The American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine’s (ACRM) 96th annual conference in Chicago will be the biggest global gathering of rehabilitation professionals of the year.

Over 500 educational sessions,  40 courses and 300 symposia will take place at the Hilton Chicago from 3rd to 8th November.

The overall theme of the event, which will attract 3,000+ international attendees, is ‘progress in rehabilitation research – translation to clinical practice’.

Featured session topics include ‘scamabilitation; the wild world of medical misinformation’ and ‘federal funding opportunities and initiatives for rehabilitation’.

The brain injury-related programme includes a special full-day, ‘deep-dive’ into the topic of ‘changing the narrative to hope; maximising brain health, function and participation following brain injury’.

Other brain injury sessions cover topics such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy 2019 – current understanding and knowledge gaps’ and ‘the public health burden of TBI’.

Attendees can also take in brain injury talks on speech and language, concussion management, sex and gender issues, technology and much more.

In terms of stroke content, scheduled sessions cover a wide range of topics, such as aphasia and reading, promoting life quality in community-dwelling stroke survivors and an international perspective on self-management interventions; also, ‘inconsistent classification of mild stroke and implications of health service delivery’.

There will also be a special symposium on biomarkers in stroke recovery and rehabilitation research. Other stroke-based focus areas include using ‘big data’ in stroke care models, self-management, locomotor rehabilitation and young stroke.

Among the highlights of the ‘Neurodegenerative’ theme is a session which asks ‘are we ready for brain-derived neurotrophic factor as a clinical outcome biomarker’. Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and MS are also all well covered, with dominant themes including the use of technology to enhance outcomes and care generally and new advances in research.

Rehabilitation experts from universities, research bodies, care facilities and healthcare authorities across the world feature on the programme, which can be viewed here.

NR Times will also be in attendance, reporting from the event. Follow us on Twitter here – @editorNRTimes.

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