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ACRM Annual Conference Plenary Presenters

ACRM Annual Conference: Plenary Speakers 2017

ACRM Conference: 4 Plenary Speakers ATLANTA 2017 #ACRM2017


WED 25 OCT // 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Rehabilitation: Where are We Now and Where do We Need to Be?

Gary Ulicny Speaking

Gary Ulicny, PhD, FACRM

Gary Ulicny, PhD, FACRM, President and CEO, GRU Healthcare

Session Description: As professionals, we tout the virtues and benefits of rehabilitation and we hear the term evidence based practice. However, if we take the time to evaluate where we are as a field it becomes clear that we have very little evidence to differentiate the outcomes of comprehensive rehabilitation from other venues. This presentation will focus on the current state of our science and is it enough to document our worth in a world that is hurtling towards demonstrating value — where have we gone wrong and what do we need to do to flourish in this new healthcare environment. more…


Deborah Backus

Debbie Backus

“Few are better qualified than Dr. Ulicny to tackle this critical issue and who better than ACRM to take Gary’s challenge to pave a new path for rehab medicine and research to better serve our patients and their families.” 

Deborah Backus, PT, PhD, FACRM, Eula C. and Andrew C. Carlos MS Rehabilitation and Wellness Program at Shepherd Center


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THU 26 OCT // 8:15 AM – 9:30 AM

Integrative Medicine & Progress in Rehabilitation: People Really Matter

Plenary II Speaker: ACRM Conference: David Shurtleff, PhD

Plenary II Speaker: David Shurtleff, PhD

David Shurtleff, PhD, Director, National Institute of Health

Session Description: It is widely recognized that our health care system does too much of some things, and too little of others. Learning what works and for whom – finding the true balance between benefit and harm – is the charge to the biomedical research enterprise. Negative findings are as important a product of evidence-based medicine as the positives. Two examples will be explored: Care of the elderly and back pain management. more…

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FRI 27 OCT // 8:15 AM – 9:30 AM


Dr. Maurizio Corbetta

Maurizio Corbetta, MD, Professor and Chair of Neurology, University of Padua; Founding Director, Padua Neuroscience Center

Session Description: A long-held view is that stroke causes many distinct neurological syndromes due to damage of specialized cortical and subcortical centers. However, in recent studies on a large cohort of first time stroke subjects studied longitudinally at 2 weeks, 3 and 12 months, we showed that a few clusters of behavioral deficits spanning multiple functions explained neurological impairment. These clusters are stable across recovery indicating that they represent a stable solution to describe impairment… more… 

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SAT 28 OCT // 2:30 PM – 3:15 PMCoulter Award

2017 John Stanley Coulter Award Lecture: “Pathway from Acute Rehabilitation to Lifelong Health and Wellness for People with Disabilities

James H Rimmer

James H Rimmer

James H. Rimmer, PhD, Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences; Director of Research, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Session Description: A persistent pattern of secondary health conditions experienced by people with spinal cord injury and other disabilities has received growing attention from rehabilitation researchers. With shortened lengths of stay and multiple secondary health conditions occurring at a very high frequency post-disability, the urgency to create a self-management health promotion hub for people with spinal cord injury (SCI) and other disabilities has taken on greater importance.  more…

Sue Ann Sisto

Sue Ann Sisto

“For those rehabilitation researchers and clinicians working in the field of disability and exercise, Dr. Rimmer’s talk is a ‘must see.’ His content applies to all serving people with disability.”

—Sue Ann Sisto, PT, MA, PhD, FACRM, School of Health Technology and Management, Stony Brook University

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