by Dr. Paolo Boldrini, ESPRM general secretary
A SUCCESSFUL EVENT MARKING THE RETURN TO IN-PERSON EVENTS WITH GREAT PARTICIPATION OF THE EUROPEAN PRM SPECIALISTS AND RESIDENTS
A World congress, a European Congress and a National congress together: to achieve this historical result, for the first time the European Society of Physical and Rehabilitation (ESPRM) joined its efforts with the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM) and the Portuguese Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (SPMFR).
The event took place in the Congress Center of Lisbon, from July 3rd to 7th; it was the first international in-person Congress of PRM after the restrictions imposed by the pandemic.
During the exciting Opening Ceremony, on July 3rd, the WHO Director General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and of the President of Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, addressed video messages to the participants, emphasizing the role and relevance of PRM in the health systems and in the society at large.
The Congress witnessed a huge participation of colleagues from Europe (about 1400 attendants); 9 successful scientific sessions were organized by ESPRM on different topics, such as neurological disorders, pain, pediatric rehabilitation, and many others.
Most of the oral presentations and posters came from Europe as well.As in the previous Congresses of the ESPRM, the European PRM residents and young specialists had the opportunity to compete in the TransEuropean Scientific Contest (TESC). Researchers from 11 European Countries presented their works in the Auditorium Congress Hall on July 6th; members of the Jury were Enrique Varela, Thierry Lejeune and Frane Grubisic. The 1st prize was assigned to Alexander Ranker (Germany); the 2nd to Rick Van Damme (The Netherlands) the 3rd to Liedewij Bogaert (Belgium).