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

IMPORTANT DATES

 

Deadline for submission of IFESS 2021 manuscriptsAugust 5, 2021 
Review process finalized, reviews sent back to authors  August 15, 2021
Final versions of manuscripts for IFESS 2020 receivedAugust 31, 2021
Information to authors about the acceptance of the paper  September 10, 2021 
Discounted registration deadlineSeptember 12, 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 August 5, 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 August 5, 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 - 9:00

registration

  • 9:00 - 10:30

1st SESSION: FES hardware and software

→ Hybrid systems combining FES and exoskeletons
→ Brain Computer Interfacing (BCI) and FES

  • 10:30 -11:00

Coffee Break

  • 11:00 - 12:30

2nd SESSION: FES hardware and software

→ Augmented Reality, Gaming and FES
→ Smart Textiles
→ Implant Technology

  • 12:30 - 14:00

Lunch Break (Free time)

  • 14:00 - 15:20

3rd SESSION: FES protocols

→ Epidural and Transcutaneous Spinal Stimulation
→ Neurophysiological mechanisms of FES and motor learning
→ Pre-clinical Studies and Basic Science

  • 15:20 - 15:40

Coffee Break

  • 15:40-17:00

4th SESSION: FES protocols

→ Stimulation of Denervated Muscles
→ Combination Technologies and Therapies
→ Advanced control for FES systems

  • 17:00 - 18:00

FREE TIME

  • 18:30 - 19:00

Recovery of function: a dream or reality

Opening/lecture by Vance Bergeron, ENS Lyon

  • 20:00 - 22:00

CONGRESS DINNER

IFESS - DAY 2

24th Annual Conference of the International Functional Electrical Stimulation Society

FRIDAY - SEPTEMBER 24, 2021

  • 8:00 - 9:00

registration

  • 9:00 - 10:30

5th SESSION: FES Applications

→ Chronic Conditions and Intensive Treatment Unit (ITU) Acquired Weakness
→ Fitness and Cardiovascular System
→ Paediatric Clinical Applications
→ Wearable robotics – Exoskeletons and movement trainers combined with FES

  • 10:30 -11:00

Coffee Break

  • 11:00 - 12:30

6th SESSION: FES Applications

→ Wound Prevention and Healing
→ Respiratory Function
→ Pelvic Organs: Bowel, Bladder and Sexual Function

  • 12:30 - 14:00

Lunch Break (Free time)

  • 14:00 - 15:20

7th SESSION: Treatment of persons with multiple sclerosis

→ FES protocols for MS patients
→ Robotics for MS patients
→ Pharmaceutical methods to reverse the progress of MS

  • 15:20 - 15:40

Coffee Break

  • 15:40-17:00

8th SESSION: Stakeholders' perspective

→ Patient Public Involvement/ End user perspective
→ Quality of Life
→ Emerging Technologies and Applications
→ Effectiveness of Technologies in Clinical Practice

  • 17:00 - 18:00

closing ceremony

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