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Offering 4 days and two concurrent tracks of high-caliber educational content for neurodegenerative diseases, the ACRM 93rd Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research (PIRR) provides outstanding value for every member of the rehab team.


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Neurodegenerative Diseases Symposia

For specific NEURODEGENERATIVE DISEASES sessions and gobs of details (including presenters, session descriptions and schedules) see the ACRM APP, coming soon.

FOCUS AREA ABBREVIATIONS: AN: Arts & Neuroscience, BI: Brain Injury, CAN: Cancer, CC: Cross-Cutting, CP: Clinical Practice, DI: Diagnosis Independent, GER: Geriatric Rehabilitation, INT: International, MES: Measurement, MIL: Military/VA, ND: Neurodegenerative Diseases, NP: Neuroplasticity, PAIN: Pain Rehabilitation, PED: Pediatric Rehabilitation, POL: Health Policy & Legislation, SCI: Spinal Cord Injury, ST: Stroke, TEC: Technology



  • #115 Strides in Gait Rehabilitation: Walking as a Source and a Target of Neural Plasticity NP, ND, SCI
    Manning Sabatier, Chetan Phadke, Aiko Thompson, Mark Bowden
  • #187 Sedentary Behavior in Neurodegenerative Diseases: Current Research and Clinical Implications for Reducing Sedentary Time ND, CP
    Robert Moti, Lara Pilutti, Jet Veldhuijzen van Zanten, Deborah Backus
  • #768 The Benefits of Rehabilitation in the Treatment of Balance and Gait in Parkinson Disease ND
    Terry Ellis, Leland Dibble


Neurodegenerative Diseases Lecture Luncheon

Daniel Corcos

Daniel Corcos

Mechanisms Underlying Exercise Efficacy in Parkinson’s Disease


with Guest Speaker, Daniel M. Corcos, PhD
Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

The evidence that exercise of all kinds is beneficial for everyone is clear and compelling. For individuals suffering from a neurodegenerative disease such as Parkinson’s disease, exercise should be considered as medicine. This presentation will outline the benefits of exercise that are specific to Parkinson’s disease. The benefits of resistance training, endurance training and balance training will be outlined. The presentation will discuss what is known about the dose response to exercise. The presentation will also discuss different mechanisms that bring about therapeutic change. The mechanisms will include brain mechanisms, spinal mechanisms as well as potential trophic and inflammatory mechanisms.

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  • #127 Quantification of Gait and Gait Related Activities Among Individuals Living With Neurodegenerative Conditions Using Mobile Technology ND, TEC
    Mark Hirsch, Mark Newman, Jeffrey Hebert, Erwin van Wegen, James Carollo, Paticia Heyn
  • #1009 Oral Presentation of Scientific Papers: NEURODEGENERATIVE DISEASES TOPICS
  • #284 Exoskeleton-Assisted Walking for Persons With Neurological Conditions: Part II Exoskeleton Cases TEC, ND
    Gail Forrest, Allan Kozlowski, Candy Tefertiller, Arun Jayaraman, Casey Kandilakis
  • #539 The Science and Practice of LSVT BIG® and LSVT LOUD®: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Treating Parkinson Disease ND, CP
    Cynthia Fox, Laura Guse, Erica Vitek
  • Neuromodulation and Neurodegenerative Diseases: Details Coming Soon …



  • #276 From Alzheimer’s to Parkinson’s Disease: An Interactive Round Table Discussion on Cognitive Rehabilitation Research and Implications for Clinical Practice ND, CP
    Michele York, Patricia Heyn, Hannes Devos, Deborah Backus
  • #1011 Oral Presentation of Scientific Papers: NEURODEGENERATIVE DISEASES TOPICS
  • #606 Music and Movement AN, ND
    Pamela Quinn — professional dancer who has had Parkinson’s disease for twenty years. The subject of a profile on the CBS News with Katie Couric, she brings keen insight to ACRM.


Featured Session:


Alison Cernich, PhD

Alison Cernich

John Tschida

John Tschida

Teresa Brininger

Teresa Brininger

Every year there are changes in Washington that could affect your research agenda. Come and hear the latest from the directors of the top rehabilitation research funding agencies in the USA.

Alison Cernich, PhD
Director of the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR) at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health

John Tschida
Director of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), Administration for Community Living, US Department of Health and Human Services

Teresa Brininger, PhD, OTR/L, CHT
Director, Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine Research Program, US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command

Learn about emerging changes in health care policy and the current funding climate in Washington that may impact your research agenda and future access to rehabilitation services.


Featured Session:

Art Kramer

Arthur F. Kramer


with Arthur Kramer, PhD

This presentation will cover what we currently know, from animal studies, epidemiological studies, and human randomized controlled trials about the relationship between physical activity and exercise and cognitive and brain health across the lifespan. The presentation will also focus on gaps in our knowledge and how we might go about filling these knowledge gaps.

Dr. Kramer’s research projects include topics in Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Aging, and Human Factors. A major focus of his lab’s recent research is the understanding and enhancement of cognitive and neural plasticity across the lifespan. Professor Kramer’s research has been featured in a long list of print, radio and electronic media including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, CBS Evening News, Today Show, NPR and Saturday Night Live.


Daniel Corcos

Daniel Corcos

Special Symposium

Exercise for the Elderly and People With Neurodegenerative Disease

Featuring Daniel Corcos, PhD, Northwestern University, Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences

It is now axiomatic that exercise is beneficial for everyone. For individuals experiencing physical and mental decline, as well as those suffering form neurodegenerative disease, exercise is considered medicine. This presentation will provide the general prescription for exercise, both for the elderly and those with neurodegenerative disease. The benefits of resistance training, endurance training and balance training will be outlined. The presentation will also discuss different approaches to working with the elderly. Finally the presentation will review recent studies on the benefits of exercise programs that target both the person being cared for and the caregiver.

Dr. Daniel Corcos is a motor systems neuroscientist working on “human electrophysiology” using TMS, fMRI, EEG, EMG as well as neuronal recordings in patients undergoing brain surgery. The primary goal of his research is to understand the mechanisms underlying therapeutic interventions for people with Parkinson’s disease.



  • #104 The B-FIT Model for Huntington’s Disease Rehabilitation ND, CP
    Elizabeth Ulanowski, Megan Danzl, Anne Blandfork, Justin Phillips
  • #141 Supporting Lifelong Health-Related Fitness and Physical Activity Among Individuals With Cerebral Palsy ND, PED
    Mark Peterson, Jan Willem Gorter, Patrick McPhee
  • #211 The Linkage of Mobility and Cognition: A Cohesive Look at Integrating Approaches for Rehabilitation GER, ND
    Jonathan Bean, Rachel Ward, Farzaneh Soround
  • #248 Patient Empowered Using a Person-Focused Health & Wellness Approach to Clinical Research and Community Outreach CP, POL, ND, CC
    Patricia Heyn, James Carollo, Mark Hirsch, Sanjay Iyer
  • #247 Dementia, Aging, and Disabilities: Early Detection and Clinical Practice Challenges ND, CP
    Patricia Heyn, Matthew Janicki, Kathleen Bishop

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*Many meetings are still being scheduled. Check back for the latest details.


THU, 3 NOV // 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

  • Neurodegenerative Diseases Networking Group Business Meeting
    Open to All

THU, 3 NOV // 6:15 PM – 7:00 PM

  • ACRM Membership Meeting
    Open to All

See the complete schedule of ACRM ISIG , networking group, and task force meetings and plan to join those that best align with your interest and expertise.


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It all begins on Sunday, 30 OCT with 3 days of in-depth Instructional Courses for Neurodegenerative Diseases and many cross-cutting topics. Choose half-day or full-day courses. Separate registration required.

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FOCUS AREA ABBREVIATIONS: AN: Arts & Neuroscience, BI: Brain Injury, CAN: Cancer, CC: Cross-Cutting, CP: Clinical Practice, DI: Diagnosis Independent, GER: Geriatric Rehabilitation, INT: International, MES: Measurement, MIL: Military/VA, ND: Neurodegenerative Diseases, NP: Neuroplasticity, PAIN: Pain Rehabilitation, PED: Pediatric Rehabilitation, POL: Health Policy & Legislation, SCI: Spinal Cord Injury, ST: Stroke, TEC: Technology


TUE 1 NOV // 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM


TUE 1 NOV //8:00 PM – 5:30 PM


TUE 1 NOV //1:30 PM – 5:30 PM


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RIC Lecture & Tour

Joanne C. Smith, MD

Joanne C. Smith, MD, RIC President & CEO

#843 Re-Imagining Rehabilitation Care and Research at AbilityLab: The Future of RIC

TUE, 1 NOV // 1:00 PM – 4:30

Participants will independently commute to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at 345 E Superior Street (2 miles from the Hilton) to learn about a new approach to clinical research and patient care that informed the design of the new research hospital, AbilityLab, scheduled to open in March 2017. By literally breaking down the walls between science and clinical care, RIC is making a $550 million investment to change the way research is conducted, accelerate clinical breakthroughs, and improve patient outcomes.

Hear directly from the researchers and clinicians who built this advanced knowledge translation concept over the past 7 years, and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Joanne C. Smith, who will discuss how these innovations are being adopted in the new hospital. Participants will have the opportunity to tour the AbilityLab prototype on the 9th floor of RIC.



ACBIS Training Course

MON & TUE, 31 OCT & 1 NOV // 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM

The Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS) provides the opportunity to learn important information about brain injury, to demonstrate learning in a written examination, and to earn a nationally recognized credential.

The official ACBIS training is offered to prepare both direct care staff and professionals working in brain injury services to sit for the certification exam. It is intended for paraprofessionals and professionals at all levels who want a strong foundation in the best practices in brain injury rehabilitation.



Early Career Development Course

TUE, 1 NOV // 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM


The Early Career Development Course is a perennial conference favorite developed 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 full-day pre-conference course comprises didactic presentation, panel discussion, one-on-one networking, and small group discussions. This full-day course is not eligible for continuing education credit.








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