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We are pleased to announce the Keynote Speakers for the 2023 World Congress
University of Auckland, NZL
Ngaire is the Joyce Cook Chair in Ageing Well at the University of Auckland, a GP, President of the NZ Association of Gerontology and co-director of the new Centre for Co-Created Ageing Research – a world leading centre to progress wellbeing of older people. She has led falls prevention trials in Aged Residential Care (FIPPS, PIRC and Staying Upright), and co-led the LiLACS NZ bicultural Longitudinal Study of Advanced Ageing.
Chair and Professor in Department of Kinesiology at the Iowa State University (ISU), USA
Li-Shan Chou is currently the Chair and Professor in Department of Kinesiology at the Iowa State University (ISU). He received his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tatung Institute of Technology in Taiwan, and subsequently earned his MS and Ph.D. degrees, both in Mechanical Engineering, from University of Illinois at Chicago. He completed his postdoctoral training at both University of Chicago and Mayo Clinic. He has served on the faculty of University of Oregon for 19 years before joining ISU in 2019. His interdisciplinary research investigates biomechanical markers that lead to sensitive detection and understanding of underlying mechanisms related to mobility/balance impairments associated with ageing, musculoskeletal diseases or injuries, and traumatic brain injury and has been funded by the NIH, CDC, DOD, and Oregon Medical Research Foundation. Up to date, he has mentored 17 PhDs and many masters and undergraduate students, and his team published more than 120 peer-reviewed papers. He is a Fellow of American Society of Biomechanics and serves as the Deputy Editor and Section Editor to Gait and Posture and Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, respectively. He is also the past-president of the International Society of Biomechanics 3D Analysis of Human Movement Technical Group.
Professor of Physical Therapy, Neuroscience & Neurology, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, USA
Gammon M. Earhart, PT, PhD, is a physical therapist and movement scientist. Her research focuses on movement control and rehabilitation in neurodegenerative conditions, with an emphasis on gait and balance in Parkinson disease. Gammon completed physical therapist training at Arcadia University, earned a PhD in Movement Science from Washington University in St. Louis and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University. She currently serves as Associate Dean for Physical Therapy, Director of the Program in Physical Therapy, and Professor of Physical Therapy, Neuroscience and Neurology at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Gammon is a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association.
Professor or Engineering Science, Osaka University, JPN
Taishin Nomura received his BSc degree from Department of Physics, and MSc and PhD degrees from Department of Biophysical Engineering at Osaka University, Japan. He was a postdoctoral researcher at Centre for Nonlinear Dynamics in Physiology and Medicine, supervised by Prof. Leon Glass at McGill University from 1995 to 1996. Since 2004, he has been a full professor at Graduate School of Engineering Science at Osaka University. His research interests include motor control during bipedal stance and gait in health and disease, with emphasis on stability flexibility tradeoff. Multidisciplinary approach, including computational neuroscience, biomedical engineering and neurophysiology, is a driving force for his research activity, which has been made possible by the support and close collaborations with Prof. Pietro Morasso at Genoa, Prof. Saburo Sakoda, a neurologist at Osaka, and a number of colleagues in his laboratory.
Professor and Director of the NHMRC Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in Spinal Pain, Injury and Health at The University of Queensland (UQ), AUS
Paul Hodges DSc MedDr PhD BPhty(Hons) FAA FAHMS APAM(Hon) is a neuroscientist and physiotherapy researcher from the University of Queensland in Australia. He is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Leadership Fellow and Director of the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Spinal Pain, Injury and Health. He has three doctorates (one in rehabilitation and two in neuroscience) and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science, and the Australian College of Physiotherapists. Paul’s research has unlocked new understanding of pain, how it relates to how we move, and its rehabilitation in musculoskeletal conditions including back pain and osteoarthritis. His work in Men and Women’s Health has led to development of new measures and new approaches to prevention and management of incontinence. He uses diverse approaches in research from studies of single cells to applied human research, clinical trials and translation into practice. For this work Paul has won the premier international prize for back pain (the ISSLS Prize) 5 times. He has authored more than 500 peer reviewed papers that have been cited more than 62,000 times and has received more than $AU64 million in research funds to undertake this work.