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    Press release from 1/16/19 | ISPO 17th World Congress

    ISPO World Congress 2019 in the Land of the Rising Sun

    Asia building on "Basics to Bionics"

    After six years away, the World Congress of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics' (ISPO) will again be hosted in Asia, once again providing a unique opportunity for global exchange in the field of assistive tehnology in the region. The venue is Kobe, Japan. Japan is the world's second largest market for medical products and services. The Japanese healthcare system is considered highly innovative but depends heavily on imports (49 per cent), which also includes orthopaedic aids such as prostheses and orthoses. For four days, from 5th to 8th October, Kobe will become a centre for international experts who, under the slogan of "Basics to Bionics", will reflect the breadth of the rehabilitation field and assistive technology. Exhibitors from all over the world, including many market leaders, will present their products and services with a special focus on the emerging South-east Asian markets. Delegates from more than 100 countries, including Japan, Korea, China and Tai

    „ISPO aims to move the World Congress around different parts of the World to support the National Member Societies, where the congress is hosted and to facilitate and encourage interaction with professionals, consumers, industry and decision makers”, explains the President of ISPO, Associate Professor Friedbert Kohler, OAM. “Another aim of the World Congress is to increase the focus of the decision makers, public, consumers, professionals and industry on the needs of the individuals who benefit from assistive technology, specifically mobility devices, orthosis and prosthesis. To support this aim the World Congress also moves to lower and middle-income countries.”

    Having been held in India, France and South Africa over the past six years, the seventeenth World congress will now take place in the world's second-largest medical product market. Japan was chosen because of its long history in the fields of rehabilitation, prosthetics and orthotics. Furthermore, it is a very innovative country that has developed greatly in terms of robotics and artificial intelligence in the field of prosthetics, orthotics, mobility devices and assistive technology.

    This year`s theme “Basics to Bionics” reflects the breadth of the rehabilitation field and assistive technology, including traditional rehabilitation approaches and more complex interactions between humans and machines (rehabilitation robotics), while embracing the relevance and importance of both basic and emerging technologies.

    Based on this motto, the Scientific Committee, made up of high-ranking international industry experts, will put together the World Congress programme. Different formats, ranging from symposia and instructional courses to free paper sessions and exhibitor workshops, will focus on interdisciplinary cooperation in providing care for people with limited mobility.

    Keynote Speakers from Psychology, Biomechanics and Physiotherapy

    For the ISPO World Congress 2019, the Scientific Committee has already secured very exciting keynote speakers from the scientific world:

    Dr Deirdre Desmond is senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology and Co-Director of the Assisting Living & Learning (ALL) Institute at the Maynooth University in Ireland. Her research focuses, among other things, on psycho-social aspects of support technologies. The topic of her keynote is „Complex Entanglements: People and Assistive Technologies“.

    Dr Max Ortiz Catalan is a lecturer at the Department of Electrical Engineering at Chalmers University in Sweden, where he founded and currently heads the Biomechatronics and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory. At the ISPO World Congress 2019 he will lecture on „Osseo-neuromuscular Integration of Prosthetic Limbs and Neurorehabilitation from Phantom Limb Pain“.

    Prof Eiichi Saitoh is a certified physiatrist and executive vice president of Fujita Health University as well as a professor and chairman of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Fujita Health University School of Medicine in Aichi, Japan. In his keynote he will talk about “Activity Assistive Robotics from the View Point of Rehabilitation Medicine”.

    Knud Jansen Lecture

    As part of the opening event, the Knud Jansen Lecture will again be given in 2019; the ISPO board has selected David Constantine as the speaker. He is co-founder of "Motivation", a charity that helps improve quality of life for people with reduced mobility. Constantine graduated from the Royal College of Art in London with a degree in Computer Science and a Master's degree in Computer Related Design. During this time – being a wheelchair user himself after a diving accident – he designed an award-winning wheelchair for developing countries together with his fellow student Simon Gue. This is how the first "Motivation" project started in the early 1990s with the goal of producing an affordable and adequate wheelchair with a simple design.

    Call for Free Papers

    The Scientific Committee of the World Congress will accept Free Paper submissions until 4 March 2019.

    Industry Exhibition and Exhibitor Workshops

    At the accompanying industry exhibition, companies from each continent will present their latest products. The product range stretches from movement analysis and compression therapy to orthopaedic footwear technology, orthotics, prosthetics, robotics and wheelchair support. Register at www.ispo-congress.com.

    In addition to the various programme formats of the scientific congress, practical exhibitor workshops will also be offered. The workshops will focus on the exhibiting companies' latest product developments, modern therapy options and sales, marketing and organisational consulting.

    About ISPO World Congress

    As ISPO’s flagship meeting, the World Congress is a unique interactive event where professionals involved in the care of persons in need of prosthetic, orthotic, mobility, and assistive devices come together to learn about the latest scientific and clinical advances, products, innovative technologies, designs, and materials in prosthetic and orthotic care.

    About ISPO International: www.ispoint.org

    ISPO is a global multidisciplinary non-governmental organization aiming to improve the quality of life for persons who may benefit from prosthetic, orthotic, mobility and assistive devices by:

    • Ensuring quality care and education of professionals for the benefit of patients around the world;

    • Promoting research and evidence-based practice;

    • Facilitating innovative and appropriate technology development;

    • Promoting international collaboration and consensus building;

    • Fostering exchange, high-quality knowledge and networking.

    ISPO gathers representatives of a variety of medical and allied health professions related to prosthetics and orthotics i.e. prosthetists and orthotists but also prosthetic and orthotic (P&O) technicians, orthopedic surgeons, rehabilitation doctors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, orthopedic shoemakers, nurses and biomechanical/rehabilitation engineers.

    ISPO currently represents over 70 Member Societies (MS) and counting 3,500 individual members in over 100 countries around the world.


    Press Contact

    Ms Karoline Nöllgen
    Phone: +49 341 678 6524
    Fax: +49 341 678 166524
    E-Mail: k.noellgen@leipziger-messe.de


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