Annual Neuromuscular Plasticity Symposium

The University of Florida Neuromuscular Plasticity Training Program presents:

15th Annual Neuromuscular Plasticity Symposium
March 13, 2020
University of Florida Emerson Alumni Hall 

Plenary lectures will be held 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Emerson Hall, President’s Ballroom, Second Floor
The poster session will be held 2 – 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

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
“Regulating Myofiber Connection to the Extracellular Matrix in Health and Disease”
Rachelle Crosbie-Watson, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Integrative Biology and Physiology, Neurology, Brain Research Institute
University of California, Los Angeles
Education Liaison, Center for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
“Exercise and the Brain”
Henriette van Praag, M.A., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
FAU Brain Institute
Charles, E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Florida Atlantic University

Break – 11:30 – 11:45 a.m.

11: 45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
“Neurophysiology Guiding Rehabilitation after Spinal Cord Injury”
Monica Perez, P.T., Ph.D.
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 at Emerson Hall, President’s Ballroom:

1 – 1:45 p.m. Luncheon

2 – 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 14, 2020. 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 13, 2020 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:
Symposium scholars will be announced in early spring.

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