ISSUE 38, March 2019
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Official newsletter of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine


This is Eiichi Saitoh, President of 13th International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine World Congress (ISPRM 2019). As the President of ISPRM2019, we sincerely appreciate your continuous support to the congress.
It's now less than 100 days until the day the congress will start.
Due to welcoming you to a productive congress, we are now thinking to have 9 Keynote Lectures, 21 ISPRM2019/JARM2019 Joint Special Lectures, 12 ISPRM Sessions, 10 Long Workshops, 39 Short Workshops, 26 Special Sessions, Oral Sessions and Poster Sessions.
As you are aware, the deadline of Early-bird registration starting from February is approaching; please register for ISPRM2019 by Noon on Monday, April 15. ISPRM2019 Registrants can participate in JARM2019, joint congress of ISPRM2019, held from June 12-16, 2019 as well.

Please note that the presenting authors whose abstract has been selected should register for ISPRM2019 no later than the deadline of Early-bird Registration.
Also, we would like to inform you that we will provide the registrants for Early-bird registration with the brochure “KOBE VIP COUPON” as a benefit of ISPRM2019 Early-bird registration.
Furthermore, details of ISPRM2019, including Program, Application for Workshops and other events will be updated on our website; please visit our website and share the information with your colleagues.
We look forward to your registration and participation in ISPRM2019.
Congress Information:
13th International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine World Congress (ISPRM2019)
President: Eiichi Saitoh, MD, DMSc (Department of Rehabilitation Medicine I, School of Medicine, Fujita Health University)
Theme: "Rehabilitation as the Cutting Edge of Medicine"
Dates: Sunday, June 9, 2019-Thursday, June 13, 2019
Venue: Kobe Portopia Hotel, Kobe International Conference Center and Kobe International Exhibition Hall
For more information visti our website: 

Your Fantastic Mind series

A Story by Rehab In Review
It is difficult to convey to the general public, the breadth of patient conditions that are treated by specialists in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine.  Lacking the simplicity of a single organ focus, such as cardiology or pulmonary, most of us have found the need to describe this field that cares for both elite athletes as well as patients with catastrophic neurologic injuries.  To better educate the public, the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Emory University and the Emory Brain Health Center are partnering with Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) on a new television series, Your Fantastic Mind, that features compelling stories on brain-related health and wellness.

Your Fantastic Mind began broadcasting on Monday, Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. and is scheduled to continue weekly broadcast.  The news magazine-style show highlights patient stories and reports on cutting-edge science and clinical advances in the areas of rehabilitation medicine, and the other specialties that collaborate in Emory’s Brain Health Center, including neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, and sleep medicine.  Executive producer of this new educational series, Jaye Watson, is a seasoned journalist, who has been recognized for her television journalism with over 30 Emmy’s (US national awards for excellence in television) and Edward R Murrow awards (for excellence in journalism).  Each of the series’ 12 episodes highlights the gripping cases of patients and life-changing science that are showing us how we can prevent disease and harness the power of our brains to live longer, more fulfilling lives. Stories will feature patients from across the state and region treated at Emory.

The inaugural show featured a former NFL player, treated at ISPRM’s Dr. David Burke's Brain Injury Clinic at the Brain Health Center.  In that show, the patient revealed for the first time publicly how he suffered as the result of multiple concussions.  The show reviews the array of treatment interventions focused on the progression of cognition, with MRI scans demonstrating changes in the brain resulting from intervention by the rehabilitation department. See video at:
A follow-up episode outline the story of recovery of the patient with a severe brain injury resulting from an assault, treated in the brain injury clinic, who experienced a successful return to work. The patient’s physical cognitive, emotional and spiritual recovery are inspiring.
The Georgia Public broadcasting President Teya Ryan was quoted as saying “GPB is honored to partner with Emory University and the Emory Brain Health Center for Your Fantastic Mind.” We are extremely fortunate to have access to the scientific knowledge and advances presented through the compelling stories of the series participants. We’re also grateful to the Southern Company Charitable Foundation for their assistance in funding the program and allowing us to share this valuable information through public media.”

Dr. Burke notes that: “This television show provides a unique combination of science and human perseverance, that is woven into the fabric of our daily lives.  I believe that we have created a wonderful opportunity for the community to understand the complexity and importance of physical and rehabilitation medicine in the lives of our patients and their families.  I meet weekly with the producers to assure that our stories are told in such a way at the community will be offered a unique opportunity to understand our field.”
About Brain Health at Emory University

As one of the nation’s premier research universities, Emory University is a leader in education, discovery and patient care related to the neurosciences. Faculty scholars, scientists, physicians and clinicians throughout the university collaborate on advancing knowledge associated with the brain and brain health. The Emory Brain Health Center combines rehabilitation medicine and the related fields of neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry and sleep medicine in a unique, integrated approach. Emory researchers are predicting, preventing, treating and curing diseases and disorders of the brain and addressing the growing global crisis associated with some of the most common ones. In addition, Emory’s neuroethics program explores the evolving ethical, legal and social impact of the neurosciences. Emory’s multidisciplinary approach is transforming the world’s understanding of the vast frontiers of the brain, harnessing imagination and discovery to address 21st-century challenges.
SURVEY - Preparedness for Rehabilitation Staff Deployment Questionnaire
The aim of this survey is to understand your willingness and preparedness for deployment to future disasters to assist and provide rehabilitation needs of disaster victims.
Your input and suggestions will help us to create a database of rehabilitation personnel for deployment, and capacity for training/education of rehabilitation workforce in disaster and austere settings.

Please follow the link below to participate:
SURVEY - Exercise and Pulmonary Hypertension
Researchers at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney and University of New South Wales invite you to participate in an online survey.
The purpose of this survey is to explore the opinions of medical specialists towards exercise in patients with pulmonary hypertension. 
The survey will take no more than 10 minutes to complete. 
Here is a link to participate in the survey: 
 If you have any questions about this survey or potential participation in the study, please contact Dr Karen Chia ( or Dr Christine Shiner ( The study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of St Vincent Hospital, Sydney [ETH00430].  
A Participant Information Sheet is attached for you to print and retain. Please make sure you read the attached information sheet. Completion of the survey and submission of your responses will be taken to indicate your consent to participate.

Cochrane Rehabilitation Newsletter

The Newsletter contains an update on the Cochrane Rehabilitation activities, Cochrane Systematic Reviews and blogshots of rehabilitation interest.
Cochrane Rehabilitation Newsletter Issue 16 | January 2019 >>
Cochrane Rehabilitation Newsletter Issue 17 | February 2019 >>
Cochrane Rehabilitation Newsletter Issue 18 | March 2019 >>

Upcoming events

Stay up-to-date about PRM events throughout the year  
 ISPRM representatives will be present at the marked Congresses

The following events will take place in the coming months:

► S & R Spine & Rehabilitation
March 29, 2019, Milano, Italy

3rd International Congress on Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
22 May 2019 - 24 May 2019

► World Musculus 2019
October 10th, 11th, 12th, Armenia (Quindio), Colombia

13th ISPRM World Congress - ISPRM 2019
9-13 June 2019, Kobe, Japan

If you want to have your upcoming event listed here as well, contact us through

Future ISPRM World Congresses

13th ISPRM World Congress - ISPRM 2019
9-13 June, Kobe, Japan

14th ISPRM World Congress - ISPRM 2020
4-9 March, Orlando, USA

15th ISPRM World Congress - ISPRM 2021
16-19 May, Lisbon, Portugal

16th ISPRM World Congress - ISPRM 2022
Sydney, Australia
Chair of the News & Views sub-committee: André Thévenon

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