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

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Neuromuscular Plasticity Symposium will be held virtually. More information to come as the date gets closer.

Keynote Speakers

Rachelle Crosbie

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

Henriette van Praag

Henriette van Praag, MA, PhD

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

Monica Perez

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

Afternoon Poster Session Schedule TBD


We invite graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to present their research in poster format. 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 receive 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.

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)?

Symposium Scholars:
The 2021 Neuromuscular Plasticity Scholars are to be determined.

One Physical Therapy CEU is offered per lecture. Please RSVP for the Zoom links once they are made available. 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