Berlin, 19-23 june 2015
Dear colleagues and friends,

On behalf of the German and Austrian Societies of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (DGPMR & ÖGPMR) we cordially invite you to the 9th World Congress of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM) that will be held in Berlin from 19-23 June 2015. In the middle of the century we hope to organise an outstanding event with important scientific outcomes and educational contents at a top level. Additionally, we hope that you will experience an open and relaxed atmosphere as a basis of a good and intense communication among colleagues from all around the world. Many national and international scientific societies and organisations support us in this goal, in particular the three main European bodies of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine1.

In order to prepare a scientific programme at the highest possible level, we will invite speakers who are top quality experts in their fields and chose 9 main topics of recent interest in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. To structure the original papers, we will use the recent published ISPRM topic list2 that provides a comprehensive structure of science in our field. The sessions of these topics will be introduced by a lecture of an internationally recognised expert in the area followed by original papers. Additionally, we will provide a large spectrum of other sessions, such as hands-on-workshops and seminars, sessions for medical students and young scientists as well as special interest sessions of collaboration partners and national societies that are member of the ISPRM. Furthermore, a plenary session deals with recent topics of the ISPRM-WHO liaison, with regard to ISPRM´s special role as NGO in official relation with World Health Organization (WHO).

The programme has been planned by a scientific programme committee and reviewed by international committee that includes members from all the nine ISPRM subareas3 and a broad spectrum of scientific expertise. We are convinced that this will ensure the best possible level of contents.

Together with our PCO, Conventus Congress Management, we will organise an attractive social programme including get together dinners and tours. Additionally we are happy to announce that we are going to collaborate with the 15th congress of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) that will be held immediately after our congress in Lyon (France). Special packages to attend both congresses will be provided for you.

We hope to see you in June 2015 in Berlin and hope that you will contribute by sharing your knowledge and expertise and discussing recent issues. It is our goal and passion to prepare a high level conference and provide an open and friendly atmosphere for communication among expert coming from all areas of the world.

We will be happy to see you in Berlin!

Tatjana Paternostro-Sluga, MD Congress President (Austria)
Christoph Gutenbrunner, MD Congress President (Germany)
Veronika Fialka-Moser, MD† Honorary Congress President (Austria)


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