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If you’re a medical professional in various fields, from social workers to nurses to health care executives, or if you are interested in rehabilitation research and want to improve patient’s lives with superior care, you want to be a part of ACRM’s annual conference in Atlanta. Bring people together from across the country and from across numerous medical fields and professions, we all have a common interested in rehabilitation research and medicine. There is still time to register for the October 23rd to 28th conference, so if you are curious about who will be attending and giving lectures, here is a snippet of what you can expect.

Rehabilitation Research

Chat With Experts

Meant to connect you with leading experts in the fields of pediatrics, neurodegenerative rehabilitation, brain injury, and others, you have the opportunity to bring all of your questions and get expert answers.

  • Rehabilitation ResearchChat With Pediatrics Experts: Held on Thursday from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., come find out if children are different than adults in rehabilitation. Experts are Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa, Stacy Suskauer, Cristina Sadowsky, and Angela Ciccia.
  • Chat With Neurodegenerative Rehabilitation Experts: Held on Thursday from 9:30 to 10:15, explore the topic, “From Neurons to Neighborhoods.” Experts are Mark A. Hirsch, Patricia Heyn, Marie Cavallo, and Erwin E. H. van Wegen.
  • Chat With CVA/Brain Injury Experts: Held on Friday from 9:30 to 19:15, ask questions about “Are There Gender Differences in Outcome?” Experts include Deborah Backus, Pamela Roberts, Janet P. Niemeier, and Amy Wagner.
  • Chat With Complimentary Integrative Rehabilitation Medicine Experts (CIRM): Prepare questions regarding “Latest CIRM Approaches & Research in Rehabilitation.” Experts are Sonya Kim, Barbara Siminovich-blok, Nicole Sasson, and Eric Leskowitz.

Featured Sessions Presenters

There are two featured sessions at this year’s ACRM 2017 conference, Federal Funding and Brain Injury.

  • Rehabilitation ResearchFederal Funding: Five presenters will have information regarding health care policy funding changes that can affect your rehabilitation research and services. Learn about opportunities for funding, how to gain support for rehabilitation research projects, and more. Presenters include:
    • Alison Cernich, PhD. is a Board Certified Neuropsychologist known for traumatic brain injury research.
    • Ann M. Dellinger PhD, MPH, is an epidemiologist at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, studying road safety and injury risk behavior.
    • Patricia Dorn, PhD, is the Director of the Rehabilitation Research and Development Service studying speech and hearing science.
    • Dr. Kristi Hill is the Acting Director of the national Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research.
  • Brain Injury, TBI & Clinical Trials: Donald G. Stein, PhD will explore “What Have we Learned About Treating Brain Injuries From the Repeated Failures TBI Clinical Trials?” There is a 100 percent failure rate in clinical trials for the treatment of traumatic brain injury (TBI). This featured session will explore why.

Special Symposia Presenters

Don’t miss these presentations and award lectures by leading researchers and clinicians. Some disciplines and presenters include:

Brain Injury

  • David Cifu and Sarah Rockswold will be presenting “Hyperbaric Oxygen & Traumatic Brain Injury: Caveats, Controversies and Challenges.”
  • Stacy Suskauer will review new literature regarding brain physiology both during and after recovery from pediatric concussion.
  • Sheldon Berrol Memorial Chautauqua: Moderators John Corrigan, John Banja, Mark Bayley, and Larissa Swan will give an interactive session, leading discussion about challenges in translating and implementing brain injury research.

Neurodegenerative Disease

  • Presenters Michele K. York and Mohammed Sanjak will lead an interactive symposium on “Motor and Neurobehavioral Rehabilitation Approaches in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.”


  • Robert Teasell, the leader in neurorehabilitation and stroke rehabilitation care, will explore challenges in stroke rehabilitation research and future directions.

This handful of leading rehabilitation research scientists and clinicians is just the beginning of what the ACRM 2017 conference has to offer. If you are interested in meeting with your peers, gaining knowledge and experience, and even earning CME/CEU credits, register today for our conference.