International Scientific Committee

The International Scientific Committee (ISC) will shape the scientific programme for the WCPT Congress 2017. The eight physical therapists who sit on the ISC are responsible for developing an exciting, relevant and innovative scientific programme. The event will bring the world of physical therapy together in Cape Town, South Africa, with a programme designed to showcase the best in physical therapy research, education and practice.

Dina Brooks (Canada)Chair

Dina Brooks (Canada)

Dina is a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. Her primary research interests are in the areas of pulmonary rehabilitation, cardiorespiratory physical therapy and respiratory physiology. She is presently involved in several clinical trials on the effectiveness of different components and delivery modes of pulmonary rehabilitation. Dina’s research sites are the Department of Respiratory Medicine at West Park Hospital, the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto, and the Toronto Rehab Institute. She has published numerous studies and made many presentations in her area of research. Dina also served on the ISC as the North America Caribbean Region representative for the WCPT Congress 2015 in Singapore.

Witness Mudzi (South Africa)Host organisation

Witness Mudzi (South Africa)

Witness is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Physiotherapy Department, University of the Witwatersrand. His expertise is in the fields of adult neurology, quantitative research and research methodology. Witness has acted as an abstract mentor for two WCPT congresses, reviewed abstracts for four and presented at three. He has also organised the South African Association of Physiotherapy symposium and the School of Therapeutic Sciences Research Day. He is the Organising Committee Chair for the Faculty of Sciences Research Day for 2016.

Jonathan Quartey (Ghana)Africa

Jonathan Quartey (Ghana)

Jonathan is Lecturer at the Department of Physiotherapy, School of Biomedical and Allied Health Sciences, College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana. His area of expertise is in physiotherapy education, sports and orthopaedics physiotherapy. He was the local organising committee Chair for the 2010 WCPT Africa Congress held in Ghana and was instrumental in managing the online abstract system for the 2012 WCPT Africa Congress in Kenya. He has attended and presented at international scientific and continuing education programmes including two previous WCPT Congresses. Jonathan has reviewed abstracts for domestic and international conferences/congresses including the 2011 WCPT Congress held in Amsterdam. Jonathan also served on the ISC of the WCPT 2015 Congress for the Africa Region. He is physiotherapist for the Ghana under-20 male national football team, the Editor-in-Chief of the Ghana Journal of Physiotherapy and current Chair of the WCPT Africa Region.

Leigh Hale (New Zealand)Asia Western Pacific

Leigh Hale (New Zealand)

Leigh is Dean of the School of Physiotherapy at the University of Otago. Her main areas of expertise are neurorehabillitation and disability. She has attended and presented at four previous WCPT congresses. Her research focuses on clinical practice and current interests include: community falls prevention programmes; community based rehabilitation; facilitating physical activity participation for people living with disability and long term conditions; disability awareness and use of virtual reality in stroke rehabilitation. She has 95 publications related to these areas of research in a wide range of rehabilitation, disability and physiotherapy journals. Leigh has also served on the scientific committees for several international and national conferences.

Charlotte Häger (Sweden)Europe

Charlotte Häger (Sweden)

Charlotte is a Professor at the Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Umeå University, Sweden. She is a registered physiotherapist with expertise in the field of neurology and musculoskeletal disorders, and her research focuses on motor control and movement analysis. She has a clinical affiliation to the Orthopaedic Clinic of Norrlands University Hospital. Dr Häger received a PhD in neurophysiology in 1995. She has received awards for her research by the Queen, Silvia of Sweden and for her teaching at Umeå University in 2001. Charlotte has presented at every WCPT Congress since 1991 and has had extensive experience serving on national and international congress boards since 1989. She also served on the ISC for the WCPT Congress 2015.

Dianne Millette (Canada)North America Caribbean

Dianne Millette (Canada)

Dianne is the Registrar and CEO of Physiotherapy Alberta - College + Association. Although her expertise in clinical practice was orthopaedics, she now focuses on organisational leadership, along with regulatory and health policy. Dianne has been involved in event planning both within her own organisation and beyond in regulatory affairs nationally. She is also part of the planning group for the World Health Professions Alliance regulatory meeting in 2016. She has attended the past three WCPT congresses and was involved in the Futures Forum in Singapore in 2015. She has presented at many national and international conferences on regulation.

Edgar Hernandez (Colombia)South America

Edgar Hernandez (Colombia)

Edgar is an Associate Professor of the physiotherapy programme at the Colombia National University and a member of the Colombian Physiotherapy Association. He has a Masters degree in clinical epidemiology from the Colombia National University. His areas of clinical expertise are cardiopulmonary and neuromuscular physiotherapy, and in education and research he focuses on clinical epidemiology, cardiopulmonary assessment and treatment, physical activity and the reliability and validity of tests and measurements. He has helped organise a national congress in Colombia and also the Latin American Congress. Edgar has published work in journals in the areas of physical activity, cardiopulmonary assessment and treatment, child obesity and reliability and validity of tests and measurements.

Hans Hobbelen (Netherlands)WCPT subgroups

Hans Hobbelen (Netherlands)

Hans is Professor in Healthy Lifestyle, Ageing and Health Care at the Hanze University of Applied Science, Groningen. His primary areas of expertise in research and education are geriatrics, gerontology, dementia and frailty. He has also been involved in the Dutch guidelines on stroke and dementia and the national research funding policy. Since 2010 Hans has been a member and chair of the congress committee of the Dutch association for physical therapists in geriatrics. Since 2012 he has also served on the committee organising annual three-day multi-professional congresses for all health care professionals in geriatrics in the Netherlands. Hans has had numerous publications and presented at several international and national conferences. He is Vice President of the International association of Physical Therapists working with Older People (IPTOP).

Stacy de Gale (Trinidad and Tobago)WCPT Executive Board

Stacy de Gale (Trinidad and Tobago)

Stacy is the current North America Caribbean representative on the Executive Board of the WCPT. This Trinidadian physical therapist has also been Chair of the North America Caribbean Region of the WCPT; Chairperson of the Physiotherapists’ Board of Trinidad and Tobago; president, secretary and public relations officer of the Physiotherapy Association of Trinidad and Tobago. A proud undergraduate of the School of Physical Therapy, Jamaica, she also received her clinical doctorate from Utica College, New York. Her expertise lies in clinical practice but she has presented extensively within the Caribbean and internationally on various orthopaedic topics and those related to physical therapy in global health. She has attended the past four WCPT congresses and continues to work at varying levels as an advocate for the profession of physical therapy.