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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 2-3

ISPRM-France 2018: A winning and very promising experience

1 PRM Department, Montpellier University Hospital, Euromov, IFRH, University of Montpellier, Montpellier, France
2 Centro de Medicina de Reabilitação Região Centro, Rovisco Pais and Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Portugal
3 PRM Department, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, San Juan, PR, USA
4 PRM Department, GH St. Louis-Lariboisiere-F. Widal, AP-HP, Paris Diderot University, 75010 Paris, France
5 PRM Department, CHU, URePSS, Lille University, F-59000 Lille, France

Date of Web Publication11-Jan-2019

Correspondence Address:
Isabelle Laffont
PRM Department, Montpellier University Hospital
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jisprm.ijprm_11_18

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Laffont I, Lains J, Frontera W, Yelnik A, Thevenon A. ISPRM-France 2018: A winning and very promising experience. J Int Soc Phys Rehabil Med 2018;1:2-3

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Laffont I, Lains J, Frontera W, Yelnik A, Thevenon A. ISPRM-France 2018: A winning and very promising experience. J Int Soc Phys Rehabil Med [serial online] 2018 [cited 2020 May 25];1:2-3. Available from: http://www.jisprm.org/text.asp?2018/1/2/2/249851

The 12th World Congress of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM) was held in Paris from July 8–12, 2018, together with the 33rd annual French Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) SOFMER Congress.[1] Even though it was holiday season for most of the European countries, a total of 4009 attendees registered for the congress and came to Paris for the event. Such a high level of participation was a record for an ISPRM Congress in Europe. The audience was truly international; only one-quarter of the registrants came from France (1190) and half came from outside of Europe. Asia, Oceania, and the Americas were very well represented, especially Japan (264), United States (204), Turkey (115), Australia (111), South Korea (100), Canada (93), China (93), and Brazil (83). Furthermore, the congress succeeded in attracting a significant number of representatives from Africa (119) including two-thirds from Maghreb and one-third from 12 Sub-Saharan countries, who very rarely attend ISPRM Congresses.

The distribution of submitted abstracts on classical PRM topics showed a substantial interest in the field of neurological diseases and rehabilitation (715), musculoskeletal disorders including pain management (621), as well as gait analysis and postural control, robotics and virtual reality, sports, and care organizations. Some emerging topics in PRM that were highly represented included vocational rehabilitation, cognitive and speech disorders, cancer, cardiovascular and geriatric rehabilitation, biological markers of recovery, and regenerative medicine. These topics, because of their importance for the future of PRM, should be highlighted in future ISPRM Congresses.

Of the total of 2689 abstract submitted, the scientific committee of the congress selected the best 164 for an oral presentation, representing 6% of the total. In addition, 267 other abstracts were selected for a short oral presentation during “thematic poster tours,” an original format that was highly valued by participants. Finally, approximately 2000 poster presentations were available on screens in the main hall of the congress during the 4 days. The best-selected abstracts have been co-published by the Annals of PRM and by the Journal of International Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.[2]

In parallel to these 21 free paper scientific sessions, the program included 21 other scientific sessions proposed by the best worldwide specialists in their field, 12 ISPRM Committee sessions, 8 joint sessions between international scientific societies of PRM, and 53 educational workshops. All were selected after a deep review by a group of 178 international reviewers.

This very careful selection led to an outstanding scientific program. The most up-to-date and innovative information was presented in areas as stroke, virtual reality, robotics, myofascial pain syndrome, spasticity, spine disorders, and telerehabilitation. Together, the scientific sessions, the devices shown in the exhibition hall, and the projects submitted by the 55 start-up companies taking part in the innovative contest show that research in PRM is growing particularly in direct applications that should give hope to the billion people with disabilities around the world.[3]

Thanks to the participation of people from 104 different countries, many scientific, professional, and personal contacts were made or reinforced between French and foreign teams. These contacts will strengthen research and education partnerships. Moreover, one-third of the attendees were under 35 years of age. This demonstrates the attractiveness of PRM for young doctors around the world. After such a congress, we are certain that our trainees are more than ever convinced that they chose the right specialty. PRM is a key for health all over the world and will become a major medical discipline of the 21st century.

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Laffont I, Lains J, Frontera W, Yelnik A, Thevenon A. ISPRM–France 2018: A winning and so promising experience. Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 2018;61:361-2.  Back to cited text no. 1
Lains J. Why does the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine need its own journal? J Int Soc Phys Med Rehabil 2018;1:1-2.  Back to cited text no. 2
Frontera WR. Some reflections on the past, present, and future of physical and rehabilitation medicine (on the occasion of the 30th SOFMER congress). Ann Phys Rehabil Med 2016;59:79-82.  Back to cited text no. 3


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