Professor Nikolai Bogduk

Professor Bogduk is Emeritus Professor of Pain Medicine at the University of Newcastle. He retired in 2014 after 40 years as an academic and physician. His research pursued the anatomical basis of interventional diagnostic and treatment procedures for spinal pain and headache, and the validation of those procedures in clinical trials. He has published and tested guidelines for the management of musculoskeletal pain in primary care, and in tertiary referral settings. In retirement he remains active as a Senior Editor of Pain Medicine, and a consultant to the Spine Intervention Society. Otherwise he is busy in the NSW State Emergency Services and on his private conservation property.


Professor David Cifu

David Cifu, MD is the Associate Dean for Innovation and System Integration in the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine, and the Chairman and Herman J. Flax, MD Endowed Professor (tenured) of the Department of PM&R at VCUSchool of Medicine in Richmond, Virginia. He is also Chief of PM&R Services for the VCU Health System and Founding Director of the VCU-Center for Rehabilitation Sciences and Engineering (CERSE). He is the Senior TBI Specialist for the U.S.Department of Veterans Affairs. He has been funded on 43 research grants for over $137 million, including currently serving as Principal Investigator of the VA/DoD $62.2 million Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium CENC). In his more than 25 years as an academic physiatrist, he has delivered more than 550 regional, national and international lectures, published more than 220 scientific articles and 65 abstracts, and co-authored or edited 34 books and book chapters. He is the Past President of the American Academy of PM&R (2007-8), Editor-in-Chief of the 5th Edition of Braddom's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation textbook (2015) and co-Editor in Chief of Braddom's Handbook of Rehabilitation Medicine (2017).


Professor Eiichi Saitoh

Professor Eiichi Saitoh (MD, DMSc) is a certified physiatrist, Executive Vice President of Fujita Health University, and Professor and Chairperson of Department of Rehabilitation Medicine I, School of Medicine, Fujita Health University, Aichi, Japan.

He is also Adjunct or Visiting Professor of Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, USA), Capital Medical University (Beijing, China), Sun Yat-Sen University (Guangzhou, China), Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, and Executive Board Member of National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology (Japan).

He graduated from Keio University in 1980, and got DMSc (PhD) from Keio University in 1991.

Now, he serves several roles in rehabilitation medicine in Japan; Deputy Chairperson and Board Member of Governors, Japanese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine; Chairperson, Japan Council on Rehabilitation Education; Board Member of Governors, Japanese Society for Neural Repair and Neurorehabilitation; etc.

Recently he selected as a recipient of China High-end Foreign Experts Program (Beijing, 2015) and got the Sidney Licht Lectureship Award of ISPEM (Berlin, 2015).

Especially he is interested in dysphagia, robotics, motion analysis, orthosis, locomotion, exercise science, and psychology.




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