ISPO 19th World Congress in the land of Mariachi
From 24 to 27 April, professionals involved in the care of persons in need of prosthetic, orthotic, mobility and assistive devices are gathering in the Mexican city of Guadalajara for the 19th World Congress of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO). For the first time in the history of the ISPO, this prestigious industry get-together is to be held in Latin America. "The Art and the Science" is the theme of this year's World Congress and its accompanying exhibition, which will offer opportunities for interdisciplinary exchange and dialogue on professional experiences. At the industry exhibition, over 100 companies from 28 countries are presenting their products and solutions for use in modern treatments for people with disabilities. At the World Congress, speakers from all over the world will give insights into the latest scientific findings as well as state-of-the-art treatments.
Every two years, the World Congress brings together the global P&O community and invites professionals to join in the conversation on scientific and technological developments. As part of its mission to improve the quality of life for persons who may benefit from the rehabilitation practice of prosthetic, orthotic, mobility and assistive technology, the ISPO specifically selects venues for this event in developing countries and emerging economies, thus working towards its vision of creating a world where all people have equal opportunity for full participation in society.
Comprehensive market overview at the exhibition
With over 100 companies from 28 countries, the industry exhibition showcases the entire spectrum of products and services in modern orthopaedic treatment and care. Global players such as Alps South, Blatchford, ORTEN, Össur and Ottobock will be exhibiting alongside Mexican companies including METRICAL, Ortiz Internacional, Orto Move and Prothesia as well as start-ups such as 3Digity, Circleg, Ethnocare und Thrive Orthopedics.
19 companies are from the USA, making up the largest number of exhibitors from any one country, followed by Germany, with 18 companies, and the host country, Mexico, with 10 exhibitors. A total of 12 companies will be presenting their products in a German pavilion.
A particular highlight of the exhibition is the start-up area – an exclusive area for young companies and their innovative solutions. From customised orthotics made on a 3D printer to inlays manufactured from carbon fibres and Direct Fit prosthesis shafts, a total of seven start-ups from Canada, Germany, Mexico, Switzerland/East Africa, the United Kingdom and the USA will be presenting their latest innovations.
All exhibiting companies are listed in the exhibitor directory: https://www.ispo-congress.com/exhibitor-directory .
Congress programme reflects global expertise
The international World Congress, under the leadership of Professor Deirdre Desmond, is offering a wide range of sessions. The four-day programme includes a total of five keynote lectures, 30 symposia, and 20 basic instructional courses, as well as eight advanced instructional courses, 41 free paper sessions and more than 80 scientific posters. Speakers will be providing insights into their work, ranging from the latest research to modern treatment methods.
The high-profile keynote lectures are traditional highlights of the congress. This year, contributions are expected by Professor Nachiappan (Nachi) Chockalingam, Professor Stefania Fatone, Rosielena (Rosie) Jované and Ana Paulina Chavira, as well as Chris Parsons and Sophie de Oliveira Barata.
Additional lunch time sessions are planned, giving an opportunity for ATscale, the Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub), the Special Interest Group for Bone Anchored Limbs (SIGBAL) and the Superhumans Center Ukraine to introduce themselves.
To enable local and regional treatment teams from Mexico to benefit from exchange of knowledge at the event, the majority of English sessions will be simultaneously translated into Spanish. There will be English translations for a small number of lectures held in Spanish. Alongside the wide range of scientific sessions, some exhibitors are offering practical workshops in English and Spanish that look at the latest product innovations and modern therapy treatments. For example, FIOR & GENTZ is presenting NEURO HiTRONIC, the first microprocessor-controlled microhydraulic system knee joint with permanent stance phase control and swing phase support.
Amparo Prosthetics will be showcasing its Amparo socket technology at a live demonstration. Using thermoplastic materials, Amparo sockets can be moulded directly onto a patient's residual limb in just one session. O & P Mexico is a local company offering various workshops in Spanish as well as advanced training in prosthetic and orthotic products. The exhibitor workshops are free of charge for congress participants and holders of an exhibition day pass.
An overview of all sessions can be found in the online programme: https://www.ispo-congress.com/online-programme .
Registration for the ISPO 19th World Congress
Registration for the congress and accompanying exhibition is open at www.ispo-congress.com/participant-registration .