2nd CANOSC Educational HYBRID Conference

2nd CANOSC Educational HYBRID Conference

High-Level Spasticity Educational Program

CANOSC will be organizing a hybrid (in-person and web-based) high level spasticity educational program accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC.

Registration Expired on Nov 12, 2023

This conference will take place at the University of British Columbia, UBC Brain Health Center on November 11th 2023.

We are inviting 8 Canadian and 8 International faculty members to present, and we anticipate 50 Canadian colleagues  (physicians and allied health (physiotherapist, nurses, orthotists, occupational therapist, researches, medical students) who work in spasticity clinics to attend this hybrid conference.

We will have minimum of 250 participants joining on an online CANOSC webinar platform

Overall Learning Objectives

These objectives will help maximize the value and application of the knowledge and skills gained during the event:

  1. Gain a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the field of spasticity and rehabilitation.
  2. Engage in at least three interactive sessions focused on the challenges and opportunities related to spasticity and rehabilitation, and actively participate by asking questions and contributing to discussions.
  3. Identify key nerves and muscles in spasticity management, and actively participate in practical exercises and demonstrations.
  4. Acquire up-to-date knowledge and practical skills that can be directly applied to enhance spasticity and rehabilitation practices in clinical settings.

Meeting format

This hybrid meeting approach leverages both in-person and virtual participation, allowing for a wider reach and engagement with the educational content.

  • Faculty will be physically present while participants will join in person and virtually through Zoom.
  • 26 faculty will be responsible for delivering the educational content.
    • Speakers will be designated for each theme.
    • After a short formal presentation by speakers, co-chairs will encourage discussion and exchanges between all faculty members and the audience on the theme.  
  • Open Access:  Education is not restricted by financial barriers.


This one-day conference will have 26 invited colleagues who are world experts in spasticity management deliver lectures on 3 key main themes:

  1. Muscle architectural changes post spasticity and effects of botulinum toxin on muscle architecture, and utilization of ultrasound to monitor muscle changes and to optimize spasticity treatment.

    1. Canada: Rajiv Reebye, Dr. Ève Boissonnault,
    2. Belgium: Dr. Fabienne Schillebeeckx,
    3. Switzerland: Dr. Stefano Carda.

    At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

    1. Describe muscle architectural changes and understand its complexity in the spastic muscle
    2. Affect clinical decision making when monitoring muscle architectural changes post spasticity
    3. Develop strategies to monitor changes in muscle echointensity using ultrasound imaging
  2. Use of diagnostic nerve blocks to help better assess spasticity to optimize multimodal spasticity management: opportunities, barriers and solutions of setting up a nerve block clinic in a busy clinical setting.

    1. Canada: Paul Winston,
    2. France: Dr. Romain David,
    3. Italy: Dr. Alessandro Picelli, Dr. Mirko Filippetti.

    At the end of this session participants will be able to:

    1. Understand the utility of nerve blocks in determining whether a muscle may be spastic vs fixed contracture
    2. The challenges in setting up nerve block clinic in a busy spasticity setting
    3. Opportunities and solutions in implementing nerve blocks and triage patients who require nerve blocks to help optimize multimodal spasticity management
  3. Enhancing collaborative care and how to optimize spasticity clinic efficiency: lessons learnt from our Canadian and World spasticity experts.

    1. Canada: Dr. Rajiv Reebye, Dr. Paul Winston, Dr. Ève Boissonnault, Dr. Jehane Dagher, Dr. Heather Finlayson, Dr. Chloe Haldane, Dr. Tom Miller, Dr. Alto Lo,
    2. Belgium: Dr. Fabienne Schillebeeckx,
    3. Cameroon: Dr. Michael Temgoua,
    4. France: Dr. Romain David, Dr. Camille Heslot,
    5. Italy: Dr. Alessandro Picelli, Dr. Mirko Filippetti, Dr. Jonathan Bemporad, Dr. Paolo Zerbinati,
    6. Peru: Dr. Roger De la Cerna,
    7. Slovenia: Dr. Klemen Grabljevec,
    8. Switzerland: Dr. Stefano Carda,
    9. United Arab Emirates: Dr. Abdulla Alrahoomi,
    10. United Kingdom: Dr. Anton Pick.

    At the end of this session participants will be able to:

    1. Propose a common vision of spasticity pathophysiology to facilitate international exchange
    2. Present an example of a successful collaborative approach for spasticity management
    3. Discuss similarities, differences between spasticity clinics in Canada and internationally
    4. Implement collaborative care in spasticity management

Optimize strategies to enhance collaboration and clinical flow in their busy spasticity clinic

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We are inviting 8 Canadian and 18 International faculty members to present.  We anticipate 50 Canadian colleagues (physicians and allied health (physiotherapist, nurses, orthotists, occupational therapist, research, medical students) who work in spasticity clinics to attend this hybrid conference.  We anticipate over 250 virtual participants via Zoom.
  • Dr. Fabienne Schillebeeckx (Leuven)
  • Dr. Michael Temgoua (Yaoundé)
  • Dr. Alto Lo (Alberta)
  • Dr. Chloe Haldane (Vancouver)
  • Dr. Ève Boissonnault (Montreal)
  • Heather Dow (Kingston)
  • Dr. Heather Finlayson (Vancouver)
  • Dr. Jehane Dagher (Montreal)
  • Dr. Paul Winston (Victoria)
  • Dr. Rajiv Reebye (Vancouver)
  • Dr. Tom Goetz (Vancouver)
  • Dr. Tom Miller (Vancouver)
  • Dr. Camille Heslot (Paris)
  • Prof. Francois Genet (Versailles)
  • Dr. Marjorie Salga (Paris)
  • Dr. Romain David (Poitiers)
  • Prof. Jörg Wissel (Berlin)
  • Dr. Alessandro Picelli (Verona)
  • Dr. Jonathan Bemporad (Rimini)
  • Dr. Mirko Filippetti (Verona)
  • Dr. Paolo Zerbinati (Rimini)
  • Dr. Roger de la Cerna (Lima)
  • Dr. Klemen Grabljevec (Ljubljana)
  • Dr. Stefano Carda (Lausanne)
United Arab Emirates
  • Dr. Abdulla Alrahoomi
  • Dr. Abdulla Mohammad Al Rahoomi (Abu Dhabi)
United Kingdom
  • Dr. Anton Pick (Oxford)
United States of America
  • Dr. Gerard Francisco (Houston)
  • Prof. Mary Ann Keenan (Philadelphia)
  • Prof. Michael O’Dell (Cornell University)


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(Day 1)


Meeting of CANOSC Educational Committee

Planning and proposals for the next years

(Day 2)







Announcing laureates of the Philippe De Normandie 2023 Neuro-Surgical Award and the Mary Ann Keenan 2023 Collaborative Care Award

Enhancing collaborative care and how to optimize spasticity clinic efficiency


Closing Remarks



Heather Dow Canada

Kingston, Canada

Dr. Tom Goetz Canada

Vancouver, Canada


Prof. Jörg Wissel Germany

Berlin, Germany


Prof. Michael O'Dell USA

Cornell University, USA

United Arab Emirates

Dr. Abdulla Mohammad Al Rahoomi UAE

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

United States Of America

Dr. Gerard Francisco USA

Houston, USA

Prof. Mary Ann Keenan USA

Philadelphia, USA