WFNR  World Federation for NeuroRehabilitation presents its Biennial Congress- Innovations in NeuroRehabilitation WCNR2012 - 16-19 May 2012
7th World Congress for NeuroRehabilitation - Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

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Keynote Speakers



International Keynote Speaker

Maurizio Corbetta

Dr Maurizio Corbetta

is the Norman J. Stupp Professor of Neurology, and Professor of Radiology and Anatomy and Neurobiology at the Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis, USA. He serves also as Chief of the Division of NeuroRehabilitation at Washington University, and the Director of Neurological Rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Institute of Saint Louis.

Dr Corbetta's focuses on the neural bases of cognitive functions in the healthy brain, and the mechanisms underlying plasticity and recovery of function after focal brain injuries. He employes a variety of methods including psychophysics, structural, functional and diffusion MRI, EEG, MEG, TMS, and electro-corticography to study brain function. Dr. Corbetta has pioneered the first brain imaging studies of visual attention, and his 2001 review in Nature Neuroscience in collaboration with Gordon Shulman has been cited more than 2,200 times. He has authored/co-author of over 100 original articles.  His research has been funded for the last fifteen years by the National Institute of Health, the JS McDonnell foundation, and the European Union.  He is a permanent member of the Sensory & Cognitive Processing study section. He is the current Chairman of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping; an elected member of the American Neurological Association and the International Neuropsychological Symposium. His research has been recognized by several awards including the Norman Geschwind Award in Behavioral Neurology by the American Neurological Association, and the Marie Curie Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience by the European Union.

Bruce Dobkin

Professor Bruce Dobkin

is Professor of Neurology and directs the Neurologic Rehabilitation Program at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is editor of the official journal of the WFNR and the American Society of NeuroRehabilitation, NeuroRehabilitation and Neural Repair, the top-ranked journal in its field. His research interests include motor skills learning for gait, functional neuroimaging, and sensors for monitoring interventions and for outcome measures.

Professor Dobkin was the PI for a number of multicenter randomised clinical trials including the international SIRROWS and SIRRACT trials of feedback during inpatient stroke rehabilitation, the Spinal Cord Injury Locomotor Trial (SCILT), and co-I of the Locomotor Experience Applied Post Stroke (LEAPS) trial. He published over 100 scientific papers, 40 reviews, 18 book chapters, the single-authored text, The Clinical Science of Neurologic Rehabilitation (Oxford Press), Spinal Cord Injury (Demos) with M Selzer, and edited Recovery After Stroke (Cambridge) with M Barnes. He received the Furst von Donnersmarck award and the ASNR Kenneth Viste Award for clinical and research contributions. 

Sponsored by: 

Epworth Monash Rehabilitation Medicine Unit

Klemens Fheodoroff

Dr Klemens Fheodoroff

is the first assistant medical director in the Department of Neurorehabilitation Gailtal-Klinik.  He is a Full Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Austrian Society for Neurological Rehabilitation (ÖGNR) and Lecturer at Danube University Krems - Neurorehabilitation and ICF. Consultant to Austrian insurance companies and to self help groups

Dr Fheodoroff is also a member of the WFNR.  His Special Interest Groups include ICF and Robotics. 

Development and implementation of Neurorehabilitation Curriculum for trainees in Neurology and certification courses for Botulinum-Toxin injections.  Dr Fheodoroff has also implemented WHO-ICF in neurological rehabilitation. Goal setting and ICF.

Special interests include Neuropsychological Rehabilitation - Motor Rehabilitation – Spasticity and Pain Therapy HART

Tessa Hart

Dr Tessa Hart

is an Institute Scientist at Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she directs the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinical Research Laboratory and the Moss Traumatic Brain Injury Model System, one of 16 centers of excellence for TBI care in the United States.   She is a clinical neuropsychologist by training and has focused her research on the cognitive and psychosocial effects of TBI including attention, executive function, emotional regulation and self-management.

Dr. Hart is a Fellow of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and has served on its Board of Governors. She has received awards for her work from the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania, the Rusk Institute, the Albert Einstein Medical Center, and the Rehabilitation Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association.  

Jurg Kesselring

Professor Jurg Kesselring

is the Head of the Department of Neurology at the Rehabilitation Centre in Valens, Switzerland. He received his MD from University in Berne, Switzerland, after training in St. Gallen, Lübeck, Banbury, Oxford and Berlin. Professor Kesselring stayed several times as Senior Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London. He is President of the Swiss MS Society after having been chairman of its Medical Advisory Board for 20 years, and he was Chairman of  the International Medical and Scientific Board (IMSB) of Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF) and of the WHO Working Group on Multiple Sclerosis. In 1999 he was awarded with the „Golden Needle of Honours for International Achievements“ by the German MS Society. Besides his position in Valens, Professor Kesselring is a Lecturer in Clinical Neuroscience at the Universities of Berne and Zürich, and since 2003 helds lectures in neurorehabilitation at the Università San Raffaele in Milano. He is Editor of the standard textbook on MS in German and he also serves on Editiorial Boards of various neurological journals.

Randolph Nudo

Professor Randolph Nudo

Randolph J. Nudo, Ph.D. is Director of the Landon Center on Aging and Professor in the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology at the Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. Dr. Nudo has published over 100 articles on the topic of post-injury neuroplasticity, and has been invited to give over 200 national and international presentations for academia and industry. Dr. Nudo has been funded continuously by the National Institutes of Health for over 25 years, and currently holds a Javits Investigator Award in Neuroscience. He serves on the board of directors of the American Society of Neurorehabilitation, is Associate Editor of the journals Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, and Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, as well as Deputy Editor of the journal Brain Stimulation. He is recognized internationally for his work on the effects of rehabilitative training on functional plasticity after stroke, and is currently collaborating with engineers to develop microimplantable devices for repairing neural circuits after stroke and traumatic brain injury.

Robert Teasell

Dr Robert Teasell

is Chair-Chief of Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Schulich School of Medicine, University of Western Ontario, Parkwood Hospital, St. Joseph’s Health Care London and a clinical scientist at the Lawson Health Research Institute. He is a Professor at UWO.

Dr Teasell has authored 220 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and is the principal editor of he Stroke Rehabilitation Evidence-Based Review, the Acquired Brain Injury Evidence-Based Review and is co editor of the Spinal Cord Injury Evidence-Based Review (SCIRE). He is the editorial board of a number of journals, including Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine.

Dr. Teasell has been a member of the Canadian Stroke Strategy Executive Committee and is head of the Research Committee of the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. His primary research interests are evidence-based practice in neurorehabilitation, rehabilitation of serve strokes and chronic pain disability.