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Be part of the Most Exciting and anticipated
meeting in the world for Traumatic Brain Injury research.


with interdisciplinary colleagues who share your interests and passions.


to a large international audience with over 1,000+ attendees.


with potential employers, mentors, collaborators, consumers, and sponsors.


recognition as an expert in your topic and as a contributor.

PARTICIPATING in the Federal Interagency Conference and being published in the ARCHIVES of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation are celebration-worthy career milestones.

DISCOVER an inter-professional platform where clinicians and consumers can inform research and cutting-edge, evidence-based information can inform best practices in rehabilitation. The Federal Interagency Conference attracts a passionate, interdisciplinary mix of rehabilitation professionals and government agencies.

ACRM’s scientific journal, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ARCHIVES), is the most cited journal in rehabilitation.

All abstracts of accepted oral and poster presentations of scientific papers will be published (fully searchable and citable) in the online pages of ARCHIVES.

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Proposal Submission Guidelines

Clinicians, researchers, and consumers are all invited to participate in this conference. The intent of the conference is to provide an opportunity to learn about the seminal advances in TBI research and clinical care that have served to advance the field and to change service, practice and policy since the last Interagency Conference. The Program Committee invites proposals for 75 minute symposia, to be submitted. Symposia proposals that are multi-institutional and/or multi-agency are encouraged.

Authors are encouraged to formulate the proposal to address at least one of the following life stages and at least one of the following themes.

Life Stages
  • Infants and children – birth to 12 years of age
  • Adolescents – 13 years to 18 years of age
  • Young adults – 19 years to 29 years of age
  • Adults – 30 years to 66 years of age
  • Older adults – 67 years and above
  • Across the lifespan
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 Federal Interagency Conference.

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).

Submission Agreement

This is an independent nonprofit event and is being organized by ACRM: American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine.

If sensitive information is included in the final presentation, the presenter will have the opportunity to work with Staff on an alternate version that may be distributed.

The presenter must agree to the following statement to be able to submit.

I understand that the Federal Interagency Conference may choose to audio or video record my presentation and I agree to allow distribution of the recording and/or slide presnetation as part of the Federal Interagency Conference web-based programming and other activities. I warrant that the presentation and slides are my own original work and I have obtained the owner’s permission to grant this permission to the Federal Interagency Conference. 

  • Access to continuum of care
  • Aging with TBI
  • Assistive technology
  • Biomarker
  • Blast injury
  • Brain computer interfaces
  • Challenges of TBI trials and implementation
  • Cognitive rehabilitation
  • Community integration and participation
  • Comorbid conditions
  • Cultural factors
  • Disorders of consciousness
  • Education and employment
  • Emerging treatments
  • Emotional self-regulation
  • Endocrine dysfunction
  • Epidemiology
  • Epigenetic influences
  • Family
  • Funding
  • Gender considerations
  • Health Policy
  • Immunotherapies
  • Innovative approaches in treatment along continuum
  • International research
  • Interventions
  • Measurement
  • Methodologies
  • Military
  • mTBI and concussion
  • Neuroimaging
  • Outcome measurement
  • Polytrauma
  • Precision medicine
  • Prevention
  • Self-awareness processing
  • Service delivery
  • Severe traumatic brain injury
  • Sexuality
  • Summarize a body of science with implication for treatment
  • TBI as a chronic condition
  • Virtual reality applications
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 the Federal Interagency Conference.

How To Submit

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

Have Questions?

Contact Keo Pich @ +1.703.953.9364



Symposia are 75 minutes in length, presented by professionals with expertise in the topic. There is a mandatory period of 10 minutes for questions and discussion, and more time may be allotted. Symposia will be scheduled on 11, 12 or 13 June 2018.

The following components are encouraged: presenters from multiple institutions, international presenters, and a point/counterpoint format, as appropriate, for the discussion period.

There must be more than one presenter identified. All presenters must furnish necessary disclosure information concerning potential conflicts of interest and must agree to have the course audio or video-recorded for future re-broadcast. Presenters will not be paid a stipend or honorarium. All presentations must be submitted for review prior to the conference.

Selection Criteria: Each complete submission received by the published due date will be independently peer-reviewed. Each proposal is peer-reviewed for the following elements: (1) scientific, clinical, or didactic quality; (2) interdisciplinary nature; (3) broad appeal to the TBI audience; (4) timeliness of the topic; (5) and contribution to the state-of-the-art of rehabilitation. The conference Program Committee reserves the right to offer alternative or reduced time slots for presentations based on submissions.


A scientific paper is a moderated oral presentation of 15 minutes including questions and discussion. AV equipment may be used to supplement the presentation. Posters are graphic presentations of a paper. Submissions must include objectives, hypotheses, methodology, and results in the abstract (see details below). Submissions with pending results are not accepted.

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 Research Papers and Posters must have these sections:

Research Objective(s)
Outcome Measure(s)
Author(s) Disclosures

Selection Criteria: Each complete submission received by the published due date will be independently peer-reviewed. Each proposal is peer-reviewed for the following elements: (1) scientific, clinical, or didactic quality; (2) interdisciplinary nature; (3) broad appeal to the TBI audience; (4) timeliness of the topic; (5) and contribution to the state-of-the-art of rehabilitation science. The conference Program Committee reserves the right to offer alternative or reduced time slots for presentations based on submissions.


Scientific quality or clinical quality
Pertinent to the interests of the Federeal Interagency Conference Audience
Timeliness of the topic
Contribution to state-of-the-art of rehabilitation

To what degree are the concepts in the abstract relevant to one or more the content topic areas of most interest to Federal Interagency Conference? (Life Stages & Themes)


To what degree has this paper utilized novel theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions?

To what degree does this paper reflect a refinement, improvement, or new application of theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, or interventions?


To what degree are the concepts, approaches or methodologies, or interventions reflective of rigorous scientific principles, evidence-based research, or other generally accepted principles or practices?

To what degree does the research have application in practice?


To what degree are concepts/findings presented in the abstract reflective of recently released, significant information?

To what degree are the concepts in the abstract a hot topic of interest to a large population of the Federal Interagency Conference audience?

Exceptionally strong with few or no weaknesses
Very good
Strong but with some minor weaknesses
Strong but with at least one moderate weakness
Some strengths but with some moderate weaknesses
Very few strengths and numerous major weaknesses