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ACRM Annual Conference Lecture Luncheon

Lecture Luncheons

Add up to three Lecture Luncheons to your registration and earn an hour of continuing education credit for each. These popular events keep the education coming while you enjoy a sit-down meal and connect with colleagues who share your interests.

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Spinal Cord Injury Lecture Luncheon

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“A View of the Past, Present and Future of SCI Care and Research”

THU 26 OCT // 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Featuring Steven Kirshblum, MD, Director of the Spinal Cord Injury Program, Kessler Institution for Rehabilitation


This talk will review a history of spinal cord injury medicine, current leading areas of excitement and concern in SCI care and research, and offer a vision for the future.

Focus Area: Spinal Cord Injury


Dr. Steven Kirshblum is nationally recognized for his work in the area of spinal cord injury rehabilitation and research. He joined Kessler Institute in 1990 and currently serves as Medical Director of the West Orange campus, as well as the Director of the Spinal Cord Injury Program. He received his medical degree from the University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School and completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City, where he was a chief resident. He became board certified in PM&R in 1991 and was one of the first physicians in the country to receive special certification in spinal cord injury medicine in 1998. As the Co-Project Director of the Northern New Jersey Model Spinal Cord Injury System, one of only 14 federally-designated model systems in the country, Dr. Kirshblum oversees the rehabilitation research and patient care in collaboration with our research affiliates. He is also a professor of rehabilitation medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and serves as the program director for the Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellowship program. He is also on staff at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, NJ.

A prolific writer and researcher, Dr. Kirshblum has written and co-authored more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed publications and has completed over 20 book chapters, 80 abstracts, and monographs on his major research interests in spinal cord injury and education issues. He is editor of the textbook, Spinal Cord Medicine and has also written a children’s book on spinal cord injury. Additionally, he has delivered more than 500 lectures nationally and internationally. Dr. Kirshblum has been honored by many spinal cord injury societies, and organizations including the American Paraplegia Society, Association of Academic Physiatrists, World Congress of Rehabilitation International and Cerebral Palsy Society of New Jersey. He is the President of the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals, Chair of the International Standards Committee for the American Spinal Association and a member of numerous advisory boards and foundations for spinal cord research.

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Neuroplasticity Lecture Luncheon

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“Neurorehabilitation for Patients With Functional Movement Disorders”

THU 26 OCT // 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Featuring Mark Hallett, MD, Chief of Human Motor Control Section, NIH, NINDS


Dr. Mark Hallett is a clinical neurologist and neurophysiologist and is currently the President of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology. He also serves as the Chief of the Human Motor Control Section, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Hallett obtained his M.D. at Harvard University, interned at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and trained in Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital. He had fellowships in Neurophysiology at the National Institutes of Health and at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. From 1976 to 1984, Dr. Hallett was the Chief of the Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratory at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and worked up to Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. From 1984, he has been at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke where he also served as Clinical Director of NINDS until July 2000. He is past President of the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine and the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society and also served as Vice-President of the American Academy of Neurology. He has served as Editor of many journals and books and has had many honors. His work mainly deals with principles of motor control and the pathophysiology of movement disorders. Dr. Hallett’s interests in motor control are wide-ranging, and include brain plasticity and its relevance to neurological disorders and the pathophysiology of dystonia, parkinsonism, and myoclonus.

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Neurodegenerative Diseases Networking Group Lecture Luncheon

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“Moving Towards Patient Centered Neurodegenerative Diseases Research: European and USA Comparisons”

FRI 27 OCT // 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Featuring Erwin E.H. van Wegen, PhD, Associate Professor, Amsterdam University


The objective of this NDNG Luncheon session is to present ongoing work on patient/provider collaboration in clinical care and research involving individuals with neurodegenerative conditions, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson, Alzheimer’s, and Huntington’s disease and related disorders. The international presenters and panel will present current literature on patient engagement and discuss innovative, transformative patient/provider collaborative data driven models in which people with neurodegenerative conditions serve as co-researchers in the research process, from developing grant applications, to collecting data, administering health-enhancing physical medicine and rehabilitation interventions or disseminating products.

Focus Areas: Neurodegenerative Disease, Quality Improvement and Implementation Science



  1. Review current literature on patient/provider collaboration in the context of neurodegenerative disease management
  2. Discuss ongoing research projects on patient engagement in neurodegenerative disease populations (e.g., PCORI, international study on patient engagement in Parkinson’s disease
  3. Identify steps of PhotoVoice, an ethnographic approach to research which gives “voice” to patients with neurodegenerative disease conditions and empowers patients as engaged researchers
  4. Discuss barriers, opportunities and pit-falls in developing and implementing patient-engaged interventions in neurodegenerative disease populations



Dr. Erwin van Wegen is working as an associate professor in neurorehabilitation at the department of Physical Therapy/Rehabilitation Medicine at the VU University Medical Center (VUmc) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Educated as a movement scientist in motor control and rehabilitation, Dr. van Wegen is principal/associate investigator on several grants in the field of neurorehabilitation and coordinator of several teaching courses on movement disorders and rehabilitation at the MOVE Research Institute Amsterdam and the Faculty of Medicine at the VUmc. His subjects of interest are the coordination of locomotion and balance, as well as motor control, neurorehabilitation, and neuroplasticity in movement disorders, specifically in Parkinson’s Disease (PD), stroke, and MS.

At present Dr. van Wegen is senior member of the Neurorehabilitation Unit at VUmc and local VUmc coordinator and steering group member in the 4DEEG project (an ERC funded grant awarded to Dr. G. Kwakkel from the VUmc and Dr. Frans van der Helm from the Technical University of Delft), which is focused on investigating the longitudinal relationship between stroke recovery and brain plasticity on early upper extremity rehabilitation in stroke patients. Dr. van Wegen is also a Hersenstichting Fellow, member of several editorial boards of peer-reviewed journals, member of scientific research committee of the MOVE Translational Research Institute (, deputy-treasurer of the Dutch Society of Neurorehabilitation, and permanent member of the scientific organizing committee of the biannual Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair conference.

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ACRM Annual ConferenceProgress in Rehabilitation Research (PIRR#2017)

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