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Our Special Interest Groups

Alternative Medicine

Objectives
  • Refine multi-national alternative medicine experience in neuro-rehabilitation
  • Share and promote  best practice of alternative medicine in neuro-rehabilitation
  • Set up international alternative medicine guideline in neuro-rehabilitation to enhance clinic practice 
Action Plan

Annual Gathering Meeting
Annual Educational Program
Annual Research Forum


Contacts

Tiebin YAN
Dr.yan@126.com


Downloads and additional materials

Annual report 2020

Autonomic Neurorehabilitation (ANSIG)

Aims
  • To raise awareness of a variety of autonomic disorders where neurorehabilitation plays a key role in management
  • To facilitate education and training in autonomic neurorehabilitation
  • To promote and build a network for research in autonomic neurorehabilitation, including clinicians, human physiologists and researchers
  • To lead on the integration across disciplines
  • To facilitate collaboration with other Scientific Societies and other international bodies (WHO, association of patients, families and NGOs) working within the field
  • Make advances in utilising drugs with pharmaceutical companies (i.e. Droxidopa, botulinum toxin)
  • Make technological advances (i.e. Finapres Medical Systems)
  • Interface with other SIG
    • Spinal Cord Injury - Humberto Cerrel Bazo 
    • Rehabilitation for Movement Disorders – Rajinder Dhamija 
    • Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy- Jozef Opara

Contacts

Ellen Merete Hagen
EllenMerete.Hagen@nhs.net / e-mhagen@online.no

David Low
D.A.Low@ljmu.ac.uk


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Annual report 2020

Botulinum Toxin

Objectives
  1. To promote evidence-based application of botulinum toxin therapy in neurorehabilitation;
  2. To enhance education activities in  the evaluation of spasticity in the clinical setting; and
  3. To identify knowledge gaps in botulinum toxin management of various neurologic conditions through a  critical appraisal of the scientific literature and disseminate information on the current state of the application of botulinum toxin therapy in neurorehabilitation.

Contact


Gerard Francisco
Gerard.E.Francisco@uth.tmc.edu

Jorge Hernandez Franco
jhfranco@medicapolanco.com 


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Annual Report 2020

Brain Modulation for Neurorehabilitation

This is a new sig group formed in 2019 approved by WFNR and led by Dr. Wayne Feng from Duke University of Medical Center. We have started to build the group, to increase membership and to distribute a quarterly news letter highlighting the important publication, research, technology in the field of brain modulation. The first quarterly newsletter was released in March, 2020.  We hope to host a neuromodulation session on the world congress of neuo-rehabilitation (WCNR) this year in Lyon France.


Contacts
Chair

Wayne Feng MD MS
Department of Neurology,
Duke University Medical Center.

Wayne.feng@duke.edu

Secretary

Taewon Kim PhD

Taewon.kim@duke.edu


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Annual report 2020

Newsletter

Clinical Applications of Advanced Technologies

Objectives
  • To bring together clinicians and clinical-based researchers using advanced technologies in neurological rehabilitation to determine and reach a consensus on guidelines
  • To bring together clinicians and clinical-based researchers using advanced technologies in neurological rehabilitation to further and improve education provision in this field with a focus on clinical application
  • To contribute to the development of rehabilitation technologies by ensuring feedback and clinical requirements are provided to engineers, the developments are truly user-driven and based on the needs of clinicians and patients

Contact

Tamsin Reed
rtamsin@gmail.com 


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Annual Report 2020

Clinical Pathways

Objectives
  • To promote evidence-based practice in neurorehabilitation by critical appraisal of, and alerting to, clinical evidence that is relevant for clinical decision-making in neurorehabilitation
  • To provide and disseminate evidence-based practice recommendations for clinical pathways in neurorehabilitation

Contact

Thomas Platz
t.platz@bdh-klinik-greifswald.de


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Annual Report 2020

Cognitive Neurorehabilitation

The aim of this SIG is to promote an integrated approach to cognitive disorders focusing on cognitive interventions from the acute to chronic stages, including clinical and biomedical evaluations, indications for behavioural and pharmacological treatments, and evidence-based approach to treatment of cognitive disorders. Offer of teaching courses, with special intention for physicians; from introductory to advanced courses.


Contacts

Prof. Stephanie Clarke
Service de Neuropsychologie et de Neuroréhabilitation
CHUV, Lausanne, Switzerland

Stephanie.Clarke@chuv.ch

Prof. Gilles Rode
Université de Lyon
INSERM-UMRS 534, Bron, France

gilles.rode@chu-lyon.fr


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Presentation from WFNR SIG Meeting, Pavia, May 2013 (pdf)

Annual report 2020

Communication Disorders

Objectives
  • To create links and communications with other international networks interested in communication disorders
  • To provide and signpost education resources and guidelines on communication to interdisciplinary professionals and teams
  • To provide training in local languages to improve work with people with
       communication disorders worldwide

Contact

Rebecca Palmer
r.l.palmer@sheffield.ac.uk 

Apoorva Pauranik
apauranik@gmail.com


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Annual Report 2020

Community Based Neurorehabilitation

Objectives
  • To upgrade and share knowledge about CBR and the role of neurorehabilitation in community-based and community-delivered rehabilitation 
  • To share content, aims and goals regarding different experiences in low-income countries to develop neurorehabilitation interventions involving and connecting CBR and specialised interventions
  • To contact world organisations, eg UN and WHO who are focused on the right for health and inclusion for all, the struggle against poverty and its impact on disabled people, about the role for voluntary workers supporting disabled people at all levels in the community, and to share knowledge about neurorehabilitation and how we can cooperate to support the rights of disabled people to health and inclusion

Contact

Alessandro Giustini
alessandro.giustini@ntc.it


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Annual Report 2020

Continence and Bowel Management in Neurorehabilitation

Contact

Yousif Al Nuaimi
yalneaimi@hotmail.com

 

Developing World Forum

Objectives
  • To educate and to encourage research and quality training
  • To develop low-cost therapies
  • To help inform policies and collaboration

Contact

Nirmal Surya
nirmal_surya@yahoo.com


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Annual Report 2020

Dysphagia

Objectives
  • To promote care, education and research of swallowing disorders associated with neurological disease
  • To encourage an evidence-based approach to the assessment and treatment of neurogenic dysphagia
  • To strengthen the collaboration with other SIGs and international scientific societies  to promote awareness of dysphagia management in people with neurological disorders 

Contact

Irene Battel
irene.battel@gmail.com


Downloads and Additional Materials

Annual Report 2020 

Early Rehabilitation

Objectives
  • To establish recommendations for early verticalisation after SAH
  • To develop recommendations for the treatment (e.g Facial Oral Tract Therapy) and evaluation of dysphagia after neurological and neurosurgical brain lesions (especially regarding the coordination of apnoea and swallowing in the acute phase)
  • To create a virtual platform of interested specialists ( e.g members of the Early Neurorehabilitation SIG) in order to discuss issues in our daily management (on the condition that WFNR and EFNR gives us the mandate in coordination of the two societies)

Contact

Karin Diserens
Karin.Diserens@chuv.ch

Peter Lackner
peter.lackner@i-med.ac.at


Downloads and Additional Materials

Annual Report 2020 

 

 

Ethics in Neurorehabilitation, practical use and clinical trials

Objectives
  • To raise awareness amongst the WFNR membership of the ethical issues in the practice of neurorehabilitation and neurorehabilitation research
  • To provide support and guidance to members about the ethical issues encountered in neurorehabilitation practice
  • To provide an educational platform for ethics in neurorehabilitation

Contact

Sabahat Asim Wasti
WastiS@ClevelandClinicAbuDhabi.ae


Downloads and Additional Materials

Annual Report 2020

Headache and Migraine

Contact

Tissa Wijeratne
twijeratne@gmail.com

 

MAC: Measurement, Assessment and Classification

Objectives


To raise awareness of the burden of neurological diseases using common international classifications e.g ICF, ICD, ICHI, and the use of assessment tools such as WHO DAS 2.0 in neurological conditions
 
To strengthen the development of ICF-based rehabilitation plans that comprise a common language, understood by team members, patients and their family, and to implement the use of ICF and WHO DAS 2.0 as valuable tools in neurorehabilitation

To promote neurorehabilitation as part of the Universal Health Coverage at global levels, and as health interventions to reach SDGs in accordance with the UN Conventions of the Rights of People with Disability, and the WHO and its relevant strategies and programmes such as Rehabilitation 2030 and Brain Health Unit programmes


Contact

Matilde Leonardi
Matilde.Leonardi@istituto-besta.it


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Annual Report 2020 

Mild and Severe Brain Injury

Objectives
  • To develop a network of clinicians and researchers involved in the rehabilitation of both mild and severe brain injury. The involvement in the network is based on a multi-professional approach and interests.
  • To investigate and disseminate knowledge about traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury
  • To collaborate with other SIGs with an interest in brain injury to promote a robust  understanding of the organisational model of care

Contact

Caterina Pistarini
caterina.pistarini@icsmaugeri.it


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Annual Report 2020

Multiple Sclerosis and Demyelinating Disorders

Objectives


•  To generate epidemiological data for multiple sclerosis and other demyelinating
   disorders to determine trends and variables for long-term outcomes

•  To formulate domain specific early rehabilitation programmes and guidelines for low
   cost models of multidisciplinary rehabilitation.

• To evaluate appropriate outcome measures, optimal intensity, frequency, cost and
  effectiveness of multidisciplinary rehabilitation


Contact

Abhishek Srivastava
29abhi@gmail.com

Juerg Kesselring
juerg.kesselring@kliniken-valens.ch


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Annual Report 2020

Neurological Rehabilitation Clinical Trials

Objectives
  • To promote best practice clinical trials research in neurological rehabilitation and recovery
  • To understand and foster the unique attributes of clinical trials in rehabilitation – understand the weaknesses and foster the strengths
  • To encourage greater participation in neurological rehabilitation clinical trials – funders, researchers, clinicians and people with lived experience of rehabilitation – and in turn promote implementation of trials findings into practice

Contact

Susan Hillier
Susan.Hillier@unisa.edu.au


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Annual Report 2020

Neurological Conditions and Driving

Objectives

 

To provide a network and resource for health professionals for the promotion of safe driving by individuals with a neurological condition

To provide recommendations for good practice in assessing and screening patients who want to start or return to driving 

To facilitate research into fitness-to-drive, and encourage and support collaborative research studies across different countries 


Contact

Carol Hawley
C.A.Hawley@warwick.ac.uk


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Annual Report 2020

Neurologic Music Therapy

Objectives
  • To advocate, disseminate, and support clinical neuroscience research in music applied to neurorehabilitation
  • To advocate, disseminate and conduct training in Neurologic Music Therapy for neurorehabilitation professionals  
  • To maintain a presence for Neurologic Music Therapy Practice and Research at WFNR meetings, conferences, and in Flying Faculty programmes

Contact

Michael Thaut
michael.thaut@utoronto.ca


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Annual Report 2020

Neuropathic Pain

Contact

Marta Imamura
marta.imamura@fm.usp.br

 

Neuropharmacology

Contact

Eduard Auff
eduard.auff@meduniwien.ac.at


Neurophilosophy

Objectives

1.  To encourage a cooperation between neuroscientists and philosophers concerning ,in particular, the field of neural correlates of consciousness, free will/making decision mechanisms, emotion/empathy/mirror neurons , ethics/behavior, semiology.

2.  To strengthen the development of bi-directional linkage between philosophical theories and neuroscientific hypothesis concerning in particular the epistemological/ontological approach in the different  fields of neurophilosophy.

3.  To promote meetings, teaching activities and research about the impact of neuroscientific evidence concerning plasticity, brain lesions and degeneration, recovery mechanisms on philosophical theories  and vice versa, in particular in the field embodied cognition and neuroethics.


Contact

Dr Heinrich Binder
heinrich.dr.binder@outlook.com

Dr Giorgio Sandrini
giorgio.sandrini@unipv.it


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Scientific advisory committee:
Salvatore M Agliotti (I),  Patricia Churchland (US), Stephanie Clarke (CH) ,  Paolo Fusar-Poli (UK,I) , Markus Gabriel(G), Volker Hömberg (G), Georg Northoff (Canada), Giacomo Rizzolatti (I), Gerhard Roth (G,A), Mark Solms (South Africa),   Tomaso Vecchi (I),  Sabahat Asim Wasti (UAE), Barbara Wilson (UK)           

Neuropsychological Rehabilitation

Objectives


To encourage and support multidisciplinary clinical practice and research into the rehabilitation of people with cognitive, emotional, psychosocial and behavioural deficits caused by brain injury or neurological conditions (both progressive and nonprogressive) across the lifespan

To improve the care of survivors of brain injury and their families through the translation of clinically relevant research

To support the future of neurorehabilitation throughout the world and to provide a forum of communication between those with an interest in the subject


Contact

Robyn Tate
robyn.tate@sydney.edu.au


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Annual Report 2020
Members Activities 2019-2020

Neurorehabilitation Service Development

Objectives


·         To raise awareness about neurorehabilitation services and minimum required standards

·         To link with disease specific Special Interest and other Groups to develop minimum service standards

·         To develop the understanding of service development education and training


Contact

Sabahat Asim Wasti
WastiS@ClevelandClinicAbuDhabi.ae


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Annual Report 2020 

 

 

Neurosurgical, Reconstructive and Restorative Rehabilitation

Objectives
  • To promote mutual understanding among acute-care neurosurgeons and neurorehabilitationists
  • To develop and prove treatment algorithms
  • To promote the path to ‘normal’ life for individuals with neurological conditions

Contact

Maximilian Mehdorn
hmmehdorn@me.com


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Annual Report 2020 

 

 

Organisation for Psychological Research into Stroke (OPSYRIS)

Objectives

  1. To support, inform and encourage multidisciplinary research and awareness of research into the psychological consequences of stroke
  2. To improve the care of stroke survivors and their families through the translation of clinically relevant research
  3. To support psychological research in stroke across the world and to provide a forum of communication between those with an interest in the subject
    Contact

    Nele Demeyere
    nele.demeyere@psy.ox.ac.uk


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    Annual Report 2020

Paediatric Neurorehabilitation

Objectives

 

  • To highlight the special features and needs in the rehabilitation of children with lesions or diseases of the central nervous system; our interest comprises both congenital lesions and lesions acquired later in childhood
  • To provide a platform for information and exchange for all those interested in the neurorehabilitation of children and adolescents amongst the WFNR membership
  • To organise paediatric sessions at each WFNR Congress; platform presentations and posters

Contact


Ed Dabrowski
Edwardrdabrowski2@gmail.com

Martin Staudt
MStaudt@Schoen-Kliniken.de

Professor El Oumri, Developing World Representative
aa.eloumri@gmail.com


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Annual Report 2020

Plexopathies

Objectives

  • To improve the functional diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of individuals with plexopathies of various etiologies
  • To promote molecular, genetic, physiological, biomechanical, treatment (rehabilitation, surgical and pharmaceutical), compensatory aids and behavioural studies directed at elucidating and decreasing the impairments of individuals with plexopathies
  • To contribute to an increase in activity and participation levels of individuals with plexopathies

Contact

Jan Groothuis
Jan.Groothuis@radboudumc.nl


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Annual Report 2020

Posture, Mobility and Falls

Objectives

 


Contact

Dominic Perennou
DPerennou@chu-grenoble.fr


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Annual Report 2020

Rehabilitation for Movement Disorders

Objectives
  • To create awareness about the importance of rehabilitation for Movement Disorders
  • To stimulate the development of research protocols and guidelines on rehabilitation and Movement Disorders 
  • To involve and integrate all the healthcare professionals with an interest in the field of Movement Disorders favouring integration and development of multidisciplinary approaches 

Contact

Rajinder Dhamija
dhamijark@hotmail.com


Downloads and Additional Materials

Annual Report 2020

Challenges of Managing Parkinson's Disease During COVID-19
Rehabilitation in Parkinson's Disease  Annals of Movement Disorders

Robotics

Objectives

·         To promote the education of clinical professionals on the evidence-based application of robotics to the process of neurorehabilitation

·         To promote education for engineering, bioinformatics, and computer science researchers on robotics in neurorehabilitation

·         To create a hub and disseminate information on robotic applications in neurorehabilitation


Contact

Hermano Igo Krebs
hikrebs@mit.edu

Dylan Edwards
edwarddy@einstein.edu


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Annual Report 2020


Spinal Cord Injury

Objectives
  • To promote specific topics of scientific interest and clinical practice related to restorative neurology, non-traumatic SCI, aging, incomplete SCI syndromes, dysphagia, functional corrective surgery, SCI associated with severe brain injury, sexuality, communication of the prognosis, by collaborating with SIGs of interest
  • To promote and disseminate specific knowledge for healthcare professionals and patients, through the development or participation in courses, guidelines, medical consensus, masterclasses, workshops, symposiums, congresses, podcasts and/or didactic material
  • To facilitate and promote the development of an international network by facilitating in cultural exchange with members of low or medium income countries

Contact

Humberto Cerrel Bazo
hcb57@yahoo.com


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Spinal Injury Awareness Day

Annual Report 2020
 

Stroke Rehabilitation

Objectives


Contact


Gert Kwakkel
g.kwakkel@vumc.nl


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Annual Report 2020

Telerehabilitation

Objectives

  • To stimulate the use of telerehabilitation
  • To support the use and spread of telerehabilitation in developing countries
  • To disseminate theoretical and operational knowledge on telerehabilitation

Contact


Paolo Tonin
patonin18@gmail.com

Annie Hill
aj.hill@uq.edu.au


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Survey on Telerehabilitation

Annual Report 2020

Young WFNR

Objectives


Contact


Elia Fischer
elialuca.fischer@insel.ch


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Formation of a new Special interest group

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Forming a Special Interest Group

Special Interest Group guidelines

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