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    Press release from 7/25/19 | ISPO 17th World Congress

    ISPO World Congress: Congress programme online/ Industrial exhibition fully booked

    The 17th World Congress of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO), the leading event in the P&O sector in 2019, will take place from 5 to 8 October in Japan. Over 100 scientific sessions feature top-class expertise from all over the world. More than 100 international companies, including numerous market leaders in the industry, will present their products at the industry exhibition.

    “It is great to see the preliminary programme ready and published. We received over 700 submissions for Symposia, Instructional Courses, Free Papers and Posters. With the help of about one hundred reviewers, the Scientific Committee selected submissions to build the programme, covering all congress topics”, Dick Plettenburg, Scientific Committee Chair of the ISPO 17th World Congress, explains. “I’m convinced that this programme has something of interest for everyone. Special highlights within the programme are the keynote lectures for which outstanding researchers were engaged. They will confront us with innovative ideas and insights. I strongly recommend everyone join the ISPO World Congress to get informed, inspired, and involved!”

    Programme Draws on International Expertise

    The ISPO World Congress is expected to be the most significant event in the P&O sector in Asia in the coming years. Participants from more than 100 countries from every continent, with professionals, industry decision-makers and consumers, are expected in Kobe (Japan).

    ISPO brings together global expertise, both among the participants and the speakers, under the motto "Basics to Bionics". Topics range from orthotics and prosthetics to wheelchair care, geriatrics, paediatrics and rehabilitation medicine.

    To kick off the congress, the Opening Ceremony will include the Knud Jansen Lecture. This year's speaker is David Constantine, one of the co-founders of the charity "Motivation". It's purpose is initiating projects to improve the quality of life for people with reduced mobility. He explains: “Without ISPO there would be a huge vacuum of knowledge, education, collaboration and progress and disabled people’s lives would not be so well served. As a co-founder of Motivation focusing on design and provision of low-cost wheelchairs in low-income countries, I have seen first-hand how important it is to have ISPO in our sector. I am therefore hugely proud and honoured to have been asked to give the lecture.” Desmond Tong, Business Development Manager of Ottobock South East Asia Co. Ltd. and affected himself will hold the IC2A Inspirational Lecture at the Opening Ceremony.

    Special highlights in the programme include keynote lectures from Dr Deidre Desmond, Dr Max Ortiz Catalan and Prof. Eiichi Saitoh. Deidre Desmond: “It is a great privilege to have the opportunity to address the ISPO delegates as a keynote speaker in Kobe. The interdisciplinary nature of the Society and World Congress always makes for a really interesting and inspiring mix of presentations, workshops and exhibitions – I look forward to a diverse and dynamic programme showcasing the best research and practice developments. It is my favourite event in the conference calendar and so I am very honoured and excited to contribute as a keynote speaker in 2019.” Max Ortiz Catalan is also very honoured to have the opportunity to give a lecture. “I'm excited to talk about our latest achievements on the clinical implementation of highly integrated prosthetic limbs and the future ahead, as well as on a novel treatment for phantom limb pain which has shown positive results in patients for whom available treatments failed.”

    The complete programme for the ISPO 17th World Congress is available online.

    Exhibition Area Fully Booked

    Already three months before the start of the event, the industry exhibition area in the Kobe Convention Center is fully booked. More than 100 exhibitors from all over the world will be at the 17th World Congress of ISPO to present their innovations to the Asian market. A third of these are Japanese companies, which will be presenting their products in the Japanese pavilion. The Robotic Exhibition will be a definite highlight. The German collective stand will have a strong presence in Kobe with a total of 14 exhibiting companies.

    ISPO partners, member societies and other not-for-profit organisations will provide information about their projects in the International Community Lounge (ICL) - an area for poster presentations and networking in the middle of the exhibition hall. The lounge is open to both congress delegates and visitors to the industry exhibition.

    Go to exhibitor directory

    Awards at the ISPO World Congress

    Forchheimer Prize: At every ISPO World Congress, the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics recognises the most outstanding paper on objective clinical assessment, clinical evaluation or clinical measurement published in Prosthetics and Orthotics International during the years prior to the congress with the Forchheimer Prize.

    Brian & Joyce Blatchford Team Prize of Innovation: Established by the Blatchford Family in memory of Brian and Joyce Blatchford, this prestigious prize is awarded to a team who has an outstanding record of innovative achievement in the field of prosthetics and/or orthotics, and will be presented at the ISPO World Congress.

    World Congress Best Paper and Poster Prizes: Best Paper Prizes are awarded to five presenting authors of free papers/posters during the ISPO World Congress advancing clinical treatment, technology, psychosocial / social-economic science and education.

    Yeongchi Wu International Education Award: Established by Sepp Heim and Daniel Blocka to honour Dr Yeongchi Wu for his effort and contribution to improve the prosthetic services in developing countries, the award recognises the contributions that prosthetic and orthotic professionals from low-income countries are making to the development of the prosthetic and orthotic (P&O) field. The winner is selected from free papers presented during the ISPO World Congress.

    Congress Registration - Early Bird

    Early bird registration is available until 5 August. A discount of up to JPY 20,000 (around 160 euros) is possible. Please register via www.ispo-congress.com/registration.

    About the ISPO World Congress
    The ISPO World Congress takes place every two years in a different country and moves to different continents to reach new markets. The host country's national participants and neighbouring regions will receive special attention. In 2007 the congress took place in Vancouver, 2010 in Leipzig, 2013 in Hyderabad, 2015 in Lyon and 2017 in Cape Town. The participant structure differs from country to country. In 2017 more than 2,000 participants and industry representatives gathered for the ISPO World Congress.

    About ISPO International: www.ispoint.org
    ISPO is a global multi-disciplinary organisation with the aim of coordinating and promoting science and research, training and practice in the field of prosthetic and orthotic care and rehabilitation for people with physical disabilities:

    • Provide quality care and training to professionals for the benefit of patients around the world;
    • Promotion of research and evidence-based practice;
    • Promotion of innovative and appropriate technological developments;
    • Promotion of international cooperation and consensus building;
    • Promotion of exchanges, high-quality expertise and networking.

    Members include orthotic technicians, orthopaedists, rehabilitation doctors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, orthopaedic shoemakers, nurses and engineers. Currently ISPO has more than 3,500 individual members in over 100 countries around the world. ISPO International is committed to a world in which people have equal opportunities to participate in society.


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


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