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. Alexander Dromerick

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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Invited speakers

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.

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. 

Dr. Friedhelm Hümmel

Dr. Anna Kuppusswamy

Dr. Richard Lieber

Prof. dr. Joachim Liepert

Prof. dr. Thomas Nyffeler

Prof. dr. Frederike van Wijck