Annual Neuromuscular Plasticity Symposium

NMPT Symposium Poster Session and Award Ceremony

The University of Florida Neuromuscular Plasticity Training Program presents:

14th Annual Neuromuscular Plasticity Symposium
March 15, 2019
University of Florida Emerson Alumni Hall 

Plenary lectures will be held 8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. at Emerson Hall, President’s Ballroom, Second Floor
The poster session will be held 1:30 – 4 p.m. at Emerson Hall, President’s Ballroom, Second Floor
Both are free and open to the public.

Morning lecture schedule at Emerson Hall:

*Lectures are free and open to the public

9 – 10 a.m.
“Neuromodulation for recovery after spinal cord injury”
Susan Harkema, PhD
Department of Neurological Surgery
Associate Scientific Director, UofL Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center
Director of Research, Frazier Rehab Institute
Director, Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation’s Neurorecovery Network
Rehabilitation Research Director, Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center
Owsley B. Frazier Chair in Neurological Rehabilitation
University of Louisville

10 – 11 a.m.
“Investigating Mechanisms and Treatment of Skeletal Muscle Atrophy”
Christopher Adams, MD, PhD
Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Chair
Professor with Tenure, Internal Medicine & Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
Professor of Internal Medicine – Endocrinology and Metabolism
Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
University of Iowa Health Care

Coffee Break 11 – 11:15 a.m.

11: 15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Engineering Neuroplasticity For Rehabilitation”
Rajesh P.N. Rao, PhD
CJ and Elizabeth Hwang Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and Electrical Engineering
Co-Director, Center for Neurotechnology
University of Washington

Afternoon poster session schedule at Emerson Hall, President’s Ballroom:

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Luncheon

1:30 – 4 p.m. Poster Presentations
*Poster Session is free and open to the public

4 – 4:30 p.m. Poster Awards Ceremony

*No RSVP is needed and there is no cost to attend the plenary lectures or the poster session.


We invite graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to present their research in poster format. The poster session will be held 2 – 4 p.m. at Emerson Alumni Hall,  1938 W 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 receive a travel award. Award recipients will be announced at the 4 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.

All presenters must submit an online abstract no later than Friday, February 15, 2019. 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 present their poster during the March 15, 2019 poster session.

There is no required poster size but the poster area of the boards are 4’10” Tall x 5’10” Wide.  Posters generally range in size from 36 to 43″ long by 53 to 63″ 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 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:
We are pleased to announce the 2019 Neuromuscular Plasticity Scholars: Melike Kahya from the University of Kansas Medical Center, Sabhya Rana from the Mayo Clinic, and Jordyn Rice from the University of Miami. They have been selected from a national pool of candidates invited to present their posters at the symposium.

Emerson Hall Parking:
Carpooling is strongly encouraged. View the UF parking map. Orange and green decal parking is available in the O’Connell Center parking lot & garage and orange decal parking is available in the adjacent Perry Baseball Field.  Pay parking is also available a few blocks east of University House at St. Augustine Church.

One Physical Therapy CEU is offered per lecture. No RSVP is needed and there is no cost for the 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. plenary lectures and the 2 to 4 p.m. 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