ISPO Online Symposium on Telehealth

ISPO has the pleasure to announce its first “Symposium on Telehealth”. Organised by the ISPO Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Committee, the symposium will be held online on 16 October 2020, from 12 (noon) to 3 PM UCT.

Freely accessible to the entire ISPO community, the symposium will aim to demonstrate how communication technology is being used in various sectors of rehabilitation services. In particular, the purpose is to:

• Introduce participants to telehealth,
• Demonstrate/discuss the importance of telehealth in light of the current pandemic,
• Provide examples/model of telehealth that have been put into practical use.

Representing the multidisciplinary and international membership of ISPO, the symposium presenters will talk about topics such as the telehealth landscape, risk analysis of telehealth versus face-to-face interventions, telehealth strategies for remote regions, and telehealth for outcomes and patient education. Sufficient time is foreseen to answer questions from the audience.

The full programme and list of speakers will be made available shortly, and registration is planned to be open between mid-September and mid-October. The recording of the event will be made available to ISPO members in good standing.

You can sign up for the online online symposium by completing this short registration form.

In case of questions please do not hesitate to contact ISPO at

New Date for ISPO 18th World Congress

ISPO New Date

New date

Dear Colleague,

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure the safety of participants and exhibitors, the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) has changed the dates of the ISPO 18th World Congress to 1 to 4 November 2021. The Congress will still take place at the Expo Guadalajara Convention & Exhibition Centre in Guadalajara, Mexico.

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ISPO Canada & OAPO Online Joint AGM and Educational Session

ISPO Canada and The Ontario Association of Prosthetics and Orthotics(OAPO) are pleased to host a virtual AGM and Educational Session on October 24th, 2020. The event will run from 9 AM to 3 PM EDT and will include a combination of technical, clinical, and student presentations. Participants are eligible for a maximum of 6 OPC MCE credits.  

We are extremely pleased that Ottobock has made a generous donation towards the Education program. Thanks to the support of these organizations the education program will be offered at no charge to all members and non-members. ottobock

Find the link for the agenda here ISPO/OAPO Educational Session Program

Keynote Speakers sponsored by Ossur Canada and include:

Matthew Major, PhD, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Matthew Major, PhD, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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.



Dr. Glenn Regehr

Dr. Glenn Regehr, PhD, has been at UBC as Senior Scientist and founding Associate Director of Research at CHES and Professor (Department of Surgery), since July 2009. He also holds appointments with the University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Medical Education, and the University of Maastricht School of Health Education.

Dr. Regehr’s research interests are in the construction and implementation of educational interventions and the tendency to underestimate the agency of our learners and teachers. Acknowledging the agency of individual learners and teachers requires the educational process to be treated as a complex adaptive system, and therefore attend to how our educational plans play out through the everyday interactions of learners and teachers with curricular expectations. The collaborative programs of research he has been involved with recently have explored how individual goals, beliefs and values create unexpected complexities for the idealized version of the espoused curriculum.

If you missed the event the presentations are available for viewing on our ISPO Canada YouTube page by following the links below!