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Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for the ACRM 93rd Annual Conference. With this warm and welcoming group, you are sure to make new friends and invaluable professional networks.

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WHEN?  30 OCT – 4 NOV 2016

WHERE?  Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL




WHY ATTEND?  Great Early Career Opportunities!

  • Great educational Content! Stay abreast of the latest and greatest evidence-based clinical research.
  • Early Career Poster Award Opportunities
  • Great early career and student discounts
  • Scholarships available to early career members of the Brain Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group (BI-ISIG). See details below.
  • Early Career Development Course: Hands-on Course just for early career professionals. Get the latest and greatest tips on developing your research identity. Get to meet renowned ACRM faculty.**
  • Early Career Reception: A great opportunity to learn about the ACRM Interdisciplinary Special Interest Groups and Networking Groups and how you can be more involved—a great opportunity to build your CV.
  • Networking and Collaborative Opportunities
  • Cognitive Rehabilitation Training
  • ACBIS Training Course
  • Chat with the Expert Session: At designated times throughout the conference, an expert from each of the ACRM Interdisciplinary Special Interest Groups (Brain injury, Stroke, and Spinal Cord Injury) will be available for informal discussions. Additionally, representatives from the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation will also be available for friendly, informal discussions about peer-reviewed publications.


Poster Award Winner, Dr. Simon Beaulieu-Bonneau

Poster Award Winner, Simon Beaulieu-Bonneau


To ensure that the 2016 ACRM Annual Conference truly delivers cutting-edge research, the Program Committee is issuing a second Call for Proposals through 1 August to present late-breaking research as a scientific poster. This is an outstanding opportunity to present your research to an interdisciplinary audience of rehab professionals. SEE THE GUIDELINES & SUBMIT >>



PI or Not PI? That is the Question: Developing Your Research in a Collaborative Culture of Team Science

The Early Career Development Course is a perennial favorite sponsored 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 program comprises didactic presentation, panel discussion, one-on-one networking, and small group discussions.

ECDC Break-Out Session

ECDC Break-Out Session

Who Should Attend?

Early career researchers, clinician scientists, and clinicians interested in starting a research agenda will find the course especially beneficial. Attendees range from graduate students nearing the completion of their degree, to postdoctoral scholars and junior faculty. The course program changes annually, enabling attendees to enjoy a unique and informative experience year after year.

The ECDC provides opportunities to connect early career professionals with seasoned professionals and countless networking opportunities. The 2016 ECDC program is titled, PI or not PI, that is the question: Developing Your Research Identity in a Collaborative Culture of Team Science. This year’s program will focus on helping attendees develop their research identity while forming collaborative relationships and teams, enhancing team communication, preventing conflicts, giving and sharing credit in publications and grants, balancing individual and team pursuits for tenure and promotion and increasing productivity.

The course is scheduled for Tuesday, 1 November 2016 from 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM and will be held in Chicago, Illinois at the Hilton Chicago.


as low as $299 / student members

Course Description

The morning program will open with a keynote breakfast, followed by a panel discussion on the tenure-promotion in Team Science and giving and sharing recognition from top rehabilitation professionals, such as Jonathan Bean, MD, MS, MPH and Theresa Pape, DrPH, MA, CCC-SLP/L.

Early Career Reception

Early Career Reception

Following the panel discussion, course attendees will have small group discussions with course mentors to address their challenges in Team Science. After much success from last year, we will have a mentoring lunch with course mentors who will discuss various career development topics, such as finding a mentor, working towards independence using large datasets, how to form collaborations, grant strategies, and finding your place in team science.  Following the networking lunch, we will have presentations from funding representative of NIDILRR, VA, NIH, PCRORI and foundations. No course would be complete without presentations from successful early career rehabilitation professionals to share their challenges and successes while working towards independence.

Lastly, the attendees will participate in their choice of four breakout sessions led by mid-career and senior rehabilitation scientists on topics such as the benefits of featuring the biosketch with grant submissions, productive writing, and publishing in team science.

Successful scholars all become successful in different ways. The challenge is to find what fits your passion and personality on the journey of scholarly success. The Early Career Development Course connects you with people and information to help guide your chosen path.



ACRM 93rd Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research (PIRR)Early career members of the ACRM Brain Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group (BI-ISIG) are invited to apply for a travel scholarship– valued at $650, to attend the ACRM Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois.

The BI-ISIG Executive Committee is committed to supporting early career involvement in the BI-ISIG and its task forces. There are seven (7) productive task forces from which to choose. Attending the Annual Conference and getting involved in task force work is a great way to get started. Don’t miss this opportunity to network, collaborate with experienced brain injury professionals, and advance your career!

THREE (3) SCHOLARSHIPS will be awarded to BI-ISIG members who are within five (5) years of completion of training (terminal degree OR postdoctoral fellowship, if applicable), would like to attend the Annual Conference, and are committed to actively participating in one of the BI-ISIG task forces.

Each BI-ISIG Early Career Annual Conference scholarship recipient will receive a cash award of $650 to defray the cost of travel to the ACRM Annual Conference. Self-nominations are welcome.

Nominations are due 15 August 2016. Contact the BI-ISIG Early Career Officer, Monique R. Pappadis, PhD for more information. Look out for an upcoming e-blast with details on how to apply.