Keynotes

We are pleased to announce the Keynote Speakers for the 2022 World Congress

Caterina Rosano

Caterina Rosano

Professor and vice chair of Research in Epidemiology, in the Graduate School of Public health, Pittsburgh, USA

Keynote: Mobility Resilience in Older Age: A story of High Heels, Music, and Doughnuts

Dr. Rosano’s research aims to discover the drivers of mobility resilience to aging and disease. Her work suggests there are distinct neurobiological characteristics that can explain why some older adults function and move better than others even in the presence of similar medical conditions; her work also indicated that enhancing these neurobiological targets can ultimately promote resilience.  Dr. Rosano’s work traces a logical link between long-term exposure to cardiometabolic/lifestyle factors, integrity of selected brain networks and characteristics, and maintenance of function in older age.  Her recent work identifies dopaminergic signaling and neuroenergetics as promising strategies to promote brain resilience and possibly cognitive and physical functional independence. Dr. Rosano’s approach leverages cutting-edge methodologies of central nervous system assessment to “virtually” dissect the brain in vivo using very powerful and novel neuroimaging approaches applied in the context of carefully designed epidemiological studies and state-of the art mobility assessments. She has recently translated her research work into a novel training paradigm, by designing and directing a T32 Training Program in Population Neuroscience of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia.

Learn more about Caterina Rosano by watching this recent interview with our 2022 Congress Co-Chair, Kristen Hollands:

Kathryn Sibley

Kathryn Sibley

Associate Professor in Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, CAN

Keynote: Inquiry and Impact in Posture and Gait Research: Towards a Healthy Balance

Dr. Kathryn Sibley is an Associate Professor in Community Health Sciences, with a cross-appointment in Rehabilitation Sciences, at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. Dr. Sibley holds a Canada Research Chair in Integrated Knowledge Translation in Rehabilitation Sciences. The aim of Dr. Sibley’s work is to improve the health and well-being of older adults through integrated knowledge translation (iKT), an emerging specialty and collaborative research approach that engages research users in the research process to improve the relevance and utility of results and enhance knowledge translation. Informed by a background in kinesiology, graduate studies in rehabilitation and medical sciences, and post-doctoral training in knowledge translation, Dr. Sibley’s current research aims to understand how research user priorities and diversity considerations are incorporated in iKT; develop and evaluate iKT practice and reporting recommendations; and optimize implementation of fall prevention and rehabilitation services for older adults using iKT.

Learn more about Kathryn Sibley by watching this recent interview with our 2022 Congress Co-Chair, Karen Li:

Mark Carpenter

Mark Carpenter

Professor in the School of Kinesiology at The University of British Columbia, CAN

Keynote: Standing up to our fear: the interaction of human balance and emotion

Dr. Mark Carpenter is a Professor in the School of Kinesiology at The University of British Columbia (UBC). He is the Director of the Neural Control of Posture and Movement Laboratory and Co-lead of the Origins of Balance Deficits and Falls Research Cluster at UBC.

Dr. Carpenter’s research applies novel combinations of biomechanical and neurophysiological techniques to examine the central and peripheral mechanisms that contribute to static and dynamic balance control. His research aims to understand the neuro-muscular and cognitive-emotional factors that contribute to balance deficits associated with aging, proprioceptive and vestibular loss, and Parkinson’s disease. He is best known for his unique application of real and virtual threats to investigate how fear and anxiety influence the sensor-motor control of human balance and movement.

After receiving his PhD in Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo in 2001, Dr. Carpenter completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.  He joined UBC as a CIHR funded Canada Research Chair in 2005.

Dr. Carpenter has a long history of involvement with the International Society of Posture and Gait Research (ISPGR), serving as ISPGR Board Treasurer (2009-2014), Vice-President (2014-2016) and President (2016-2018) and Co-host of the 2014 ISPGR World Congress.

Learn more about Mark Carpenter by watching this recent interview with our Vice-President, Kim Delbaere:

Daniel Ferris

Daniel Ferris

Robert W. Adenbaum Professor of Engineering Innovation at the University of Florida, USA

Keynote: Why use mobile brain imaging to study human movement?

Daniel Ferris is the Robert W. Adenbaum Professor of Engineering Innovation at the University of Florida. His research focuses on the biomechanics and neural control of human locomotion, specifically in regard to human-machine interactions (mechanical and electrical). Current projects focus on mobile brain imaging, virtual reality, robotic lower limb exoskeletons, and bionic lower limb prostheses. Dr. Ferris completed a Ph.D. at UC Berkeley, an M.S. at the University of Miami, and a B.S. at the University of Central Florida. After completing postdoctoral fellowships at the UCLA Department of Neurology and the University of Washington Department of Electrical Engineering, he joined the faculty at the University of Michigan for 16 years. In 2017, Dr. Ferris moved to the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida. He is Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering and Chair of the NIH Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Sciences study section.

Learn more about Daniel Ferris by watching this recent interview with our 2022 Congress Co-Chair, Kristen Hollands:

Bradford J. McFadyen

Bradford J. McFadyen

Professor, Department of Rehabilitation at Université Laval, CAN

Keynote: Constantly seeking Negentropy: Understanding Anticipatory Locomotor Adjustments and how we might assess and intervene in them

Bradford J. McFadyen, PhD, is a professor within the Department of Rehabilitation at Université Laval and a researcher at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration (Cirris) where he co-leads the Centre’s research platform for immersive technology in rehabilitation (TIR). He is also a Research Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research, Section Editor for Human Movement Science and was president of ISPGR from 2014-2016. Dr. McFadyen’s research program spans from basic to applied studies about how locomotion is adapted to the environment across adulthood and following acquired brain injury (ABI). This research program has integrated virtual reality technology in order to manipulate environmental characteristics and social contexts. Clinical applications are focused on adding to the rehabilitation toolbox to better expose mobility deficits and intervene following ABI of different severities.

Learn more about Brad McFadyen by watching this recent interview with our President, Vivian Weerdesteyn: