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Sheldon Berrol Memorial Chautauqua
This BI-ISIG special annual venue explores topics that provoke questions of values, ethics, and humanism in brain injury rehabilitation. Learn more >> 

ACRM Award for Excellence in Post-Acute Stroke Lecture
This award lectureship is co-sponsored by ACRM and American Stroke Association in recognition of outstanding clinical, intellectual, and service contributions in the area of stroke.
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Poster Grand Rounds
Virtual tours of selected award-winning scientific poster presentations. Poster presenters will give a virtual, brief summary of study highlights. Learn more >>

NIDILRR-Sponsored ARRT Young Investigators Panel
In partnership with ACRM, NIDILRR selects five ARRT Fellows to present research relevant to the ACRM mission and audience. Learn more >>

Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award Lecture
This award is given in memory of Deborah L. Wilkerson, former ACRM president and fellow. Learn more >>

Mark Ylvisaker Memorial Pediatric Brain Injury Symposium
This annual BI-ISIG symposium honors Dr. Mark Ylvisaker, renowned for his ground-breaking approaches to brain injury rehabilitation and his clinical work with children and adolescents with disabilities. Learn more >> See in the Online Program >>

Hot Topics in Stroke
Sponsored by the Stroke-ISIG, these sessions highlight issues that impact scientific inquiry and clinical practice related to stroke rehabilitation. Learn more >>

Brucker International Symposium
This annual International Networking Group symposium honors Dr. Bernard Brucker. Originally established as a lecture luncheon, the event has become a popular ACRM tradition and continues today as a very special symposium. Learn more >> See in the Online Program >>

FEATURED SESSION: Mind-Body Medicine: The Central Park Jogger’s Healing to Wholeness​


In April 1989, Trisha Meili went out for a run in New York City’s Central Park and was savagely beaten, raped and left for dead. Doctors despaired for her life and a horrified nation cried out in pain and outrage. Fourteen years later, she revealed her amazing story of survival and recovery in her best selling memoir, I AM THE CENTRAL PARK JOGGER: A Story of Hope and Possibility.

Trisha Will share how her journey of healing clearly linked the mind, body and spirit and taught her to look at healing in a new way. She will offer lessons that allowed her to move beyond being a victim, reclaim her life and become whole.

FEATURED SESSION: Federal and PCORI Funding Opportunities & Initiatives for Rehabilitation


Join the leadership of the federal agencies and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute who fund rehabilitation research for an overview of their programs, funding opportunities, and special initiatives. Learn about resources that can support research initiatives in various conditions. Discover training opportunities, fellowship awards, and other resources to help young investigators begin their research career. Get an inside look at the collaborative efforts between the agencies and give your feedback on where additional collaboration can spur the science supporting rehabilitation medicine.


ACRM Community Group Meetings As an attendee, you are invited to put your ACRM Membership to work right away by joining the ACRM Interdisciplinary Special Interest Groups (ISIGs), Networking Groups, and Task Forces related to your interests and expertise. Most groups will meet during the conference and welcome your participation.

BI-ISIG Annual Summit (OPEN TO ALL) This is the annual meeting and awards presentation of the Brain Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group (BI-ISIG). It is open to all attendees interested in learning more about ACRM’s oldest and largest special interest group and taking part in its task forces.

ISIG and Networking Group Sponsored Luncheon Lectures, including:

U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals for Rehabilitation: Upcoming Changes to Ranking Methodology

Interacting With the Human Brain: How can we Stimulate Positive Neuroplasticity?

Frailty: A Common Theme and Opportunity in Multiple Sclerosis and Geriatric Rehabilitation

Early Career and First-Time Attendees Welcome (OPEN TO ALL) Come meet the ACRM Board of Governors and chairs of the many ACRM ISIG and networking groups to learn about the mission and goals of ACRM and ways to connect and collaborate with peers who share your interests.

Welcome Reception (OPEN TO ALL)

Exhibitor’s Reception (OPEN TO ALL) Connect with colleagues at the EXPO, enjoy munchies and cocktails and visit more than 100 exhibits from top suppliers of rehabilitation products and services, nonprofit health care associations, publishers, and leading rehabilitation institutions.

ACRM Membership Meeting (OPEN TO ALL) — Meet the leadership of ACRM and hear about the advances and challenges of the past year and exciting opportunities ahead.

Henry B. Betts Awards Gala The biggest and brightest night of the week. Don’t miss this celebration of excellence in rehabilitation research.


Since 1923, ACRM has been a professional home to many of the pioneers of rehabilitation medicine and is still the association of choice for today’s top rehabilitation researchers from around the world. The ACRM Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research is their time to shine.

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ACRM 98th Annual VIRTUAL Conference | Progress in Rehabilitation Research

CORE: 26 – 29 SEPT 2021//PRE-CON: 24 – 26 SEPT 

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* Although significant changes are not anticipated, the schedules, sessions, and presenters are subject to change.  * All times are Eastern.

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