17th World Congress of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO)
From 5 to 8 October, Kobe (Japan) has held the 17th edition of the World Congress of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO). More than 4.400 people from 97 countries have travelled to Japan to attend the congress. Several multidisciplinary experts have made the most of the occasion to present and discuss the latest scientific breakthroughs as well as the new products that will make life easier for those who use prosthetics, orthotics and assistive technology.
The World Congress of ISPO is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the most important international platforms for the cooperation of the industry. Several well-known groups and organizations met to debate the needs of the assistance technology worldwide. Amongst these groups, there were the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Handicap International (HI). Moreover, this edition counted on a massive support by the Japanese government.
With the theme “Basics to Bionics”, we want to highlight the outstanding conference by Dr. Deirdre Desmond about the relationship people with disability have with the assistance technology as well as the one by Dr. Max Ortiz on the neurorehabilitation of the pain in the phantom limb. Likewise, many posters analyzing several injuries and solutions for them were presented. For more information on what was presented during the ISPO Congress, please visit the abstract book here.