2019 Call for Proposals

DEADLINES

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Instructional Course Proposals: December 07, 2018
Symposia Proposals: December 13, 2018
Scientific Papers & Posters: February 20, 2019

BE A PART OF IT

Plan now to be a part of the largest interdisciplinary conference in the world for rehabilitation research. Amplify your research at ACRM…

ACRM Annual Conference: CHICAGO 2019

Progress in Rehabilitation Research (#ACRM2019)
Hilton Chicago, CHICAGO, USA

CORE CONFERENCE: 5 – 8 NOV 2019
(Plenaries, hundreds of educational sessions, papers, posters, ACRM Community Meetings, receptions, networking, ACRM Rehab EXPO)
PRE-CONFERENCE: 3 – 5 NOV 2019
(Dozens of Instructional Courses, Cognitive Rehabilitation Training, ACBIS Training, Early Career Development Course)

Proposal Submission Info

 

  • Instructional Course Proposals – DEADLINE December 07, 2018
    Instructional courses may be proposed for a four-hour or eight-hour time block, allowing presenters the opportunity to discuss and present a topic in depth. Courses should be either instructional in nature, offering in-depth training or knowledge translation on a particular topic; or informative, providing detailed coverage of an area of research, methodology, or clinical practice.
  • Symposia Proposals – DEADLINE December 13, 2018
    Symposia are 75 minutes in length, presented by professionals with expertise in the topic.
  • Scientific Papers & Posters – DEADLINE February 20, 2019
    A scientific paper is a moderated oral presentation of 18 minutes including questions and discussion. Posters are graphic presentations of a scientific paper.

Why Submit?

See infographic HERE

  • BUILD YOUR CV

    Participating in the ACRM Annual Conference and being published in the ARCHIVES are celebration-worthy career milestones

  • PRESENT your evidence-based knowledge to a large, INTERNATIONAL audience — 3,000+ attendees from 65+ countries expected

  • CONNECT with interdisciplinary colleagues who share your research interests and passions

  • NETWORK with POTENTIAL EMPLOYERS, mentors, collaborators, and funders

  • Gain RECOGNITION as an expert in your topic of research and as an ACRM contributor

  • Get Published in the ARCHIVES
    ACRM’s scientific journal, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation(ARCHIVES) is the most cited journal in rehabilitation. All abstracts of accepted oral and poster presentations of scientific papers will be published (fully searchable and citable) in the online pages of ARCHIVES.

  • AWARDS — Become eligible for prestigious ACRM AWARDS for outstanding posters

  • DISCOVER an interprofessional platform where clinicians can inform research and cutting-edge, evidence-based information can inform best practices in clinical rehabilitation.

  • The ACRM Conference attracts a passionate, interdisciplinary mix of rehabilitation pros from around the world.

Who Should Submit?

Rehabilitation professionals or teams who:

  • Wish to present their latest research
  • Value the opportunity to engage with an interdisciplinary audience
  • Offer translational research to inform evidence-based practice
  • Include early career and/or international speakers
  • Wish to present topics with an interdisciplinary focus

How to Submit

All proposals/abstracts must be submitted online via the ACRM Conference System according to the submission deadlines.  To see an outline of the information you will need to enter during the submission process, please download the Proposal Worksheets.

Proposal Worksheets

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Conference Dates and Location

Pre-Conference Program: 3 November – 5 November 2019
(Instructional Courses, Cognitive Rehabilitation Training, ACBIS Training)

Core Conference:  5 November – 8 November 2019
(Symposia, Scientific Papers & Posters)

Location: Hilton Chicago, 720 S Michigan Ave Chicago, Illinois USA

Questions?

Contact meetings@ACRM.org or call +1.703.435.5335

Proposal Submission Guidelines

The ACRM Annual Conference: Progress in Rehabilitation Research (PIRR) is the premier educational conference for evidence-based learning in rehabilitation medicine. The 2019 Program Committee invites proposals focused on research evidence and its translation into clinical practice. ACRM is especially interested in the following content topics:

  • Arts and Neuroscience
  • Athlete Development & Sports Rehabilitation
  • Brain Injury
  • Cancer Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Practice (assessment, diagnosis, treatment, knowledge translation/EBP, implementation science, program development)
  • Complementary Integrative Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Cross-Cutting
  • Geriatric Rehabilitation
  • Health Services Research
  • International
  • Lifestyle Medicine
  • Limb Restoration Rehabilitation (including prosthetics/orthotics)
  • Measurement
  • Military/Veterans Affairs
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • Neuroplasticity
  • Pain
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Stroke
  • Technology (e.g., robotics, assistive technology, mHealth)

Sample topic areas of interest to conference participants include:

  • Evidence-based approaches to diagnosis, treatment, and overall care of individuals with acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, neurodegenerative diseases, pain, and cancer
  • Applications of technology in rehabilitation research and practice (prosthetics, orthotics, assistive technology, implantable devices, robotic devices)
  • Evidence-based approaches for remediation of cognitive impairment, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, sleep disturbances, and pain
  • Role of exercise and “activity-based” therapy in neuro-recovery
  • Use of innovative information and communications technology in rehabilitation (tele-health, tele-rehabilitation, Internet and social media)
  • Use of neuro-imaging in diagnosis and treatment
  • Methods for translation of evidence into clinical practice
  • Alternatives to randomized clinical trials (RCTs) for validating treatment effectiveness and application of RCT findings into clinical practice
  • Application of biomechanics, motor control, and learning perspectives in rehabilitation.

Proposals that are interdisciplinary in nature, or include international or early career presenters are encouraged!

Avoidance of Commercialism

All presentations must avoid commercialism. Presentations that constitute promotion and advertising will be prohibited. This includes pervasive and inappropriate use of logos. No advertising matter of any kind may be distributed. No material may be displayed that in any way directly promotes the commercial interest of any company or enterprise, or of the author(s)/presenter(s). If the cost of presentation has been underwritten to any extent, a clear acknowledgment stating support and identifying the particular source should be included (e.g., “The support of [name of corporation/institute] for this project is gratefully acknowledged.”) Statements made in presentations are the sole responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s). Any statement made should not be viewed as, or considered representative of, any formal stance or position taken on any product, subject, or issue by ACRM.

Accreditation Requirements

At the time of online submission, submitters must provide complete contact information (e.g., name, credentials, title, institution, mailing address, email, and phone) for all authors/presenters associated with the submission. Further, all submitters, authors, and presenters must submit a current CV or resume and electronically sign a continuing education (CE) agreement and disclosure form. Failure to do so prevents acceptance of a submission. An electronic copy of presentations must be held on file with ACRM.

Conference Attendance and Presenter Expenses

Presenters for all accepted proposals are required to register for the conference, and are fully responsible for all of their expenses related to the conference (e.g., registration, airfare, hotel, meals).

QUESTIONS?

Contact Maegan Criscione, +1.703.435.5335

Presentation Types

1) Pre-Conference Instructional Courses

Instructional courses may be proposed for a four-hour or eight-hour time block, allowing presenters the opportunity to discuss and present a topic in depth. Courses should be either instructional in nature, offering in-depth training or knowledge translation on a particular topic; or informative, providing detailed coverage of an area of research, methodology, or clinical practice. Courses may be scheduled as pre-conference sessions on 3, 4, or 5 November depending upon the length and level of interest in the topic. Instructional courses typically average about 18 attendees each, providing the opportunity for small-group interaction and hands-on activities.

The proposal should include a course title, course director/lead presenter, all presenters with credentials and affiliations, detailed course outline, and duration. The submission must describe the instructional method to be used, and the content and format of presentations. It should also identify the intended audience (i.e., researchers, clinicians, administrators). A concise and descriptive summary of the course is also required for marketing purposes.

There must be multiple presenters identified. All presenters must furnish necessary disclosure information concerning potential conflicts of interest and must agree to have the course audio or video-recorded for future re-broadcast. Presenters will not be paid a stipend or honorarium. All presentations must be submitted for review prior to the conference.

Selection Criteria

Each complete submission received by the published due date will be independently peer-reviewed. Each proposal is peer-reviewed for the following elements: (1) scientific, clinical, or didactic quality; (2) interdisciplinary nature; (3) broad appeal to the ACRM membership; (4) timeliness of the topic; (5) and contribution to the state-of-the-art of rehabilitation science. The conference Program Committee reserves the right to offer alternative or reduced time slots for presentations based on submissions.

2) Symposia

Symposia are 75 minutes in length, presented by professionals with expertise in the topic. There is a mandatory period of 10 minutes for questions and discussion, and more time may be allotted. Symposia will be scheduled on 5, 6, 7, or 8 November 2019. Desired symposia submissions:

  • Show how current research can effectively guide clinical practice.
  • Identify clinical questions where additional research data are needed.
  • State a direct relationship between the subject matter and evidence-based practice.

The following components are encouraged: interdisciplinary content, presenters from multiple institutions, international presenters, and a point/counterpoint format, as appropriate, for the discussion period.

There must be more than one presenter identified. All presenters must furnish necessary disclosure information concerning potential conflicts of interest and must agree to have the course audio or video-recorded for future re-broadcast. Presenters will not be paid a stipend or honorarium. All presentations must be submitted for review prior to the conference.

Selection Criteria

Each complete submission received by the published due date will be independently peer-reviewed. Each proposal is peer-reviewed for the following elements: (1) scientific, clinical, or didactic quality; (2) interdisciplinary nature; (3) broad appeal to the ACRM membership; (4) timeliness of the topic; (5) and contribution to the state-of-the-art of rehabilitation science. The conference Program Committee reserves the right to offer alternative or reduced time slots for presentations based on submissions.

3) Scientific Papers & Posters

A scientific paper is a moderated oral presentation of 18 minutes including questions and discussion. Outstanding submissions may be chosen for a longer presentation. AV equipment may be used to supplement the presentation. Posters are graphic presentations of a scientific paper. Submissions must include objectives, hypotheses, methodology, and results in the abstract (see details below). Submissions with pending results are not accepted.

4) Intensive Cross-Cutting Symposium, Lightning Round or Poster Session

Cross-cutting integrated presentations with the objective of aligning a variety of disciplines across a common theme or topic.

Topics for 2019 are:

Caregiving for individuals with Chronic Illness or Injury
In this cross-cutting program, we aim to include posters, papers, and symposia that represent the current state of the science and practice regarding the impact of chronic illness or injury on caregivers and/or family members, as well as the involvement of caregivers in rehabilitation and recovery from chronic illness or injury. We welcome submissions related to all injury and illness types.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Well-designed systematic reviews and scoping reviews
  • Qualitative studies including caregiver and/or family member perspectives
  • Prediction studies of caregiver/family member outcomes and functioning
  • Measure development
  • Description and evaluation of unique systems or programs focused on caregivers
  • Development and/or evaluation of novel treatments to improve caregiver and/or family functioning
  • Exploration of the bidirectional relationship between caregiver/family functioning and patient recovery
  • Cultural considerations
  • Methodological issues/lessons learned from caregiver engaged research

Approaches to Sensory Motor Recovery and Function
Sensory motor findings from basic science to clinical implementation such as neuromodulation, motor skills, motor control and technology with the focus of improving physical functioning and community integration across populations and settings

Changing the Narrative to Hope: Maximizing Brain Health, Function and Participation Following Brain Injury
In this program, we aim to focus on research and evidence-based clinical practices that seek to improve brain health, function, and community participation following Brain Injury.  Symposia and posters will represent the current state of the science and practice in the optimization of long-term outcomes and the reduction of risk for negative outcomes, such as neurodegenerative disorders.  We welcome submissions that address issues related to any severity of brain injury.   Both interventional research and studies that are preparatory to interventional research are welcome.  For the clinical portion, we welcome examples of applications of interventions with an established evidence base, as well as studies of methods to implement study findings into real-world clinical settings.

The following are examples.

  • Intervention research to improve brain health, function, and/or community participation, such as:
    • Exercise, sleep, nutrition interventions
    • Assistive technology
    • Behavioral interventions
    • Identification of mechanisms underlying change associated with interventions
    • Methods to facilitate intervention research, e.g. Innovative outcome measurement that is sensitive to intervention effects
  • Clinical or Translational research to identify novel or under-recognized targets for new interventions; these may include, for example:
    • Modifiable behaviors that can improve TBI outcomes and/or minimize decline;
    • Biological or physiological mechanisms that may inform the development of pharmaceutical or other interventions;
    • Targets for secondary or tertiary prevention efforts to optimize long-term outcomes
  • Clinical practice presentations that demonstrate how to implement evidence-based practices.
    • Implementation of interventions that have demonstrated efficacy in the literature
    • Methods to facilitate implementation of evidence-based practices, including implementation demonstrations and studies

Submission Guidelines

A 275-word abstract must follow one of the two structured abstract formats required for submission of general articles to the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. See the Instructions for Structured Abstracts.

Structured abstracts for Research Papers/Posters must have these sections:

  • Research Objective(s)
  • Design
  • Setting
  • Participants (animals or cadavers or specimens, for orthotics only)
  • Interventions
  • Main Outcome Measure(s)
  • Results
  • Conclusions
  • Author(s) Disclosures

Systematic/Meta-analytic Reviews must have these sections:

  • Research Objective(s)
  • Data Sources
  • Study Selection
  • Data Extraction
  • Data Synthesis
  • Conclusions
  • Author(s) Disclosures

The total length of all sections in the submission must not exceed 275 words. Tables or other graphics are not permitted. Submission must include three to five continuing education learning objectives. This is required whether the abstract is eventually selected for CE/CME or not.

Submission must indicate all participants in the abstract, listing the lead investigator first, followed by all other participants in the order in which they should appear in print. The submitter has the ability to complete all information for each participant, though we recommend that participants log in to the system to complete the information themselves.

Selection Criteria

Each complete submission received by the published due date will be independently peer-reviewed. There should be no more than ONE presenter identified for Scientific Papers and Posters. Each abstract will be reviewed for the following elements: (1) scientific and clinical quality; (2) broad appeal to the interests of the ACRM membership; (3) interdisciplinary nature; (4) timeliness of the topic; and (5) contribution to the state-of-the-art of rehabilitation science.

Abstract Publication & Poster Awards

All abstracts of accepted papers and posters will be published in the online pages of the ACRM journal, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, October issue, where they will be fully searchable and citable. Archives is the most-cited journal in rehabilitation.

Accepted posters will have the opportunity to be considered for the ACRM Poster Awards. Further, a subset of the poster award winners will have the opportunity to present their poster in a Poster Grand Round session.

*Posters accepted during the Call for Late-Breaking Research will be published with a later issue of the journal and will not be eligible for poster awards.

Proposal Review Criteria Details

Each proposal (instructional courses, symposia, scientific papers and posters) will be reviewed for the following elements: (1) scientific and clinical quality; (2) broad appeal to the interests of the ACRM membership; (3) interdisciplinary nature; (4) timeliness of the topic; and (5) contribution to the state-of-the-art of rehabilitation science.

Weighting for Each Criteria

Scientific quality or clinical quality 40%
Pertinent to the interests of the ACRM membership 20%
Timeliness of the topic 20%
Contribution to state-of-the-art of rehabilitation science 20%

Guiding Questions for Scoring Each Attribute

SCIENTIFIC QUALITY OR CLINICAL QUALITY

  1. To what degree are the concepts, approaches or methodologies, or interventions reflective of rigorous scientific principles, evidence-based research, or other generally accepted principles or practices?
  2. To what degree does the research have application in practice?

PERTINENCE TO THE INTERESTS OF ACRM MEMBERSHIP

  1. To what degree are the concepts in the abstract relevant to one or more the content topic areas of most interest to ACRM?
    • Brain Injury
    • Spinal Cord Injury
    • Stroke
    • Neurodegenerative disease (e.g., MS, Parkinson’s disease)
    • Pain Rehabilitation
    • Cancer Rehabilitation
    • Neuroplasticity
    • Pediatric Rehabilitation
    • Health/disability policy, ethics, advocacy
    • International
    • Technology (e.g. prosthetics/orthotics, robotics, assistive technology)
    • Clinical practice (assessment, diagnosis, treatment, knowledge translation/EBP)
    • Geriatric Rehabilitation
    • Military and Veterans Affairs
    • Measurement
    • Arts & Neuroscience
    • Limb Loss Rehabilitation
  2. Interdisciplinary: To what degree are the concepts presented in the abstract relevant to a large number of health professionals and researchers that comprise the ACRM membership? ACRM audiences include: rehabilitation medicine researchers, physicians, nurses, psychologists, counselors, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech-language professionals, disability management specialists, healthcare executives, dieticians and others.

TIMELINESS OF THE TOPIC

  1. To what degree are concepts/findings presented in the abstract reflective of recently released, significant information?
  2. To what degree are the concepts in the abstract a hot topic of interest to a large population of the ACRM audience?

CONTRIBUTION TO THE STATE-OF-THE-ART OF REHABILITATION SCIENCE

  1. To what degree has this research utilized novel theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions?
  2. To what degree does this research reflect a refinement, improvement, or new application of theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, or interventions?

Scoring Guidance*

Rating Descriptor Guidance for Scoring
5 Excellent Exceptionally strong with few or no weaknesses
4 Very good Strong but with some minor weaknesses
3 Good Strong but with at least one moderate weakness
2 Satisfactory Some strengths but with some moderate weaknesses
1 Poor Very few strengths and numerous major weaknesses

QUESTIONS?

Contact Maegan Criscione, +1.703.435.5335

*These guidelines are based on 2018 Call for Proposals & are subject to change

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With the mission of IMPROVING LIVES through interdisciplinary rehabilitation research, ACRM curates and disseminates world-class rehabilitation research — translated for clinical practice — IN PERSON, IN PRINT and ONLINE.

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