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Retraining Movement Dysfunction - Translating Current Science to Practice

The California Physical Therapy Association is partnering with the CAL-PT-FUND to host "Retraining Movement Dysfunction – Translating Current Science to Practice" Symposium December 5-6, 2015 in San Francisco, CA. The 3rd Annual Research Symposium is sure to be a "must" for the orthopedic or neuro therapist.

12/5/2015 to 12/6/2015
When: December 5-6, 2015
Where: UCSF Mission Bay Campus
600 16th St.
Genentech Hall
San Francisco, CA  94158-2517
United States
Contact: Rita Pierson
(916) 929-2782

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Course Description

The California Physical Therapy Association is partnering with the CAL-PT-FUND to host "Retraining Movement Dysfunction – Translating Current Science to Practice" Symposium December 5-6, 2015 in San Francisco, CA. This two day research based course is perfect for the orthopedic or neuro therapist. Various presentations include:

  • Review the benefits of exercise, learning, nutrition, and lifestyle on healthy movement.
  • Pain and Sensory Dysfunction: The challenge of managing movement dysfunction associated with chronic neuromusculoskeletal, neurophysiologic and cancer related pain.
  • Parkinson’s Disease: Can exercise counter inflammation and abnormal voluntary and involuntary movement to improve motor control, motor learning and delay disease progression.
  • Positive neurophysiological effects of moderate and intense exercise on recovery of mobility, motor control and prevention of progression of PD.
  • Cervical Neck Dysfunction: When pain and movement dysfunction are mechanical, neurological or psychosocial.
  • When does muscle cramping become cervical torticollis?
  • Sensorimotor motor learning strategies to moderate pain and movement dysfunction in cervical torticollis.
  • Debate on musculoskeletal injuries to the lower limb: mechanical versus neurological problem solving to restore normal movement.
  • Multiple Sclerosis: New insights relative to etiology and treatment of progressive movement dysfunction in MS.
  • Current concepts on recovery of motor function post CVA.


The symposium speakers include well known researchers and clinicians who have received high honors and recognition ranging from tenure, to designated Fellows of professional organizations to special awards (e.g. the Nobel Prize, membership in the National Institutes of Science, Mary McMillan lecturers). These speakers paired with conference attendees will create an exciting platform for discussion and innovation for retraining patients with movement dysfunction.

Course Schedule

Day 1

Saturday   December 5, 2015

7:00-7:30 Registration, Breakfast and Coffee 

7:30-10:45 The impact of exercise and healthy lifestyle on longevity, quality of life and mobility

7:30-8:15  Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD

The discovery of telomeres: how do telomeres influence aging?

8:15-9:00  Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD

Effect of exercise, life style, nutrition, stress management and social interactions on health, memory, cancer, mobility and aging                           

9:00-9:45  Joaquin Anguera, PhD

Reprogramming the brain using video games

9:45-10:00  Break

10:00-10:45 Michael Merzenich, PhD

Is there evidence-based behavioral training that actually enhances cognition, motor skills and independence despite deterioration with aging or is this a media exaggeration?

10:45-1:40 Post intervention induced impairments: the challenge of effective rehabilitation  post surgery, intensive care and cancer           

10:45-11:30  James C Jackson, MD

Cognitive, motor and sensory impairments associated with intensive medical care: Is survival a new beginning, a different existence or the beginning of the end?

11:30-12:20  Christine Miaskowski, RN, PhD

Characterization of Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy (CIPN)

12:20-1:00  Betty Smoot, PT, DPTSc

Rehabilitation for CIPN: The Current Evidence on Effectiveness and Recovery of Function

1:00-1:40  Howard Fields, MD, PhD

Effects of “positive expectations” on pain modification and restoration of normal movement: Is the etiology of chronic pain neurophysiological, neuroanatomical or psychological?

1:40-3:15  Lunch    Neuroprotection and Parkinson’s Disease:  Current evidence on the effects of exercise on inflammation, dopamine, freezing, falls, mobility, independence and executive function

1:40-2:15  Diana Blum, MD

Current research directions for finding a cure for PD: The interim challenge of substantiating if current intervention strategies can slow the progressive decline in function in PD.

2:15-2:45  Beth Fisher, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Current evidence supporting the positive neurophysiological adaptation ,improved clinical mobility and enhanced cognitive outcomes of exercise for patients with PD

2:45-3:15  Mike Jakowec, PhD

Psychosocial and lifestyle factors surrounding mobility and independence in PD: Are these factors nice to know or essential to address for effective intervention?

3:15-3:30  Break

3:30-4:00  Michael Merzenich, PhD

Effects of learning-based perceptual motor, visual and cognitive training on motor function, cognition and disease progression in patients with PD

4:00-5:30  Spinal cord injuries: The challenge of applying animal-based research on spinal cord recovery  to the rehabilitation of patients with spinal cord injuries:  The evidence on clinical outcomes

4:00-4:40  Linda Noble, PhD

The challenge of translating randomized clinical trials between species: rats, dogs, humans

4:40-5:30  Andrea Behrman, PT, PhD, FAPTA

The spinal cord is smart: Advancing recovery after spinal cord injury ===================================

5:30-7:00  Reception and cocktail party with exhibitors


Day 2

Sunday  December 6, 2015

7:00-7:30  Breakfast and coffee

7:30-10:15 When problems of neck pain and muscle spasm become cervical dystonia: What evidence supports effective management?

7:30-8:20  Jill Ostrem, MD

Diagnostic criteria for cervical dystonia: Can Botulinum Toxin manage, as well as, cure the problem?

8:20-9:10  Svjetlana Miocinovic, MD, PhD

Deep brain stimulation for cervical and generalized dystonia: clinical indications and insights into electrophysiology

9:10-10:00  Nancy Byl, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Does physical therapy differ for patients with mechanical cervical neck problems compared to patients with cervical dystonia: What is the evidence?

10:00–10:15 Panel Discussion

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-12:30 Sports Injuries and musculoskeletal impairments: Novel approaches to return to sports and quality of life post concussion or lower limb impairment

10:30-11:45 Enjoy the debate of two scholarly clinicians regarding different approaches to maximize recovery of normal movement in patients with common neuromusculoskeletal impairments in the lower limb.

Panel Facilitator: Rich Souza, PT, PhD

10:30-10:50  Shirley Sahrmann, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Evaluation and treatment from a diagnostic and intervention framework of Movement System Impairment Syndromes

10:50-11:20  Christopher Powers, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Evaluation and intervention from a Biomechanical Foundation of Movement Dysfunction

11:20-11:45 Questions/Debate 

11:45-12:30  Mark Allen, PhD

Imaging  findings in athletes post-concussion injury: Impact of learning-based training on recovery of cognitive and motor function

12:30-2:30  Lunch  

Multiple Sclerosis: New insights about myelin degeneration and potential impact on effectiveness of intervention

12:30-1:10  Ari Green, MD, PhD

New findings about myelin and MS: potential for cure and remediation of movement dysfunction

1:10-1:40  Diane Allen, PT, PhD

Can subtle sensory input have a significant effect for improving postural righting, balance and motor control in patients with MS

1:40-2:10 Brian Hutchinson, PT, MS Achievement Centers: What is the evidence supporting the benefits of  group support, education, nutrition and exercise to decrease falls, slow disease progression and improve mobility, quality of life and community participation of  patients with MS?

2:10-2:30  Michael Merzenich, PhD

Does improving executive function with broad spectrum learning-based training preserve and strengthen myelin?

 2:30-2:40  Break

 2:40-4:45   Current creative concepts on recovery of motor  function post CVA

2:40-3:10  Carolee Winstein, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Measuring impairments and quality of movement: The importance of Context, Confidence and Engagement for Stroke Neurorehabilitation.

3:10-3:40  Rebecca Lewthwaite, PhD

It is not just about task-specific salient repetitions: Social-cognitive influences can enhance or impair recovery after stroke.

3:40-4:15  Carolee Winstein, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Shirley Sahrmann, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Rebecca Lewthwaite, PhD  and Nancy Byl, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Panel: Innovative technologies for rehabilitation and health promotion: what is the current evidence for effectiveness?

4:15-4:45   Panel:  Questions and discussion

4:45-5:00     Course evaluation and CEU


Have a safe journey home. 


This course is pending approval for 16.5 contact hours (1.65 CEUs) by the California Physical Therapy Association.


CLICK HERE to access course handouts.

Target Audience

PTs, PTAs, students and all other Allied Health Professionals are encouraged to join us for this event.

Instruction Level

Instructional level is basic to intermediate.

Registration Fees

APTA PT/PTA Member $400
APTA Student Member $200
Non-member $640

*$100 Late Fee for registrations received after November 21, 2015*


UCSF, Mission Bay Campus
Genetec Hall

600 16th St.
San Francisco, CA


Homewood Suites by Hilton, San Francisco Airport North - $155 per night – 7 miles
Residence Inn by Marriott, Oyster Point Waterfront - $199 per night – 9 miles
Staybridge Suites, San Francisco Airport - $165 per night – 12 miles
Hotels in Financial District South are approximately 2 miles
Hotels in Union Square are approximately 3 miles
Hotels by SFO Airport are approximately 13-15 miles



Parking is only available at 1625 Community Center Garage. The cost is $30 per day.


Cancellations must be received in writing. Full refund less 20% if cancellation is received at least seven days prior to the start of the course. No refunds after November 28, 2015.



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