Thomas Oxland

(Canada) Professor of Orthopaedics and Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He serves as the Associate Head-Research for the UBC Department of Orthopaedics and also as an Associate Head of the ICORD research centre that focuses on spinal cord injury. An engineer, he received his PhD from Yale University in 1992 under the supervision of Professor Manohar Panjabi.
Dr Oxland’s main research contributions have related to the biomechanical behaviour of the normal spine, the degenerated spine, the bone-deficient spine, the injured spine, spinal function in the presence of implants, and spinal cord injury. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and the American Society for Mechanical Engineers.
Dr. Oxland has been an ISSLS member since 1993.


    Walter Frontera
    (Puerto Rico) Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation, and Sports Medicine at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR). He completed his medical studies and a residency in PM&R at the UPR and a doctoral degree in exercise physiology at Boston University.
His main research interest is the study of muscle dysfunction in the elderly and the potential benefits of exercise training. He has published more than 230 scientific manuscripts including 16 edited books and is Editor-in-Chief of The American Journal of PM&R. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (USA), President-elect of ISPRM, and an elected fellow of the American Academy of PM&R and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr Frontera has presented invited lectures in 53 countries and is Past-President of the International Federation of Sports Medicine (FIMS).
He has received the AAP’s Distinguished Academician and Outstanding Service Awards, the Best Scientific Research Paper award (3 times) presented by the American Academy of PM&R, the Harvard Foundation Award for his contributions to PM&R, the ISPRM's Sydney Licht Lecture Award, and the Gerontological Society of America's Excellence in Rehabilitation of Aging Persons Award. He was the first recipient of the Kessler Foundation’s Joel DeLisa, MD Award for Excellence in PM&R.

    Albert Todd
    (USA) He is Surgeon-in-Chief, Chief Medical Officer and Korein-Wilson Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery. He is the Chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Dr Albert specializes in the field of orthopedic spine surgery focusing on disorders of the cervical spine. He has an interest in minimally invasive surgical techniques and image-guided technologies in the management of spinal disorders.
He serves on the boards of several scholarly journals and is Past President of The Cervical Spine Research Society and President of the Scoliosis Research Society. Dr. Albert is the author of seven books and more than 40 book chapters, and has published over 375 peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed articles. He has presented his research both nationally and internationally, and served as chairman at numerous courses.

    Luke Stikeleather
    (USA) He is the President of the National Scoliosis Center (NSC), where he serves as the Chief Orthotist exclusively specializing in scoliosis treatment. Luke is internationally recognized as an expert in his field. He is an Associate Fellow with the Scoliosis Research Society, a founding member and president of SOSORT, the International Society of Spinal Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Treatment. Additionally, he serves on the editorial board for the Scoliosis Journal and is a member of the BRAIST Bracing Evaluation Committee. He earned his bachelor’s degree from James Madison University and is a graduate of the post-graduate certificate program in orthotics from Northwestern University in Chicago.
He actively participates in conferences, training, and support groups; always with his eye on improving the scoliosis journey of all.

    Nicola R. Heneghan
    Nicola Heneghan is a lecturer/researcher in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Sciences in the Centre of Precision Rehabilitation for Spinal Pain (CPR Spine), School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, Birmingham. Nicola leads CPR Spine Education and Patient and Public Involvement, as well as the MACP approved MSc Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy programme. Her research sits within CPR Spine utilising cutting edge technology and multidisciplinary expertise to collectively advance the assessment of patients with spinal pain. Nicola’s specific research interest is assessment and management of thoracic pain and dysfunction as well as collaborating on research in patients following spinal surgery, with low back and neck pain, and following trauma. The focus of the presentation at ISCO brings together a programme of research she has been doing into management of thoracic spine pain and dysfunction. She has published >45 articles in high impact journals including BMJ Open, PlosOne etc. and has >£300,000 in career research funding. She has supported >100 students to successful completion of postgraduate degrees (MSc, MRes and PhD) and currently supervises students on all programmes. External to her academic commitments she is currently the Chair of the MACP and IFOMPT MO delegate.