PLENARY I: 100 years of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: A Legacy of Disseminating the Best Evidence

Allen W. Heinemann, PhD, ABPP, FACRM
Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research

Leighton Chan, MD, MPH, MS 
Rehabilitation Medicine Department Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health

Jason Roberts, PhD 
Senior Partner
Origin Editorial

Lydia Tacx, MBA 
Director Open Access Enablement Journal Indexation

Jeffrey Basford, MD, FACRM 
Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Mayo Clinic

Medical Director, Disorders of Consciousness; Program Chair, Medical Ethics Committee
Shepherd Center

Session Description:This one-hour plenary session will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. We will discuss trends in manuscript topics and authorship, and identify key events and landmark papers over the past century. We will summarize the evolution of contemporary medical and scientific publishing and how these trends affect Archives and ACRM. Following this didactic presentation, key opinion leaders will participate in a roundtable discussion and anticipate the future of medical publishing. Potential panelists include Christine Rullo, Publisher and Vice President, American Association for Cancer Research, Inc.; Jason Roberts, Senior Partner, Origin Editorial; Helen Hoenig, deputy editor, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Jeff Basford, editor-in-chief, Archives of Rehabilitation Research and Clinical Translation, and a representative of Elsevier, Archives’ publisher. We will invite Ford Vox, Archives’ RehabCast editor, to moderate the panel discussion. The remaining time will be devoted to questions from plenary attendees.

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PLENARY II: Can Data Collected Using Wearable and mHealth Technologies Result in Improvements in Rehabilitation Outcomes?

Paolo Bonato, PhD 
Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Harvard Medical School

Session Description:This lecture will provide a critical review of how wearable and mhealth technologies are transforming the field of rehabilitation. We will show how data collected using these technologies in the clinic and in the home and community settings can be utilized to derive estimates of clinical outcomes that would otherwise require the administration of lengthy assessment procedures. Then, we will discuss how these estimates could be utilized to design and implement patient-specific rehabilitation interventions. Finally, we will discuss how we envision that the field of rehabilitation will leverage data collected using wearable and mhealth technologies to deliver better clinical outcomes.

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PLENARY III: Applying Data Science to Advance Translational Neurotrauma Research

Adam R. Ferguson, PhD
Associate Professor
Weill Institute for Neurosciences, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

Session Description:In this Plenary, Dr. Adam Ferguson will share his innovative work at the interface of data science and neurotrauma, including VISION-SCI, a community data repository, that hosts subject-level data from over 4000 rodents with SCI and Open Data Commons for SCI ( and TBI (, a cloud-based data infrastructure designed to accelerate progress in pre-clinical SCI and TBI research through data sharing and re-using. His current work in large-scale clinical projects will also be discussed, including a multicenter prospective Transforming Research and Clinical Knowledge in Traumatic Brain Injury (TRACK-TBI) and SCI (TRACK-SCI) studies, and TBI Endpoints Development (TED) Initiative.

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PLENARY IV: COULTER AWARD LECTURE: Addressing Inequities: Empowering People Experiencing Disabilities

Angela Colantonio, PhD, OT Reg (Ont.)
Professor and Director
Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto

Session Description: The central role of this special symposium is to assist the ACRM to fulfill its vision of equality for women in rehabilitation science by exposing its membership to successful female scientist role models, recognized and respected for their scholarly contributions to the field of rehabilitation science. The presenter chosen for this years’ special symposium, Dr. Angela Colantonio, is highly respected internationally for her research and scholarship integrating sex and gender considerations in rehabilitation research. The aim of the presentation is to provide an overview of barriers and facilitators that can emerge in holding academic, research and administrative roles from a personal perspective with a gender lens. Examples will be provided across junior to senior roles. Also lessons learned will be shared with participants. The presentation will include examples from research conducted in the area of traumatic brain injury outcomes research in both the United States and Canada. The role of mentorship will be discussed across the career trajectory. Further, the extraordinary experience and privilege of being a mentor to the next generation of rehabilitation scientists will also be shared.

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