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ACRM Conference: Progress in Rehabilitation Research #PIRR2017

Comments from 2016 attendees…

“It was a great experience. Congratulations to ACRM.”  —Denise Cunha

“This is the organization for interdisciplinary rehabilitation.” —Dr. Ariana Vora, Harvard/Spaulding PM&R

“Best conference for interdisciplinary discussions” —Carol Dionne

Gregory Smith

“The scope of the offerings and the focus on future technology and treatment approaches are unmatched anywhere.”  —Gregory T. Smith PhD, Psychologist, CARF surveyor

“Very useful learning experience” —Dorene Scolnic

“Truly interdisciplinary…the real team” —Asha Mathew

“This conference is an excellent opportunity to meet & connect with fellow researchers in your discipline. It is also inspiring to be with so many like-minded people in a field that may not be glamorous but is essential to recovery of wellbeing.” —Tyler Mitchell

“Something for everyone in Rehabilitation” —A. McEnroeO’Connor, PT, MBA

“Very nice conference in the world.” —Katarzyna Hojan
“The conference was truly engaging and inspiring, and the interprofessional papers on rehabilitation research were of high quality.” —Jayanti Ray

“Go Rehab” —Darlene Stough

“outstanding!!” —Margaret Thompson

“Broad spectrum of presenters with a wealth of knowledge in Rehabilitation Medicine” —Grace Fultz

“The ACRM annual conference is the largest, most innovative interdisciplinary meeting in the world.” Rosette Biester, PhD, Neuropsychologist, Polytrauma Program at the Corporal Michael Crescenz VA Medical Center

“This is a tremendous event that facilitates good learning collaboration and networking” —Noelette Matthews

Bettie Beckworth

“The ACRM annual conference is an opportunity for education and professional growth at all career levels, to hear cutting-edge research findings from the source and to engage with other professionals, to meet with colleagues and friends and to develop new ties. If you haven’t been before, don’t miss Atlanta!” —Bettie Beckworth

“Provided inspiring sessions that encouraged me to consider more research (especially the Researcher who headed up the award-winning poster presentation tour)” —Mary Hamilton, MSc (OT), Thesis, BSc (OT), BSc

“The ACRM 2016 Conference afforded an enjoyable and useful update in a variety of neurorehabilitative topic of value to the practicing physiatrist.” —Jeffrey S Hecht MD, Associate Professor & Chief, Division of Surgical Rehabilitation, Department of Surgery, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville, TN

“This is the conference to attend to network with all of the key players in medical rehabilitation.” —Marcia Scherer
“It was great to expand my research areas” —Ickpyo Hong, PhD, OTR/L, University of Texas Medical Branch

“Rehab is made by a multitude of feeds of knowledge which the finality is re integrate individuals in the society.” —Sam Schinazi

“It is a unique experience to network and learn from leaders in many different fields from all over the world.” —Misti Timpson

Rebecca Eberle

“Extremely high quality speakers and sessions. Presenters who are passionate about the research and clinical work in which they are engaged. I enjoyed learning from others who are excited about the work in which they are exploring.” —Rebecca D. Eberle, MA, CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS, Clinical Professor, Indiana University

“ACRM conference provides wonderful opportunities to connect with other researchers, especially for early career attendees. I have made valuable contacts through the conference.” —Alison Cogan, PhD (cand.), OTR/L, University of Southern California


“Thank YOU! I enjoyed the conference and did meet new people, who also are enthusiastic for rehabilitation! That is very good!!” —Päivi Tupala

“It is a great place to come together with colleagues and friends in both science and clinical practice from around the world.” —Gordon Horn, PhD


“ACRM is a venue for numerous rehabilitation perspectives and provides networking and educational value for a variety of rehabilitation professionals.” —Lisbeth Nilsson, PhD, OT Reg. & Specialist Associated to Lund University, Sweden
“This conference provides unparalleled opportunities for interdisciplinary practice and networking.” —Mary Fisher

“The ACRM conference was an excellent learning opportunity for me as a current graduate student. It has inspired me to continue working towards the much needed interdisciplinary, evidence-based, and innovative research. I look forward to attending again in the future!” —Jackie Einerson, BS, 3rd year MOT student at the University of Utah

“Amazing, Curious, Rehab, Movement” —Pamela Quinn, PD, Movement Therapist

“ACRM, Motivation and training, 100% recommendable!” —Rosa Martin Mourelle, CHU A Coruña, Spain

“I’d like to thank you all for putting on a great conference with exceptional attendees.” —Brian Satran, MBA

“Great conference with a lot to offer” —Stephanie Torrens, BSN, RNII, CPN, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

“Well-attended meeting with many educational options to choose from.” —Samuel Bierner, MD, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
“This meeting afforded so much interdisciplinary interaction and discussion of clinical and research issues of interest to all of us.” —Stacie Raymer, PhD, CCC-SLP, Old Dominion University
  “One of the best multidisciplinary Rehabilitation conferences I have attended!” —Andrew M. Cole, MBBS, FAFRM, Chief Medical Officer, HammondCare
“A unique interdisciplinary conference providing research and clinical information in an extraordinary collegial setting.” —J. Preston Harley, PhD, FACRM, Neuropsychologist, Advocate Christ Medical Center, Chicago, IL

“Thank you for letting me to be the Presenter of Instructional Course.” —Felix Laevsky, Biofeedback therapist of RIC

“As a student, the PIRR conference was a great opportunity to meet fellow students, professors, and learn about the array of research currently out there.” —Jessica Bauza

“Best place to get latest research in rehabilitation under one roof.” —Padmaja Eluri

Shannon Scott

“As an early career educator and researcher, the most valuable part of this conference is the ability to join ISIG’s and collaborate with colleagues from multiple disciplines. I was fortunate enough have the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from other disciplines, other areas of practice, and other parts of the country to come together to present on a common topic and to learn from each other. Aside from the valuable topics, presentations from leaders in the field, and the networking opportunities, the ability to collaborate in ISIG’s is one of the most valuable experiences about this organization. I am grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of it.” —Shannon L. Scott OTD, OTR/L, SUNY Stony Brook Southampton NY

“Enjoyed being in Chicago when the Cubs won the World Series.” —Patricia Hodson

“ACRM is the excellent venue for rehabilitation professionals to gather and learn about the latest developments” —Evelyn Quinones, MSN, RN

Beth Helton

“The access to the many experts in the field of Brain Injury was amazing; I learned something from each presentation I attended. I also received validation that the evidence-based treatment protocols I use in therapy are the appropriate way to treat my clients.” —Beth Helton, MA/CCC-SLP, CBIS, Speech Pathologist, Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana-Neuro Rehab Center

“The Arts and Neuroscience track is a great way to integrate my background in music, dance, and medicine. It is a unique field and I’m excited to see it grow.” —Carrie McShane, MD, East Carolina University

Fofi Constantinidou “A great conference with high research and interactive possibilities” —Fofi Constantinidou, PhD, University of Cyprus
“Having the multidisciplinary and multi-stream crossovers offered an excellent conference experience.”  —Deidre Sperry, Speech Language Pathologist

“I had a great time with good content and excellent colleagues” —Erwin van Wegen

“Thank you!” —Reza Ehsanian

Alex Terrill

“Perhaps THE most interdisciplinary conference I have ever been to – content of presentations was applicable to a wide variety of rehab professionals and researchers, and the atmosphere was extremely welcoming. It was easy to network, especially for a first time attendee.” —Alexandra Terrill

“A great conference with a large range of valuable information. Thank you ACRM!” —Bethany Woodyatt, Occupational Therapy Student, Rush University

“This is a great interdisciplinary conference that embraces the essence of excellent rehabilitation care!” —Joel Scholten
“If you like interdisciplinary learning about rehabilitation research, then ACRM Conference is THE conference for you!” —Susan Lin, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA, MGH Institute of Health Professions

“The place to be to stay abreast of current topics in rehabilitation.” —Shannon Swick

“ACRM is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the cutting-edge research in your clinical interest area of rehabilitation.” —Edita Dragusin PT, DPT

Stephanie Kolakowsky-Hayner

Stephanie Kolakowsky-Hayner

“ACRM’s PIRR Conference is one of the most informative, engaging, and thought-provoking conferences I have ever attended. Outstanding multidiscipline, multi-disability content from all over the world is shared. ACRM PIRR offers the best opportunities for networking; from First-time and Early Career attendees to Leaders in the field, everyone is welcoming. It’s more like a family than a Congress!” —Stephanie A. Kolakowsky-Hayner, PhD, CBIST, FACRM

“Love the ongoing innovation when planning the conference; there is always something new, fresh and exciting going on here.” —Cristina Sadowsky MD, Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Baltimore

“The only truly interdisciplinary conference that researchers and practitioners gain equal value.” —David Krych

“This is an incredible opportunity to link internationally, you hear and meet the trailblazers in their field of rehabilitation and you leave up to date with the latest research.” —Barbara O’Connell, MBA, DipCOT, ABI Ireland


Shilpa Krishnan

“ACRM is the only conference that brings together rehabilitation engineers, clinicians, federal funders, researchers, and policymakers under one roof. It is one of the most friendly conferences and provides early career researchers a ton of opportunities to network and at the same time collaborate with experts in the field. I look forward to attending this conference each year.” —Shilpa Krishnan, PT, PhD, University of Texas Medical Branch

“ACRM was a great conference with impeccable knowledge and opportunities for networking.” —Ian Burkhart
“An excellent venue to present and learn future perspective of Rehabilitation. A rainbow of Rehab team members” —Sami Ullah, FCPS (PM&R), Department of PM&R, Rehabilitation Hospital, King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

“ACRM provides doctoral students and young investigators with the opportunity to meet leaders in the field, receive feedback on their work, and gain knowledge in their specific area of interest.” —Heather Peters


ACRM Annual ConferenceProgress in Rehabilitation Research (PIRR#2017)

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