Upcoming ISPRM World Congress July 8-12th

12th ISPRM World Congress – Paris, France
8 -12 July 2018
Dear Colleagues,
On behalf of the French and Belgian Societies of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (SOFMER & RBSPRM) we cordially invite you to the 12th World Congress of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM) that will take place in Paris on July 8-12, 2018.
We are excited for an unforgettable experience that will combine the latest scientific advances with outstanding opportunities for fruitful discussions and cultural exchanges in a unique Parisian atmosphere.
Each morning, participants will meet in the Great Hall to hear sessions chaired by top experts on 9 hot topics chosen by the Scientific Committee. In the afternoons, you can choose from 6 parallel sessions including lectures from invited speakers and oral scientific communications. Throughout each day, you can participate in hands-on workshops, seminars, debates and “meet the expert” sessions.
There will be a special track for residents, with a free convention on Sunday, and an “educational pathway” throughout the congress. The residents’ track will focus on current educational topics in PRM, best of Poster sessions, and many interactive educational opportunities. AJMER, the French Residents’ association, will host the many residents from all countries and organize special networking events during the Congress. Please contact associationajmer@gmail.com for more information.
In the 5,000 square meters of the exhibition hall, you will meet many pharmaceutical and biomedical companies within the scope of PRM. An international innovation contest will be open to young researchers from start-up companies or universities. This competition aims to identify and reward any innovative, technical or service project that could reduce disability in terms of care, rehabilitation or improving the lives of disabled people.
This exciting programme will offer you the best of Paris and the French spirit. Abstract submission as well as proposal submission are now open.
We look forward to meeting you in Paris!
Thierry Lejeune – André Thevenon – Alain Yelnik

Dr. Stringer

This is a wonderful story of a stellar but humble professor, who by power of intellect and stature of character has broken through barriers his entire career. It is no surprise that Dr. Stringer was able to attract and train such a such a student. These are the people who elevate us all to a better place

Brain Stimulation Partly Awakens Patient After 15 years in Coma

This report of a 35-year-old man who had a severe traumatic brain injury and had been in coma, found that stimulation of the brain by stimulating the vagus nerve could bring him to a state of awareness.
While removed from a state of unresponsiveness to an ability to follow objects with his eyes, and turn his head when asked, he demonstrated no ability to communicate to the medical staff, or care for himself.
This story is an intriguing display of the ability to use new techniques to improve the function of the brain. However, as one who cares for those with such injuries, I felt an immediate concern for the patient and the family. In cases where I have assisted in advancing patients to a level of awareness, without the ability to interact with the environment, I have wondered whether the quality of life was in fact harmed.
These have been among my more troubling moments as a doctor.
We will have to wait and see whether such advances can be refined to allow patient to move beyond constant medical care and rejoin their families.


C.T.E. Found In Aaron Hernandez (Age 27) at Autopsy

What first occurred to me is that Aaron Hernandez was genetically vulnerable.
What that means is while he seemed far too young to have brain damage this advanced, the reality is that some people are simply at greater risk.
It’s a sad reality that this vulnerability wasn’t understood until autopsy.As we study further, we hope to be able to identify those like Aaron, before it’s too late