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:

16th Annual Neuromuscular Plasticity Symposium
March 19, 2021


Time (Eastern Time Zone) Itinerary
9:45 a.m Welcome Remarks
10-10:45 a.m. Neurophysiology Guiding Rehabilitation after Spinal Cord Injury by Dr. Monica Perez
11-11:45 a.m. Exercise and the Brain by Dr. Henriette van Praag
Noon-12:45 p.m. Regulating Myofiber Connection to the Extracellular Matrix in Health and Disease by Dr. Rachelle Crosbie
1-2 p.m. Break
2-4 p.m. Poster Session
4-4:30 p.m. Judges Discussion
4:30 p.m. Award Ceremony

ForagerOne Registration

  1. In order to interact with poster presenters and watch the keynote presentations, you must create an account in ForagerOne. Please enter your email, password, and name.
  2. Verify the email address by click on the link in your email.
  3. Log into your account and select Discover Events.
  4. You can filter by organization “University of Florida” and search by event name “Neuromuscular Plasticity Symposium” – By default, the “Show Only Launched Events” box is checked in the search. Unless you uncheck that box, the symposium will not populate when you search by name.
  5. Select “Register” and “Confirm your Registration”

Keynote Speakers

Monica Perez

"Neurophysiology Guiding Rehabilitation after Spinal Cord Injury"

Monica Perez, PT, PhD

Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery, The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, University of Miami Scientific Chair Arms+Hands AbilityLab, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Northwestern University

Henriette van Praag

"Exercise and the Brain"

Henriette van Praag, MA, PhD

Associate Professor FAU Brain Institute Charles, E. Schmidt College of Medicine Florida Atlantic University

Rachelle Crosbie

"Regulating Myofiber Connection to the Extracellular Matrix in Health and Disease"

Rachelle Crosbie, PhD

Professor and Chair, Integrative Biology and Physiology, Neurology, Brain Research Institute University of California, Los Angeles Education Liaison, Center for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy


We invite graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to present their research in a virtual poster format. The top graduate student and post-doctoral fellow poster winners will be recognized and presented a travel award. Award recipients will be announced at the 4 p.m. poster awards ceremony. 

All presenters must submit an online abstract no later than Friday, February 19, 2021. Submit here. 

Abstract submitters will receive a reply within three business days. If you do not receive a reply within three business days, contact Jacky Scott at 352-273-6113 or
All individuals receiving a notice of abstract acceptance are invited to record a three-minute video presentation of their poster during the March 19, 2021 poster session. You will receive an email after Feb. 26 stating whether you may need to make any changes to your poster. Please make the necessary changes and upload your final abstract to ForagerOne by March 15 at noon.

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 particular 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)?

Submitting Your Poster in Forager One

All poster presentation materials must be submitted by March 15 at noon.

Poster/Video Presentation Submission: When you are ready to submit your poster and 3-minute video presentation, complete the Poster/Video Presentation Submission Form to upload your poster information on our virtual symposium platform. Please follow the instructions below to ensure that your submission is complete.

Poster Presenters: Please list your faculty mentor as an additional presenter so that participants can search the posters using your and your mentor’s names.

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 pasting your abstract, certain formatting (e.g. bold, italics, etc.) may not be kept – double check your abstract and edit formatting where necessary.

Faculty Mentor: Include the full name and degree of your mentor. This information will be displayed on your presenter page.

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

Poster: Your poster must be formatted as a PDF. You can do this directly in PowerPoint by using “Save As” and selecting the PDF file format. Your PDF file must not be larger than 10MB. If your file exceeds this limit, you will need to compress the file to reduce its size. We recommend or another online tool to compress your file if necessary.

Video: Upload a 3-minute video of you describing your work/poster to YouTube and include the YouTube link on the submission form (only YouTube links will be supported). Please make the YouTube video settings as UNLISTED (see Resources below).

Post-submission: Your poster/video presentation submission is final and all poster presentation materials must be submitted by March 15. After this date, we will be assigning poster numbers, arranging judge assignments, and testing the format and content of your presentation to ensure it works as it should during the poster session.

After you have submitted your poster and video presentation, please send the video file (MP4) to If the file is too large to email, please save the file to our OneDrive folder: Neuromuscular Plasticity Symposium – Poster Session 2021.

The symposium platform will be made available to all the poster presenters to preview your presentation pages on March 17-19. If you find a major error on your presentation page, please contact and we will help you to correct the error.


CEU Credit

One Physical Therapy CEU is offered per lecture for a total of three (3) credit hours.

Once the event is launched on Wednesday, March 17, those who have registered for the overall symposium will be able to register for the plenary lectures. The Zoom link for the plenary lectures will be posted on the Live Sessions page in ForagerOne. There is no cost for the plenary lectures or poster session. Please contact Jacky Scott (352-273-6113) with any inquiries.

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

Sponsored by T32 HD043730 Training Grant