Opening Ceremony and Keynote Lectures

Claude Tardif, Knud Jansen Lecture   Claude Tardif

Improving access to services for mobility devices: how to achieve it in low income countries?

Opening Ceremony, Monday, 8 May
09:30 – 11:30, Auditorium 1

Honouring the founder of ISPO International and President of the Society between 1970 and 1977, ISPO World Congresses are opened by the Knud Jansen Lecture. Opening the 16th World Congress 2017, the  lecture will be presented by Claude Tardif, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Physical Rehabilitation Programme based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Mr. Tardif holds a degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics from Collège Montmorency, Laval, Québec, Canada, and a post-graduate diploma in Lower Limb Orthotic Biomechanics from Strathclyde University in Glasgow, Scotland. In 1998, after finishing his clinical and academic career in Canada, where he was Director of the P&O Programme at the Montmorency College, he started to work in the humanitarian field in Cambodia, having joined the ICRC in 2002.

Through his involvement as Scientific Committee Chair of the African Federation of Orthopaedic Technologists (FATO), and as Advisory Board Member of the Tanzanian Training Centre for Orthopaedic Technologists (TATCOT), Claude Tardif actively engages in enhancing P&O education and services on the African continent.

During the lecture, Mr. Tardif will discuss and present his vision on how barriers hampering access to appropriate mobility services could be overcome.

Giles Duley, IC2A Inspirational Lecture ic2a-logo-short


Opening Ceremony, Monday, 8 May
09:30 – 11:30, Auditorium 1

Giles Duley worked as a successful fashion and music photographer for ten years. However, having become disillusioned with celebrity culture, he decided to abandon photography and left London to begin work as a full-time carer. It was in this role that he rediscovered his craft and its power to tell the stories of those without a voice. In 2000, he returned to photography, to document the work of NGOs and the stories of those affected by conflict across the world.

In 2011, Duley lost both legs and his left arm after stepping on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Afghanistan whilst photographing those caught up in the conflict. He was told he would never walk again and that his career was over. However, characteristically stubborn, Duley told his doctors “I’m still a photographer”, and returned to work less than 18 months later. Duley has since documented stories in Lebanon and Jordan, and went back to Afghanistan in October, 2012, to complete his original assignment. His return was the feature of the award-winning documentary, Walking Wounded: Return to the Frontline. His work has since been featured in numerous papers and magazines, and he has talked about his experiences on television, radio and at several international and national events.

Malebona Precious Matsoso

Tuesday, 9 May
10:30 – 11:30, Auditorium 1

Malebona Precious Matsoso is the Director General of the National Department of Health since June 2010 to date. She has more than 20 years work experience at executive management level. She has held leadership positions at national and international level for large international organization in key strategic leadership positions, covering areas of public health policy and program development; ethics and research. She has extensive knowledge and experience with developing countries, the United Nations system, high levels of governments, and other key institutions.

Robert S. Gailey

Evidenced-based Prosthetic Care: Using Data to Demonstrate the Value of a Profession that Cares

Wednesday, 10 May
10:30 – 11:30, Auditorium 1

Robert S. Gailey, PhD, PT is a professor at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Department of Physical Therapy and the Director of the Neil Spielholz Functional Outcomes Research & Evaluation Centre. He has also been a Special Advisor to the Department of Defense for amputee rehabilitation. He has authored over 60 peer reviewed publications and book chapters. Over the years, he has been involved in developing nine outcome measures, including the Amputee Mobility Predictor and Comprehensive High-Activity Mobility Predictor and continues his research efforts directed toward amputee rehabilitation, prosthetic gait, functional
assessment and amputee athletics. He has received numerous honors and Awards, and has won the Thranhardt Lecture Series award on four occasions. He is an Honorary Member of American Academy of Orthotics and Prosthetics.

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Integrated Prosthetic and Orthotic Products for All

Thursday, 11 May
10:30 – 11:30, Auditorium 1

Professor Saeed Zahedi is among the leading designers of prosthetics. He is Technical Director of Chas A Blatchford & Sons and fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Institute of Mechanical Engineers in United Kingdom. He is a visiting Professor at several universities in the United Kingdom. With 40 years of experience in P&O, Professor Zahedi has won several prizes for scientific papers. His current work is on the development of a next generation of customised prosthesis and orthosis aimed at future integration of products and services, targeting affordability and access using additive manufacture, aiming at increased efficiency and prolonging independent living.