ISPO World Congress 2023

Guadalajara, Mexico

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The ISPO 19th World Congress celebrated a successful premiere in Latin America from 24 to 27 April in the Mexican city of Guadalajara. The prestigious World Congress welcomed 1,500 participants from 73 countries who came to gain insights into the latest scientific findings as well as the most current developments in treatment and care. At the exhibition, 110 companies from 28 countries showcased their products and solutions for modern treatments for people with disabilities.

The ISPO 19th World Congress was attended by 1,500 participants from 73 countries, from low to high income countries. The top countries in attendance included Mexico, the USA, Germany, United Kingdom and Canada. Overall, 40 per cent of the participants came from within Latin America.

Some 300 speakers from all over the world presented an extensive four-day scientific programme revolving around "The Art and the Science" with a total of five keynote lectures, 31 symposia, 18 basic and 8 advanced instructional courses, 41 free paper sessions, 64 scientific posters, seven lunchtime sessions and 13 exhibitor workshops.

Recordings of the presentations are available online

Recordings of all keynote lectures, the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Launch of the WHO Wheelchair Provision Guidelines as well as a selection of free papers and posters are available on the virtual platform at . Content can be accessed by congress participants and ISPO members.

Award Winners Announced

The Brian and Joyce Blatchford Team Prize for Innovation was set up by the Blatchford family and honours a team that has an outstanding record of innovative achievement in the field of prosthetics and/or orthotics. Joan Sanders and her team from the University of Washington in Seattle were awarded this year's prize for their dedicated work on innovative technologies for socket interfaces.

The Sepp Heim Award was initiated by ISPO in 2019 in honour of Sepp Heim's significant lifetime contributions to ISPO and acknowledges institutions or individuals who have made a significant contribution to the development and/or provision of appropriate mobility device services in less resourced settings. This year, the award winner was Sandra Sexton from the United Kingdom. She donated her prize to African Vision Malawi.

Best Paper and Poster Prizes were presented in the categories:

  • Advancing Clinical Treatment: Effect of Orthoses on Balance in Children with Cerebral Palsy: Solid AFO versus Ankle-Foot Orthoses Footwear Combination by Kristie Bjornson, Stefania Fatone, Michael Orendurff, Chuan Zhou and Garth Shippen
  • Advancing Technology: Defining Paediatric Prosthetic Knee Technical Specifications: An Inverse Dynamics Approach using a Novel OpenSim Model of a Child with Limb-Loss by Caitlin E Edgar, Richard K Jones and Anthony MJ Bull
  • Advancing Psychosocial / Socio-Economic Science: Prosthesis Users’ Perceptions of Daily Life – A Phenomenographic Study by Nerrolyn Ramstrand, Anders Stener and Lina Palmér
  • Advancing Education: A Novel Approach for Guiding Orthotic and Prosthetic Education Program Transition to Client-Centric Training by Christopher Hovorka
  • Best Poster: Days to Prosthetic Fitting After Major Lower Limb Amputations – National Data From Sweden by Stefan Sanfridsson