Keynote speakers


Eva Ageberg PhD, Professor in Physiotherapy, Sweden.

Topic: ''Injury Prevention in Youth Sports: Moving from knowledge to practice'' 

Eva's research focus is the prevention and management of injuries related to sport and exercise. The research aims to assess the effects of injuries on physical and psychological functions; develop and evaluate clinically feasible measures of outcome; assess whether good muscle function has a protective role for a first injury and/or for further joint problems; develop and evaluate new intervention strategies; and implement evidence-based interventions.

Dr Jenni Jones is the Director of Training and Education for the NIPC. She is a Senior Lecturer at the National University of Ireland Galway where she directs a portfolio of postgraduate programmes in the specialty of “Preventive Medicine and Cardiovascular Health”, Ireland.

Dr Jones is also a Reader in Physiotherapy at Brunel University, London. She has more than 20 years clinical experience in cardiovascular disease prevention and rehabilitation and continues to maintain a clinical caseload in conjunction with teaching and research. She also holds an honorary post at Imperial College London where she previously worked developing and delivering a range of postgraduate programmes in cardiovascular disease prevention.

She has served as President to both the British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR) and the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Cardiac Rehabilitation (ACPICR) and is now one of the Emerging Leaders of the World Heart Federation (2017 cohort) and current Chair of the Congress Programme Committee for the European Society of Cardiology Association of Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions (ACNAP). Her research interests include non-communicable disease prevention and control with a special interest in cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation, lifestyle medicine, health-behaviour change and health promotion approaches to cardiovascular health and diabetes prevention.




Sarah Copsey

Sarah will talk about the 2020-22 campaign 'Healthy Workplaces Lighten the Load', run by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA). The campaign aims to raise awareness of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and the importance of preventing them. The objective is to encourage employers, workers and other stakeholders to work together to prevent MSDs. Work-related MSDs are a cause for concern not only because of their effects on the health of individual workers but also because of their impact on businesses and national economies.

Work-related MSDs are one of the most common causes of disability and sick leave and are the most commonly recognised occupational disease in countries including France, Italy, Latvia and Spain. Workers with MSDs tend to be absent from work more often.


Caroline M. Speksnijder, PT, MSc, MMPT, PhD, University Medical Center and University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, member of the Dutch Scientific Physical Board, and vice-president of WCPT IPT-HOPE.

Topic: ''Optimizing physical functioning in patients with cancer''

In 1998 Caroline Speksnijder obtained her degree in Physiotherapy at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, her MSc degree of Human Movement Sciences as well as Epidemiology at Maastricht University in 2002, and her MPT degree of Orofacial Physical Therapy at HAN University of Applied Sciences in 2008. In May 2011 Caroline obtained her PhD on her thesis ‘Function after oral oncological intervention, reconstruction and rehabilitation’ at the University of Utrecht (UU). From that time she worked as a senior researcher, physiotherapist and university lecturer at UMC Utrecht. She is also the vice-president of the International Physical Therapy in HIV/Aids, Oncology, Palliative and Hospice Care (IPT-HOPE) of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy (WCPT).

Cancer and its treatment affect multiple body systems and result in impairments that arise during or after treatment. These impairments may restrict physical functioning and participation in activities of daily living and life roles, consequently, limiting quality of life. Physiotherapists play an important role in helping patients to cope with physical functioning deficits such as fatigue, deconditioning, musculoskeletal impairments and lymphedema. Numerous studies have shown beneficial effects of physiotherapy interventions, including exercise programs, on joint pain and range of motion, physical functioning, physical fitness,fatigue and health-related quality of life. The aim of this lecture is to give insight into physiotherapeutic testing and treatment before, during and after cancer treatment.


Eva Ekvall Hansson, PhD, Associate Professor, senior lecturer and  Excellent Teaching Practitioner at the research group Physiotherapy, Department of Health Sciences, Lund University, Sweden.

Topic: ''Modern Technology in Rehabilitation''

Eva's research focus concerns dizziness, vertigo, balance deficits, osteoarthritis, and patient education. She performs research within the field of stroke-rehabilitation in primary health care, regarding falls and fall prevention among older persons, as well as research within the field of higher education. In recent years, her research field includes the use of modern technology in rehabilitation and in fall prevention. Eva is a member of the former Baltic Network for Primary Health Care and lecturer at the Physiotherapy programme at the Masters Programme in Medical Sciences and at commissioned courses in vertigo and dizziness, administered by Lund University.


Carly McKay, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Department for Health, Centre for Motivation and Health Behaviour Change, Sports Injury Prevention Group. University of Bath, United Kingdom.

Topic: ''Changing behaviour to change injury risk in youth sport''

Research profile: Carly has a background in sport injury epidemiology and sport/health psychology. She completed her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology (2006) and Masters degree in Sport Medicine (2008) at the University of Calgary, Canada, before completing a PhD in Sport and Health Psychology (2011) at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. Her research interests include exploring the role of psychosocial factors in sport injury risk and rehabilitation, and implementing psychological interventions to reduce negative health outcomes for injured athletes. Much of her research also focuses on using theories of health behaviour change to promote the uptake of injury prevention strategies in sport settings.


Cristina Frange, PhD, physiotherapist, Brazil.

Topic: ''Sleep and Pain''

Cristina Frange is a physical therapist specializing in neurologic physiotherapy. She is also a research fellow at the Neurology and Neuroscience Department at the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP). She graduated with PhD in Medicine and Biology of sleep in 2017, at the Sleep Division of the Department of Psychobiology, UNIFESP, São Paulo, Brazil.
She is interested in the treatment of sleep disturbances with physiotherapy and rehabilitation. She studies the relationship between sleep and chronic pain (specifically insomnia) in different populations, and currently investigates the contribution of physical activity on sleep patterns in patients with obstructive sleep apnea after stroke. Dr. Frange has published manuscripts on the theme in peer-reviewed journals, has presented a Discussion Section on sleep and physiotherapy at the World Confederation for Physical Therapy’s Congress 2019 (in Geneva, Switzerland), and presented a sleep course about Sleep and Physiotherapy for the Israeli Society of Physical Therapists (in Tel Aviv, Israel) in 2020. She presents frequently at research and professional association meetings, is a reviewer for peer-reviewed journals and attends at her clinic, in São Paulo. 


Paulina Liskala is a physiotherapist and a Head of rehabilitation at Laitilan Terveyskoti, Turku Area, Finland. 

Topic: ''An efficient course of counseling for women with incontinence''

Paulina is the Vice President and representative member of the International Association of Physical Therapists working with Older People (IPTOP) in World Physiotherapy. The efforts of the Association are directed towards enabling national organisations and their individual members to work with older people through research, evidence-based practice, clinical specialisation and collaborative practice with other disciplines and carers. Paulina was nominated A Physiotherapist of the year 2015 in Finland by the Finnish Physiotherapy Association. Paulina's special interests in physiotherapy are Geriatrics and Robotics but as a head of the rehabilitation department she is involved in various rehabilitation development projects.

Paulina's lecture regards the finnish experience in Physiotherapy for incontinence - an introduction of the course held in Laitilan Terveyskoti since 2010. Urinary incontinence is a common syndrome with considerable impacts on the quality of life of individuals and their families and costs in the health and social care services. There is a clear call for a systematic assessment and care model and pathway based on international guidelines for any persons with continence problems and related symptoms in health care.


Cristina Staub, PhD, Physiotherapist, Switzerland.

Topic: ''Sleep, Mental Health, and Physiotherapy'' 

Sleep problems predispose, precipitate, and perpetuate many other diseases. It is not only related to mental health problems, but also to chronic pain, fatigue, neurologic, immunologic, metabolic, or cardiovascular diseases. These parameters influence each other in complex vicious circles.




Ms. Femke Driehuis MSc, KNGF, the Netherlands Physiotherapist, health scientist and policy advisor at the Royal Dutch Society for Physical Therapy (KNGF), Netherlands.

Topic: ''Recommendations for physiotherapy in patients with COVID-19''

As a guideline and implementation expert, she is responsible for the development and implementation of multidisciplinary clinical practice guidelines and the continuous professional development of physiotherapists in the Netherlands. In addition, she coordinates all COVID-19 related projects and is one of the primary authors of the KNGF Position statement on physiotherapy in patients with COVID-19.



Lithuanian Physiotherapy Association


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Latvijas Fizioterapeitu asociācija 
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Bank: SEB banka 
Account No.: LV68UNLA0034102263100

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