ISSUE 36, January 2019
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Official newsletter of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine

A New Year of Opportunities
President’s Message

It is a pleasure again to write a message for this space in News & Views as President of ISPRM.  We just started the new calendar year 2019 and, as usual, this transition is an opportunity to reflect on what we (ISPRM) have accomplished and on the challenges and opportunities we will face in the near future.  In my opinion, even in a complicated world like ours, we have to feel optimistic about the future of rehabilitation in general and PRM in particular.  This optimism should be part of everything we will do as an international organization in 2019.
As we begin 2019, we are completing the transition to a new central office with AIM Group International ( located in Milano, Italy ( This transition will provide strong support for our action plans, expertise in the management of our organization, and stability to our operations.  As part of the transition we have started to use the office of the Swiss Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine as the official address of ISPRM and I would like to thank our Swiss colleagues for supporting ISPRM in this process.  ISPRM’s bank accounts will remain in Switzerland.  With regards to the financial aspect of the transition we completed the closing of the World Congress in Paris thanks to our French colleagues, and the necessary audits (2017 complete and 2018 in progress) of the Society and Congress with Mr. Harry Lee (certified accountant in Hong Kong).  
Our membership has grown to a record 67 national societies and we continue to work to get more countries to join ISPRM.  Recently 6 countries members of AMLAR (Latin American Medical Association of Rehabilitation) joined or reactivated their membership in ISPRM.  The President’s Cabinet continues to have a monthly video call to discuss important matters.  Every month, one committee chair is invited to attend and report on his/her committee activities and, in December, the Executive Committee was invited to meet with the PC.  All Committees have revised their guidelines and 2 new task forces have been officially established: 1) The ClinFIT (Clinical Functioning Information Tool) task force chaired by Gerold Stucki (Switzerland and ISPRM Past-president) and 2) The Physical Activity for Persons with Disabilities task force chaired by Yetsa Tuakli-Wosornu (Ghana and Yale University, CT).  An additional 2 task forces and one special interest group have been proposed and are under consideration.  Finally, the new action plan of the ISPRM-WHO Liaison Committee was approved by the WHO and our Committee participated in regional WHO events in Italy and The Philippines and in the WHO Global Conference on Primary Care in Astana, Kazakhstan to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Alma Ata Declaration.
On the education and research fronts, a few weeks ago, the second issue of the Journal of ISPRM was published under the direction of Prof. Gerard Francisco (Editor-in-Chief).  The road to make our journal one of the best in the field is long but we are off to a great start.  You are invited to submit your work for review and possible publication (  The ISPRM Summit for Developing Countries was held in Nanjing, China.  This was an excellent scientific and educational event that included more than 1,000 participants and several members of ISPRM were invited speakers.  Finally, the call for bids for the ISPRM 17th World Congress to be held in The Americas has resulted in 4 countries expressing interest in organizing that important event. 
This is an important time for rehabilitation and for PRM and all members of ISPRM should become more active, participate, and contribute to our mission.  I would like to conclude with an invitation to attend the 13th ISPRM World Congress to be held in Kobe, Japan on the days of June 9th-13th.  Our colleagues and friends in Japan are working hard to organize an outstanding event.  Let’s be part of it!
Walter R. Frontera, MD, PhD, FRCP
International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine

Let’s introduce AIM Group International !

As of January 2019 the ISPRM Central Office is managed by AIM Group International Let’s discover who they are and the dedicated people we will refer to.
AIM Group International is a leading event management group with nearly 60 years of experience in the Meetings and Events Industry with headquarters in Milan (Italy) and 16 offices dislocated in 10 Countries: Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Florence, Hamburg, Lisbon, Madrid, Milan, Munich, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, Prague, Rome, Vienna.
The team, made up of nearly 400 people from over 25 countries and speaking as many languages, has an extensive know-how and long experience in the meeting industry.
AIM manages a large number of Medical Associations at international level.
Last but not least, AIM Group International shares with ISPRM the passion for the rehabilitation, in fact among their Corporate Social Responsibility Projects, the Company strongly supports a Rehabilitation Centre in Burundi, which helps people with motor disabilities and offers post-traumatic treatment and post-surgical rehabilitation.
The dedicated team
Two professionals, based in Milan, will provide a custom day-to-day support to satisfy our Association needs: Daniela Pajola as Project Director and Jessyca Idi as Project Assistant. Daniela, with a degree in International Political Sciences, has 23 years of experience in the industry, and a powerful curriculum as Executive Officer for other medical associations.  Jessyca has a multicultural profile. After completing the high school studies in Brazil, she has studied and worked in New Zealand, Canada and, finally, in Europe. Daniela and Jessyca are looking forward to supporting us. Do not hesitate to contact them for any need.
Jessyca Idi on the left and Daniela Pajola on the right.
Latest News from Prof. Fary Khan and the Disaster Rehabilitation Committee (DRC)
The DRC ISPRM is very active and has an ambitious agenda aligned with the ISPRM objectives of developing Rehabilitation staff expertise, information, education and resources in disaster settings. The following activities are underway with a number of Working Groups (WGs) within the DRC:
DRC Operational Guidelines – have been reviewed and submitted to Executive for approval.
DRC Membership lists are being updated for current members (and non-members) who comply with requirements and have valid registration.
Collaboration with the WHO Collaborating Centre for Strengthening Rehabilitation Capacity (Sydney Australia) to work with various ISPRM Committees. Strategy to be discussed with PC at the Kobe meeting 2019 for opportunities for capacity development in Rehabilitation Medicine, education, research and collaboration.
ISPRM policy statement on response to a sudden-onset natural disaster – currently working group developing a draft response for ISPRM PC consideration. Interested members to please contact Chair DRC.
 ...and more!

Call for 2020 Proposals Now Open!

The AAP is proud to host ISPRM 2020 – a joint meeting of the International Society of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM) World Congress and AAP Annual Meeting. Presenting an educational session is a can't-miss opportunity to build your professional network and gain international exposure for your ideas and institution. 


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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:
► VIII In4Med Congress
21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th of February 2019, Convento de São Francisco, Coimbra

► First MENASCI Meeting and workshops & 8th Annual Conference on Rehabilitation and Disability
March, 7th- 10th 2019, Fez, Morocco

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

► 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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