Every two years, the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) invites professionals involved in the care of persons in need of prosthetic, orthotic, mobility, and assistive devices to its unique and interactive flagship meeting, the ISPO World Congress.

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, ISPO continues its mission to secure global knowledge exchange and interaction. For the first time, it will host a unique virtual event where professionals come together online to learn about the latest scientific and clinical advance, products, innovative technologies, designs, and material in prosthetic and orthotic care.

Don’t miss the opportunity to attend the P&O industry’s leading scientific congress worldwide from the comfort of your own home or workplace!


Keynote Speakers

A special highlight of the virtual ISPO 18th World Congress will be the three keynote lectures by Dr Alarcos Cieza, Dr Matthew Major and Dr Alex Dickinson. Christopher Hutchison, will deliver the popular IC2A Inspirational Lecture opening the congress.

Dr Alarcos Cieza serves as Unit Head of Sensory Functions, Disability and Rehabilitation at the World Health Organisation (WHO) overseeing work in the fields of vision, hearing, disability, and rehabilitation. Additionally, she has led the research units at the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Pettenkofer School of Public Health at Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich for over ten years.

Dr Matthew Major is an Associate Professor at Northwestern University and works as a Research Health Scientist at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago. Focussing his research on the design and optimisation of rehabilitation interventions he aims to enhance mobility and independence of individuals with musculoskeletal or neurological pathology.

In his keynote ‘Personalized Rehabilitation: Mapping the Links Between Prosthesis Parameters, Motor Capacity, and Clinical Outcomes for Optimizing Interventions.’ Matthew Major will discuss a selection of novel experimental techniques being implemented to populate digital maps defining the relationships between select parameters. Further he will discuss how an iterative optimization approach can deliver personalized lower-limb loss rehabilitation interventions when integrating targeted physical therapies that encourage self-organization with the prosthesis.

Dr Alex Dickinson works as an Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Southampton. During his research fellowship at the Royal Academy of Engineering he developed a team for working on data technologies to enhance the design and assessment of prosthetic limbs.

In his talk ‘Digital Workflows for Predictive Prosthetic Socket Design’ Alex Dickinson will describe how he and his team have tried to reframe prosthetic socket design in the paradigm of formal engineering design, whilst aiming to make simulation-based design tools usable and accessible to clinicians.

The popular IC2A Inspirational Lecture will kick off the virtual ISPO 18th World Congress. Speaker Christopher Hutchison will address his journey after amputation and how we are all moving towards the vision of “Prosthetics for All – Changing Lives through Digital Technologies”.

In 2009, Hutchison was involved in an accident and both his legs had to be amputated. Having gained a deeper understanding from this tragedy stared to work closely with prosthetists from around the world, developing comprehensive experience and knowledge of prosthetic fitting, especially in relation to sockets. This has allowed him to drive “user-generated innovation” and become a recognised positive “disruptor” in prosthetics, as co-founder and CTO of ProsFit, offering end-to-end digital solutions for prosthetics provision.

For a complete congress program and registration please check out the ISPO 18th World Congress website