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All conference attendees are automatically ACRM members. Non-members receive a 6-month introductory ACRM membership automatically with registration. Put your member benefits to work right away—join an ACRM community group and attend a community group or task force meeting! PLEASE NOTE: Dates and times are subject to change. Please check the Online Program for the most up-to-date information.


Thursday 7 NOV

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

  • GRNG Business Meeting (open for ALL to attend)
    Location: 4B, 4th Floor



Special Symposia >>


Personalized Connectome Profiling for Rehabilitation Patients with Neural Injury and Neurodegenerative Disorder >>

The rehabilitation of patients with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD), traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and stroke poses substantial challenges due to these conditions’ heterogeneous patterns of neural degradation. This special symposium has the goal to customize therapies based on patient-specific disability profiles. Professionals can benefit from mapping neural/cognitive deficits onto individualized pattern of brain wiring disruptions. Recent progress on integrating structural and diffusion MRI with connectome mapping techniques affords us the unique opportunity to conceptualize neural disability as a dynamic process of brain connectivity alterations whose trajectory can be modified with rehabilitation with the to optimize recovery.

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Aging with and into Disability: State of the Science and Rehabilitation Implications >>

This special symposium aim to address the current evidence on individuals aging with disabilities and will discuss the knowledge and attitudes about ageing and healthy ageing in people with disabilities among people with ID themselves, their families and key workers, such as nurses, social workers, and physicians. Many professionals working with people with disabilities may not understand what is the same or different about ageing in people with disability and may therefore not know how to offer the necessary support. These issues are both widespread and international but there are also nation specific approaches from which all may learn.

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3rd ACRM Women in Rehabilitation Science Symposium >>

The central role of this special symposium is to assist the ACRM to fulfill its vision of equality for women in rehabilitation science by exposing its membership to successful female scientist role models, recognized and respected for their unique contributions to the field of rehabilitation science. The presenters chosen for this years’ special symposium, Dr. Lisa Barnes, and Dr. Sue Ann Sisto, have been successful in rehabilitation research and scholarship in their own right. They have distinguished themselves though their scholarship, career leadership and research in the field of rehabilitation psychology, medicine, geriatrics, neurology, physical therapy and at the NIH.

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Are We Ready for Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor as a Clinical Outcome Biomarker? >>

The objective of this symposium is to critically discuss the evidence supporting BDNF biomarker as an important clinical outcome measure in neurodegenerative diseases as well as in health conditions related to cognitive and physical frailty status.

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Lecture Luncheon >>


Neurodegenerative Diseases and Geriatric Rehabilitation Networking Group Special Luncheon Symposium *TICKETED EVENT* >>

This Lecture Luncheon presents the cross-cutting research of Dr. Lisa Barnes, the Alla V. and Solomon Jesmer Professor of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine in the department of Neurological Sciences at Rush University Medical Center, and a cognitive neuropsychologist in the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center. Dr. Barnes received her PhD from the University of Michigan and completed an NIMH postdoctoral fellowship in cognitive neuroscience at the University of California, Davis, before joining the faculty at Rush Medical College in 1999. Her research focus is on racial disparities in chronic diseases of aging. She is the Principal Investigator of three community-based cohort studies of older African Americans, and the Director of the Rush Center of Excellence on Disparities in HIV and Aging. One of her cohort studies, the Minority Aging Research Study (MARS), is nationally recognized as a premier study of minority aging and has been continuously funded by the NIA since 2004. Dr. Barnes has published extensively on risk factors for cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease in older African Americans with over 160 international publications.

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Instructional Courses >>


IC 24: Management of the Frail Older Adult: Medical and Exercise Strategies for Evaluation and Treatment >>

The likelihood of having the frailty syndrome increases with advanced age. The focus of this workshop will be on the medical, exercise, and nutritional management of older adults with frailty. If you are a clinician working with older adults, this workshop will provide the resources to evaluate and treat those with frailty effectively following the latest evidence-based guidelines for multi-disciplinary interventions.

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ACRM 96th Annual Conference | Progress in Rehabilitation Research

CORE: 5 – 8 NOV 2019 // CHICAGO USA // PRE-CONFERENCE: 3 – 5 NOV 2019

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