An International society offering regional support solutions

With our regional symposia we will bring the best elements of ISCoS research and education to parts of the world where SCI services and human resources have been identified as areas that require strengthening and support. The ISCoS community endeavours to share knowledge and research to offer the best possible SCI Care, to offer a higher quality of life after a spinal cord injury.

Our first regional symposium will cover Latin America and the Caribbean, joining forces with Latin America Paraplegia Society (SLAP). By working collaboratively with SLAP we ensure that the programme and content are relevant to the identified needs of the region. This Symposium will be organised as a virtual event over a 2-day period on 9 – 10 July 2021.   Programme timing is based on UTC-6 (San Jose, Costa Rica) Time.

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin


As the President of the International Spinal Cord Society, I know that one of the most important tasks that ISCoS undertakes every year is to support education about the prevention of spinal cord injury and related problems, evidence based assessment and treatment from onset to discharge from acute and rehabilitation facilities and knowledge about the need for best practice lifetime care of people who have sustained a spinal cord disorder, regardless of the underlying cause. We do this through research and teaching, sharing of knowledge and supporting international networks of clinicians, allied professions, researchers and consumers.


The Covid-19 pandemic has encouraged ISCoS to find new ways of doing this through virtual and hybrid meetings and online education but we know that face to face conferences and seminars are important if we are to enable close networking and support in all settings but especially in less resourced settings where hands on teaching and learning can make an enormous difference to participants.


This 1st ISCoS Regional Symposium aims to provide that level of interaction so that participants can leave the meeting enriched by new knowledge and skills to put into practice but also knowing that members of the ISCoS family, near and far, are available to provide ongoing support.

A/Prof Ruth Marshall

ISCoS President



First International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) Regional Symposium supported by the Sociedad Latinoamericana de Paraplejia (SLAP)

With great satisfaction, on my name and of all members of SLAP Coordinating Committee, after an intense organizational process relatively fast but effective, we come to meet in this First ISCoS Regional Symposium, carried out together with the Latin American Society of Paraplegia (SLAP)


This Symposium not only represents an authentic and clear example of the relevance and the easiness of the international collaboration, more so when clear goals and expectations prevail. It is a clear demonstration of the commitment of both organizations in accomplishing their respective missions directed to disseminating information, to contribute to education and to promote research in the field of Spinal Cord Injuries; in the whole world as it is the case of ISCoS, and in Latin America and the Caribbean as it corresponds to SLAP in particular. With no doubt, this will strengthen the professional´s capacities and will bring many benefits to people affected for this condition.


We are confident that the common objectives will be reached, and at the end of this Symposium we will be enriched with greater motivation and strengths to guarantee better health and quality of live, for people with SCI in our region.

Dr. Federico Montero Mejía




Executive Committee

Assoc Prof. Ruth Marshall President
Assoc Prof. Ruth Marshall President
Dr. S Charlifue Hon. Secretary
Dr. S Charlifue Hon. Secretary
Dr. E M Hagen Hon. Treasurer
Dr. E M Hagen Hon. Treasurer
Dr. H S Chhabra    Ex President
Dr. H S Chhabra Ex President

Local Organising Committee

We are hugely honoured to be supported by our esteemed Local Committee members.

Dr. Graciela Borelli
Dr. Federico Montero Mejía
Dr. Helga Luna Aguilera de Higueros
Dr. Julia Maria D' Andrea Greve
Dr. Julia Maria D' Andrea Greve
PT Guillermo Gómez
Dr. Juan Martina
Dr. Verónica Matassa
Dr. Rosa Elena Sotomayor Espichan
Dr. Laura Marcela Valente

Confirmed Speakers

Confirmed Speakers

Name: Prof James Middleton

Position: Clinical Director

Organisation: NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation

Professor James Middleton is Clinical Director of the NSW State Spinal Cord Injury Service and holds an academic appointment as Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at the John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation Research and The University of Sydney. He is also Senior Medical Specialist for the Spinal Outreach Service, based at Royal Rehab. James is a Consultant Physician in Rehabilitation Medicine with almost 30 years of clinical and research experience in the field of spinal cord injury (SCI) medicine and rehabilitation. Blending continuing clinical and management roles with his academic position affords James a unique opportunity to translate research evidence into improved rehabilitation practice, service planning, delivery and innovation, as well as enhanced health, functioning and quality of life outcomes for people with SCI. He has authored or co-authored over 150 peer-reviewed journal publications and 19 book chapters. James is Chair of the External Relations Committee for the International Spinal Cord Society, working closely with the World Health Organisation, ISCoS Affiliated Societies and Networks and other external societies in this role.

Name: Dr Harvinder Singh Chhabra

Position: Chief Of Spine Service & Medical Director

Organisation: Indian Spinal Injury Centre

Dr. Harvinder S. Chhabra is Chief Consultant Spine Surgeon  & Medical Director in Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, New Delhi. He is the President – International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) & Association of Spine Surgeons of India (ASSI) Executive Member- Asian Spinal Cord Network (ASCoN) and International Group for Advancement in Spinal Science (IGASS). He has more than 25 years of clinical and academic experience as a spine surgeon.

Name: Prof Nazirah Hasnan

Position: Deputy Director (Medical)

Organisation: University of Malaya Medical Centre

Prof. Dr. Nazirah Hasnan is Consultant Rehabilitation Physician & Deputy Director (Clinical) University of Malaya Medical Centre. She is also a Senior Lecturer at Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya. Her qualification are PhD (UM-USYD), MRehabMed (UM) MBBS (UM). Her areas of expertise and interest are Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation, Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, Pressure Ulcer and Wound Management, Pain Management, Technology for exercise and rehabilitation, (Functional Electrical Stimulation, Virtual Reality Rehabilitation), Exercise for spinal cord injury and persons with disabilities. Dr Nazirah is also engaged in Health Promotion for persons with disabilities.

Name: Dr Randi Steensgaard

Position: Head of Clinical Nursing Research

Organisation: Spinal Cord Injury Centre of Western Denmark

Randi Steensgaard received her Bachelor degree in nursing at the Nursing School of Aarhus, Denmark, her Master of Health Science-Nursing degree at Deakin University in Australia and her PhD at the Faculty of Health at Aarhus University.  She has been working at the Spinal Cord Injury Centre of Western Denmark in Viborg, Denmark since 2006.  She has been a member of ISCoS since 2014.  She currently serves on the ISCoS Education Committee and as the chair for the special interest group for SCI Nurses.  She is also a member of the executive committee at the Nordic Spinal Cord Society (NoSCoS).  She is co-founder of Nordic SCI nurses and NutriNord_SCI, which are special interest groups of NoSCoS.  Through her career, she has presented extensively at meetings in Denmark and internationally.

Name: Mr Stephen Muldoon

Position: Chairperson of the Education Committee of the International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS)

Organisation: The International Spinal Cord Society

Having qualified as a registered general nurse in 1990, Stephen has worked for the past 25 years in low and middle income countries.  Working with various partner organisations he has a lengthy track record in supporting the design, development, establishment and strengthening of comprehensive and sustainable SCI healthcare and rehabilitation services in Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mongolia and most recently Ukraine.

He is a founding member of the Asian Spinal Cord Network (ASCoN), a network that provides a platform for cross regional exchange, education, data collection and research.  He has also supported the development of similar regional SCI networks in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America – Caribbean .

He is currently the Chairperson of the Education Committee of ISCoS and has played a key role in the conceptualisation, design and development of the award winning educational resource as well as supporting a variety of educational initiatives, workshops and training courses across the globe.

After 25 years working as the Director of Livaibilty’s International programme, Stephen now works as an Independent Consultant in the field of rehabilitation system strengthening and organisational strategy development and implementation.

Name: Ms Nishu Tyagi

Position: Research Associate

Organisation: Indian Spinal Injuries Centre

Ms Nishu Tyagi is an Occupational Therapist in Neurological Disorders. She introduced the concept of telerehabilitation via common technologies in patient care as a community outreach/post-discharge service model in India. She has been instrumental in initiating the telerehabilitation-telehealth services at Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC) and working with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi and other esteemed institutes on developing virtual reality, low-cost diagnostics and ICT applications for rehabilitation & healthy living. Awarded more than 20 times for her continuous efforts and contribution in research, rehabilitation, patient care and service delivery. She is passionate about thinking out of the box to determine innovative approaches in research and patient care delivery. She currently serves as the Research Associate for ISIC and coordinating the Telehealth Department. In her free time, she writes health care blogs for the awareness of ortho & spinal ailments. Currently, serving honorary positions like Executive member Telemedicine Society of India (TSI), Social Media lead and Editorial Board Member of Spinal Cord Series and Cases, Nature Journal. Her dream is to expand the multidisciplinary Research & Development (R&D) globally by creating novel ideas, collaborations, and good teamwork. Her other projects include development of COPE (community health exercises) web-portal for SCI individuals with the University of British Columbia, telerehabilitation with International telerehab Organization from the U.S, development of artificial muscle, low-cost virtual reality applications for rehab and rural health improvement using telehealth and technological applications.

Name: Dr Jane Duff

Position: Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of the National Spinal Injury Centre (NSIC) Clinical Psychology Service

Organisation: NSIC, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Dr Jane Duff has worked at National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville for 24 years, became Consultant Clinical Psychologist in 2008 and Head of the NSIC Clinical Psychology Department in 2017.  As well as providing individual and group psychological treatment, Jane is a qualified health coach and brings this experience to her co-ordination of the Stoke Mandeville Spinal Needs Assessment Checklist and Goal Planning Programme.  She believes a coaching framework is a fundamental part of providing personalised care within rehabilitation.  Jane leads the UK and Ireland Spinal Injury Psychologists Advisory Group (SIPAG) and represents this group on the NHS England Spinal Services Clinical Reference Group.  Jane is Chair of the European Spinal Psychologists Association (ESPA,, member of the ISCoS Psychosocial Working Group and Psychosocial Dataset group and convened the inaugural ISCoS Psychosocial Pre-Conference in 2019. She is a psychologist panel member for the WHO Rehabilitation 2030 SCI package of interventions.  Jane has published widely, and her main clinical and research interests are coping and adjustment, quality of life, rehabilitation/goal planning, personalised care and promoting the development of lifelong self-management skills.  She is a reviewer for journal publications, supervises and examines clinical research and is visiting lecturer at the Oxford Institute of Clinical Psychology Training, Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford.

Name: Dr Peter New

Position: Clinical lead, Spinal Rehabilitation Service

Organisation: Caulfield Hospital, Alfred Health

Dr Peter New is the Clinical lead of the Spinal Rehabilitation Service, Caulfield Hospital, Alfred Health, Melbourne, Australia. He is an Associate Professor at Monash University and a Principal Researcher with the Epworth-Monash Rehabilitation Medicine Unit, Monash University, Victoria, Australia. Dr New is clinical-researcher with over 20 years experience in spinal cord rehabilitation medicine. He has almost 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals to his credit, along with 10 books or book chapters, with the majority of these are on different spinal cord rehabilitation topics. He has a very special interest in the management of patients with non-traumatic spinal cord dysfunction.

Name: Prof Jean-Jeaques Wyndaele

Position: Full Time Professor , Retired

Organisation: University Antwerp Belgium

Bachelor Medical Sciences, Doctor in Medical Sciences-Surgery and Obstetrics, Specialist in Urology, PhD in Biomedical Science, Specialist in Rehabilitation, Second PhD  in  Urology Higher Education. Till his retirement in 2014, he worked as Full time Ordinary Professor and Chairman of Urology at University Antwerp (UA) and Antwerp University Hospital (UZA). He was the chair of the Animal and Clinical Research Lab of the Urological Department UA and UZA. He promoted 16 PhD Thesis’s and these doctors are working in different continents around the world and several hold academic senior positions. He continues scientific work in the field of SCI, bladder pain  and functional urology. He is Fellow of the International Spinal Cord Society.  He is member of  many major international scientific groups. He is the actual chair of ESSIC, the International organisation for study of bladder pain syndrome. He is a past president of International Spinal Cord Society and the previous editor in chief of Spinal Cord and Spinal Cord Series & Cases. He is author of 373 publications in peer reviewed international and national journals, 94 editorials,  33 chapters in books and editor of 4 books. He has been awarded several national and international prices, and is Grand Officer in the Order of the Crown Belgium.

Name: Dr Alison Graham

Position: Consultant Physician

Organisation: The National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital

I am Dr Allison Graham. Consultant Physician in Spinal Cord Injury at the National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury, Bucks HPO21 8AL, UK . Currently Clinical lead for the centre and lead for children and young people with SCI.

My training since qualifying from the University of Glasgow has been between the Scottish National Centre and the National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital. My special interests include the organisation of spinal cord care, family centred care and wound management in spinal cord injury.







Name: Prof Klaus Krogh

Position: Professor

Organisation: Department of Hepatology and Gastroenterology, Aarhus University Hospital Since 2010, Klaus Krogh has been professor at the Department of Hepatology and Gastroenterology, Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark. He completed his PhD on neurogenic bowel in 2000 and his doctoral thesis on the same topic in 2004. During the years, he has published 210 papers in peer-review journals and he has supervised several PhD students. Klaus has been chair on the ISCoS Bowel data sets working-group and he has been member of several committees. Recently, he was part of the group publishing the recent version of the PVA guidelines on neurogenic bowel. His main fields of research are neurogenic bowel, inflammatory bowel disease, late sequelae to treatment of cancer and diabetic enteropathy.


Dr. Federico Montero Mejía

Rehabilitation Medicine Specialist.

Former Director, National Rehabilitation Center in San José, Costa Rica, where he organized and developed the first Spinal Injury Unit in the country. Graduate Program in Rehabilitation Medicine Professor, University of Costa Rica.

Former Coordinator, WHO Disability and Rehabilitation Unit. Currently member of the SLAP Coordinating Team (Latin American Society of Paraplegia).

Dr. Graciela Borelli

Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine Associate Professsor, Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine Department, Medicine school, Uruguay.

Former President, Physiatrists Society, Uruguay.

Former President, Continuing Medical Professional Development Committee, SURMEFI, Uruguay.

SLAP Founding Member (Latin American Society of Paraplegia).

Dr. Juan Martina
MD Physiatrist.
Currently Senior Consultant, Curacao Rehabilitation Center, Dutch Caribbean.
He received his formal training in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine at the Groningen University Hospital, The Netherlands.
Former Chair, Rehabilitation Department, Medisch Spectrum Twente Hospital in Enschede, The Netherlands.
Former Chair, Dutch Society of PMR.
His main area of interest is Neurorehabilitation.

Julia Maria D’ Andrea Greve
M.D, Physiatrist.
Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sao Paulo (FMUSP), Brazil.
Director of the Laboratory of movement studies of the Orthopedics and Trauma Department, Hospital das Clínicas (FMUSP).
She has been working closely with Spinal Cord Injury patients in clinical care and conducting research in this area.

Gastón Alejandro Espil Mauco

Physical therapist of the National Institute of Psychophysical Rehabilitation of the South

Professor at the National University of Mar del Plata – Higher School of Medicine

Former Chief of Residents of Physical Therapy, INARePS

Former Chief of Residents of Kinesiology – Interzonal General Acute Hospital . Dr. O. Alende.

Josefina Aramburu

Occupational Therapist at the National Institute of Psychophysical Rehabilitation of the south (INAREPS) Spinal Cord Injury Unit

Instructor of the Occupational Therapy Residence at Interzonal General Hospital of Acute (HIGA) Dr. Oscar E. Alende.

Professor at Favaloro University of the postgraduate course in Occupational Therapy in eurological pathology of adults.

Kolly Hernán Antonio

Chief of therapy phisical service of INaRePS

Resident of physical therapy

Member teem classification of paralympic Athletic of  national secretary sport

Instructor of undergraduate and graduate residents in physical therapy.

Julia Fabiola Benavidez Montenegro

Psychologist and Special Educator.

She has been working on the area of educational Inclusion and early health care for children, young people and adults with disabilities.

Currently Director of the Department of Psychology at the Children’s Hospital for Infectology and Rehabilitation, Guatemala.

María Nevez

Physiotherapist, Montevideo, Uruguay.

Specialist in Bobath Concept and Assistive Technology in Positioning and Mobility.

Currently Physiotherapist specialized in the equipment area at the Teleton Center, Uruguay.

Member of the Department of Orthopedics of the children’s rehabilitation area of the Pereira Rossell Hospital, Uruguay.

Gustavo Heider

Physical Therapist, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

He worked as a professional at I.Na.Re.P.S (National Institute of Psychophysical Rehabilitation of Mar del Plata), at Rita Bianchi Clinic (Córdoba), and at FLENI (Buenos Aires).

Currently working at Santa Catalina Neurorehabilitation Clinic (CABA, Argentina).

International classifier of Powerchair Football.

Ligia Bacchetta Galmés

Doctor, Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine Specialist, Montevideo, Uruguay.

Spinal Cord Injury team and Spasticity Polyclinic Coordinator (Children’s Rehabilitation Center, Telethon).

Children’s and adult polyclinic. Spasticity Polyclinic Member (British Hospital.)

Former Assistant of the Department of Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine.

Luciana Maloberti

Psychologist, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Psychologist at Santa Catalina Neurorehabilitation Clinic, Buenos Aires.

Psychology Professor of the School of Nursing

Psychologist of the NGO CARITAS

Legal Psychologist of the Public Prosecutor’s Office of the City of Buenos Aires.

Alice Alexandra Soeiro Nunes Christofi

Clinical Psychologist, Brazil.

Master’s student in Experimental Pathophysiology.

Human Communication Disorders specialist.

Biological Sciences graduated.

Area of interest: psychology, quality of life in people with spinal cord injuries, pathophysiology.

Raúl Quispe Suarez

Traumatologist and Orthopedic Surgeon.

Medical Director and Member of the staff of Child Traumatology, Neuro Orthopedics, Reconstructive Surgery and Bone Lengthening of the Dr. Q Center, experts in Orthopedics and Traumatology, Lima, Peru.

Faculty Regional AOTrauma International.

Scientific Action Secretary of the Peruvian Association of Orthopedics and Child Traumatology, APOTI.

Second Specialty Teacher, Medical Technology, Universidad Peruana Cayetano, Heredia, UPCH.

Gabriel Porcile

CEPAL Economic Officer and Director of the CEPAL Office in Montevideo, Uruguay.

PhD in Economic History from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE, University of London).

Licensed professor from the Federal University of Paraná.

He has been a researcher at UDELAR, Columbia University, the New School for Social Research, and the University of Sao Paulo.

He has published extensively on the topics of economic development, growth, and income distribution. His last published work is “Latin-American Structuralism and Neo-Structuralism”, chapter in Alcorta et al (eds), New Perspectives on Structural Change: Causes and Consequences of Structural Change in the Global Economy, Oxford University Press.







Reynaldo G. Gomez, MD, FACS is Chief of the Urology Service at Hospital del Trabajador in Santiago, Chile. He obtained his undergraduate and medical degrees from the Catholic University of Chile. Fellowship in Trauma and Reconstructive Urology at the University of California . President-Elect of the Société Internationale d’Urologie (SIU). One of his main area of interest and research is neuro-urology and neurogenic bladder.



Dr. Castaño currently works in the field of Functional Urology at the CES Universtiy Clinic in Medellín Colombia. He completed his residency in urology at the same university in 2005. He has been working on educational projects for the Colombian Urology Societt in the Department of Urodynamics and Incontinence (former director 2013/2015) and also served as Director of the Urodynamic, Pelvic Floor and Incontinence working group of the American Confederation of Urology between 2014 and 2018. He is currently an active member of the Neuro-Urology Promotion committee and the School of Neuro-urology of the International Continence Society (ICS).


In addition to general urology, its field of action is mainly focused on the treatment of men and women with functional and anatomical alterations of the lower urinary tract and who present with urinary incontinence (stress urinary incontinence, overactive bladder and urinary incontinence after prostate surgery ) or urinary retention (prostatic enlargement, functional obstruction of the lower urinary tract, urethral stricture)


Dr. Castaño is internationally recognized for his work related to Neuromodulation and Neurostimulation in idiopathic and neurogenic tract dysfunction lower urinary tract and continues to actively participate in the education of fellows and residents, conferences, clinical research and publication in medical journals, also as a reviewer of some indexed medical journals such as Neurourology and Urodynamics.

The Symposium Programme

Programme timing is based on UTC-6 (San Jose, Costa Rica) Time


Symposium Registration Rates

Rates are shown in GBP £ and are exclusive of tax as applicable by region



Latin America & Caribbean


Rest of the World



‘The 1st ISCoS Regional Symposium (Code:136057)’ has been approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom for 12 category 1 (external) CPD credit(s).



Wellspect wants to empower people who suffer from bladder and bowel dysfunction to gain independence and enjoy life through access to innovative continence care solutions and products that are easy to learn and teach, committed support, and education to healthcare professionals. Like ISCoS, we aim to actively contribute to raising awareness of bladder and bowel dysfunction and find more ways to share knowledge with others within the field. As part of our strategy which emphasizes sustainability, one of our focus areas that align with the UN Global Goals, is “Good health and well-being”. We see our partnership with ISCoS as a steppingstone on our journey to achieving these goals. 

Join Our ISCoS Community

Feel free to reach out to us via our social profiles


ISCoS Regional Symposia – fostering education to strengthen SCI Care across the globe


An International society offering regional support solutions

With our regional symposia we will bring the best elements of ISCoS research and education to parts of the world where SCI services and human resources have been identified as areas that require strengthening and support. The ISCoS community endeavours to share knowledge and research to offer the best possible SCI Care, to offer a higher quality of life after a spinal cord injury.


ISCoS is on the move


We will organise the event, develop the programme and conduct each symposium with the support of a Local Organising Committee and where possible with an ISCoS Affiliated Society or Regional SCI Network.

By working collaboratively with international and local partners, affiliated societies, and regional SCI networks in each symposium’s design and delivery, we will ensure that the programme and content are relevant to the identified needs of the hosting region.

The ISCoS regional symposia aim to:

  • Bring some of the outcomes from the annual International ISCoS Meeting to a wider audience • Increase knowledge skills and confidence in SCI management
  • Increase awareness and facilitate policy dialogue in relation to SCI service provision
  • Increase capacity to collect data and enhance research capacity
  • Increase awareness of ISCoS programmes and membership


About the Society


The International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) promotes the highest standard of care in the practice of spinal cord injury for men, women and children throughout the world. Our purpose is to study all problems relating to traumatic and non-traumatic lesions of the spinal cord including prevention, basic and clinical research, medical and surgical management, clinical practice, medical and surgical management, education, rehabilitation and social reintegration. Through its medical and multi-disciplinary team of Professionals, ISCoS endeavours to foster education, research and clinical excellence. For more information about the society, please visit


Become a Member

Interested in becoming a member of ISCoS?

Join Our ISCoS Meetings Community @iscosmeetings Feel free to reach out to us via our social profiles