ISSUE 39, April 2019
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Official newsletter of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
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CONGRESS UPDATE from the Local Organizing Committee in Japan

Dear ISPRM Members,
Thank you for your continuous support for ISPRM2019.
The scientific program has been fixed and the details will be updated on the congress website in May.
In ISPRM2019, we will have the sessions as follows:
9 Keynote lectures will be held at the plenary Hall by world famous experts from Monday, June 10 to Thursday, June 13. Also, a total of 23 lectures will be presented by invited speakers with their excellent fields at ISPRM2019/JARM2019 Special Lectures on Wednesday, June 12 and Thursday, June 13.
Experts in various fields will give presentations at 10 pre-congress Long Workshops, 39 Short Workshops, and 26 Special Sessions. In addition, there are 11 ISPRM Committee related sessions and 6 Joint sessions with other societies.
Free Papers and Poster Presentation
Outstanding abstracts have been selected from the numerous numbers of the submissions.
There will be 172 free papers and 1,653 poster presentations.
Most of the sessions will start from Monday, June 10, while the pre-congress long workshop will be held on Sunday, June 9.
For the details of each session, please visit our congress website as follows:
Furthermore, we would like to inform you of the information regarding the registration and application.

  1. Regular Registration 

The regular registration will close on Wednesday, May 15. If you register for ISPRM2019 during the early bird registration and regular registration period, ISPRM2019 offers you to have the coupon booklet you can use at the leisure facilities and restaurants in Kobe.

  1. Scholarship

ISPRM2019 offers two types of the scholarship. The application will close on Tuesday, May 7. The details are provided on the congress website.

  1. Registration for Workshop

We will open the registration for workshops in the early part of May.
To make this congress more productive and fruitful, we are currently prepare the contents that participants will satisfied with their attendance.
We will keep the ISPRM Members and ISPRM2019 registrants update from the Newsletter, SNS, and congress website.
We look forward to welcoming you in Kobe, June.
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
Joint Congress:
56th Annual Meeting of Japanese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine (JARM 2019)
Dates: Wednesday, June 12-Sunday, June 16, 2019


To my dear ISPRM Friends and Family:

Although the 2019 Congress is Kobe is yet to happen, it is never too early to invite you to the 14th ISPRM World Congress to be held in Orlando, Florida, USA, on 4th - 9th March, 2020. This will be the first time the Congress will be held in the continental United States in partnership with the Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP), the largest academic organization in the field of physical and rehabilitation medicine.
Following the accomplishments of prior congresses and what is expected to be yet another successful one in Kobe, the ISPRM 2020 Congress will feature a strong scientific program that will advance the knowledge and skills of physiatrists and PRM specialists around the world. Keynote presentations, courses and special lectures will showcase the latest and evidence-based advances in clinical practice, education, research, administration and advocacy that bridge the role of rehabilitation from “cell to society”. Among the topics will be regenerative rehabilitation, personalized rehabilitation, Rehabilitation 2030, musculoskeletal and pain medicine, healthy longevity, early rehabilitation, rehabilitation technology, among others. Invited speakers are world-renowned for their expertise, including a Nobel laureate, who will present the 2020 Presidential Lecture. We will announce the roster of keynote and plenary speakers in the coming months.
It has been almost 20 years ago when the ISPRM was “born” in the USA, following the merger of the International Rehabilitation Medicine Association and the International Federation of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. In March 2020, we are delighted to bring back the ISPRM to its birthplace and sincerely wish that you will be able to join us in this celebration of international collaboration!
Gerard E. Francisco, on behalf of the
ISPRM Congress Scientific Committee

Field of Competence ebook on the role of PRM physicians for patients with different health conditions or related topics of PRM interest (part I and now also part II) free available online

The Professional Practice Committee (PPC) of the Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) section of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) is working to ensure best standards in professional practice of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) in prevention, clinical management and rehabilitation throughout Europe.

The main focus of the Professional Practice Committee is the description and development of the Field of Competence (FoC) of the PRM physician in Europe. FoC is an umbrella term for expertise, skills and professionalism of PRM physicians as well as the way of cooperating and interacting with other medical specialties and health professionals. The role of PRM in different settings (“from acute hospitals to the community”) and the parameters for the access to specialised PRM programmes are included. Therefore the PPC, since 2009, has been preparing a series of papers describing the role of PRM physicians for patients with different health conditions or related topics of PRM interest. These papers are being published in medical journals cooperating with the UEMS PRM Section and are part of the ebook on the Field of Competence.

The PPC e-book part I was published in 2014, including 16 papers. (Editors: C. Gutenbrunner, A. Delarque, V. Neumann) accessible via this website. link

The PPC e-book part II was published in 2018 (Editors Nicolas Christodoulou and Enrique Varela Donoso). In the second part a new methodological approach has been used to have a common and validated scientific structure. The Position Papers are Evidence Based (EBPP), comprising a systematic review as well as a Delphi Consensus procedure among the EU Countries delegates. (Negrini S, Kiekens C, Zampolini M, Wever D, Varela Donoso E, Christodoulou N. Methodology of “Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine practice, Evidence Based Position Papers: the European position” produced by the UEMS-PRM Section. European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 2016;52:134-41). It contains 11 papers, accessible via this website. link 

Part III of the ebook is under preparation. Whereas Part I covered some overarching topics such as PRM over the health phases or team working, Part II was focused on health conditions only, as are the topics for part III up to now but other topics, for example related to diagnostics or therapeutic interventions will also be considered.

Even though this initiative started from Europe, we are convinced that these papers and consequently both ebooks are relevant for PRM colleagues across the world and we welcome you to read and spread the papers.


Carlotte Kiekens                                                                Elena Ilieva

PPC Chair                                                                           PPC Deputy Secretary

Recently, during the month of March 2019, the Honduras National Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation elected a new Board of Directors as follows:
Presidenta  Dra. Melissa Alejandra Mejía Guzmán 
Secretaria  Gabriela María Galdámez Torres
Tesorera  Arlyn Rossela Barrientos 
Fiscal   Ana Jackeline Jiménez Dilworth
Vocal  Leonardo Ramses Sierra Guevara
On behalf of ISPRM, congratulations to all!
NOW OPEN: submission for abstracts and proposals for ESPRM 2020  VISIT:

Cochrane Rehabilitation Newsletter

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:

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

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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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