2017 Rehabilitation Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand 2nd Annual Scientific MeetingThe Leading Edge: Innovations in Rehabilitation MedicineSunday 17- Wednesday 20 September 2017 | National Convention Centre Canberra
Dr Steven C. Cramer is a Professor of Neurology, Anatomy & Neurobiology, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of California, Irvine. He is also the Clinical Director of the Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center and Associate Director of the UC Irvine Institute for Clinical & Translational Science at UC Irvine, and co-PI of the NIH StrokeNet. Dr Cramer graduated with Highest Honors from University of California, Berkeley; received his medical degree from University of Southern California; did a residency in internal medicine at UCLA; and did a residency in neurology plus and a fellowship in cerebrovascular disease at Massachusetts General Hospital. He also earned a Masters Degree in Clinical Investigation from Harvard Medical School.
His research focuses on neural repair after central nervous system injury in humans, with an emphasis on stroke and recovery of movement. Treatments examined include robotic, stem cell, brain stimulation, biologic, drug, and telehealth methods. A major emphasis is on translating new drugs and devices to reduce disability after stroke, and on individualizing therapy for each person’s needs. Dr Cramer co-edited the book “Brain Repair after Stroke” and is the author of over 250 manuscripts.
Thomas Graven-Nielsen received his M.Sc.EE degree within Biomedical Engineering from Aalborg University, Denmark, in 1994 and acquired his Ph.D. within Biomedical Science and Engineering in 1997 (Aalborg University). In 2006 he obtained a Doctoral degree in Medical Science (Copenhagen University). He is Director at Center for Neuroplasticity and Pain (CNAP), SMI, Department of Health Science and Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark (since 2015), and full professor in Pain Neuroscience at SMI, Department of Health Science and Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark (since 2008). Adjunct Professor at University of Western Sydney, Australia (since 2015), and Adjunct Professor at Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia (since 2004). Head of Research within the Department of Health Science and Technology. Head of the International Doctoral School in Medicine, Biomedical Science and Technology, Aalborg University (110+ students enrolled) since 2006. His research focuses on translational studies of musculoskeletal pain bridging the gap between basic animal findings and clinical manifestations of pain. Development of pain models, bio-markers and assessment technologies are key biomedical tools for the translational studies. The core area is muscle pain, referred pain, deep-tissue hyperalgesia, pharmacological screening, and electrophysiological techniques to assess muscle pain physiology. He has published 200+ scientific peer-reviewed papers and received several awards. He reviews papers on a regular basis for high-ranked journals, has presented as keynote speaker at several international conferences, and organised scientific workshops and symposia at international meetings. More than 10 national and international collaborations on translational pain research have been established including research groups in Sweden, UK, Japan, USA and Australia. Several international guest professors have worked with Dr. Graven-Nielsen in his laboratory facilities.
Dr Edward Lemaire, is actively involved with research on technologies that improve mobility for people with physical disabilities. He is a Senior Investigator at The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute’s Centre for Rehabilitation Research and Development; Professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine; and Adjunct Professor in Human Kinetics, Mechanical Engineering, and Systems Design Engineering. He is also active with the International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics, as a board member, international congress chairman, and incoming president.
Dr Lemaire’s research has resulted in over 450 published papers and presentations that include intelligent prosthetics and orthotics, biomechanical walking analysis in 3D virtual environments, smartphone approaches to improve decision-making, and eHealth technology to enhance access to education and rehabilitation services.
Professor Bogduk is Emeritus Professor of Pain Medicine at the University of Newcastle. He retired in 2014 after 40 years as an academic and physician. His research pursued the anatomical basis of interventional diagnostic and treatment procedures for spinal pain and headache, and the validation of those procedures in clinical trials. He has published and tested guidelines for the management of musculoskeletal pain in primary care, and in tertiary referral settings. In retirement he remains active as a Senior Editor of Pain Medicine, and a consultant to the Spine Intervention Society. Otherwise he is busy in the NSW State Emergency Services and on his private conservation property.
Associate Professor Craig Hassed works at the Department of General Practice and is coordinator of mindfulness programs at Monash University. His teaching, research and clinical interests include mindfulness-based stress management, mind-body medicine, meditation, health promotion, integrative medicine and medical ethics. Craig is regularly invited to speak and run courses in Australia and overseas in health, professional and educational contexts. He was the founding president of the Australian Teachers of Meditation Association and is a regular media commentator. He writes regularly for medical journals and has published twelve books;
“New Frontiers in Medicine” (Volumes 1 and 2)
“Know Thyself” on mindfulness-based stress management
“The Essence of Health” on the lifestyle approach to health and chronic illness
A textbook co-authored with Kerryn Phelps, “General Practice: the integrative approach”
A book written with Stephen McKenzie, “Mindfulness for Life”
A book written with Richard Chambers, “Mindful Learning” on the role of mindfulness in education
"Playing the genetic hand life dealt you" on epigenetics
"The Mindful Home", written with Deirdre Hassed
A book written with Patricia Dobkin, “Mindful Medical Practitioners” on the role of mindfulness in medical education
“Illuminating Wisdom”, a book of calligraphic art written with Deirdre Hassed
Associate Professor Hassed also featured in the documentary, The Connection and wrote the companion e-book, “The Mindfulness Manual” and co-authored with Richard Chambers the free online Mindfulness course in collaboration with Monash University and FutureLearn.
2017 Australian of the Year Alan Mackay-Sim is a neuroscientist and stem cell scientist. His research career has focused on how the sensory neurons in the nose are replaced and regenerated from stem cells. He is a world leader in spinal cord injury research. He led the Brisbane team in a world-first clinical trial in which the patient’s own olfactory cells were transplanted into their injured spinal cord in the first stages of a therapy to treat human paraplegia. Alan established the National Centre for Adult Stem Cell Research in 2006. He developed an adult stem cell bank from over 300 people with different neurological conditions including schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease, mitochondrial mutation disorders, Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia, ataxia telangiectasia and motor neuron disease. These stem cells are used to identify the biological bases of neurological diseases using genomics, proteomics and cell function assays and this work is leading to new drug therapies.
Professor Lorimer Moseley is a pain scientist and physiotherapist. He has written 270 articles and six books, including Explain Pain (with David Butler) and Painful Yarns - the two highest selling pain books internationally. He has obtained over $20 million in research funding. His papers have been downloaded 60,000 times on Researchgate alone, putting him in the top 0.1% of scientists worldwide and his research group’s outreach activities have been read or viewed by over 3 million people in 100 countries. He has given 65 plenary lectures at majorinternational meetings in 26 countries, including the World, European, American and British Pain Congresses. He won the inaugural Clinical Science Prize from the International Association for the Study of Pain, was runner-up in the 2012 Science Minister’s Prize for Life Sciences and won the 2012 Marshall & Warren Award from the NHMRC.
Professor Moseley is an honoured member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association, its highest honour. His contributions to the field have been honoured by prizes from pain or physiotherapy associations in 12 countries including the Canadian Pain Society Mary Ellen Jeans and the British Pain Society Patrick Wall Prizes. Expertscape ranks Prof Moseley 1st in Australia for chronic pain and 2nd internationally for complex regional pain syndrome.