Annual Assembly



Research at the Annual Assembly

Poster Hall

The AAPM&R Poster Hall includes more than 350 posters, which feature original research submitted by your peers. Don’t miss this opportunity to start one-on-one conversations and connect with your fellow attendees and researchers!

Why is Research Important?

  • Research adds to the body of knowledge and propels our medical specialty forward.
  • Conducting research is an important component for the development of scientific thinking.
  • Medical research can provide important information about disease trends and risk factors, outcomes of treatment or public health interventions, functional abilities, patterns of care, and health care costs and use.


  • Thursday, October 25 | 5 pm-7 pm: Welcome Reception
  • Friday, October 26 | 9 am-3:45 pm
  • Saturday, October 27 | 9 am-12:45 pm

Dedicated Viewing Times (authors will be at their posters)

  • Friday, October 26 | 12:30 pm-2 pm
  • Saturday, October 27 | 11:15 am-12:45 pm

Research Agenda

Thursday, October 25

2 pm-2:45 pm

  • 901. Research Spotlight: General Rehabilitation
    Marlis Gonzalez-Fernandez, MD, PhD, FAAPMR (Session Director)

2:45 pm-3:30 pm

  • 902. Research Spotlight: MSK and Sports Medicine
    Mark I. Ellen, MD, FAAPMR (Session Director)

3:45 pm-5 pm

  • 507. Top Papers in Spine and Pain
    Jonathan S. Kirschner, MD, FAAPMR and Zachary L. McCormick, MD, FAAPMR  (Session Directors)

Friday, October 26

10 am-10:40 am

  • 2017 Scott F. Nadler PASSOR Musculoskeletal Research Grant Winner
    Presented by Alex Scott, PhD

10 am-11:15 am

  • 409. Top Papers in Pediatric Rehabilitation—Getting Research to the Bedside
    Matthew J. McLaughlin, MD, MS, FAAPMR (Session Director)

10:40 am-11:15 am

  • 2018 PASSOR Legacy Award and Lectureship

11 am-11:45 am

  • 903. Research Spotlight: Pain and Spine Medicine
    Alexios G. Carayannopoulos, DO, FAAPMR (Session Director)

11:45 am-12:30 pm

  • 904. Research Spotlight: Neurological Rehabilitation
    Joseph E. Hornyak, IV, MD, PhD, FAAPMR (Session Director)

3:45 pm-5 pm

  • 905. Late-Breaking Research Podium Session
    Mark I. Ellen, MD, FAAPMR (Session Director)

Saturday, October 27

10 am-11:15 am

  • 113. Top Papers in Musculoskeletal and Sports Medicine
    Ashwin Babu, MD (Session Director)

11 am-11:45 am

  • 906. Research Spotlight: Practice Management and Leadership
    Joseph E. Hornyak, IV, MD, PhD, FAAPMR (Session Director)

11:45 am-12:30 pm

  • 907. Research Spotlight: Quality Improvement
    Heather K. Vincent, PhD, MS (Session Director)

2 pm-3:15 pm

  • 908. Outstanding Resident Research Podium Session
    Alexios G. Carayannopoulos, DO, FAAPMR and Heather K. Vincent, PhD, MS (Session Directors)

Thank You! 

The AAPM&R Program Planning Committee thanks the AAPM&R Evidence Committee and Academy member volunteers who reviewed the abstracts and case reports submitted for this year’s Annual Assembly. Abstracts are published with minimal editing to conform to rules of grammar. The abstracts accepted for poster presentations have been grouped to the extent possible by subject area.


*Content subject to change.