After six years, the seventeenth World Congress of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics – ISPO 2019 will again be held in Asia, specifically in the Japanese city of Kobe, from 5 to 8 October. Japan is the second largest market for medical products in the world and has a long history in the fields of rehabilitation, prosthetics and orthotics, being a leading country in robotics and artificial intelligence applied to the field of prosthetics, orthotics, mobility devices and assistive technology.
Under the slogan “Basics to Bionics”, ISPO 2019 will reflect the evolution achieved in the field of rehabilitation and assistive technology, including traditional rehabilitation approaches and more complex human-machine interactions (rehabilitation robotics), as well as highlighting the importance of emerging technologies.
ISPO 2019 will once again be an interactive meeting and discussion event where professionals involved in the care of people in need of prosthetics, orthotics, mobility aids and assistive devices meet to learn about the latest scientific and clinical advances, products and innovative technologies, in a space where interaction between professionals, consumers, industry and decision makers will be fostered.
The Scientific Committee, composed of high-level international experts in the industry, is developing a program that will cover different formats: symposia, courses, workshops, presentations, etc.. Among other experts from the scientific world will intervene:
Dr. Deirdre Desmond, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology and Co-Director of the Institute for Life and Learning Assistance (ALL) at the University of Maynooth (Ireland), who will address the psychosocial aspects of assistive technologies in a conference entitled “Complex entanglements: people and assistive technologies”.
Dr. Max Ortiz Catalán, professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Chalmers in Sweden, where he founded and currently directs the Laboratory of Biomecatronics and Neurorehabilitation, which will give a lecture on “Osteo-neuromuscular integration of prosthetic limbs and neurorehabilitation of phantom limb pain”.
Professor Eiichi Saitoh, physiotherapist and executive vice president of Fujita Health University, as well as professor and chairman of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Fujita Health University School of Medicine in Aichi, Japan, who will give the keynote speech “Assistive robotics activity from the point of view of rehabilitation medicine”.
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