• PIRR 2017
  • Program 2017

    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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    SCHEDULE OVERVIEW: ACRM Annual Conference // Progress in Rehabilitation Research #PIRR2017 // 23 – 28 OCT 2017 // ATLANTA USA

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    WED 25 OCT – SAT 28 OCT 2017

    *Scheduling is subject to change. Watch for specific programming coming soon! 

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    WED 25 OCT

    8:00 AM – 3:00 PM:
    Pre-Conference Early Career Development Course (Registration required)

    8:30 AM – 1:30 PM: ACRM Community Group Meetings

    8:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Pre-Conference Instructional Courses (Registration required)

    12:30 PM – 1:30 PM:


    1:30 PM – 2:45 PM: Concurrent Sessions BLOCK 1

    3:00 PM – 4:15 PM:
    Early Career & First-Time Attendee Welcome

    3:00 PM – 4:15 PM: Sponsored Symposium

    4:30 PM – 6:30 PM: Opening Remarks & Plenary 1

    6:30 PM – 8:30 PM: EXPO Opening Reception I

     THU 26 OCT

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

    8:15 AM – 9:30 AM: Plenary II

    9:30 AM – 10:30 AM: NETWORKING BREAK in EXPO Hall:

      > Coffee Break

      > Product Theater

      > Chat with Experts

    10:30 AM – 11:45 AM: Concurrent Sessions BLOCK 2

    12:00 PM1:30 PM: NETWORKING BREAK in EXPO Hall:

      > Lunch for purchase

      > Chat with the Experts

      > Product Theater

    12:00 PM1:30 PM: Lecture Luncheons (Registration Required)

    1:45 PM – 3:00 PM: Concurrent Sessions BLOCK 3

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

    3:45 PM – 4:45 PM: Poster Viewing with Presenter Q & A

    3:45 PM – 4:45 PM: Product Theater / Chat with Experts

    5:00 PM – 6:15 PM: Concurrent Sessions BLOCK 4

    6:30 PM – 8:30 PM: Exhibitors Reception / Product Theater

    FRI 27 OCT

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

    8:15 AM – 9:30 AM: Plenary III

    9:30 AM – 10:30 AM: NETWORKING BREAK in EXPO Hall

      > Product Theater

      > Chat with Experts

    9:45 AM 2:30 PM: EXPO Open to the Public

    10:45 AM – 12:00 PM: Concurrent Sessions BLOCK 5

    12:15 PM – 1:45 PM: NETWORKING BREAK in EXPO Hall

      > Lunch for Purchase

      > Chat with the Experts

      > Product Theater

    12:15 PM – 1:45 PM: Luncheon Lectures (Registration Required)

    2:00 PM – 2:30 PM: Poster Grand Rounds

    2:00 PM – 2:30 PM: Product Theater

    2:45 PM – 4:00 PM: Concurrent Sessions BLOCK 6

    4:15 PM – 5:15 PM: ACRM Community Group Meetings

    4:15 PM – 5:15 PM: Oral Presentation of Scientific Papers

    5:30 PM – 6:15 PM: ACRM Membership Meeting OPEN to ALL

    6:15 PM – 7:15 PM: Pre-Gala Cocktail Hour (Cash Bar) OPEN to ALL

    7:15 PM – 11:00 PM: HENRY B. BETTS AWARDS DINNER & GALA (Ticketed Event)

    9:30 PM – 11:00 PM: Gala doors open free to all for dancing and cash bar

    SAT 28 OCT

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

    7:00 AM – 8:00 AM: Program Committee Meeting (By invitation only)

    8:15 AM – 9:30 AM: Featured Sessions

    8:15 AM – 12:30 PM: Parkinson's Disease Workshop

    9:45 AM – 11:00 AM: Concurrent Sessions BLOCK 7

    11:00 AM – 11:30 AM: NETWORKING BREAK in EXPO Hall

      > Lunch for Purchase

    11:30 AM – 12:45 PM: Concurrent Sessions BLOCK 8

    1:00 PM – 2:15 PM: Concurrent Sessions BLOCK 9

    2:30 PM – 3:15 PM: Closing Plenary IV

    3:15 PM – 4:15 PM: Arts & Neuroscience: Ending on a high note

    4:45 PM – 7:00 PM: BOG Meeting (By invitation only)


    Access to all educational sessions—plenaries, symposia, special symposia, featured sessions, award lectures, scientific papers and posters—PLUS chat with the experts, product theater, EXPO, Exhibitors Welcome Reception and other networking opportunities (excluding ticketed events) from 25 - 28 OCT 2017.

    CORE Conference Registration does NOT include:

    Cognitive Rehabilitation Training, ACBIS Training, Instructional Courses, Early Career Development Course, Lecture Luncheons, the Henry B. Betts Awards Dinner and Gala, continuing education credit, 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).


    Serving the WHOLE, interdisciplinary rehabilitation team is central to the mission of ACRM. That's why PIRR 2017 offers CMEs/CEUs in your choice of 15 disciplines—more disciplines than any other rehabilitation conference.

    Historically, less than 30 percent of ACRM attendees require CE credits annually. So, unlike some other conferences, ACRM does NOT include CME/CEU processing fees in the cost of core conference registration.

    For those who require CME/CEUs, a single processing fee of $150 covers all continuing education credits earned by attending educational sessions during the Core Conference. CME/CEU processing fees are INCLUDED in registration for all in-depth Pre-Conference courses.



    • Sheldon Berrol Memorial Chautauqua
      This BI-ISIG special annual venue explores topics that provoke questions of values, ethics, and humanism in brain injury rehabilitation.
    • ACRM / National Stroke Association Award for Excellence in Post-Acute Stroke lecture
    • 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.
    • Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award Lecture
    • Mark Ylvisaker Memorial Pediatric Brain Injury Symposium
      This annual BI-ISIG symposium honors Dr. Mark Ylvisaker, renowned for his ground-breaking approaches to brain injury rehabilitation and his clinical work with children and adolescents with disabilities.
    • Hot Topics in Stroke
    • Brucker International Symposium



    Alison Cernich, PhD,  Teresa L. Brininger, PhD, OTR/L, CHT, Patricia Dorn, PhD and others will present invaluable news and insight for all researchers seeking federal funding. You cannot afford to miss this symposium.

    Alison Cernich, PhD

    Alison Cernich

    Theresa Brininger

    Teresa Brininger


    • ACRM Community Group Meetings – All attendees are invited to put your ACRM Membership to work right away by joining the ACRM interdisciplinary special interest groups (ISIGs), Networking Groups and Task Forces related to your interests and expertise. Most groups will meet during the conference and welcome your participation.
    • BI-ISIG Annual Summit is the annual meeting and awards presentation 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 (Ticketed Event)
      • Neuroplasticity Group Luncheon (Ticketed Event)
      • Neurodegenerative Diseases Networking Group Luncheon (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. *At 9:30 PM, the doors open free to all as the celebration continues with dancing and a cash bar.


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    MON 23 OCT – WED 25 OCT 2017


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



    23 – 24 OCT

    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.



    23 – 24 OCT

    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.



    23 – 25 OCT

    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.


    The WORLD PASS WORLD PASS registration bundles conference favorites into one low price registration option 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%!



    25 OCT

    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.



    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.

    Plenary Presenters

    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

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

    Poster Discussion


    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.



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