Keynote speakers


Prof. dr. Daniel Corcos

Northwestern University
Dept. of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences
Chicago, United States of America

Daniel Corcos obtained his PhD (1982) in Motor Control from the University of Oregon after obtaining his Master's Degree in Psychology in 1980. His post-doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Neurosurgery at Rush Medical Center from 1983-1987 The primary research interests of Dr. Corcos are aimed at helping people with Parkinson’s disease improve their quality of life, improve their mobility and cognition, and slow down the rate at which their disease progresses. Integrating neuroscience and expertise in conducting clinical trials, the research of Dr. Corcos focuses on interventions (such as resistance exercise and endurance exercise) that aim to reduce the symptoms of the disease and delay the rate at which the disease progresses. Within this context, Dr. Corcos uses exercise interventions whose dose (frequency, intensity, time and type) can be precisely controlled to achieve these goals and thereby develops and integrates laboratory based interventions that people with Parkinson’s disease can employ in their local community. His current research, recently published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), Neurology demonstrated that high intensity endurance slows down the rate at which Parkinson’s disease progresses. These findings have been covered in the New York Times and the general press world-wide. A widely sought-after speaker, Dr. Corcos lectures nationally and internationally to physicians, neuroscientists, and patients on the benefits of exercise for those with Parkinson’s disease.

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Prof. dr. Theresa Jones

University of Texas
Dept. of Psychology
Austin, United States of America

Theresa A. Jones, PhD, is a professor in the Psychology Department and Neuroscience Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focus is on understanding how experience-dependent neural plasticity interacts with neuroregenerative reactions to stroke to shape patterns of brain reorganization and functional outcome.

Prof. dr. Gillian Mead

University of Edingburgh
Dept. of Geriatric Medicine, Stroke and Elderly Care Medicine
Edingburgh, United Kingdom

Professor Mead is a graduate of University of Cambridge, and trained in stroke medicine in Manchester and Edinburgh. She was appointed Senior Lecturer in Geriatric Medicine at University of Edinburgh in 2000, and promoted to a personal Chair in 2012. 

Her research focuses on Life after Stroke and she holds multiple research grants in this area. She is internationally recognised for her research on fatigue, sedentary behaviour and exercise training after stroke. Her research is included in stroke guidelines throughout the world. She is co-editor of a book ‘Exercise and fitness training after stroke’ published by Elsevier in 2012.  She co-leads the UK multicentre FOCUS trial of fluoxetine for stroke recovery. She is joint co-ordinating editor of the Cochrane Stroke Group, an editor of the Cochrane Cognitive Improvement and Dementia Group and an editor of the International Journal of Stroke.

She and her team have been awarded multiple research prizes. She is the 2016 winner of the William Farr Medal from the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries for her work on exercise training after stroke.  She is a keen mountaineer and completed ascents of all 284 Scottish Munros  (mountains over 3000 feet) in 2009.

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Prof. dr. Nick Ward

UCL Institute of Neurology
Dept. of Motor Neuroscience and Movement Disorders
London, United Kingdom

Nick Ward is a Professor of Clinical Neurology & Neurorehabilitation at UCL Institute of Neurology and The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square. He is lead of the first dedicated upper limb neurorehabilitation programme in the UK. He also runs a research programme using structural and functional brain imaging to understand the mechanisms of recovery of movement after stroke so that we might predict both optimal treatments of upper limb impairment and long term outcomes after stroke. He is Co-editor of the Oxford Textbook of Neurorehabilitation and is Associate Editor of both the Journal for Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry and Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair.

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Dr. Ulrik Dalgas

Aarhus Univesity 
Dept. of public health, section sport sciences
Aarhus, Denmark

Ulrik Dalgas is an exercise physiologist specialized in rehabilitation of neurological patients. In particular most of his research focuses on the effects of exercise therapy in subjects with multiple sclerosis (MS). His main research covers the effects of different exercise modalities (e.g. resistance training and endurance training) and aspects of exercise therapy related to selected groups of MS patients (e.g. thermo-sensitive patients or fatigued patients). Much of his ongoing research focuses on understanding the effects of exercise on brain function, and he is trying to determine, whether long-term exercise is a disease modifying intervention in MS. He is previous executive board member and secretary for the European organization Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis (RIMS) and executive board member for the Danish MS Research Association (DAREMUS). Finally, he has authored more than 90 scientific papers and several book chapters on the topic.

Prof. Dr. Jules Dewald

Northwestern University
Dept. of Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences
Chicago, United States of America

Dr. Dewald received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Physical Therapy and Motor Rehabilitation from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium in 1978 and 1980, respectively. He received a PhD in Neurophysiology and Biophysics in 1992 from Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California.  From 1988-2001 Dr. Dewald worked as pre-doctoral investigator, subsequently as a post doc, clinical assistant professor and finally as a senior clinical research scientist in the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (now called the Shirley Ryan Abilities Lab).

From 2001 to 2005 Dr. Dewald worked as tenure-track assistant professor in the departments of Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences (PTHMS), Biomedical Engineering (BME) and Physical Medicine & rehabilitation (PM&R) at Northwestern University.  He became chair and associate professor in PTHMS and associate professor in BME and PM&R in 2006.  Dr. Dewald became professor and chair of neural control and rehabilitation, Department of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering, University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands in 2009. 

In 2010, Dr. Dewald became full professor in PTHMS, BME and PM&R. Dr. Dewald is the director of the neuroimaging and motor control laboratories and his research is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the department of education (NIDRR), the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Heart Association (AHA). His training has been in the neurobiology of movement disorders as well as in biomechanics and basic signal analysis. He has worked for over 20 years in the area of characterizing mechanisms underlying the loss of independent joint control and spasticity following brain injury due to stroke and cerebral palsy.  Furthermore, he has 18 years of experience performing high density EEG research and over 12 years of experience in rehabilitation robotic development.

Dr. Dewald’s research combines the fields of neurobiology, engineering, and clinical sciences by incorporating applications of brain imaging (MRI, DTI, and high density EEG), rehabilitation robotics, and pharmacological manipulations of the motor system.

Dr. Christian Dohle

MEDIAN Klinik Berlin-Kladow
Dept. of Neurological Rehabilitation
Berlin, Germany

Dr Dohle studied physics and medicine at the Universities in Cologne, Cambridge (UK), Düsseldorf and Grenoble. Parallel to his studies, he joined the special research area „Relations between structure and function in the sensorimotor cortex and its disorders“ at the University Hospital of Düsseldorf. After finishing his PhD, he completed his clinical formation in neurology, rehabilitation, social medicine, physical therapy and pain therapy at rehabilitation centres in Bonn and Meerbusch and a psychiatric centre in Ahrweiler. In 2008, he became senior physician at the MEDIAN Klinik Berlin-Kladow (formerly Klinik Berlin) and succeeded Prof. Mauritz as Medical Director of the hospital in 2012. Besides, he is member of the Center for Stroke Resarch Berlin (CSB) and habilitated at the Charité – University Berlin. He was appointed to membership of several boards and commitees, including the executive board of the German Society for Neurorehabilitation (DGNR).

Dr Dohle main scientific interests are motor control and motor rehabilitation strategies, especially employing cognitive strategies (mirror therapy). He has performed and led several imaging studies, clinical trials and systematic reviews on this topic and is now working on augemented and virtual reality implementations of these findings. Besides, he is one of the main authors of the DGNR Clinical Practice Guideline for rehabilitation of mobility after stroke (ReMoS). Furthermore, he is prominently involved in several projects for quality assessment and control in neurorehabilitation. 

Prof. Dr. Friedhelm Hummel

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL)
Defitech Chair of Clinical Neuroengineering, Center of Neuroprosthetics (CNP)
Geneva, Switzerland

Friedhelm Hummel is Full-Professor and Director of the Defitech Chair of Clinical Neuroengineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Lausanne). His research is focussed on neuroplasticity, motor control, healthy aging and stroke recovery, with an especial emphasis on multimodal evaluation of underlying mechanisms of functional recovery after brain lesions. This knowledge is used to develop and apply neuro-technologies, such as non-invasive brain stimulation, in a personalized way to support recovery.

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Dr. Anna Kuppuswamy

UCL Institute of Neurology
Dept. of Clinical and Movement neuroscience
London, United Kingdom

Anna Kuppuswamy is a Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Dale fellow investigating mechanisms of perceptual fatigue in human stroke model at Institute of Neurology, UCL. Anna trained as a physiotherapist in India (2002) before completing her MSc in Neuroscience at Queen Square UCL (2003). She went on to complete her PhD at Imperial College London (2009) investigating upper limb motor control in incomplete spinal cord injury. She then completed a short stay as a post-doctoral visiting fellow at the National Institutes of Health, USA where she developed her interest in investigating fatigue in neurological conditions. In 2012, she moved to UCL funded by the Stroke Association Senior Fellowship to investigate sensory-motor basis of post-stroke fatigue. In 2016 Anna established the ‘Effort Lab’ with funding from the Wellcome Trust and Royal Society. Her lab investigates the neural basis of perceptual fatigue in neurological conditions using a range of techniques including behavioural paradigms, non-invasive brain stimulation, brain imaging and computational modelling. 

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Prof. dr. Joachim Liepert

Kliniken Schmieder
Dept. of Neurorehabilitation
Allensbach, Germany

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Prof. dr. Thomas Nyffeler

University of Bern
Gerontechnology and Rehabilitation Group, ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research
Bern, Switzerland

Prof. Thomas Nyffeler is group head of the Perception and Eye Movement Laboratory of the the Gerontechnology and Rehabilitation Group, ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research at the University of Bern, Switzerland and head of neurorehabilitation at the Luzerner Kantonsspital, Lucerne, Switzerland. He studies the control mechanisms of eye movements in humans using state-of-the-art and novel eye-movement measurement tools. He also uses non-invasive brain stimulation (TMS and tDCS) to investigative the physiology and pathophysiology of normal subjects and patients with isolated cerebral lesions. A further interest lies in stroke recovery and spatial neglect.

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Prof. dr. Frederike van Wijck

Glasgow Caledonian University
Glasgow Caledonian University, School of Health and Life Sciences, 
Glasgow, Scotland

Frederike qualified as a physiotherapist and human movement scientist in The Netherlands. She is currently a professor of Neurological Rehabilitation at the School for Health and Life Sciences at Glasgow Caledonian University, where she co-leads the Living with stroke and other long term neurological conditions Research Group.  Her research focuses on optimising functional recovery after stroke, using targeted training, skill acquisition and behavioural change strategies.  This portfolio comprises systematic reviews on the effects and experiences of physical activity after stroke, studies on measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviour, impact of goal setting and the design and evaluation of new physical activity interventions for people with stroke at various stages of their pathway.  She led the validation of the first UK Exercise and Fitness Training after Stroke course and was involved in the development of best practice guidelines for community-based exercise and fitness training after stroke.  She is an author/ editor of “Exercise and Fitness Training after Stroke: a handbook for evidence-based practice”, published by Elsevier.  Frederike is a member of the Cochrane Stroke Editorial Group, research lead and founding member of the Scottish Stroke Allied Health Professions Forum and president of the European Forum for Research in Rehabilitation.