Rosielena Jované - Knud Jansen Lecture
Rosielena Jované is a Sales Manager for Becker Orthopedic, an O&P manufacturer, located in Michigan, USA. Rosie focuses on orthotic componentry and at Becker she developed the Latin American market. She is currently responsible for overseeing this market as well as several countries in Europe, Asia and Africa.
She holds a degree in Orthotics and Prosthetics from Argentina (1981) and she is licensed as a Panamanian Prosthetist/Orthotist by the Ministry of Health, Panama (1982).
For most of her career and prior to her relocation to the USA Rosie practiced O&P in her home country Panama where she founded the (Panamanian) ISPO National Members Society, this being the first affiliated society established in Latin America.
Rosie was a member of the ISPO Board of Directors (2013-2017) and she served for two years as Chair, ISPO-USAID Steering Committee. She was the guiding hand in bringing together various ISPO members from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean to found the now well established and highly recognised Uniting Frontiers Forum and its biennial regional congress/exhibition event. She is the recipient of a number of awards, including the ISPO Fellowship in recognition for her professional performance and contributions in the field of technical orthopedics (2017).
Dr. Matthew Major
Dr. Matthew J. Major, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Department of Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University, and a Research Health Scientist at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, USA. He is a faculty member of the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center (NUPOC) where he instructs for the Master of Prosthetics and Orthotics clinical education program and manages the Prosthetics and Orthotics Rehabilitation Technology Assessment Laboratory (PORTAL).
Dr. Major’s research focuses on the design and optimization of rehabilitation interventions to enhance mobility and independence of individuals with musculoskeletal or neurological pathology. His research activities include development of user-centered prosthetic devices, and investigations on locomotor stability and postural control of prosthesis and orthosis users. He serves on the Journal of Prosthetics & Orthotics Editorial Board, the Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation Research Committee, and the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics Scientific Committee.
Sophie de Oliveira Barata
The Alternative Limb Project was founded by Sophie de Oliveira Barata, using the unique medium of prosthetics to create highly stylised wearable art pieces.
Merging the latest technology with traditional crafts, Sophie’s creations explore themes of body image, modification, evolution and transhumanism, whilst promoting positive conversations around disability and celebrating body diversity.
Sophie collaborates with specialists in fields such as 3D modelling, electronics, and cutting edge technology to create each piece. Clients have included Paralympic athletes, music performers, models and video game companies.
Dr. Alarcos Cieza
Dr Alarcos Cieza is the Coordinator, Blindness and Deafness Prevention, Disability and Rehabilitation at World Health Organisation (WHO).
Prior to joining WHO in September 2014, she served as Chair and Professor of Medical Psychology at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom and led the research unit at the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and then at the Pettenkofer School of Public Health at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany.
Dr Cieza oversees WHO’s work on vision, hearing, rehabilitation and disability. This includes the implementation of the Disability Action Plan 2014-2021.