An Interdisciplinary Research Symposium sponsored in part by Presbyterian Health Foundation


LOCATION:  University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK

Symposium Sponsors


ABSTRACT SUBMISSION OPEN UNTIL 11:59 p.m. CST, October 15, 2017

Hosted by the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation will gather a wide variety of researchers from bench science, clinical laboratories, and clinics across the nation to present exciting and emerging evidence focused on conditions that affect bone, cartilage, muscle, and skin. Our intent is to bring these scientists together to present their work in areas related to mechanotransduction -- the what, how, and why physical, mechanical stresses to which the body is subjected -- like those generated by exercise, weight bearing, stretching or blood coursing through arteries -- have been directly linked to effective management of musculoskeletal conditions commonly seen in rehabilitation and medicine.

Comprises all scientists, clinicians, and consumers involved with musculoskeletal conditions that impact our daily lives, at home, at work, in sports, in the performing arts.

To educate one another on cutting-edge research and encourage better communication among researchers, educators, clinicians, and interested members in the community to benefit all, i.e., patients’ musculoskeletal wellbeing and performance, excellence in health care, and enhancement in research funding.

Symposium Agenda 

Keynote Speakers

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Christopher Powers, PT, PhD,  FACSM, FAPTA
University of Southern California
MODULE:  Human Structure and Function to Activity

Shawn C. Roll, PhD, OTR/L, RMSKS, FAOTA
University of Southern California
MODULE:  Human Activity to Community Participation

Vassilios I. Sikavitsas, PhD
University of Oklahoma
MODULE:  Animal Model to Human Structure and Function



For questions or submission issues, please contact via email Carol P. Dionne, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, Cert MDT or 405-271-2131 X47115.

Abstract Requirements

Please refer to Abstract Instructions document for additional details.  

  • All abstracts must be submitted through this online submission site no later than 11:59 p.m. CST, October 15, 2017
  • All applicants must designate their research as basic, clinical, or participatory.  Abstracts in each category will be selected. Using International Classification of Function (ICF) framework:
    • Basic Module:  Animal or Virtual Model to Human Structure and Function
    • Clinical Module: Human Structure and Function to Activity
    • Participatory Module: Activity to In-Community
  • An individual may be listed as the first author for a maximum of one (1) abstract submission.  An individual may be listed as co-author for an unlimited number of abstract submissions.  The identical abstract cannot be submitted in more than one category.
  • Completed projects are recommended for oral or poster presentation.  Projects in progress are recommended for poster presentation only.
  • All abstracts should demonstrate relevance to the theme of the symposium and include the following sections:
    • Title
    • Purpose
    • Methods
    • Results
    • Conclusions
    • Discussion
  • Do not include author name(s) on the abstract itself.
  • Invited presenters will be expected to register for and attend the entire symposium.  Registration information will be available by November 1, 2017.

Types of Presentations

Podium/Oral Presentations

  • A podium presentation is an oral presentation reserved for completed projects for which results are reported as part of the presentation.
  • Each podium presentation will be a maximum of 15 minutes in length and will be followed by 5 minutes of Q&A led by the designated Faculty Moderator.

Poster Presentations

  • Reports of completed research projects or research projects in progress may be presented as a poster.