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AGS 2014: Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society

ETH Science City * | Zurich, SWITZERLAND
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Title: AGS 2014: Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society
Specialty: , Neurology
Dates: From Sep, 11, 2013 to Sep, 13, 2013
Location: Zurich, SWITZERLAND
Type: Meeting
Registration Cost: From 75 to 350 CHF
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Although new technologies have only recently made their appearance in the field of neurorehabilitation, they are now widely accepted by a majority of clinicians and therapists as supporting tools in clinical routine. The general consensus is that these technologies should be used on the basis of individual patient requirements and training goals in order to ensure a safe, tailor-made and successful rehabilitation. 

The INRS is an international conference organized in Zurich since 2004 and will be held from September 11th to 13th, 2013 at the Science City of ETH Zurich in Switzerland. The main topic focuses on how to efficiently integrate new technologies into the clinical setting and along the clinical path to the best benefit of patients and therapists.


Confirmed Speakers

Jörn Diedrichsen
University College London, UK

Dr. Jörn Diedrichsen received a PhD in cognitive neuroscience from the University of California, Berkeley. He then worked as a postdoctoral fellow together with Prof. Reza Shadmehr at the Department for Biomedical Engineering of the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. In 2009, he started as group leader at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience of the University College London, UK. His main research interest concerns the neural underpinnings of motor skill learning in the human brain. His research group uses a combination of techniques to approach this topic, in particular robotic devices are used to change arm dynamics in order to study learning and feedback control. Dr. Diedrichsen also developed new multivariate analysis techniques for functional imaging data to uncover the representation of motor skills in the human brain. Furthermore, his group employs transcranial direct current stimulation to facilitate and change the course of learning. Through collaborations, his group is active in translating these techniques into the clinical domain for diagnosis and treatment of movement disorders.

Volker Dietz (Honorary Lecture)
University Clinic Balgrist, Switzerland

Volker Dietz, MD, is the former Head of the Spinal Cord Injury Centre and of the Chair for Paraplegiology at the University of Zürich. Dr. Dietz received his medical degree from the University of Tübingen (D). He served his residency in neurology with clinical specialization in electrophysiology and research in movement dosorders in the Department of Neurology and Neurophysiology of the University of Freiburg. After his fellowships in the National Institute for Neurology, Queen Square, London and in the Institute of the Problems of Information Transmission of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, Moskow, Dr. Dietz was appointed as Professor for Neurology at the University of Zurich. His research focused on neurophysiological basis of human motor control and of movement disorders in stroke and spinal cord injury. His main achievements were: 1. to create the European network of paraplegic centers (EMSCI; together with Armin Curt and Martin Schwab); 2. the translation of Nogo-antibodies in the clinical application (phase I, together with Martin Schwab and the Novartis company); and, 3. the establishment of neurorehabilitation technology (development of the assistive device ‘Lokomat’ together with Gery Colombo; spin-off company ‘Hocoma’). Dr. Dietz published more than three hundred original papers, edited 4 Handbooks, received highly recognized honors and awards, and is an active member of many renowned international scientific and medical societies and foundations. As emeritus Professor he continues his research at the Spinal Cord Injury Center of the University Hospital Balgrist in Zürich. His studies have led towards the neural basis of functional movements with the aim to develop of new training approaches, such as locomotor and functional hand training training, for patients with stroke. 

Alberto Esquenazi
Moss Rehab, USA

Florian Heinen
Dr. von Haunersches Kinderspital, Germany

Prof. Florian Heinen is Head of the Department of Pediatric Neurology, Developmental Neurology and Social Pediatrics at the Pediatric Clinic and Polyclinic in the Dr. von Hauner’schen Children's Hospital of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich. He is also the Medical Director of the Integrated Social Pediatrics Center, Munich. After his residency in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine and in Neurology at the Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg, he became Head of the Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at Duisburg. Prof. Heinen’s research interests include the neurodevelopmental research of motor dysfunction by means of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). He pioneered Botulinumtoxin therapy in children, sonography-guided Botulinumtoxin injection therapy and robotic neurorehabilitation therapy in Germany, and is author of numerous scientific publications, book chapters and textbooks as well as member of several renown scientific societies.

Derek Kamper
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, USA

Derek G. Kamper received an A.B. degree and a B.E. degree in electrical engineering from Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, in 1989, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biomedical engineering from Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, in 1992 and 1997, respectively. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he directs the Hand Neuromechanics Laboratory, and a Research Scientist at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, where he directs the Coleman Hand Rehabilitation Laboratory. His research interests include neurorehabilitation, mechatronics, and upper extremity neuromechanics. For the past 15 years, Dr. Kamper has focused in particular on the motor control of the hand and its rehabilitation following stroke. This research has encompassed biomechanical studies examining force transmission from musculotendon units to the fingertips, kinematic, kinetic, and electrophysiological assessment of the stroke hand, and the development and testing of devices to facilitate hand rehabilitation.

Emily Keshner
Temple University, USA

Emily A. Keshner, PT, EdD is Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy and Director of Research Strategy in the College of Health Professions and Social Work and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, at Temple University. She is Director of the Virtual Environment and Postural Orientation (VEPO) Laboratory at Temple University, which was developed for both experimental and clinical testing of postural reactions within a simulated dynamic visual environment. She received her doctorate in Movement Science at Columbia University followed by post-doctoral fellowships with Dr. Marjorie Woollacott at the University of Oregon, Dr. John Allum at Kantonsspital Basel, Switzerland, and Dr. Barry Peterson at Northwestern University. Her research focuses on identifying and facilitating sensory selection during multimodal disturbances of posture in older individuals and in patients with neurologic disorders. Dr. Keshner has been the recipient of numerous awards from the National Institutes of Health and is an Associate Editor of the Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation. She is former President of the International Society for Virtual Rehabilitation and current President of the International Society for Posture and Gait Research.

Arthur Prochazka
University of Alberta, Canada

Dr. Arthur Prochazka is Professor at the Centre for Neuroscience of the University of Alberta, Edmonton . His basic research concerns the neuromechanics of voluntary movement. Clinical projects focus on improving hand function after stroke and spinal cord injury, with the use of neuroprostheses and the “ReJoyce” system (Rehabilitation Joystick for Computerized Exercise). The system was used in the first randomized controlled trial of Internet-mediated tele-rehabilitation. Follow-on trials are underway in Canada, the US and Australia. The ReJoyce was launched commercially in several countries in 2012 and 2013. Other projects include the use of intraspinal and peripheral nerve stimulation for hand function, bladder control and the reduction of spastic hypertonus.

Martin Staudt
Schön Klinik Vogtareuth, Germany

Prof. Dr. med. Martin Staudt is Head of the Clinic for Neuropediatrics and Neurorehabilitation, Epilepsy Center for Children and Adolescents at the Schön Klinik Vogtareuth, Germany. He also holds a position as a professor at the Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen, Germany, dedicated to research on “Developmental Neuroplasticity”. He received his medical degree at the Technical University Munich and was researcher, assistant doctor and senior physician at the Department of Pediatric Neurology and Developmental Neurology of the University Children’s Hospital in Tübingen, where he also received his Ph.D degree. His research interests include neuroimaging and neuroplasticity research in particular in the fields of early brain lesions and epilepsy. Prof. Staudt is author of numerous original papers and book chapters, was awarded for his research by German and international societies, and is an active member of renown scientific and medical societies.

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The INRS2013 provides you with an excellent opportunity to present the results of your work to a wide, interested and experienced audience. The organizers therefore encourage you to submit abstracts of your research work for presentation as posters. Posters will be on display from Wednesday to Friday and poster sessions will allow for ample opportunities to discuss your research results with other interested clinicians and scientists. 

Please submit your poster abstracts (max. 400 words) to

Editorial Guidelines for Presented Content:

Poster Space and Format

The space for each poster is 1.8m wide and 1.2m tall (landscape). We suggest to use A0 portrait format. Please use an appropriate font size that is readable when standing in front of the poster. Fixation material will be provided. No other fixation material may be used.

Poster Presentation

The posters will be presented in the exhibition area of the conference venue, ETH Hönggerberg. Please note the local indicators on site.

Setup times
All poster should be set up latest by 10.00 am on Thursday, September 12, 2013.

Presentation times
The posters have to be attended during the lunch poster session. We strongly suggest that authors are at their posters during the lunch break on September 12 and 13 from 12:30-14:00. 

All breaks can be used to visit the posters. Please arrange meetings with the authors individually.
September 12, morning 10:30 - 10:50
September 12, afternoon 14:00 - 14:15
September 13, morning 10:20 - 10:50
September 13, afternoon 15:35 - 16:30

Taking down
Poster have to be taken down by the authors. Please do not remove your posters before September 13, 17:00. Leftover posters will be destroyed.

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General Info

In September 2013 the International Neurorehabilitation Symposium (INRS) is going to open its doors in Zurich, Switzerland. Besides hands-on workshops, exciting lectures and informative poster-sessions, a large area is going to be reserved for exhibitions. Our Exhibition & Sponsoring Booklet will be available and published here soon.

If you are interested in participating as a sponsor or if you would like to present your company with a booth in our exhibition area, please let us know by sending us an e-mail to: 

Sponsors / Supporters


Allergan AG, Pfäffikon, Switzerland
Bioness, Zwijndrecht, Netherlands
Stiftung Cerebral, Bern, Switzerland
DePuy Synthes CMF, a division of Johnson & Johnson AG, Zug, Switzerland
Hocoma, Volketswil, Switzerland
h/p/cosmos sports & medical gmbh, Nussdorf-Traunstein, Germany 
Idrogenet Srl, Lumezzae, Italy
Mindmaze SA, Ecublens, Switzerland
Moog B.V., Nieuw-Vennep, Netherlands
Reha Technology AG, Olten, Switzerland
Tyromotion GmbH, Graz, Austria
zebris Medical GmbH, Isny, Germany

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INRS 2013
c/o Hocoma
Industriestrasse 4
8604 Volketswil

+41 43 444 22 00

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