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Attend the world’s LARGEST conference for interdisciplinary rehabilitation research and enjoy an EXTRA 15% OFF

More than 250 sessions and 600 scientific posters, plus CME/CEUs for 15 disciplines—more disciplines than any other conference. This jam-packed interdisciplinary program offers quality education for every member of the rehab team. Enjoy evidence-based programming in all medical rehabilitation areas, including stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, neurodegenerative diseases, pain, cancer rehab, pediatrics and MORE.

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2016 ACRM Annual Conference Overview



WED – FRI , 2 – 4 NOV 2016


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There is NO OTHER place for high-caliber, evidence-based education for the whole rehabilitation team



Instructional Courses

SUN – TUE, 30 OCT – 1 NOV 2016


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Maximize your learning experience and pile on the CME/CEU credits when you add in-depth, Pre-Conference Instructional Courses to your registration.

  • THREE pre-conference days of in-depth programming
  • Choose half- or full-day courses
  • Interdisciplinary focus, yet specialized educational opportunities for clinicians, researchers, and caregivers who need to know about the latest research informing clinical practice
  • Attend one day or all three
  • Instructional Courses include CME/CEUs for 15 disciplines

Reception I:

  • Welcome Reception (Tue PM)
    Wind down from your travels and enjoy this unopposed time to visit the EXPO and connect with your colleagues. Open to all!

ACRM welcomes ALL rehabilitation professionals for vibrant interprofessional & transformative exchange


Specialized Workshops


Cognitive Rehabilitation Manual

MON & TUE, 31 OCT – 1 NOV

Based on the ACRM Cognitive Rehabilitation Manual: Translating Evidence-Based Recommendations into Practice, this introductory training teaches evidence-based interventions for impairments of executive functions, memory, attention, hemispatial neglect, and 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. Manual included ($150 value).




This MUST-ATTEND full-day course provides THE IDEAL venue for connecting with seasoned professionals who are ready and willing to help guide your career on a path to success. The course is comprised of engaging didactic presentation, panel discussion, one-on-one networking, and small group discussions.


The mentoring lunch will provide attendees with an informal small group discussion with leaders in the field of rehabilitation medicine. Each mentor will focus on one area of career development important to early career investigators. Attendees can sign up to sit at the table with the discussion topic of greatest interest.


All student, early career, and first-time attendees are encouraged to engage with ACRM leaders on Tuesday evening for a time of casual networking and brief, informative presentations from the chairs of ACRM interdisciplinary special interest groups (ISIGs) and networking groups. ACRM President, Dr. Douglas Katz and members of the board will be there to welcome and connect you with the people and opportunities at ACRM and help you become involved.



If you plan to attend the CORE conference AND at least one instructional course, the WORLD PASS is the best value. From $599, SAVE nearly HALF-OFF á la carte pricing.


  • Access to all 6 days of educational programming, including:
  • CME/CEU credit in your choice of 15 disciplines—more than any other rehabilitation conference.
  • Ticket to the Henry B. Betts Awards Dinner & Gala: ($150 value)
  • Digital access to conference slides




Since 1923, ACRM has been a professional home to many pioneers of rehabilitation medicine and continues to be 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. Here is just a sample of the outstanding faculty coming to Chicago in 2016.

Pamela Duncan, PhD, PT, FAPTA, FAHA

Pamela Duncan, PhD, PT, FAPTA, FAHA

Opening the CORE Conference, Pamela W. Duncan, PhD, PT, FAPTA, FAHA from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center will present PLENARY I: Preparing Rehabilitation Clinicians and Researchers for Transformative Health Care and Pragmatic Research.


Pamela Duncan is a nationally and internationally renowned expert in health policy, outcomes research and clinical epidemiology. Her expertise is in post-acute management of the elderly and individuals with stroke and falls management and prevention. She is Professor of Neurology and Senior Policy Advisor for Transitional Outcomes for Wake Forest Baptist Health. Her secondary appointments are in the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology, Division of Public Health Sciences, and the Translational Sciences Institute.



Joy Hammel

Joy Hammel, PhD, OTR/L

Lisa Iezzoni

Lisa Iezzoni, MD, MSc

Joy Hammel, PhD, OTR/L, University of Illinois at Chicago and Lisa I. Iezzoni, MD, MSc, Harvard Medical School will present PLENARY II: Health, Health Care & Participation Disparities Experienced by People with Chronic Disabilities


Despite 26 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act, a growing body of research has documented disparities experienced by people with disabilities in everyday life and societal participation. Dr. Iezzoni will present national evidence on disparities in health and health care, and insights from qualitative research that highlights the perspectives of people with disabilities. Dr. Hammel will follow with evidence on disparities related to community living, social participation and work from national participatory action research. Both will point to promising practices and recommendations for rehabilitation professionals and research to recognize client-centeredness and collaboratively strategize environmental barriers to health and participation.



Alan Jette, PT, PhD, MPH

Alan Jette, PT, PhD, MPH

John Stanley Coulter Award Winner, Alan Jette, PT, PhD, MPH will present PLENARY III: How Rehabilitation Can Thrive in a Challenging Healthcare Environment.


While evidence-based practice is firmly entrenched in rehabilitation, how to translate evidence into clinical practice is unsettled. While major gaps in scientific knowledge exist, an enormous amount of scientific knowledge remains unused in practice. The transfer of evidence into patient care is unpredictable, highly variable, and needs to be accelerated.

Dr. Jette will discuss strategies for moving rehabilitation from innovation dissemination to actual implementation and will review several considerations guiding the choice of implementation strategy. Learn More >>>


Daniel Corcos, PhD

Daniel Corcos, PhD

Neurodegenerative Diseases Luncheon with Speaker, Daniel Corcos, PhD

Dr. Corcos is a professor of physical therapy and human movement sciences at Northwestern University and author of more than 200 research articles, publishing extensively in the area of rehabilitation. He has served on NIH study sections for more than 20 years, including chairing the Musculoskeletal and Rehabilitation Sciences Study Section and the Musculoskeletal Function and Speech Rehabilitation Study Section. He has been continuously funded by NIH since 1986.

His recent research on Parkinson’s disease includes completion of a clinical trial on the effects of progressive resistance exercise, demonstrating clear benefits on the motor symptoms of the disease as well as benefits of exercise on cognition. Currently, Dr. Corcos is a principal investigator on a Phase II clinical trial on the effects of different doses of endurance exercise on patients with Parkinson’s disease.



You Can’t Afford to Miss This!


Alison Cernich, PhD

Alison Cernich, PhD

John Tschida

John Tschida

Teresa Brininger

Teresa Brininger, PhD, OTR/L, CHT

Alison Cernich, PhD, Director of the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR) at NIH, John Tschida, Director of NIDILRR, and Teresa Brininger, PhD, OTR/L, CHT, Director of the Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine Research Program of the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command will deliver invaluable news and insights for all researchers seeking federal funding. You can’t afford to miss it! Hear about:

  • Funding priorities
  • The current funding climate
  • Identifying the gaps & opportunities
  • Where the money is



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