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Official newsletter of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine

We are proud to reveal the ISPRM/ESPRM/SPMFR 2022 Congress:
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The 2022 congress in Lisbon will be the biggest PRM event in the world. For the first time the International Society Congress (ISPRM), the European Society Congress (ESPRM), as well as our own national Congress (SPMFR) will be joined in one only and incredible event!
A World congress, a European Congress and a National congress together, as it should be in these times of union and friendship.
The dates are July 3-7, 2022 – Lisbon, Portugal. The venue is the Centro de Congressos de Lisboa.
Apart from a perfect scientific program, we will work hard to organize a range of cultural activities. The social program is being carefully planned. You cannot miss the opening ceremony and the congress networking dinner!
You will feel warmly welcomed in Portugal and by the Portuguese. Lisbon is ready for you. Enjoy Lisbon and the surroundings, and feel at home.
ISPRM/ESPRM/SPMFR 2022 will be an unforgettable event.
Together, we will build the biggest and best ever PRM congress! See you in Lisbon, in 2022!

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Abstract Submission 1st Deadline: October 31st, 2021
Questions? Email:
The ISPRM 2021 Abstracts will be available soon!
ISPRM Groups: Call for Members!
Join the N&V Editorial Board!Our Newsletter Subcommittee is forming its own Editorial Board and we are looking for members!
Are you interested in becoming part of a team dedicated to collecting & sharing PRM news worldwide? 
This is your chance to contribute to an international community and earn valuable experience! Send your CV and short introduction of yourself to
Join the N&V Editorial Board!If you have a passion for strengthening rehabilitation in health systems especially in primary health care settings and are ready to contribute to building the capacity of the rehabilitation workforce in low to middle income countries...
Then the ISPRM’s Strengthening Rehabilitation in Health Systems Committee (SRHC)  is the right group for you. Join in research and developing activities to build and strengthen rehabilitation globally.
📝 Send us a short statement on how you think you can contribute to our cause today.
Read full article HERE.
Interview with Luz Helena Lugo- Agudelo, MD
Join the N&V Editorial Board!Luz Helena Lugo- Agudelo MD PM&R, is a Professor at Antioquia University in Colombia. She was awarded the ISPRM 2021 Senior Distinguished Researcher Award (view announcement).

''In general, in my professional practice I’ve seen patients with neurologic, trauma, hand and musculoskeletal disorders. The area I didn’t develop was electrophysiology because I preferred to attend closely and maintain clinical relationships with my patients to get a clear vision of their functional disabilities.''
''In our country we have few resources to investigate, nevertheless, the university in which I work has an important research career and the possibility to make research in not so competitive areas, and has made 20 years of research possible.''

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Special thanks to Dr. Elizabeth Marin Monterroso, member of our News&Views Editorial Board, who interviewed Dr. Luz Helena Lugo- Agudelo.
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A Successful PRM International Rotations Story
Join the N&V Editorial Board!Catherine Velasquez, MD: '' I am a foreign medical graduate from Peru and successfully matched into a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency in the US last year. This was the culmination of several years of preparation. During this time, I was lucky to do rotations in Miami and Houston. Each of these impacted my application differently and I hope these words help others like me.''
''(...) I would like to help in the development of physical medicine and rehabilitation in Peru by setting collaborations, either by performing medical campaigns or providing adequate training. Not only by treating patients but also teaching it and make it reproducible in every city. Show that rehabilitation medicine is not the job of just the physician, the therapists, or the patients. It is, by all means, a teamwork effort. No matter how small a task may seem it is always towards an improvement in our patient’s quality of life.'' READ FULL STORY 

Special thanks to Dr. Constanza Leal, who worked on this article.

She is the current Country Ambassador for Chile in the World Youth Forum of ISPRM and was a former referent for the Residents Chapter in the Latin American Rehabilitation Medical Association (AMLAR). She was a former physical medicine and rehabilitation resident from Universidad de Chile during 2018-2021. Currently graduated, works as a Physiatrist in Hospital Urgencias Asistencia Pública and Hospital Metropolitano in Santiago, Chile.
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The Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP), an ISPRM National Society is proud to again partner with the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM), to bring a leading academic physiatry conference to physiatrists around the globe. Join Physiatry ’22 in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 1-5, 2022!

Cochrane Rehabilitation Newsletter

The Newsletter contains an update on the Cochrane Rehabilitation activities, Cochrane Systematic Reviews and blogshots of rehabilitation interest.
View: Cochrane Rehabilitation Newsletters
Article of the Month by David Burke


Tanezumab is a neurotrophin nerve growth factor (NGF) monoclonal antibody created as an alternative to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for the  treatment of osteoarthritis (OA).  This study compared the long-term effects of  tanexumab and NSAIDs. This phase three randomized double-blind study was conducted at 446 sites in four continents.  The subjects were adults with a clinical diagnosis of hip/knee OA in the index/most painful joint.  All were required to have received a stable dose of an oral NSAID for at least 30 days...READ MORE
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CRIMEDIM (Center for Research and Training in Disaster Medicine, Humanitarian Aid, and Global Health) - Under the coordination of the WHO Emergency Medical Teams Secretariat, we are looking for highly experienced healthcare professionals who demonstrate experience with clinical management of severe and critical COVID-19 patients and with application of infection prevention and control measures in COVID-19 to provide technical and operational support and enhance the capacity of managing COVID-19 pandemic in the WHO African Region.
Did you know? ISPRM has started a series of interviews among PRM professionals worldwide to share experiences and facilitate communication.
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MFPRM 2021
The Virtual Congress of The 14th Mediterranean Congress of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine in conjunction with the 8th Congress of the Jordanian Society of Physical Medicine, Arthritis & Rehabilitation, will be held online from 13th to 16th of October 2021 Amman, Jordan.
This congress is a four-day scientific program, which will be of high interest to academicians, physicians, researchers, and others with an interest in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, where distinguished and renowned speakers will deliver remarkable presentations, workshops, and poster sessions.
Immagine che contiene testoDescrizione generata automaticamenteSOFMER 2021 
The next congress of the French Scientific Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine will held in the North of France in October 2021. This congress is a joint-congress together with the Belgium Society of PRM. SOFMER 2021 will be an “on site congress” but due to the pandemic, the international sessions will run digitally.
One of the english spoken international session will be “Regenerative medicine and rehabilitation in musculo skelettal disorders”. The session will run on Thursday, October 14th, 2021., 14-16h00 CEST.
It will be a digital session with live or pre-recorded presentations.
Find out more on the website:
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9th to 10th November 2021 (Virtual)
A joint conference of the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine, Society for Research in Rehabilitation and the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists for People with Learning Disabilities.

Immagine che contiene testoDescrizione generata automaticamente12th Canadian Comprehensive Review Course in PMR 
Pre-recorded Lecture material will become available starting
January 10, 2022
Live-Virtual Interactive Course
Feb 11 to Feb 18, 2022
The Canadian Comprehensive Review Course (CCRC) is organized biennially for Canadian PM&R residents.
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The 2022 World Congress on osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and musculoskeletal diseases will take place on Marc 24-27, 2022 in Berlin, Germany
This worldwide known event is jointly organized every year by the ESCEO and the IOF. IOF and ESCEO have worked in partnership for several years to develop a unique European meeting programme for healthcare professionals, researchers and young scientists.

Immagine che contiene testoDescrizione generata automaticamenteWorld Congress for NeuroRehabilitation 
14th-17th December 2022, Austria
The World Congress for Neurorehabilitation is an international expert forum for the presentation and discussion of new research focusing on interdisciplinary aspects as well as current and future concepts of neurorehabilitation. We are expecting numerous participants on-site in Vienna from all around the world.
Chair of the News & Views sub-committee: Dr. Di Cui

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