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.  

Registration is now open!

Please register in advance for this meeting and have your ISPO membership ID ready. You will receive a confirmation email after registration. Registration link

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.

The ISPO 18th World Congress: Call for Papers and Keynote Speakers

ISPO New Date

Dear Colleague,

The ISPO 18th World Congress will be in Guadalajara, Mexico from 1-4 November 2021.

ISPO acknowledges that the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic is exceptional, affecting our global community, and creating uncertainty. ISPO considers personal interactions between delegates, researchers, and industry as essential; therefore, we continue planning to safely hold the World Congress in Mexico in November 2021.

We are in regular contact with the regional and international stakeholders regarding health and hygiene plans to guarantee the safety of presenters, delegates, visitors, and staff, and logistics of international travel. You will be advised of updates as they become available.

Keynote Speakers 

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In relation to the congress theme, “The Art and The Science”, ISPO is pleased to announce that Sophie de Oliveira Barata, Dr. Matthew Major, and Dr. Alarcos Cieza will present keynotes lectures at the World Congress.

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Call for Papers

Gain international recognition as a presenter at the World`s leading event in the prosthetics and orthotics assistive technology sector. Proposals for Symposia and Instructional Courses as well as abstracts for Free Paper and Poster presentations are now accepted. We look forward to receiving your proposals for Symposia and Instructional Courses by 17 August 2020.

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First Announcement

View and download the First Announcement. Please help us spread the word – share this information with your colleagues and professional network!

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Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact the ISPO World Congress team:
Phone: +49 341 678-8237 / -8238