Prof Nikolai Bogduk

Professor Bogduk is Emeritus Professor of Pain Medicine at the University of Newcastle. He retired in 2014 after 40 years as an academic and physician. His research pursued the anatomical basis of interventional diagnostic and treatment procedures for spinal pain and headache, and the validation of those procedures in clinical trials. 


He has published and tested guidelines for the management of musculoskeletal pain in primary care, and in tertiary referral settings. In retirement he remains active as a Senior Editor of Pain Medicine, and a consultant to the Spine Intervention Society. Otherwise he is busy in the NSW State Emergency Services and on his private conservation property.




Prof David Cifu

David Cifu, MD is the Associate Dean for Innovation and System Integration in the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine, and the Chairman and Herman J. Flax, MD Endowed Professor (tenured) of the Department of PM&R at VCUSchool of Medicine in Richmond, Virginia. 


He is also Chief of PM&R Services for the VCU Health System and Founding Director of the VCU-Center for Rehabilitation Sciences and Engineering (CERSE). He is the Senior TBI Specialist for the U.S.Department of Veterans Affairs. He has been funded on 43 research grants for over $137 million, including currently serving as Principal Investigator of the VA/DoD $62.2 million Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium CENC). In his more than 25 years as an academic physiatrist, he has delivered more than 550 regional, national and international lectures, published more than 220 scientific articles and 65 abstracts, and co-authored or edited 34 books and book chapters. He is the Past President of the American Academy of PM&R (2007-8), Editor-in-Chief of the 5th Edition of Braddom's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation textbook (2015) and co-Editor in Chief of Braddom's Handbook of Rehabilitation Medicine (2017).




Prof Eiichi Saitoh

Professor Eiichi Saitoh (MD, DMSc) is a certified physiatrist, Executive Vice President of Fujita Health University, and Professor and Chairperson of Department of Rehabilitation Medicine I, School of Medicine, Fujita Health University, Aichi, Japan.


He is also Adjunct or Visiting Professor of Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, USA), Capital Medical University (Beijing, China), Sun Yat-Sen University (Guangzhou, China), Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, and Executive Board Member of National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology (Japan).

He graduated from Keio University in 1980, and got DMSc (PhD) from Keio University in 1991.

Now, he serves several roles in rehabilitation medicine in Japan; Deputy Chairperson and Board Member of Governors, Japanese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine; Chairperson, Japan Council on Rehabilitation Education; Board Member of Governors, Japanese Society for Neural Repair and Neurorehabilitation; etc.

Recently he selected as a recipient of China High-end Foreign Experts Program (Beijing, 2015) and got the Sidney Licht Lectureship Award of ISPEM (Berlin, 2015).

Especially he is interested in dysphagia, robotics, motion analysis, orthosis, locomotion, exercise science, and psychology.








Dr John Alchin

After 3 years as Medical Officer on the Chatham Islands, John trained in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and worked for Air NZ in Occupational and Aviation Medicine for 8 years. Since 1998 he has worked at the Pain Management Centre at Burwood Hospital, Christchurch, New Zealand, where he was the Clinical Director for 6 years.  


He is also Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch, and is currently President of the New Zealand Pain Society.  His main interests are in chronic non-malignant pain, including musculoskeletal and visceral pain syndromes, and headaches.


Assoc. Prof Ted Arnold

Following graduation from Otago University Medical School, undertook further experience in Surgery in NZ and then in urology in UK at Institute of urology and at the Middlesex Hospital.  Attained a PhD from University of London on aspects of bladder responses to outlet obstruction.  


Returned to Dunedin in 1973 to an academic appointment in Urology.  Established  the first urodynamic clinic in Australasia, and subsequently moved to a similar position in Christchurch.

Interests are in functional urology and Spinal injury.

Founding member and first Chairman of the Burwood Academy of Independent Living.

Following retirement as Associate Professor of Urology at University of Otago, Christchurch, has continued with some clinical research in areas of incontinence care in the elderly, on bowel and bladder function following spinal injury, and on urodynamics and variability in flow rates and post-void residual urine.

Active member of the Urological Society of Australia and NZ, International Continence Society(ICS), Committee member of the joint SIU/IUCD consultation on urological management of the spinal cord injured patient, and current committee member on ICS Standardisation committee in regards to male lower urinary tract symptoms.


Prof Toyoko Asami 

Professor Toyoko Asami (MD, DMSc) is a certified physiatrist, clinical professor and chairperson of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Saga University Hospital, Saga, Japan.

She is also visiting professor at the School of Medicine, Fujita Health University (Japan).
She graduated from Fukuoka University Department of Medicine in 1984, and got a DMSc from Saga Medical School in 1988. 
Now, she serves several roles in the field of rehabilitation medicine in Japan: Chairperson of The Japanese Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics, Director of The Japanese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine, Bone and Joint Japan, Japanese society for Neural Repair and Neurorehabilitation and The Japanese Society of Regenerative Medicine and Rehabilitation,  Member of the Women and Health Committee and Awards and Nominating Committee in The International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM), President of The 29th Scientific Meeting of the Japanese Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics (Japan, 2013) and The 55th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine (Japan, 2018). 

Recently she was awarded the International Soroptimist Ariake Saga 2016 Dream Award (Japan, 2017).

She is particularly interested in prosthesis, orthosis, robotics, and higher brain dysfunction.



Assoc. Prof Ian Baguley 

Ian is based in Sydney, Australia where he works as a Senior Staff Specialist in Rehabilitation Medicine and is the Research Team Leader of Westmead Hospital's Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service. He holds academic appointments with the Medical School of the University of Sydney and the Department of Psychology at Macquarie University. 


He is widely published, particularly in traumatic brain injury and spasticity management and regularly lectures both nationally and internationally. He obtained a PhD investigating Paroxysmal Sympathetic Hyperactivity in 2008 and was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2014 for services to brain injury rehabilitation.




Dr Amit Bhargava

Dr. Bhargava is board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and has sub specialty board certification in Sports Medicine and  Pain Medicine ( American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation). He graduated from Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College, Indore, India. 


He completed internship at Brooklyn Hospital Center, Brooklyn and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) residency at Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia. He completed Interventional Spine fellowship at Hospital of University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA. He is registered with American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).  Following two years of working at University of Maryland, Baltimore (USA), Dr. Bhargava established Advanced Interventional Pain and Sports Medicine Center, where he continues to work and research. He is an Assistant Program Director, Sinai PMR residents of Musculoskeletal Sports Medicine at Advanced Interventional Pain and Sports Medicine Center.  He is the immediate past president and Board Member of Maryland Society of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

Earlier, Dr. Bhargava obtained board certification in Orthopedics from Indore University, India and has completed Orthopedic Sports Medicine fellowship from University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester (USA). After a fellowship in Ilizarov surgery in India, Dr. Bhargava did a research fellowship in Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction, Department of Orthopedics at University of Maryland, Baltimore. In addition, Dr. Bhargava is a certified Yoga teacher from Indore University, India.

Dr. Bhargava's area of special interest is in the diagnosis and treatment of spinal and musculoskeletal disorders, including musculoskeletal ultrasound. He is a faculty member for teaching musculoskeletal ultrasound at national and international PM&R conferences. He has published chapters and articles on subjects related to back pain and ultrasound. He has been a course director for spine and ultrasound workshops and faculty member at spine and ultrasound courses at PM&R meetings.




Dr Johnny Bourke

Dr Johnny Bourke is the Deputy Director at the Burwood Academy of Independent Living (BAIL), Christchurch, New Zealand. Johnny's experienced a spinal injury in 2005 and has been working in spinal cord injury research for the last eight years. 


His research interests include community participation following SCI, the lived experience of rehabilitation and SCI, consumer involvement in research, and disability theory and policy. Johnny's PhD explored the community inclusion experience of wheelchair users as Christchurch rebuilds following the Canterbury earthquakes. Johnny's lived experience of spinal cord injury combined with his research and industry knowledge has allowed him a particularly unique understanding of how rehabilitation and disability services are developed and delivered.




Evan Brown

Evan Brown is a Behavioural Optometric Vision Care Specialist with specific interest in Visual Dysfunctions Related to Learning, Pediatric Optometry and Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation. A 1985 graduate from Auckland University Optometry School he has been self employed in private practice in Auckland, NZ for the past 30 years. 


Completing a Post-Graduate Certificate in Ocular Pharmacology in 1996; Fellowship to the College of Optometrists in Vision Development in 2006;  Therapeutic Endorsement in 2012;  Fellowship with ACBO in 2016. He has been NZ Clinical Co-Director for the NZ Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Opening Eyes Program since 1999, and received their Distinguished Service Award in 2013. In 2004 he was recognized by the NZ Division of ACBO for services to Behavioural Optometry and Children's Vision Care in NZ.  In 2005 he was awarded the Snowvision Charitable Trust Scholarship for Post-graduate study at the State University of New York Optometry School. He is currently co-lecturer for the ACBO Practical Vision Therapy Program and is an Honorary Teaching Fellow in the School of Optometry and Vision Science, Auckland University. He is current Vice-President to the board for the Australasian College of Behavioural Optometrists.




Prof Carl Chen

Carl graduated from the prestigious National Taiwan University, College of Medicine, and pursued his PhD degree from the renowned King's College of London, United Kingdom. His post graduate study was on aging proteomics (biochemistry) and brain perfusion studies. 


As a result, Carl has published numerous articles on aging studies and age related degenerative disorders. Evidence-based practice (EBP) is a field that Carl also specializes in. Carl has won many EBP competition awards in several medical institutions in Taiwan.

In terms of clinical research, Carl specializes in diagnostic and interventional musculoskeletal ultrasound, brain evoked potential, prosthetics and orthotics, gait analysis, and stroke rehabilitation. Carl applies ultrasound-guided injection techniques in treating spinal pain problems. These techniques include facet joint injections and medial branch blocks, caudal epidural injection, and selective nerve root block. Carl has done extensive research in botulinum toxin injections in treating pain and spasticity, and autologous platelet rich plasma injections in treating musculoskeletal disorders.

Presently, Carl is the national representative of Chinese Taipei in ISPRM, chairman of the research committee in AOSPRM, and elected executive member of Taiwan Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In all, Carl has published over 60 papers in clinical research and aging studies.




Prof Lidian Chen

Professor Lidian Chen (MD) is Executive member of Central & East Asia of ISPRM; Vice Chairman of Chinese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine; Secretary, prefessor and Doctoral mentor of Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. 


Chairman of Health Preservation and Rehabilitation Medicine,  China Society of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine; Chairman of Rehabilitation Facilities, Chinese Association of Medical Facilities. Director of Chinese Research Academy of Rehabilitation Industry, National Joint Engineering Research Center of Rehabilitation Medicine Technology, Fujian Collaborative Innovation Center of Rehabilitation Technology, Fujian Engineering Research Center of Rehabilitation, TCM Rehabilitation Research Center of State Administration of TCM. Fuzhou, China


Assoc. Prof Andrew Cole 

Having grown up in SE Asia, Andrew Cole studied Medicine and did his speciality training in Sydney. He has been a Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine and conjoint academic with UNSW Medicine since 1985, currently at associate professorial level. 


He has worked successively in the St George area until 1990, then in East Asia until 1996, at Braeside Hospital until 2006, and since then with HammondCare in northern Sydney. 

Andrew has been HammondCare's Chief Medical Officer since 2008. His interests lie in providing rehabilitation to cancer survivors and very frail older people, including those with dementia, at HammondCare's Greenwich Hospital and at Hammondville Aged Care Facility. He is immediate Past-President of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine. 

Andrew teaches about disability and ageing to UNSW medical students and rehabilitation trainees in Australia. He has also regularly taught on these topics to medical, nursing and allied health staff during visits to East and SE Asia in the last twenty years.




Kathy Dwyer

Kathy has worked as a physiotherapist in the field of spinal cord injury or impairment (SCI) for over 25 years.  She worked in the inpatient spinal unit setting initially in Auckland and then in Christchurch for several years.  For the past thirteen years she has been working in the community as part of an interdisciplinary team with individuals who have sustained SCI.  


In 2010 under the umbrella of the Altus Resource Trust Kathy started working in a voluntary capacity in Samoa and Tonga.  The Altus Resource Trust is New Zealand based charity that works with organisations in the Pacific Islands who provide services for children and adults with disabilities.  In the context of SCI, the aim is to work collaboratively with individuals who have sustained SCI and their families along with health providers in Samoa and Tonga to provide specialised management, education and equipment.



  Assoc Prof Steven Faux

Associate Professor Steven Faux is the Director of the Departments of Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine at St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney and a Conjoint Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of NSW and Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine the University of Notre Dame.  

He has authored over 70 journal articles and received the Ko Awatea International Excellence award for patient safety in developing and translating evidence based guidelines in acute pain management for the elderly. Associate Professor Faux has conducted trials in device development for rehabilitation and has been funded by ARC grant for research into SMARTGLASSES for determining activities of daily living, unobtrusive sensors for detecting falls in hospital, Virtual reality for use in Stroke and Pain Management and conducted the first Australian RCT in tele-rehabilitation for Chronic Pain and the use of an online multidisciplinary resource for chronic pain. He has also received a LIEF grant to establish the National Facility of Human Robot Interaction Research  with collaborators at UNSW, Australia. 

Associate Professor Faux has conducted research in brain injury in Canada as a visiting Professor at McGill University and Montreal General Hospital and maintains active research collaborations in France, the UK and India.  He holds executive committee appointments on the NSW Pain Network, then National Stroke Coalition, the Australian Stroke Registry and the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation. He is a passionate advocate for refugee health, anti-discrimination and the rights of the disabled.




Prof. Dr. med. Christoph Gutenbrunner

Prof. Dr. med. Christoph Gutenbrunner, FRCP is a specialist in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. He is the head of Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Hannover Medical School, Germany. His specialty includes pain in musculoskeletal, neurological disorders, and others. 


He has also established Integrative Chinese Medicine at his department. In addition to clinical works, he has published many publications as peer-reviewed articles, chapters and books. Prof. Gutenbrunner has been appointed as a visiting professor in many universities worldwide.  He has position as the President of German Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. At international level, he has served as the chair of ISPRM-WHO Liaison Committee. He has developed National Disability, Health and Rehabilitation Plan in Egypt, Ukraine and Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The most recent activity at international level, he is a founding member of Global Rehabilitation Alliance and become a Vice President of this organization.




Prof Maggie-Lee Huckabee

Prof Maggie-Lee Huckabee practiced as a clinical speech language pathologist for 15 years before the frustration of never knowing 'the answers' led her to an academic career. She is now Founder and Director of the University of Canterbury Rose Centre for Stroke Recovery and Research and Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders in Christchurch, New Zealand. 


She still hasn't found 'The Answers' but is trying, with research interests focusing on the complexities of behaviorally-driven neural adaptation and biomechanical change leading to swallowing recovery following neurological injury.

In her 15 year academic career, Maggie-Lee has co-authored three books, one of which is going into its 3rd edition, 14 book chapters and has published 80 peer reviewed scientific papers.  A recent research programme has resulted in a reduction in pneumonia rates from 27 to 10%, with a subsequent savings in health care costs for the regional health board of over $1.5 million in one year. For this research, she was awarded one of the top research medals from the University of Canterbury – The Innovation Medal.  She is well known as a clinical teacher and is an invited speaker by health systems worldwide to provide clinical training, particularly in rehabilitation practices.




Dr Patrick Kelly

Dr Patrick Kelly FRACP, ONZM is a paediatrician and Honorary Associate Professor in paediatrics in the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is Service Clinical Director of the Starship Children's Hospital child protection team (Te Puaruruhau), based in Puawaitahi, New Zealand's first multi-agency child advocacy centre. 


Dr Kelly has been involved in multi-disciplinary child protection, service development, teaching and research (particularly, research in abusive head trauma) since 1991. Dr Kelly has played a key role in the development of "Power to Protect", the national programme for the prevention of paediatric abusive head trauma funded by ACC. He has appeared as an expert witness in many criminal trials and runs annual training courses for paediatricians from throughout Australasia on the management of suspected child abuse. Dr Kelly was chair of the Child Protection Special Interest Group of the Paediatric Society of New Zealand for 12 years and was a founding member of the New Zealand National Child Mortality Review Committee and the New Zealand Family Violence Death Review Committee.




Prof Fary Khan

Professor Khan is the Director of Rehabilitation Services and Clinical Director, Australian Rehabilitation Research Centre at the Royal Melbourne Hospital; Clinical Professor, University of Melbourne; Adjunct Professor, Nossal Institute of Global Health and Monash University. 


She is the Chair-Elect, of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine - Disaster Rehabilitation Committee.  She currently also holds over 20 of national/international executive positions and over 15 international academic research appointments.

She has a leadership role in rehabilitative care in Australia and extensive experience in evidence based research, for which has received numerous awards. She has published over 350 scientific papers in academic journals (including 20 Cochrane reviews, 20 book chapters), and is invited speaker at national and international conferences (over 60 presentations in last 5 years). She currently supervises 8 PhD and 3 MD students at the University of Melbourne. She is editor/reviewer for more than ten academic journals.




Prof Heakyung Kim

Heakyung Kim, MD serves as Vice Chair and A. David Gurewitsch Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine of Columbia University Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medical Center, Director of Pediatric PM&R at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital and at Blythedale Children's Hospital, New York, USA. 


She is founding director of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine fellowship program at New York PresbyterianHospital. She received her M.D. from the Medical School of Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea and was trained at the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine of Yonsei University, School of Medicine in Seoul, South Korea and at the Department of Rehabilitation of UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School/Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation. She is a board certified physiatrist in the USA and South Korea and holds subspecialty boards in Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine and Brain Injury Medicine. 


She specializes in single event multilevel chemoneurolysis (SEMLC) with botulinum toxin and phenol/alcohol injections, botulinum toxin injections to salivary glands, and pain management in children with cerebral palsy. Her research interests focus on spasticity management and robotic therapy and exercise for weak spastic limbs in children with cerebral palsy and drooling management with botulinum toxin. Dr. Kim has been recognized as one of "America's Top Doctors" by New York Magazine and Castle Connolly as well as a "Super Doctor" by New York Times. She is nationally and internationally regarded as an expert in spasticity management and drooling management with botulinum toxin.




Dr Witsanu Kumthornthip

Dr.Witsanu  Kumthornthip is an Assistant Professor and the Chairman of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand. He is specialized in neurorehabilitation particularly sensorimotor problems, pain management, botulinum toxin injection, acupuncture and rehabilitation robotics. 


Dr. Witsanu's main ongoing research interests are motor disorders in neurological disease for example spasticity management, botulinum toxin injection in neurological diseases and other movement disorders, robotic gait training after stroke and other acquired brain injuries such as traumatic brain injury, and cerebral palsy, for example. He has been invited as a guest speaker more than hundred times for both local and international conferences and workshops. He has some textbook chapters and research publications. His latest research publication is Early abobotulinumtoxinA (Dysport®) in post-stroke adult upper limb spasticity: ONTIME pilot study. Toxins 2018;10, 253. doi:10.3390/toxins10070253. At present, he is also taking the position of Chairman of Educational Committee of the Asia-Oceanian Society for NeuroRehabilitation and a Regional Vice-President of the World Federation for NeuroRehabilitation (WFNR). 




Dr Xiao Lan

Lan Xiao graduated from Beijing Medical University in 1984 with a bachelor degree of medicine, and went on to further education of advanced acupuncture. Lan moved to New Zealand in 1992 and set up an acupuncture clinic in Christchurch in 1993.  


Over the next five years, Lan engaged in research and clinical practice on nose acupuncture (using the nose as a microsystem for whole body treatment) which resulted in the publication of her first book, "Lan Xiao Nose Acupuncture" in 1998.  Lan continued her research over the next 15 years which culminated in her identification of a comprehensive microsystems treatment system which she outlined in her book, "Dr. Lan's Reflexology Network" published in 2014.   For the last 3 years Lan has continued to develop and refine her system and is presently writing her new book describing her holographic systems approach to treatment which will include her holograph diagrams which she hopes will make the system easy to apply to help spread this powerful system.




Dr Jianan Li

Jianan Li is a professor and chief doctor in rehabilitation medicine working as Chair of the Center of Rehabilitation Medicine, Jiangsu Province Hospital and President of the Zhongshan Rehabilitation Hospital, Nanjing, China. 


Internationally, he is an international associate of National Academy of Medicine, USA and the Past President, International Society of Physical and Rehab Medicine as well as the associated editor, Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine. 


In China, he is in leading position in the field of rehabilitation medicine, including the Immediate Past President of the Chinese Association of Rehabilitation medicine and the Chinese Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In addition, He is the Chief Editor, Chinese Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine.


Prof Jianjun Li

He once studied in Queen's University, Canada. He successively got professional training in many famous international rehabilitation institutions, including Sonny Brook Medical Center of Canada; National Spinal Cord Injury Center, Stoke Mandeville, England; Stuttgart University, Baden-Württemberg, Germany; Japan National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities etc.


Prof. Li Jianjun has directed more than 30 national, provincial and bureau-level as well as international scientific research projects. He has won 10 national patents or software copyright. He has published over 270 papers in core journals at home and abroad including 25 SCI papers. He compiled more than 50 books and textbooks as editor-in-chief or editor. He established surgical technique for thoracic respiratory reconstruction with high-level spinal cord injury, which was reported internationally for the first time.

Prof. Li Jianjun has been dedicated to orthopedics, treatment & rehabilitation of spine and spinal cord injury, geriatric rehabilitation, rehabilitation education, management of rehabilitation institute etc. for a long time with rich experience in clinical rehabilitation, scientific research, teaching as well as hospital management. He is the winner of many awards, including Special Government Allowance,"Humanistic Management Award" by Chinese Medical Association, "5th Chinese Doctor Nominee" by Chinese Medical Doctor Association, "Rick Hansen Difference Maker Award" by the world-renowned Rick Hansen Foundation. In addition, he participated in Paralympic Games both in London 2012 and Rio 2016 as the Chief Medical Officer of China Paralympic Games Delegation. performance). From 1995 until 2008 he worked as a consultant in rehabilitation medicine at Libra Rehabilitation and Audiology in Eindhoven. From may 2008 until may 2009 he worked as a research fellow at the George Institute of Global Health, affiliated with the University of Sydney, in Sydney, Australia. In June 2009 he was appointed professor in Rehabilitation Medicine and coordinated the research program rehabilitation medicine at the Maastricht University and Maastricht University Medical Centre the Netherlands and worked as a consultant in rehabilitation medicine at Maastricht University Medical Centre.




Prof Leonard Li

Prof. Leonard S.W. Li is Rehabilitation Director of Neurological Rehabilitation Centre of Virtus Medical Group, Hong Kong. His current academic positions include Honorary Clinical  Professor of Department of Medicine of University of Hong Kong.


 Adjunct Professor of Department of Rehabilitation Sciences of Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Visiting Professor of Department of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine of Sun Yat-sen University in China. Internationally, he is taking the position of President of World Federation for Neurorehabilitation and President-elect of International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. His current research interest is in the field of Spasticity management, Robotic training and Neurostimulation with over 100 publications in the international peer review journals. He also sits in the Editorial Board of several international medical journals including "Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine", "Neurorehabilitation and Nerve Repair" and "Journal of International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine".





Mr Thomas Lin

Thomas Lin, Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist; Director of TCM Chinese Medical Centre; Committee member of WFAS (World Federation of Acupuncture and Moxibustion Societies), Vice president of Acupuncture New Zealand (from 2012). 


He has been working in ACC as the Asian Cultural Case Advisor, ACC treatment Provider; he has studied Chinese medicine and Western Medicine in China. 

Mr Lin graduated in 1991 with degree of medicine. He has been practising Acupuncture and Chinese medicine in New Zealand since 1994. Mr Lin has provided Acupuncture treatment for musculature and nerve damage to more than 10000 clients. All his clients have had very successful result with rehabilitation.

Thomas was invited to participate for Acupuncture academic exchange in Australia and China conferences, he also has successful to organize many time with Chinese TCM experts to visit NZ. 

The state of China invited Thomas to attend a study course of human health wellbeing lifestyle in Guangzhou University of TCM in 2017.



Prof Zhibiao Lu

Medical consultant of ShiSanHang (Thirteen Hongs of Canton) Traditional Chinese Medical Center, Adjunct  lecturer of Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Adjunct professor and director of acupuncture and massage rehabilitation department in Guangdong food and drug vocational college, TCM associate chief physician. 


Member of the Association of Chinese Medicine and the Association of Acupuncture. Former athlete injury and rehabilitation therapist of the Sports Administration Bureau of Guangzhou. Former chief sport injury rehabilitation physician of the Guangzhou soccer club. He has over 40 years of clinical experience and has conducted research. His is specialized in pain treatment combining Western medicine TCM, acupuncture, moxibustion,massage and rehabilitation. His acupuncture techniques adhere to tradition and result in effective treatment.



Dr John MacVicar 

Dr. MacVicar was born and raised in the Scottish Highlands and educated at the University of Glasgow Medical School. He has lived and worked in Christchurch, New Zealand since 1980. He is vocationally registered in Musculoskeletal Medicine with the Medical Council of New Zealand and is the medical director of Southern Rehab.


His main clinical interest is the evidence-based use of interventional procedures for the investigation and treatment of spine pain. He was trained in the application of these techniques through the Department of Clinical Research at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He has been a member of the (International) Spine Intervention Society since 2004 and is the immediate Past President of the Society.



Boya Nugraha

Boya Nugraha, PhD is a research group leader in Rehabilitation Sciences, particularly rehabilitation and disability at health system level; and biosciences in rehabilitation and musculoskeletal pain at the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Hannover Medical School, Germany. 


He got his doctoral degree from Hannover Medical School. He is also active at international level, including as secretary of ISPRM-WHO Liaison Committee, and as co-chair strengthening rehabilitation medicine within this committee. He has published many review papers. His recent publications with the team including developing national disability, health and rehabilitation plan in Egypt, Ukraine, and Democratic People's Republic of Korea. He is also one of core team member to develop International Classification of Service Organization in Rehabilitation (ICSO-R) both version 1.0 and 2.0. Other his recent works including article about how to reduce gap rehabilitation for cancer survivors in low and middle-income countries.



Prof John Olver

Consultant Physician in Rehabilitation Medicine, is Professor in Rehabilitation Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Monash University. He is Medical Director of Rehabilitation at Epworth Healthcare, Melbourne, Australia, where he is also Coordinator of the Epworth Rehabilitation Acquired Brain Injury Programme. 


In 2008 he was appointed as Chairman of the Clinical Institute of Rehabilitation, Psychiatry and Pain Management at Epworth HealthCare and in 2009 was appointed to the Victor Smorgon Chair of Rehabilitation Medicine, Epworth HealthCare and Monash University. He is Director of the Epworth Monash Rehabilitation Medicine Research Unit (EMReM), the medical research arm of Epworth HealthCare Rehabilitation. He is Clinical Director of the Australasian Rehabilitation Outcomes Centre (AROC).



Dr Yohei Otaka

Dr. Yohei Otaka is a board-certified physiatrist and is an associate professor of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine I, School of Medicine, Fujita Health University, Aichi, Japan. He received his medical degree and PhD (DMSc) from Keio University School of Medicine. 


Besides numerous works as a clinician and clinical researcher, he has been involved in the startup of several distinct rehabilitation facilities in Japan, including Tokyo Bay Rehabilitation Hospital, Chiba, Japan (2007-) and the Convalescent Rehabilitation Units in Fujita Health University (2018-). In addition, he has been involved in the establishment of fall prevention programs for older people in the community (2004-). His research interests include stroke rehabilitation, robotics, dementia, and fall prevention.



Assoc. Prof Teerada Ploypetch

Teerada Ploypetch, MD serves as Vice Chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand. 


After graduated Thai board-certified physiatrist, Dr. Ploypetch completed Pediatric Rehabilitation fellowship (2 years visiting scholar) at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University, USA. 

Her main interests are in spasticity management, ultrasound-guided interventions, developmental problems and cerebral palsy. As an outstanding young professional, she won the International Scholarship in 2015 from the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM). Her researches have been published and presented at world congress/international conferences. She has been invited to give many national and international lectures/workshops on her expertise such as ultrasound-guided phenol/botulinum toxin injections, gait analysis, orthoses prescription, cerebral palsy, etc.



Jennie Ponsford

Jennie Ponsford, AO, BA (Hons), MA (Clin Neuropsych), PhD, MAPsS, is a Professor of Neuropsychology and Director of Clinical Programs in the School of Psychological Sciences at Monash University and Director of the Monash-Epworth Rehabilitation Research Centre at Epworth Hospital in Melbourne. 


She has spent 37 years engaged in clinical work and research with individuals with brain injury, investigating outcomes following mild, moderate and severe traumatic brain injury, factors predicting outcome and the efficacy of rehabilitative interventions.  She has published over 300 journal articles and book chapters and two books on these subjects. She is Past-President of the International Neuropsychological Society, the International Association for the Study of Traumatic Brain Injury and the Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI), and serves on the Executive of the International Brain Injury Association and ASSBI. In 2013 she was awarded the Robert L. Moody prize for Distinguished Initiatives in Brain Injury and Rehabilitation and in 2015 the INS Paul Satz Career Mentoring Award. In 2017 she was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for her distinguished contributions to neuropsychology and seminal advances in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of patients with traumatic brain injury.




Assoc. Prof Barry Rawicki

Associate Professor Barry Rawicki is a physician in rehabilitation medicine. He obtained his medical degree at the University of Melbourne in 1978, and his specialist qualifications in rehabilitation medicine in 1985. He was appointed Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Monash University in 1999.  


He is the Medical Director of Paediatric Rehabilitation for the Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service at Monash Children's Hospital in Melbourne. He is medical head of the Monash Health Clinical Gait Analysis Laboratory at Kingston Centre which performs 3D gait analysis on both adults and children.  He is head of rehabilitation for Epworth Rehabilitation Brighton.  

His main clinical and research interests are in spasticity management and gait analysis.  He was involved in much of the pioneering work in Australia in the use of both botulinum toxin and intrathecal baclofen in spasticity management.  His other clinical, research and procedural interests are in chronic neurology and pain management. 

He has published more than 35 papers and two book chapters in these areas. 





Prof Seyed Mansour Rayegani

Professor Seyed Mansour Rayegani received his doctoral degree in medicine in 1990 and the degree of physical and rehabilitation medicine from Shiraz University of Medical Sciences in 1993. After graduation, she launched a residency course on physical medicine and rehabilitation at Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences in Tehran. 


He is now a full professor and director of the department at Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences. He is also chairman of the Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation and Electrodiagnosis society and secretary of the PRM board in Iran. Membership in the editorial board of JISPRM journals, the Turkish journal of PRM, IJBPPN, the Application of LASER in medical science and Cancer prevention, as well as the editor of the journal of Physical medicine, rehabilitation and electrodiagnosis is another of his responsibilities. Directorate and founder of the Research Center for Physical and Rehabilitation medicine of Shaheed Beheshti University of Medical Sciences and the establishment of a Fellowship for Spinal Cord Injury and spine rehabilitation are among his responsibilities. He published about 107 articles in medical journals. His professional interests include: Electrodianostic medicine, Neuromusculoskletal pain syndromes, SCI, MSK ultrasound (post graduate expert in MSK ultrasound certificate from UCAM university) and PRM research and education.




Assoc. Prof Reynaldo Rey-Matias

He is  currently the Chairman and Associate Professor 2 of the St Luke's College of Medicine - Department  of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine and  a  Clinical Associate  Professor  of  the   University  of the Philippines  College of Medicine. 

Presently the  Vice President of the Asian Oceania Society  of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine , the Pain Society of the Philippines and the Philippine Society  for Neurorehabilitation. 

He had fellowship in Adult  Brain Injury at  the Rancho Los  Amigos – University  of Southern  California and  completed a  certification  on Basic Principles  and Practice in Clinical Research  at the Harvard School of Medicine. 

He practices as the  Department  Head  of   St. Luke's Medical Center  - Department of Physical Medicine  and Rehabilitation in Quezon City  and  Bonifacio  Global City 


Dr Robin Sekerak

Dr Robin Sekerak is a board-certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) physician from the US, and a Fellow of The Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine. She is board certified in Brain Injury Medicine. She is also a Hospice and Palliative Medicine physician. Her training in Brain Injury was through TIRR-Memorial Hermann, in the Texas Medical Center, part of the Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems since 1987.

She was invited to Waikato hospital in 2004 to help establish a Comprehensive Stroke Service, which brought her to New Zealand in 2005.
She has been with ABI Rehabilitation in Wellington since 2012. She is passionate about a person and family centred approach; bringing brain science to the individuals, families, and community in a holistic, biopsychosocial approach. She strives to empower individuals and family with the values self-management and self-determination and adjustment. She loves working with professionals, families and individuals on brain injury and stroke knowledge; from prevention to rehabilitation, adjustment and living. 
She must share her time as Medical Director of the Wellington service with her other interest as partner in KauriDowns Angus Stud, which she shares with her husband in the Waikato region. She holds a BS(Hons) in Agriculture (Animal Science). She remains current in nutrition and physiology, with a particular interest in neurophysiology. 
Dr Sekerak is also a veteran having served as a Naval Flight Surgeon with US Marine Corps, and as a NASA appointed Flight Surgeon to the Space Shuttle Program. She is a certified professional mediator. She is a certified medical acupuncturist.




Prof Richard Siegert

Richard Siegert is Professor of Psychology and Rehabilitation at the Auckland University of Technology. His research interests include psychometrics, outcomes in mental health, palliative care and rehabilitation, goal setting and applying mindfulness techniques for people with chronic health conditions. 


Richard is on the editorial committee of the journals Disability and Rehabilitation and Mindfulness. He is an author on over 130 articles in international journals and an author of two popular textbooks on rehabilitation. His most recent book is Rehabilitation Goal Setting: Theory, Practice and Evidence published recently by CRC Press/Taylor and Francis.




Frances Simmonds

Frances Simmonds is a Senior Research Fellow with the Australian Health Services Research Institute (AHSRI) at the University of Wollongong, one of the largest and best known Health Services Research Centres in Australia. 


Her primary role is as the Director of AROC, the Australasian Rehabilitation Outcomes Centre, the Australian and New Zealand national rehabilitation clinical registry, but she is also involved in other AHSRI projects.  Frances' career within the health industry has spanned some 25 plus years, during which time she has held senior executive roles in the private and not-for-profit sectors before returning to research and academia at the University of Wollongong.



Dr Raj Singhal

Dr Raj Singhal is the clinical director of Adult Rehabilitation, Christchurch, New Zealand.  He works in the field of Spinal injuries and specialises in acute management of Spinal cord injuries as well as the rehabilitation phase of these individuals. 


He worked in United Kingdom before coming to New Zealand. He trained at the world renowned National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in U.K. He holds U.K, South Africa, and NZ patents for a traction reduction device to reduce C-Spine fracture dislocations in a timely manner. The device is currently being used in Christchurch Public Hospital, NZ and Middlemore Hospital, Auckland, NZ. He is also involved in various other multi-centre trials focussing on improved outcomes for Spinal Cord injured Patients. Pressure Ulcers in SCI is one of the areas of special interest.

He also is involved in setting up charitable community based spinal clinic and workshop in Samoa. He is also the current president of ANZSCOS (Australia New Zealand Spinal Cord Society).




Prof Dr Rob Smeets

Prof. dr Rob J.E.M. Smeets (1964) is a consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine since 1995 and received his PhD in medicine in 2006 (topic effectiveness of different treatment modalities for chronic disabling low back pain and measuring performance).  


From 1995 until 2008 he worked as a consultant in rehabilitation medicine at Libra Rehabilitation and Audiology in Eindhoven. 

From may 2008 until may 2009 he worked as a research fellow at the George Institute of  Global Health, affiliated with the University of Sydney, in Sydney, Australia. In June 2009 he was appointed professor in Rehabilitation Medicine and  coordinated the research program rehabilitation medicine at the Maastricht University and Maastricht University Medical Centre the Netherlands and worked as a consultant in rehabilitation medicine at Maastricht University Medical Centre.

Since 1-4-2016 he is working as a full professor at Maastricht University (0.4 fte) and consultant in rehabilitation medicine at Libra Rehabilitation and Audiology (location Eindhoven and Weert (0.6 fte clinical work and 0.1 fte research).

He specialized in the physical as well as cognitive behavioral treatments of chronic musculoskeletal pain and chronic fatigue patients and is responsible for the development, research and implementation of new diagnostic tools and treatments for these patients. He has successfully transferred the clinical department of Rehabilitation Medicine into an innovative academic working place and developed new diagnostic and treatment care pathways between primary and secondary care, especially in the field of musculoskeletal disorders.

Other research topics are mediating and moderating processes and clinimetrics of outcome measures including performance tasks. He has been involved in several (inter)national guideline committees, (past) chair of the International Association of the Study of Pain (IASP) special interest group op Pain & Movement, chair of scientific working group of the Dutch Association of Rehabilitation Medicine (2011-2014), and member (till 2014) of the scientific committee of the 7th World Congress of World Institute of Pain (2014). He is internationally recognized in the area of musculoskeletal pain research as well as rehabilitation medicine. He has served >70 times as keynote, obtained >5 million Euro of grants and co(authored) 124 international peer reviewed articles.  Although he only started publishing in 2006, his work has been cited >4800 times and has an H-index of 29 (ISI Web of Knowledge) and 39 (Google Scholar). He has supervised 11 PhD's and 3 postdocs and is currently supervising 12 PhD's, including 2 PhD students in Sweden, 1 in Belgium and 1 from Germany. He is associate editor of Pain Practice, European Journal of Physiotherapy, and was associate editor of the Netherlands Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine (2011-2015), and guest editor for a special issue Clinical Journal of Pain (2010).

He is also member of the scientific advisory board of the Dutch association of back pain patients and Hereditary Multiple Osteochondromas and clinical advisory board of the Dutch Neuromuscular Diseases (Hereditary Spastic Paresis).



Dr Deborah Snell

Dr Deborah Snell, PhD is a registered neuropsychologist and consultant clinical psychologist with the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service at Burwood Hospital in Christchurch. She is also a Senior Research Fellow and Professional Practice Fellow with the University of Otago. 


Deborah has led research evaluating the impacts of psychological factors on outcomes after mild traumatic brain injury and has worked in specialty concussion clinics for many years. She collaborates with mild traumatic brain injury and rehabilitation researchers and clinicians from around New Zealand, Canada and the US. She is currently leading a Health Research Council funded study focusing on developing guidelines for managing psychological difficulties after mild traumatic brain injury in the NZ context.




Ken Stewart 

Ken Stewart is based in Canterbury and has an academic background in epidemiology, neural science, clinical psychology and physiotherapy.  For many years he has taught in post graduate programmes in Occupational Medicine, General Practice and Physiotherapy. 


He works professionally as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist in primary care and is Canterbury DHB clinical lead for Falls & Fragility Fracture Prevention. He is also on the NZ Health Quality & Safety Commission Expert Advisory Group for falls & fracture prevention and the South Island regional network lead. He has a leadership role for the Canterbury health system and holds numerous clinical governance positions across the Canterbury health system including Deputy Chair of the Alliance Leadership Team. Ken is the national clinical advisor to ACC and leading the outcomes work for a cross-agency nationwide initiative to prevent falls and fragility fractures for older New Zealanders.



Dr Cathy Stinear

Dr Cathy Stinear is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Auckland. Her research team works with people with stroke in acute and rehabilitation wards, exploring predictors and promoters of motor recovery. 


As a clinical neuroscientist, she is focused on translating research tools into clinical practice. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles in leading journals, including Stroke, Brain, and The Lancet Neurology.



Prof Areerat Suputtitada

Dr. Areerat Suputtitada is Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at Chulalongkorn University and King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand. She is an expert in the area of neurological rehabilitation, spasticity and dystonia, gait and motion, and pain. 


At the age of 36, she was the youngest physician appointed as a Professor in Thailand. She has received 14 national awards, 12 international awards, and published more than 60 international and 20 national articles in the areas of her expertise. Throughout her career, she has been invited to lecture as the keynote speakers, parallel and symposium speakers and as the chairpersons for over 100 international conferences around the world. Professor Dr. Areerat Suputtitada 's achievements had her elected and appointed as important positions in the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM) such as the Chair of Women and Health Task Force, International exchange Committee and Representative to the ISPRM Assembly of Delegates for Asia& Oceania.


  Professor Dr. Simon Fuk-Tan Tang

Professor Dr. Simon Fuk-Tan Tang, is the deputy superintendent of Lotung Poh Ai Hospital. He had been the chairman of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and a full-time professor at Chang Gung University in Taipei, Taiwan. 


A graduate of the College of Medicine, National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan, Dr. Tang completed his postdoctoral fellowship in restorative neurology and human neurobiology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. 

Dr. Tang has written more than 180 published papers. His research interests are orthoses, gait analysis, motor control, and musculoskeletal ultrasound. Currently, Dr. Tang is the  president of the International Society for Restorative Neurology; honorary president of the Taiwan Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; and past president of the Asia-Oceanian Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine.




Assoc. Prof Alice Theadom

Associate Professor Alice Theadom, PhD is a registered psychologist and Deputy Director of the National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neuroscience at Auckland University of Technology. Alice leads a research programme focusing on traumatic brain injury including clinical trials, longitudinal cohorts and qualitative studies of the recovery experience.  


Alice has a particular interest in the impact of mild injuries/concussion and understanding why some people recover well, whilst others have long term problems. Alice was involved in the development of the ACC traumatic brain injury strategy and sports concussion guidelines and is a member of an international consortium (CENTER-TBI) which aims to review international practice and develop clinical guidelines. Alice leads the new postgraduate training course in Rehabilitation Psychology at AUT.




John Thwaites

John Thwaites is Director of Medical Clinical Training at Canterbury District Health Board, Christchurch New Zealand.  He is on the Education Committee for the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) and has been involved in the development of the MCNZ Curriculum Framework for prevocational medical training.  


He is a senior clinical lecturer with the University of Otago, Christchurch.  He has a great interest in the continuum of medical education and training from under graduate to vocational specialist.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and is a Consultant Geriatrician in clinical practice in Christchurch.  His practice includes the multiple medical problems of older people and has a particular interest in perioperative medicine.




Prof Mouwang Zhou

Professor Mouwang Zhou is the chairman of Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Peking University Third Hospital since 2005. He is the vice chairman of Chinese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine (CARM).


Chairman elected of Chinese doctor association for Rehabilitation Medicine and chairman of Beijing Association of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine. His main interesting subjects are musculoskeletal rehabilitation, spine cord injure and management of neurologic bladder after SCI. He published 99 papers in the clinical and experimental research.







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