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NONSTOP SCI Rehabilitation Content at the ACRM CONFERENCE

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


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Intensive Pre-Conference Courses

It starts on Tuesday, 27 October with three clinically focused, half-day Instructional Courses from which to choose. Separate registration required.


All instructional courses are included in the WORLD PASS Lotus-purple_button_138x20

  • Intrathecal Baclofen Therapy: Developing a Multispecialty Program and its Effectiveness in Patient Care #2956
  • Review and Refinement of Exercise Guidelines for People With Spinal Cord Injury and Multiple Sclerosis #2969
  • Intensive Activity-Based Rehabilitation for Pediatric Spinal Cord Injuries and Rare Neurological Disorders #3677

For course descriptions including presenters, see the Conference APP


3-Day CORE Conference 28 – 30 OCT

  • 58+ hours of Spinal Cord Injury 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 than any other rehabilitation conference
  • Access to DOZENS of ACRM Meetings: special interest groups, networking groups & task forces


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For specific SCI programming and gobs of details (including presenters, session descriptions and schedules) see the Conference APP.



Edelle Field-Fote

Edelle Field-Fote

The Spinal Cord Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group (SCI-ISIG) will sponsor an educational luncheon with speaker, Edelle Field-Fote, PhD, PT presenting Reactivate, Rewire, Restore: Challenging the Nervous System to Optimize Function after SCI.

Dr. Field-Fote is a leading neuroscientist and director of spinal cord injury research at Shepherd Center. She is internationally renowned for her work in motor recovery after spinal cord injury. Save the date and invite a colleague to join you for a stimulating and informative lunch.

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Attend the SCI-ISIG Business Meeting to learn about the important work of this dynamic group and the many opportunities it offers for productive networking and collaboration. Open to all.

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 SCI reviewed by the 2015 Program Committee.


Exoskeleton-Assisted Walking for Persons with Neurological Conditions: Clinical Application, Health and Fitness, and Personal Mobility #3205

PRESENTERS: Allan J. Kozlowski, PhD, BSc (PT); Ann M. Spungen, EdD; Candy Tefertiller, PT, DPT, ATP, NCS; Gail F. Forrest, PhD; Clare Hartigan, PT, MPT; Nicholas Evans, MHS, ACSM-CES; Arun Jayaraman, PT, PhD

Powered exoskeletons offer persons with lower extremity paralysis and weakness due to neurological conditions opportunities to reengage in walking as a routine activity. Researchers have begun exploring the effects of exoskeleton-assisted walking for persons with spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, and stroke using three exoskeleton models. This symposium will describe the walking protocols, participant characteristics, mobility results, and concurrent changes to secondary conditions such as body composition, pain, spasticity, bowel, function, and other aspects of quality of life observed in six independent research and clinical settings. The presenters will synthesize results from at least six independent studies and recommend directions for future research.


A Multi-Dimensional Approach To Combating Obesity Among Persons With Spinal Cord Injury #3018

PRESENTERS:  Nicholas Evans, MHS, CES, HFS; Ashraf S. Gorgey, MPT, PhD, FACSM; Maiya Slusser, MS, RD; Brooks C. Wingo, PhD

The Centers for Disease Control reports that the prevalence of obesity among adults with disabilities, including spinal cord injury (SCI), is 57% higher than the aggregate adult population. Obesity is a primary risk factor for development of cardiometabolic diseases including cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. In persons with SCI it is also associated with increased secondary conditions including pain, fatigue and decreased mobility. Unhealthy dietary patterns and insufficient levels of physical activity are two primary causes of the condition. Clinical guidelines suggest that prevention and treatment of overweight/obesity should involve lifestyle intervention including diet modification, participation in strength and aerobic exercise, and behavioral and lifestyle change. Despite the effectiveness of these interventions among the non-disabled population, they are rarely implemented as part of unified strategy to combat obesity among persons with SCI. In this course, an interdisciplinary panel of clinicians and researchers in the fields of clinical exercise physiology, nutrition and dietetics, and behavior change modification will highlight current evidence and practical methods for treating obesity and optimizing long-term health within the SCI community. Presentations will be given in the context of promoting exercise and diet modification throughout the continuum of care and developing strategies to encourage healthy living following discharge from rehabilitation. The session will end with a guided panel discussion and audience Q&A in which current and future recommendations for implementing various obesity prevention strategies will be addressed.

International Spinal Cord Injury Data Sets and Common Data Elements #3146

FACULTY:  Susan Charlifue, PhD, FISCoS, FACRM; Marcel Post, PhD; Sue Ann Sisto, PhD

The symposium introduces the audience to the International Spinal Cord Injury Data Sets and the NINDS Common Data Element project related to those data sets. Attendees have the opportunity to learn about an individual data set development process and will be instructed on validation and utilization of the data sets in both clinical and research settings.



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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 subject to change.