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RESTON, Virginia – Basic science is fundamental to the advancement of rehabilitation medicine, just as translational research is essential to bridge the gap between the lab and clinical practice. ACRM strongly supports an interdisciplinary approach to rehabilitation and through its annual conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research (PIRR), provides an effective platform for critical exchange between today’s top researchers and the clinicians, therapists, administrators, counselors, and other rehabilitation professionals who serve people with disabilities.

“The ACRM Program Committee is excited to announce that Dr. Marc Diamond and Dr. Christopher Giza will present a plenary at this year’s conference,” said committee chair, Pamela Roberts, PhD, OTR/L, SCFES, FAOTA, CPHQ, FNAP. “Their work exemplifies the interdisciplinary approach that is important to ACRM and is an inspiration to us all.”

Marc Diamond, MD


Marc Diamond, MD
Professor of Neurology & Neurotherapeutics

Director of the Center for Alzheimer’s and
Neurodegenerative Diseases
UT Southwestern Medical Center



Christopher Giza, MD

Christopher C. Giza, MD
Professor of Pediatric Neurology & Neurosurgery
Director, UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program
UCLA Brain Injury Research Center
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Mattel Children’s Hospital, UCLA


Marc Diamond, MD is the founding director of the Center for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases at UT Southwestern Medical Center. His research is focused on neurodegenerative diseases linked to amyloid protein accumulation, with the goal of developing mechanism-based diagnosis and therapy.

He will be joined by Christopher C. Giza, MD, who leads the Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Program at Mattel Children’s Hospital – UCLA and established the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT program which partners with local schools to provide prevention, outreach, research and treatment for sports concussions. The program gained national attention as the recipient of the single largest gift from an individual to a medical center for a concussion-related initiative when it received $10 million from philanthropist Steve Tisch, co-owner of the New York Giants and an Academy Award–winning film producer.

This year in Dallas, Texas from 25 – 30 October, PIRR will deliver nonstop, evidence-based content for six diagnostic areas, including brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, neurodegenerative diseases, pain, and cancer, plus 12 focus areas. It is the largest conference in the world for interdisciplinary rehabilitation research and offers continuing education credit for 15 disciplines—more disciplines than any other rehabilitation conference.

Additionally, pre-conference programming includes dozens of in-depth instructional courses for those who want to dive deep into topics of special interest, a full day Early Career Development Course, and a two-day Cognitive Rehabilitation Training. The Henry B. Betts Awards Gala will be held on 29 October to honor those making extraordinary contributions to the field and to ACRM. Special recognition will highlight the work of former ACRM President, Henry B. Betts who passed away this year. He was a revered champion for people with disabilities and a leader in physical medicine and rehabilitation.

A Call for Proposals is open through 21 April 2015 for professionals who wish to present their research in an oral or scientific poster presentation. Details at



Conference Title: ACRM 92nd Annual Conference: Progress in Rehabilitation Research Dates: 25 – 30 October 2015
Location: Dallas, TX, USA: Hilton Anatole
Call For Proposals: Scientific Papers & Posters abstracts due 21 April 2015
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ABOUT ACRM | American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine

ACRM is a nonprofit association serving a global community of professionals to IMPROVE the LIVES of people with disabling conditions. ACRM disseminates world-class rehabilitation to the entire rehabilitation team in person (at the annual ACRM Conference every fall), in print (Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) and online ( and