Z Science of Ability Symposium: Breakthroughs in Rehabilitation and Recovery

Dates: July 22-23, 2019 

Join us for this unparalleled opportunity to meet fellow thought leaders who are changing the way we think and solve rehabilitation challenges. The first-ever Science of Ability Symposium, hosted by Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, is designed to push the imagination of what is possible in both the research and clinical arena. You will participate in intimate discussions with innovative scientists and clinicians who have made significant advances in their field.  Hear insights about their work and what approaches enabled their scientific  break-throughs from thought leaders including Dr. W. David Arnold, Dr. Michael Goldfarb, Dr. John W, Krakauer, Dr. Eric P. Hoffman, Dr. Monica A, Perez, Dr. James Spudich, Dr. Carolee J. Winstein, and many more. Then join the discussion as we dig into the clinical applications that make their research so critical to patients and their families. Key themes will include: motor control, neuroscience, technology and musculoskeletal biology. This symposium is designed for a multidisciplinary audience of rehabilitation researchers, clinicians, neuroscientists and anyone interested in novel rehabilitation and recovery strategies.  After 2 days, you will leave inspired and ready to reinvent the way you think about recovery and rehabilitation.

For full course details and the complete faculty list, please review the course brochure: Click Here  


Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, 355 E Erie St, Chicago, IL 60611


This symposium is ideal for Engineers, Physiologists, Neuroscientists, Neurosurgeons, Rehabilitation experts, clinicians, and researchers.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate recent advances in research and the implications for future approaches in rehabilitation and recovery.
  • Review innovative, and evidence-based approaches for rehabilitation and care of patients.
  • List the implications that a stroke can have on motor recovery and the pragmatic challenges that face these individuals
  • Review semi-powered approaches to lower-limb prosthetics and exoskeletons
  • Define how clinicians can optimize physical function in older adults.
  • Evaluate recent advances in Duchenne muscular dystrophy, from gene discovery to medications.
  • Identify issues related to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, from mechanisms to specific therapies.
  • Discuss neuroplasticity after human spinal cord injury.



This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) designates this live activity for a maximum of 10.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physical Therapy
This course has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 10.50 Contact Hours.

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education. This two-day course has been approved for 10.50 Contact Hours.

Occupational Therapy

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an approved provider for the American Occupational Therapy Association to offer continuing education in occupational therapy. This intermediate level program awards occupational therapists 1.05 CEUs or 10.5 contact hours. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. AOTA Classification Code: Category 2; Occupational Therapy Process.

Hotel and Parking Information:

Rooms have been reserved at the Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile, 633 North St. Clair, Chicago, Illinois, 60611.

The Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile is located 1½ blocks from the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. Please contact their reservation agent from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm at (888) 591-1234 and ask for the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Science of Ability Symposium room block or make your reservation online using this link: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/CHIMM/G-ABIL. The corporate rate is $189.00 for a Deluxe Guestroom (single or double occupancy) plus *17.4% tax. The daily rate for parking at the Hyatt Chicago is *$69.00/day with in and out privileges. The cut-off date for room reservations is June 24, 2019. Please note that the room block could reach its maximum before the cut-off date. Rooms and rates revert to a space-available basis after the room block has reached its maximum or after the cut-off date (whichever comes first.) *The rates for parking and taxes are subject to change without advanced notice.

Directions and Parking Details for the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab can be found: here


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