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Call for Abstracts


Supplemental Issue for Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation:

Lifestyle factors in the health and wellbeing of individuals with neurodegenerative diseases


A growing body of evidence suggests that associations between lifestyle factors including exercise, diet, sleep, healthy life habits, and stress management are crucial in understanding the development, progression, and management of many neurodegenerative diseases (ND) including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Disease, and Multiple Sclerosis. To effectively promote resilience and management against of symptomatology progression related to ND, research should examine the interaction between disease development, progression, and personal lifestyle.

This special issue will bring together international and inter-disciplinary perspectives on the topic of lifestyle behaviors and models of lifestyle-dependent risk and resilience in people with ND. Manuscripts in the supplement may address lifestyle factors as a risk or protectors of development of ND and impact on ND symptomatology, as well as the effects of these factors on disease progress and health outcomes. Manuscripts may also discuss the importance of lifestyle factors for health of caregivers’ of those with ND. Epidemiological studies, cross-sectional studies, and intervention trials will be considered for this issue. Review articles and meta-analyses that add new understanding or perspectives to the existing knowledge base will also be considered.

To submit, please include abstract of no more than 300 words, along with proposed title, list of authors, and author affiliations to The deadline for submissions of the abstracts is 1 November 2021. Please note, abstract acceptance does not guarantee publication. Selected abstracts will be included in the full special issue proposal. Once the proposal is accepted, authors will have 6 months to finalize manuscripts for review. A full peer-review process will be conducted prior to full acceptance of final manuscripts for inclusion in the special edition. 

Please feel free to contact the Guest Editors for further details. We look forward to receiving your submission.

Brooks C. Wingo, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Occupational Therapy
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Katie Siengsukon, PT, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Science, & Athletic Training
University of Kansas Medical Center

Yael Goverover, OTR/L PhD
Department of Occupational Therapy
New York University Steinhardt