Dr Stefania Fatone is a Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois USA. She completed her undergraduate degree in prosthetics and orthotics and her doctoral studies at La Trobe University in Australia. Dr Fatone has nearly 20 years of experience conducting prosthetics and orthotics research and currently leads multiple research projects funded by federal agencies, professional organizations and industry. She also contributes to the Masters in Prosthetics and Orthotics program at the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center (NUPOC). Her research includes a broad range of qualitative, experimental and review studies in areas such as transfemoral prosthetic socket biomechanics and design, orthotic management of upper motor neuron lesions, and partial foot amputation. She has published more than 80 journal articles, book chapters, editorials, commentaries, and evidence notes and presents regularly at conferences nationally and internationally. Dr Fatone is an honorary Member of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists and a recipient of the Academy’s distinguished Research Award. She is also co-Editor in Chief of Prosthetics and Orthotics International.
Harvard Medical School
Dr Ross D. Zafonte is Earle P. and Ida S. Charlton Professor and Chairman of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. He also serves as chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, as well as Senior Vice President Medical Affairs Research and Education at Spaulding Rehabilitation Network.
Dr Zafonte’s textbook is considered one of the standards in the field of brain injury care. Dr Zafonte’s work is presently funded by the NIH, DOD and NIDRR, and he is currently directing several large clinical treatment trials. His laboratory work has focused on understanding mechanisms of recovery after Brain and Spinal Cord Injury.
He has published extensively on traumatic brain injuries, spasticity, and other neurological disorders, as well as presented on these topics at conferences nationally and internationally. He is the author of more than 300 peer review journal articles, abstracts and book chapters.
In addition, he is on the editorial board of the Journal of Neurotrauma, and NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation. He previously served on the founding editorial board of PMR. In 2006, Dr Zafonte was selected to receive the Walter Zeiter award and lectureship by the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and, in 2008, he was the recipient of the Association of Academic Physiatrists Distinguished Academician Award. In 2012, Dr Zafonte received the William Caveness award for outstanding clinical care and research from the Brain Injury Association of America, and, in 2013, he received the Joel DeLisa Prize from the Kessler Foundation. In 2014, Dr Zafonte will receive the Moody prize for Brain Injury research and care. In recent years he has received the following awards: the Sam O. Thier Award and Physician of the Year in 2017, and the Ed Lowman Award, the Dennis Mathews Lectureship and the Chautauqua Lectureship in 2018. Most recently he received the Prince Lectureship in 2019.
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Professor Fary Khan (MBBS, MD, FAFRM (RACP)) is the Director of Rehabilitation Services, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Director Australian Rehabilitation Research Centre; Clinical Professor Department of Medicine, The University of Melbourne and The Nossal Institute of Global Health, and Monash University.
Fary Khan is a Specialist in Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine, and Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). She has 20 years of experience in Neurological, Cancer and Trauma rehabilitation. She set up evidence-based specialized rehabilitation programs for specific conditions such as Multiple sclerosis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, stroke, oncology, musculoskeletal injuries and disaster management. She represents Australia (and Pacific) region for Rehabilitation Medicine at a number of international forums. She is current Chair of the Disaster Rehabilitation Committee, International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM) and Disaster Rehabilitation Special Interest Group, Rehabilitation Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand.
She led the Emergency Medical Team under the auspices of the WHO in the Nepal earthquake and other natural disasters since. She holds 20 National/International Executive positions and over 15 international academic appointments at various Universities. She is Executive member of ISPRM Women’s Task force and Cancer Rehabilitation Working Group. She has an interest in Refugee Health and Disability. She works with the Executive for the UN -International Council for Caring Communities- representing medical disability. She is also regional representative for the Asia-Oceania Society of Neurorehabilitation (AOCNR), Australian representative for Steering group for the Psychosocial Influences upon Chronic Disease Outcomes across Europe, and others. She leads the Global Rehabilitation ‘Flying Faculty’ (endorsed by the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, RACP, ISPRM), established to support capacity building activities in Rehabilitation Medicine, with educational training programs in over 15 countries.
She has a leadership role in Rehabilitative care in Australia with experience in health outcomes and health services research. She has received numerous awards, including the Sidney Licht Lectureship Award (2018) by the ISPRM, the Inaugural RMH Research Medal in 2014 and the Inaugural RACP specialist award for ‘Outstanding contribution to Research and Mentoring’ in 2009. She has published over 350 scientific papers in peer-reviewed academic journals (including 18 Cochrane reviews, 20 book chapters), and is a regular invited speaker at national and international conferences (over 60 presentations in last 5 years). She leads a team of interdisciplinary researchers, implementing and evaluating healthcare innovations and quality improvement programs. She has supervised 8 PhDs and postdoctoral fellows, and currently supervises 8 PhD and 3 MD students at the University of Melbourne. She is also a reviewer for more than ten neuroscience and rehabilitative care journals.
Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital
Professor Susan Kurrle is a geriatrician practising at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital in northern Sydney and at Batemans Bay Hospital in southern NSW. She is the Clinical Network Director for Rehabilitation and Aged Care in Northern Sydney Local Health District. She holds the Curran Chair in Health Care of Older People in the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney. She has led the NHMRC Partnership Centre on Dealing with Cognitive and Related Functional Decline since 2012 focussing on research and implementation projects dealing particularly with the care aspects of dementia and functional decline. She has been involved in frailty research and practice since 2008 and currently leads the Northern Sydney Frailty Initiative bringing together the Local Health District (acute hospitals) and the Primary Health Network (general practice and allied health) to recognise and manage frailty in older patients. She has worked with colleagues at Griffith University on intergenerational care programs and most recently was involved with the ABC TV series ‘Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds’ which showed the improvements in mood and function that intergenerational care programs can have for older people.
Frances Simmonds is a Senior Research Fellow with the Australian Health Services Research Institute (AHSRI) at the University of Wollongong, one of the largest and best known Health Services Research Centres in Australia. Her primary role is as the Director of AROC, the Australasian Rehabilitation Outcomes Centre, the Australian and New Zealand national rehabilitation clinical registry, but she is also involved in other AHSRI projects. Frances’ career within the health industry has spanned some 25 plus years, during which time she has held senior executive roles in the private and not-for-profit sectors before returning to research and academia at the University of Wollongong.
University of Queensland
A/ Professor Sean Tweedy is based in the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences (HMNS), University of Queensland where he leads a teaching, research and community service program in physical activity and disability. He is Foundation and Principal Investigator for the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Classification Research and Development Partnership (Physical Impairments).
Systems of classification are used in each of the 40 sports of the Paralympic movement, and aim to facilitate fair competition by allocating each athlete to a class comprising athletes who have disabilities that cause approximately the same amount of disadvantage in that sport. The Partnership’s research program aims to develop evidence-based methods for class allocation.
Sean founded and directs the Adapted Physical Activity Program (APAP), an evidence-based, physical activity promotion service for community-dwelling adults with disabilities. Based in the School of HMNS, APAP runs on a cost recovery basis, servicing between 70 and 90 clients per annum and providing placement opportunities for students. A translational research project aiming to modify it for application in the Acquired Brain Injury - Translational Rehabilitation Service (Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane) is currently in train.
Sean also leads the ParaSTART program, a longitudinal research project which has run for the past three years. Participants were enrolled as novice swimmers and all have cerebral palsy and high support needs (GMFCS IV). They train regularly with the sole aim of swimming as fast as possible , while the aim of the research program is to monitor and analyse their physical and psychosocial responses over time.
Princess Alexandra Hospital
Dr Michael Wagels is Deputy Director of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Princess Alexandra Hospital with a conjoined academic appointment as Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland. He completed a BMedSci undergraduate research degree in 1999 and an MBBS undergraduate medical degree in the same year. He completed his FRACS in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 2012 and was awarded a PhD by the University of Queensland in 2014.
His theses evaluated amputation in severe lower limb trauma and the behaviour of auto-transplanted muscle for traumatic lower limb injuries. Michael has a special interest in complex lower limb reconstruction, hand and wrist surgery, reanimation of the upper limb and head and neck reconstructive surgery. He is also interested in the translational aspects of tissue engineering for complex reconstructive defects.
In 2019 he was appointed Director of the Australian Centre for Complex Integrated Surgical Solutions. This organisation is based at the Translational Research Institute and is dedicated to making clinically applied digital innovations accessible to clinicians and the patients that they treat.