Annual Neuromuscular Plasticity Symposium

NMPT Symposium Poster Session and Award Ceremony

The University of Florida Neuromuscular Plasticity Training Program and the BReathing REsearch And THErapeutics Program presents:

17th Annual Neuromuscular Plasticity Symposium
March 18, 2022

Symposium Program | Plenary Lectures & Poster Session


Time (Eastern Time Zone) Itinerary
Friday, March 18, 2022 Plenary Lectures and Poster Session
9:00 a.m Welcome Remarks
9:05 – 10:00 a.m. Dr. Darcy Reisman, University of Delaware, “Recovery of Walking After Stroke: Insights from Motor Learning and Applied Studies”
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Dr. Carlos B. Mantilla, Mayo Clinic, “Improving Diaphragm Recovery After Spinal Cord Injury”
11:00 – 11:25 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Dr. Samuel Ward, UC San Diego, “Impaired Muscle Growth and Regeneration in Chronic Rotator Cuff Tears”
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Break/Luncheon (Luncheon is by invitation only for Poster Presenters, Scholars, T32 Preceptors, Physical Therapy Department Faculty, Staff, and Students, and Keynote Speakers)
1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Poster Session (Free and open to the public)
4 – 4:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony & Closing Remarks

Keynote Speakers


Darcy Reisman

"Recovery of Walking After Stroke: Insights from Motor Learning and Applied Studies"

University of Delaware | Department of Physical Therapy and Graduate Program in Biomechanics and Movement Science; Newark, DE


Carlos B. Mantilla

"Improving Diaphragm Recovery After Spinal Cord Injury"

Mayo Clinic | Director, Physiology and Biomedical Engineering Program, Professor of Physiology & Anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science; Rochester, MN


Samuel Ward

"Impaired Muscle Growth and Regeneration in Chronic Rotator Cuff Tears"

University of California - San Diego | Director, Translational Research, Co-Director, Center for human Performance Research, Institute of Engineering in Medicine; San Diego, CA


We invite graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to present their research in poster format. The poster session will be held from 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. at Emerson Alumni Hall, 1938 West University Avenue. The top graduate student poster winners will be recognized and presented a travel award. The top post-doctoral fellow poster winners will also be recognized and will also receive a travel award. Award recipients will be announced at the 4:30 p.m. poster awards ceremony.  Prior to the poster session, all poster presenters are invited to join the keynote speakers and T32 preceptors at a luncheon at Emerson Alumni Hall.

The deadline for abstract submissions is closed.

Abstract submitters will receive a reply within three business days. If you do not receive a reply within three business days, contact Chyna Miller at 352-273-6113 or

All individuals receiving a notice of abstract acceptance are invited to present their poster during the March 18, 2022 poster session. There is no required poster size but the poster area of the boards are 4 ft. 10 in. tall x 5 ft. 10 in. wide. Posters generally range in size from 36 – 43 in. long by 53 – 63 in. wide.

Abstract and posters are judged based on these categories, which are broadly defined as follows:

  1. Impact:  What potential does this research described have to impact and advance knowledge of the chosen field of research?
  2. Innovation:  How creative is the hypothesis put forward? How innovative is the approach used to address the hypothesis?
  3. Writing:  Well-written in terms of clarity, rationale, hypothesis stated, methods described, conclusions and implications of the findings. Were a variety of outcome measures used?
  4. Layout: Is the poster legible? Do the figures stand alone and complement the text?
  5. Completeness: Is this the presenters work? Is this a pilot study, preliminary data or a relatively complete study?
  6. Presentation: Can the presenter explain the study succinctly and clearly? Can the presenter effectively answer questions when asked? Is significance stated clearly in the presentation (poster and oral)?

Poster Submission: You will present your physical poster during the designated poster session on Friday, March 18, 2022 from 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Emerson Alumni Hall. Please follow the instructions below to ensure that your submission is complete.

Poster Title & Abstract: Include the project title and abstract that you previously submitted to the UF Department of Physical Therapy. If you need a copy of your submitted abstract, email Please note when including your abstract, certain formatting (e.g. bold, italics, etc.) may not be legible – double check your abstract and edit formatting where necessary.

Faculty Mentor: Please include the full name and degree of your mentor.

Co-Authors: List all authors, including yourself and your mentor.

Post-submission: Your poster submission is final and all poster presentation materials must be submitted by March 18, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. After the deadline, we will be assigning poster numbers and coordinating judge assignments.


Symposium Scholars

Selected from a national pool of candidates and invited to present their posters at the symposium, the 2022 Symposium Scholars are Jacob Parson from Washington University, Zoe Villamar from Northwestern University, and Jonathan Enders from the University of Kansas Medical Center.

CEU Credit

One Physical Therapy CEU is offered per lecture for a total of three (3) credit hours. Please make sure to complete the sign-in sheet to document your attendance and receive PT CEU credit.

No RSVP is needed and there is no cost for the 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. plenary lectures and the 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. poster session. There is no cost for the plenary lectures or poster session. Please contact Chyna Miller (352-273-6113) with any inquiries.

We look forward to your participation,
Dr. David Fuller and the NMPT Program Symposium Committee: Drs. Krista Vandenborne, Andy Judge, and Gordon Mitchell

Sponsored by T32 HD043730 Training Grant