s disease)
    • Neuroplasticity (includes neuroscience)
    • Pain
    • Pediatric Rehabilitation
    • Spinal Cord Injury
    • Stroke
    • Technology (e.g. prosthetics/orthotics, robotics, assistive technology)
  2. Interdisciplinary: To what degree are the concepts presented in the abstract relevant to a large number of health professionals and researchers that comprise the ACRM membership?ACRM audiences include: rehabilitation medicine researchers, physicians, nurses, psychologists, counselors, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech-language professionals, disability management specialists, healthcare executives, dieticians and others.

 

TIMELINESS OF THE TOPIC

  1. To what degree are concepts/findings presented in the abstract reflective of recently released, significant information?
  2. To what degree are the concepts in the abstract a hot topic of interest to a large population of the ACRM audience?

 

CONTRIBUTION TO THE STATE-OF-THE-ART OF REHABILITATION SCIENCE

  1. To what degree has this research utilized novel theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions?
  2. To what degree does this research reflect a refinement, improvement, or new application of theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, or interventions?

 

Scoring Guidance

RatingDescriptorGuidance for Scoring
5ExcellentExceptionally strong with few or no weaknesses
4Very goodStrong but with some minor weaknesses
3GoodStrong but with at least one moderate weakness
2SatisfactorySome strengths but with some moderate weaknesses
1PoorVery few strengths and numerous major weaknesses
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