Welcome to the XXIV Annual Conference of the International Functional Electrical Stimulation Society (IFESS).

Annual Conferences of the IFESS are organized to promote the awareness, knowledge, and understanding of both electrical stimulation technologies and their uses. The IFESS bridges research, application, and healthcare to enhance quality of life through advocacy, education, and facilitation of inter-professional collaborations.

The IFESS meetings traditionally include lectures, oral and posture presentations and exhibitors in the following areas: FES for upper and lower extremities, spinal cord stimulation, breathing-coughing and airway management, stimulation of denervated muscles, pain, urology, fitness and cardio-vascular system, implantable systems, technologies, clinical results of using FES, quality of life with FES, neurorehabilitation, hybrid systems (FES and robots), and BCI and FES.

The Conference in Rovinj will concentrate mostly at HYBRID ASSISSTIVE SYSTEMS (advanced FES and mechanical systems – robots)

The 24th Annual Conference will run jointly with the XI External Control of Human Extremities Meeting. The contents of the XI ECHE complements the IFESS event, hence, the participants will benefit in the whole three days long event. 

 

Conference Chairs:

Marinko Rade and Dejan Popović

The IFESS event has been awarded 10 points for participation by the Croatian Medical Chamber.

IMPORTANT DATES

 

Deadline for submission of IFESS 2021 manuscriptsSeptember 11, 2021 
Final versions of manuscripts for IFESS 2020 receivedSeptember 15, 2021
Information to authors about the acceptance of the paper  September 17, 2021 
Discounted registration deadlineSeptember 18, 2021
Opening of the 24th IFESS September 23, 2021

 

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

Nur Azah Hamzaid, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Christine Azevedo Coste, Montpellier, France
Ines Bersch, Nottwil, Switzerland
Manfred Bijak, Vienna, Austria
Sean Doherty, London, UK
Simona Ferrante. Milano, Italy
Davis Glen, Sydney (Lidcombe), Australia
Jonathan Jarvis, Liverpool, UK
Thierry Keller, Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain
Cesar Marquez-Chin, Toronto, Canada
Winfried Mayr, Vienna, Austria
Kei Masani, Toronto, Canada

Matija Milošević, Osaka, Japan
Miloš Popović, Toronto, Canada
Lana Popović Maneski, Belgrade, Serbia
Dietmar Rafolt, Graz, Austria
Thomas Schauer, Berlin, Germany
Erika G. Spaich, Aalborg, Denmark
Thomas Stieglitz, Freiburg, Germany
Tamsyn Street, Salisbury, UK
Janssen Thomas, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Philip Troyk, Chicago, IL, USA
Ken Yoshida, Indianapolis, USA

SPEAKERS

General information about the speakers

Milan R. Dimitrijević

Human Spinal Cord Network and "Spinal Brain"

Emeritus Professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas USA, Foundation for Movement Recovery, Oslo, Norway

 

Dr. Dimitrijević founded the field of Restorative Neurology and contributor to the area of Human Neurosciences. During his fifty years of clinical and neurological work he worked to develop Human Neurophysiology as well as mentored hundreds of post-graduates working in the early development of a new branch of Neurological practices and science. Born in Nis, Serbia Dr. Dee received his MD in 1955 and his Ph.D. in 1966 from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, in 1955. He continued with post-doctoral training in clinical neurophysiology at the Stockholm School of Medicine and University Hospital in Ljubljana. He completed a fellowship training in clinical neurophysiology, the Schools of Medicine in Marseilles, France, and Linkoping, Sweden. Dr. Dimitrijevic was awarded honorary doctorate degrees from Warsaw Medical Academy, Poland and Linkoping University, Sweden. He also completed fellowships in Radiochemistry at the Institute of Nuclear Science at the University of Belgrade and Neurology at Queens Square in London. He has held many posts but most recently as the Vivian L. Smith Professor and Division Head of the Division of Restorative neurology and Human Neurobiology at Baylor College of Medicine, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine. He is also the Principal Investigator for the Foundation of Movement Recovery in Oslo, Norway. Professor Dr. Dimitrijević has published 224 research reports, 380 articles in peer review journals, fifty-six chapters, five books, 10.240 citations.

Milan R. Dimitrijević

Human Spinal Cord Network and "Spinal Brain"

Emeritus Professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas USA, Foundation for Movement Recovery, Oslo, Norway

 

Dr. Dimitrijević founded the field of Restorative Neurology and contributor to the area of Human Neurosciences. During his fifty years of clinical and neurological work he worked to develop Human Neurophysiology as well as mentored hundreds of post-graduates working in the early development of a new branch of Neurological practices and science. Born in Nis, Serbia Dr. Dee received his MD in 1955 and his Ph.D. in 1966 from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, in 1955. He continued with post-doctoral training in clinical neurophysiology at the Stockholm School of Medicine and University Hospital in Ljubljana. He completed a fellowship training in clinical neurophysiology, the Schools of Medicine in Marseilles, France, and Linkoping, Sweden. Dr. Dimitrijevic was awarded honorary doctorate degrees from Warsaw Medical Academy, Poland and Linkoping University, Sweden. He also completed fellowships in Radiochemistry at the Institute of Nuclear Science at the University of Belgrade and Neurology at Queens Square in London. He has held many posts but most recently as the Vivian L. Smith Professor and Division Head of the Division of Restorative neurology and Human Neurobiology at Baylor College of Medicine, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine. He is also the Principal Investigator for the Foundation of Movement Recovery in Oslo, Norway. Professor Dr. Dimitrijević has published 224 research reports, 380 articles in peer review journals, fifty-six chapters, five books, 10.240 citations.

Milan R. Dimitrijević

Human Spinal Cord Network and "Spinal Brain"

Emeritus Professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas USA, Foundation for Movement Recovery, Oslo, Norway

 

Dr. Dimitrijević founded the field of Restorative Neurology and contributor to the area of Human Neurosciences. During his fifty years of clinical and neurological work he worked to develop Human Neurophysiology as well as mentored hundreds of post-graduates working in the early development of a new branch of Neurological practices and science. Born in Nis, Serbia Dr. Dee received his MD in 1955 and his Ph.D. in 1966 from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, in 1955. He continued with post-doctoral training in clinical neurophysiology at the Stockholm School of Medicine and University Hospital in Ljubljana. He completed a fellowship training in clinical neurophysiology, the Schools of Medicine in Marseilles, France, and Linkoping, Sweden. Dr. Dimitrijevic was awarded honorary doctorate degrees from Warsaw Medical Academy, Poland and Linkoping University, Sweden. He also completed fellowships in Radiochemistry at the Institute of Nuclear Science at the University of Belgrade and Neurology at Queens Square in London. He has held many posts but most recently as the Vivian L. Smith Professor and Division Head of the Division of Restorative neurology and Human Neurobiology at Baylor College of Medicine, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine. He is also the Principal Investigator for the Foundation of Movement Recovery in Oslo, Norway. Professor Dr. Dimitrijević has published 224 research reports, 380 articles in peer review journals, fifty-six chapters, five books, 10.240 citations.

Milan R. Dimitrijević

Human Spinal Cord Network and "Spinal Brain"

Emeritus Professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas USA, Foundation for Movement Recovery, Oslo, Norway

 

Dr. Dimitrijević founded the field of Restorative Neurology and contributor to the area of Human Neurosciences. During his fifty years of clinical and neurological work he worked to develop Human Neurophysiology as well as mentored hundreds of post-graduates working in the early development of a new branch of Neurological practices and science. Born in Nis, Serbia Dr. Dee received his MD in 1955 and his Ph.D. in 1966 from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, in 1955. He continued with post-doctoral training in clinical neurophysiology at the Stockholm School of Medicine and University Hospital in Ljubljana. He completed a fellowship training in clinical neurophysiology, the Schools of Medicine in Marseilles, France, and Linkoping, Sweden. Dr. Dimitrijevic was awarded honorary doctorate degrees from Warsaw Medical Academy, Poland and Linkoping University, Sweden. He also completed fellowships in Radiochemistry at the Institute of Nuclear Science at the University of Belgrade and Neurology at Queens Square in London. He has held many posts but most recently as the Vivian L. Smith Professor and Division Head of the Division of Restorative neurology and Human Neurobiology at Baylor College of Medicine, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine. He is also the Principal Investigator for the Foundation of Movement Recovery in Oslo, Norway. Professor Dr. Dimitrijević has published 224 research reports, 380 articles in peer review journals, fifty-six chapters, five books, 10.240 citations.

PUBLICATIONS & AWARDS

→ ABSTRACTS OF ALL ACCEPTED AND PRESENTED PAPERS WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE ARTIFICIAL ORGANS JOURNAL​

→ BEST PAPERS PUBLISHED IN ARTIFICIAL ORGANS JOURNAL

Authors of selected papers will be called to submit the revised and expanded version for the full paper publication in Artificial Organs (Wiley Online Library – Impact factor : 3.094 IF)

→ VODOVNIK AWARD – Best Student Papers

At the 2000 IFESS Meeting in Aalborg, Denmark, the Executive Board of IFESS instituted the Vodovnik Student Paper Competition in honor of the late Dr. Lojze Vodovnik, consisting of three prizes to be awarded to the best three papers submitted and presented at IFESS conferences by students.

→ Bohdan V. Olijnyk Research Participant Award

The Spinal Cord Injury Treatment Centre (Northern Alberta) Society (SCITCS) approached IFESS to establish the Bohdan V. Olijnyk Research Participant Award to recognize the partnership between the researcher and the volunteer participants required to move research from the laboratory to the community. The Award is presented during the annual IFESS conference.

CALL FOR PAPERS

Instructions for preparing the manuscripts for the IFESS 2021 Conference

IFESS 2021 Conference accepts only manuscripts describing original theoretical or practical results of the research, implementation of the theoretical results for solving engineering problems and description of a practical solution or an instrument. 

The list of topics is the following:

  • FES for upper and lower extremities,
  • spinal cord stimulation,
  • breathing/coughing and airway management,
  • stimulation of denervated muscles,
  • pain,
  • urology,
  • fitness and cardio-vascular system,
  • implantable systems,
  • stimulation of the central nervous system,
  • clinical results of using FES,
  • quality of life with FES,
  • neurorehabilitation,
  • hybrid systems (FES and robots), and
  • BCI and FES.

Other FES related contributions will be considered even if they do not belong directly to the listed topics.

Only results not published or presented elsewhere are acceptable.

 


One to four pages long manuscripts prepared in the standard double column format that is a somewhat modified version of the IEEE Transactions format are welcome. Manuscripts must be submitted in electronic form in PDF format before September 11, 2021.

REVIEW PROCESS:

All papers submitted for presentation at the Conference will be peer-reviewed. If the paper has been accepted conditionally by the review board, the authors will be requested to return the final version of the paper not later than September 11, 2021. More information can be found at our Important dates page.

IFESS PROGRAM

IFESS - DAY 1

24th Annual Conference of the International Functional Electrical Stimulation Society

THURSDAY - SEPTEMBER 23, 2021

  • 8:00

registration

  • 9:00

welcome speeches ifess

  • 9:45

FORMAL ANNOUNCEMENT

establishment of the Society for Medical Robotics of the Croatian Medical Association

Keynote Lecture:
  • 10:00

Keynote Lecture:

Vance Bergeron, ENS, Lyon, France:
„How FES has Stimulated my Life”

Keynote Lecture:
  • 10:30

Keynote Lecture:

Dejan Popović, Emeritus Professor, Aalborg University, Denmark and Serbian Academy of Science:
“External Control of Human Extremities I-X”

  • 11:00

Coffee Break

  • 11:30

SCIENTIFIC SESSION 1

1. Popović-Maneski, L.
“MotiMove: multi-purpose transcutaneous functional electrical stimulator”

2. Fajardo, J., Gonzales, A., Lara, K., Fujiwara, E., and Rohmer E.
“Muscle fatigue estimation based on optical-fiber FMG sensors for FES rehabilitation systems”

3. Kraguljac, D., Aleksić, A., Rade, M.
"Validation of the pendulum test in the assessment of muscle tone in persons with cerebral palsy"

4. Aleksić, A., Kraguljac, D,
“A visual, intuitive quantified measure of spasticity”

  • 12:30

SCIENTIFIC SESSION 2

1. Rogić Vidaković,M., Ćurković Katić A., Jerković, A., Šoda, J., Košta, V., Režić Mužinić,N., Mastelić,A., Benzon, B., Poljičanin, A., Buljan,I., Matijaca, M., Markotić,A., Mihalj,M., Dolić, K., Rotim,K., Đogaš, Z.,
”Neurophysiological impairment in multiple sclerosis patient confirmed by transcranial magnetic stimulation of the central nervous system but not with electrical stimulation of the peripheral nervous system”

2. Rade, M., Rissanen, S., Shacklock M., Kankaanpää M., Airaksinen, O.
"Muscles in function of neural protection; quantitative parameters of muscular activation in response to opposite sequences of radial nerve tension test performed to maximum tolerable pain“

3. Kajganić, P., Anil Aksöz, E., Popović Maneski, L., Metani, A., Bergeron, V.
"Stimulation of paralyzed quadriceps muscles with variable-frequency trains during motor-assisted functional electrical stimulation cycling"

4. Alhawwash A., Muzquiz M.I., Richardson L., Vetter C., Smolik M., Goodwill A., Yoshida K.
"In-Vivo Peripheral Nerves Activation Using Sinusoidal Low Frequency Alternating Currents”

  • 13:30

Lunch Break

  • 14:30

CLINICAL SESSION 1

1. Vladimira Vuletić
“Effect of Deep brain stimulation on non-motor symptoms in neurodegenerative diseases”

2. Ivan Radoš
“Spinal cord stimulation, the last option in pain treatment for Failed Back Surgery Syndrome”

Keynote Lecture:
  • 15:30

Keynote Lecture:

Miloš R. Popović, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
“Use of Functional Electrical Stimulation Therapy to Treat Major Depressive Disorder”

  • 16:30

Coffee Break

IFESS - DAY 2

24th Annual Conference of the International Functional Electrical Stimulation Society

FRIDAY - SEPTEMBER 24, 2021

  • 9:30

CLINICAL SESSION 2

Darko Chudy
“Deep brain stimulation in neurological diseases”

  • 10:00

REHABWEEK, IFESS ROBOMED and ECHE joint session:

Dejan Popović, Emeritus Professor, Aalborg University, Denmark and Serbian Academy of Science
„History of IFESS: It all started in 1963 in Opatija“

  • 11:00

Coffee Break

  • 11:30

SCIENTIFIC SESSION 3

1. Svenson,P., Anfolk, C., Bjorkan, A., Malešević, N.
“Electrotactile feedback for the discrimination of difference surface textures: Pilot study”

2. Jure, F.A., Spaich, E.G., Dosen, S.
“Electrotactile Stimulation at the Lateral Torso to Convey Messages using Spatial Patterns”

3. Pasluosta C., Fuchs, K., Krauskopf, T., Klein, L., Mueller, M., Herget, G., Stutzig von Tscharner, V., Stieglitz T.
”Artificial sensory feedback in lower limb amputees: understanding the neuromechanical adaptations after the amputation”

4. Botzheim, L., Ernyey, D.M., Mravcsik, M., Varaljai, L., Klauber, A., Cserhati, P. and Laczko, J.
“Changes in active cycling time and distance during FES assisted cycling before and after the pandemic closure – a case study”

  • 12:30

SCIENTIFIC SESSION 4

1. Mercado-Gutierrez, J.A., Martínez-Luna, M., Carvajal-Gámez, R., Trigueros, J.L., A. Contreras-Martínez, Jimena Quinzaños-Fresnedo, Perez-Orive, J., Gutierrez-Martínez, J.
"Effects of Visual Stimulation Parameters on Evoked Potentials from a BCI for Upper-Limb Movements Commands Selection"

2. Ignagni,A.R., Diop, M, Onders, R.P:
“Reduction of muscle ventilation time using diaphragm to decrease the burden on ICU resources during COVID pandemic”

3. Bonačić Bartolin P., Popović D.B., Hudetz, D.
“Application of FEM analysis in advanced orthopedic knee joint solutions”

4. Nandakumar, V., Swain, I., Taylor, P., Budka, M., Merson A.
“Machine learning controlled adaptive functional electrical stimulation to assist walking”

5. Sobonova, E., Rohde, M., Bochkoltz, L.
“Case report: Exoskeleton personal user with spinal cord injury and above knee amputation. A first in Europe”

  • 13:30

Lunch Break

INVITED LECTURE:
  • 14:30

INVITED LECTURE:

Milan R. Dimitrijević, Emeritus Professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas USA, Foundation for Movement Recovery, Oslo, Norway:
“Human Spinal Cord Network and “Spinal Brain”

INVITED LECTURE:
  • 15:15

INVITED LECTURE:

Alojz Kralj, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts:
“Multichannel Functional Electrical Stimulation for Gait Rehabilitation”

INVITED LECTURE:
  • 16:00

INVITED LECTURE:

Tadej Bajd, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana and Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts,
"Analysis And Synthesis Of Standing-Up Movements”

  • 16:30

Coffee Break

INVITED LECTURE:
  • 16:45

INVITED LECTURE:

Winfried Mayr, Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, University of Vienna, Austria
“Stimulation of denervated muscles”

INVITED LECTURE:
  • 17:30

INVITED LECTURE:

Roberto Merletti, Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Dept. of Electronics, Politecnico di Torino, Italy (retired Nov 2015). Former Director of the Lab. for Engineering of the Neuromuscular System (LISiN), Politecnico di Torino, Italy (retired Nov 2015):
“Functional Electrical Stimulation: The Need For Education”

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