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NONSTOP Content for Neurodegenerative Diseases

Offering 4 days of high-caliber, continuous educational content for neurodegenerative disease rehabilitation, the ACRM 92nd Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research (PIRR) provides outstanding value for every member of the rehab team.


It starts on TUE, 27 OCT with a full day of in-depth Instructional Courses focused on clinical practice. Separate registration required.

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3-Day CORE Conference 28 – 30 OCT

  • 47+ hours of NEURODEGENERATIVE DISEASES content available (46.25 continuing education hours possible)
  • PLUS NONSTOP content for 12 focus areas and dozens of cross-cutting topics spanning multiple diagnoses
  • 500+ scientific paper & poster presentations
  • CME/CEU credit in your choice of 15 disciplines—more disciplines than any other conference
  • Access to DOZENS of ACRM Meetings: interdisciplinary special interest groups, networking groups & task forces


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Neurodegenerative Diseases Luncheon

with Speaker, Sandra Bond Chapman

THU, 29 OCT // Ticketed Event

Sandra Bond Chapman, PhDThe ACRM Neurodegenerative Diseases Networking Group is pleased to sponsor their second annual educational luncheon with speaker, Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD, presenting Without BrainHealth, We do NOT have Health #1027

Dr. Chapman will share her translational research and its interdisciplinary approach to achieving optimal brain performance in people of all ages in health, injury and disease. Her perspective sheds light on why a brain health movement is on the horizon and provides insight into the future of brain health.

Dr. Chapman is the Dee Wyly Distinguished University Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas and founder and chief director of the Center for Brain Health.



Neurodegenerative Diseases Networking Group Meeting #1020

WED, 28 OCT // Open to All

Attend the ACRM Neurodegenerative Diseases Networking Group (NDD-NG) meeting to learn about the work of one of ACRM’s newest groups and the many opportunities it offers for productive networking and collaboration.

See the complete schedule of ACRM ISIG , networking group, and task force meetings and plan to join those that best align with your interests and expertise.


These must-attend symposia received the highest ratings of all submissions for neurodegenerative diseases reviewed by the 2015 Program Committee.


New Frontiers for Neurodegenerative Rehabilitation: Maintaining Brain Health and Restoration #2988

PRESENTERS: Deborah Backus, PT, PhD, FACRM, Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD, and Patricia Cristine Heyn, PhD

Growing efforts are searching ways to harness residual neuroplasticity in healthy older adults to counter diminishing cognitive capacity. Indeed, 87% of the adult population is predicted not to develop Alzheimer’s disease (AD); nonetheless many healthy adults are showing relentless and insidious loss of cognitive capacity and degradation of brain function. Cognitive training and aerobic exercise training have been widely used to improve cognitive function in individuals with memory loss. Keeping the brain resilient as we age could lessen the effects of brain insults that may occur due to neurodegenerative processes. To date, validated and safe metrics to measure improvements in neural health are nonexistent yet critical. These findings are extremely important to adults with cognitive disability as they are at higher risk of developing age-related disorders, such as memory loss, dementia and AD. This presentation will discuss the evidence about two cognitive behavioral interventions on cognitive and brain function as well as modifiable risk factors for cognitive decline and how this evidence relates to individuals with cognitive disabilities. It will also discuss the challenges to recognizing memory loss in older individuals with and without cognitive disability.


Novel Community-Based Wellness Programs for People With Neurodegenerative Diseases: Three Models #3125

PRESENTERS:  Deborah Backus, PT, PhD, FACRM; Madeleine E. Hackney, PhD; M. Doherty Riebesell, PT, GCS; Tricia H. Creel, PT, NCS; Stephanie Combs-Miller, PT, PhD, NCS

This session will describe three community-based models for wellness programming for people with neurodegenerative diseases. The models include the Rehabilitation and Wellness Program at the Shepherd Center, Rock Steady Boxing in Indianapolis and a new training paradigm for fitness professionals from MDT Education Solutions. These models demonstrate the contributions of specialty trained fitness professionals providing services in collaboration with physical therapists and researchers for consultation. Research on exercise benefits will be presented along with discussion of the implications for overcoming exercise barriers. This session will incorporate videos, recommendations for implementation, and a discussion of the significance for future research.


Using Easily Available Sensors and Cloud Software Tools to Develop Functional Assessments and Home-Based Mobility Interventions #3189

PRESENTERS:  Jessica Huber, Jeffrey M. Haddad, Arjmand Samuel, George Demiris

Patient compliance with therapy and maintaining functional gains after therapy are major challenges. With the advent of low cost sensors, increasingly powerful computers, and smart home technology, it is becoming easier to repurpose €œoff the shelf€ devices to provide therapeutic intervention, track patient compliance, and monitor improvements in functionality and mobility, all within the comfort of a patient’€™s home. In this symposium, we demonstrate how to integrate these current technologies into therapeutic practice and research. The development of home-based interventions will ultimately help mitigate issues with insurance coverage so that patients can better maintain the functional gains made during therapy.


FDG Positron Emission Tomography Opening New Windows in Multiple Sclerosis Research #3405

PRESENTERS:  Jeffrey R. Hebert, PT, PhD, MSCS; Thorsten Rudroff, PhD; John Kindred, MS, PhD Student; Nathan Ketelhut, BS, Masters Student

Positron emission tomography (PET) with [18F]-Fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) is a noninvasive technique for quantitative imaging of biochemical and physiological processes in humans. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a complex disease, in which several processes can be selected as a target for PET imaging. Imaging of different MS hallmarks could enable better understanding of the disease, characterization of disease phenotypes, monitoring of disease progression, and treatment design, selection and evaluation. Despite the potential of PET, its applications in MS have remained limited. This symposium will present novel findings of our PET imaging studies in patients with MS targeting glucose uptake in skeletal muscles, brain and spinal cord.


The Science and Practice of LSVT BIG® and LSVT LOUD®: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Treating Parkinson Disease #4446

PRESENTERS: Cynthia M Fox, PhD, CCC-SLP; Laura Gusé, MPT, MSCS

Many of the individuals diagnosed annually with PD are forced to retire prematurely, give up activities they enjoy, incur substantial medical costs, and endure their disabilities for decades (D’Ameilio et al., 2006). Providing innovative rehabilitation services that may slow or minimize progression of PD symptoms could result in individuals with PD maintaining productivity and improved quality of life, despite living out the rest of their life with a chronic disease.




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Not too late to participate in Dallas! ACRM is seeking proposals for scientific poster presentations of your LATE-BREAKING RESEARCH. See submission guidelines and submit your abstract by 14 August.

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The ACRM 92nd Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research (PIRR) offers NONSTOP CONTENT for brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, neurodegenerative diseases, pain, cancer and pediatric rehabilitation plus 11 additional focus areas.

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*Although significant changes are not anticipated, all schedules, sessions, and presenters posted on this website are preliminary and subject to change.