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Call for Late-breaking Research Posters

To ensure that the ACRM Annual Fall Conference truly delivers cutting-edge research, the Program Committee has issued this second Call for Proposals to present your late-breaking research as a scientific poster.

Deadline to submit: 26 July 2024

Submitting Your Poster

All proposals/abstracts must be submitted online via the ACRM Annual Conference System according to submission deadlines. To see an outline of the information you will need to enter during the submission process, please download the Proposal Worksheets.

Late-Breaking Research Posters are Not Eligible for Poster Awards

  • DON’T WAIT — get your research out NOW
  • SUBMIT NOW & present your work this Fall in Dallas
  • GET PUBLISHED — accepted proposals get published in the Archives of PM&R, the most read and most cited rehabilitation research in the world
  • ALL POSTERS WILL BE DIGITAL — no more expensive printing, carrying and storing
  • Check out our TOPIC AREAS below – more research under one roof than ever before
  • PRESENT your evidence-based knowledge to a large, INTERNATIONAL audience — 5,000+ attendees from 65+ countries expected
  • NETWORK with POTENTIAL EMPLOYERS, mentors, collaborators, and funders
  • Gain RECOGNITION as an expert in your topic of research and as an ACRM contributor

Submission Guidelines

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

Structured abstracts for Scientific 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. This is required whether the abstract is eventually selected for CE/CME or not.

Submission must indicate all participants in the abstract, listing the lead investigator first, followed by all other participants in the order in which they should appear 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. 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.

Abstract Publication & Poster Awards

All abstracts of accepted posters will be published in the online pages of the ACRM journal, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, November issue, where they will be fully searchable and citable. Archives is the most-cited journal in rehabilitation.

Late-breaking posters will not have the opportunity to be considered for the ACRM Poster Awards.

Topic Areas

The 2024 Program Committee invites proposals focused on research evidence and its translation into clinical practice. ACRM is especially interested in the following content topics:

  • Aging Research & Geriatric Rehabilitation
  • Arts and Neuroscience
  • Athlete Development & Sports Rehabilitation
  • Behavioral Health Sciences
  • Big Data 
  • Brain Injury
  • Burn Rehabilitation 
  • Cancer Rehabilitation
  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation 
  • Caregiver Needs 
  • Clinical Practice (assessment, diagnosis, treatment, knowledge translation/EBP, implementation science, program development)
  • Complementary Integrative Rehabilitation Medicine
  • COVID-19 and Long COVID (Post-Acute Sequelae SARS-CoV-2 infection, PASC) 
  • Cultural Competency 
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion 
  • Early Mobilization & Rehabilitation in the Intensive Care Unit
  • Ethics
  • Health Services Research
  • International
  • Leadership 
  • Lifestyle Medicine
  • Limb Care (including prosthetics/orthotics)
  • Measurement
  • Military/Veterans Affairs
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases (e.g. MS, Parkinson’s disease)”
  • Neuroplasticity (includes neuroscience)
  • Pain
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation Treatment Specification System
  • Skin Management 
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Stroke
  • Technology (e.g., robotics, assistive technology, mHealth)
  • Telehealth 
  • Trauma 
  • Writing Grants & Getting Funded 

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!

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 authors/presenters associated with the submission. Further, all submitters, authors, and presenters 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.

Conference Attendance and Presenter Expenses

Presenters for all accepted proposals 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).


Contact Maegan Criscione, +1.703.435.5335

All proposals must be submitted online via the ACRM Annual Conference System.