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    Keynote Speakers

    David Constantine - Knud Jansen Lecture


    David is the co-founder of Motivation, a charity which works to improve the quality of life of people with mobility impairment. His inspiration to design wheelchairs started when he joined IBM and met industrial designers after completing his degree in Computing & Accounting/Finance. He went on to do an MA in Industrial Design at the Royal College of Art, where David, alongside Simon Gue, designed an award-winning wheelchair for developing countries. David himself is wheelchair user, following a diving accident in 1982 (at 21), so his work is understandably filled with deep personal significance and in 2010, he was awarded an MBE by the Queen for services to people with a disability.

    Dr. Deirdre Desmond


    Deirdre Desmond, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology and member of the Assisting Living & Learning (ALL) Institute at Maynooth University in Maynooth, Ireland. She is also co-director of the Dublin Psychoprosthetics Group.

    Deirdre is currently a member of the ISPO Scientific Committee and was formerly an associate editor for the Prosthetics and Orthotics International (POI) journal. Her research focuses on psychological adjustment to illness, injury, and disability as well as rehabilitation, selfmanagement, and psychosocial aspects of assistive technology. She completed BA and PhD degrees in psychology at Trinity College Dublin before joining the academic staff at Maynooth University.

    Dr. Max Ortiz Catalán


    Dr. Max Ortiz Catalán, PhD, led the development of the first bionic arm that could be directly connected to a patient’s bone, nerves, and muscles. In addition, he developed a novel treatment for phantom limb pain that has helped chronic sufferers for whom no other treatments were effective.

    Dr. Ortiz Catalán is an Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, where he founded and currently leads the Biomechatronics and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory. He works in close collaboration with Sahlgrenska University Hospital, and serves as a Research Director of Integrum AB, both in Gothenburg, Sweden.

    His research, for which he received several prestigious awards, includes bioelectric signals acquisition electronics (analog and digital), bioelectric signal processing and machine learning algorithms for decoding motor volition and control, neuromuscular interfaces, neurostimulation for sensory feedback, bone-anchored prostheses and osseointegration as well as virtual and augmented reality for neuromuscular rehabilitation and the treatment of phantom limb pain.

    Prof. Eiichi Saitoh


    Professor Eiichi Saitoh (MD, DMSc) is a certified physiatrist, Executive Vice President of Fujita Health University, and Professor and Chairman of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine I at the Fujita Health University School of Medicine in Aichi, Japan. He graduated from Keio University in 1980 and received his DMSc (PhD) from Keio University in 1991.

    Professor Saitoh is also currently Adjunct or Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, USA), China Medical University (Shenyang, China), Shanghai University of Medicine and Health Science (Shanghai, China), Sun Yat-Sen University (Guangzhou, China), Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Tokyo Medical and Dental University as well as Executive Board Member of the National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology (Japan).

    Professor Saitoh is specifically interested in dysphagia, robotics, orthosis, motion analysis, locomotion, exercise science and psychology. He serves different roles in rehabilitation medicine in Japan, and has been awarded several prizes for his research.

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