With the Congress Programme Committee now in place planning for the programme content has started
Chaired by Professor Charlotte Häger, a neurological and musculoskeletal specialist at Umeå University, Sweden, the committee brings extensive and diverse professional, research, clinical and academic expertise to WCPT’s flagship event.
“The WCPT Board is delighted to confirm the committee for the congress in 2019 in Geneva,” says WCPT President Emma Stokes. “Each member brings a wealth of experience and insight, which will translate into one of the most exciting programmes yet.
“The committee represents where physical therapy is as a profession: diverse, global, and continually developing and expanding our knowledge to serve the populations we work with. The programme for 2019 will epitomise these values.”
Jennifer Audette, Assistant Professor at the University of Rhode Island, USA, has valuable global health experience. Shane Patman, Associate Professor at the University of Notre Dame, Australia, provides extensive research experience in the field of cardiorespiratory physical therapy. From the UK, HIV specialist Darren Brown brings an early career researcher perspective.
Alia Alghwiri, Associate Professor at the University of Jordan, has launched many physiotherapy initiatives for people with disabilities, while Jackie Whittaker, Associate Professor at the University of Alberta, Canada, has international teaching and research experience in the musculoskeletal field.
Jessica Shiraku, a chief physiotherapist from Nairobi, Kenya, specialises in othopaedics and neurology, with extensive management and policymaking expertise. Lara Allet, Professor at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland, will bring both a sports physical therapy and host organisation perspective to the work of the committee.
The committee is completed by Edgar Hernandez Alvarez, from Colombia, who specialises in ICU physical therapy and Leigh Hale from New Zealand, with experience in working with older people, and those with long-term conditions. Both served on the previous congress committee alongside Charlotte so bring valuable congress planning experience to the work of this new committee.
The WCPT Congress, held in conjunction with the WCPT General Meeting, takes place in Geneva, Switzerland, on 10-13 May 2019.
This year WCPT won an Incredible Impacts award for its range of outstanding legacy activities at the WCPT Congress in Cape Town, and in 2016 won ‘Best International Conference Organiser’ at the Singapore Tourism Awards for exceptional achievements in delivering excellence for the WCPT Congress 2015.
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