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There is still time to participate in the 2015 ACRM Annual Conference in Dallas. The ACRM Program Committee is now accepting poster abstracts through 18 August.

This is an outstanding opportunity to present cutting-edge research to an interprofessional audience from 50+ countries.





Pre-Conference Instructional Courses: Sun, 25 Oct – Tue, 27 Oct

Core Conference Symposia, Scientific Papers & Posters: Wed, 28 Oct – Fri, 30 Oct

Location: Hilton Anatole, Dallas, Texas, USA




2016 CONFERENCE Info & Call for Proposals



>>> VIEW/ PRINT Submission Guidelines


The ACRM Annual Conference: Progress in Rehabilitation Research (PIRR) is the premier, evidence-based educational conference for creators, users, and funders of rehabilitation science. The 2015 Program Committee invites proposals focused on research evidence and its translation into clinical practice. ACRM is especially interested in the following diagnoses and focus areas.


  • Brain injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Stroke
  • Neurodegeneratie Diseases
  • Pain Rehabilitation
  • Cancer Rehabilitation

Focus Areas:

  • Clinical practice (assessment, diagnosis, treatment, knowledge translation/evidence-based practice)
  • Geriatric Rehabilitation
  • Health/disability policy, ethics, advocacy
  • International issues in rehabilitation science
  • Military / Veterans Affairs
  • Neuroscience (e.g. neural regeneration/repair, motor control/learning, biomechanics)
  • Outcomes research/epidemiology
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation
  • Research methods (e.g. measurement, research design, analytic/statistical methods)
  • Technology (e.g. prosthetics/orthotics, robotics, assistive technology)
  • Neuroplasticity

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.


Conference Attendance

ALL accepted presenters are required to register for the conference.


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 presenters and non-presenting contributors associated with the submission. Further, all presenters and non-presenting contributors 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.


Presenter Expenses

All accepted presenters 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).


Online Submission

All submissions must be submitted online via the Annual Conference System. Log in to the Annual Conference System using your existing credentials (email address and pass phrase) or if you don’t have credentials, you will need to register for an account.






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.

Submission Guidelines

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

Structured abstracts for Research 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.

Submission must indicate all participants in the abstract, in the order in which they should be listed 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. Late proposals are not accepted — no exceptions. There should be NO more than one presenter identified for Scientific 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
  5. contribution to the state-of-the-art of rehabilitation science

Please note that Late-Breaking Research Poster abstracts will not publish in the October online supplement to the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation that contains the regular conference abstracts. Accepted Late-Breaking Research Poster abstracts will publish at a later time, to be determined.