The world of O&P meets again in Leipzig at OTWorld 2016


International Trade Show and World Congress

(3 to 6 May 2016)

Leipzig, 12 November 2015

International Meeting Point OTWorld

The world of O&P meets again in Leipzig in 2016

Every two years, the global O&P sector meets up at OTWorld, International Trade Show and World Congress (3 to 6 May 2016). More than 20,000 visitors come to discuss the latest research and development work and practical experiences with speakers and exhibitors from all over the world. Interdisciplinarity is writ large at OTWorld: all disciplines involved in the use of artificial aids in the treatment of patients meet here. These include, for example, orthopaedic technicians, orthopaedic shoemakers, engineers, doctors, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. The Congress involves many distinguished delegates and its attendance list reads like a Who’s Who of the sector. International professional associations in the sector meet up in the ‘Global Networking Area’, a platform for information and communication, to discuss current issues in the sector at an international level and to share their work and activities.

“I am very much looking forward to OTWorld 2016. As things stand today, we shall once again be able to offer the world’s largest platform for orthotics and prosthetics. Alongside the leading international trade show, at which we again expect to see a large number of world firsts amongst the products, our international Programme Committee has again managed to attract a veritable Who’s Who of the sector for the Congress. With more than 50 lecture series, we offer an extremely broad spectrum of talks at the highest level, which provide professional insights into all aspects of modern patient care. We bring together experts from all over the world, visions become reality and trends open up new perspectives for the future,” explains Klaus-Jürgen Lotz, President of the Conceptual Partner of OTWorld.

“The slogan ‘Join the progress’ brings the International Trade Show and the World Congress even closer together at OTWorld 2016,” adds Martin Buhl-Wagner, President & Chief Executive Officer of Leipziger Messe. “We are setting new standards with this new concept: this is the first time that the largest and most important display of innovation in orthotics and prosthetics will take place so closely integrated with the World Congress and with as many as 550 exhibitors from around 40 countries. Moreover, the event covers a total floor area of around 50,000 square metres over 3 Halls. The Leipzig Fair and Exhibition Centre is also building a multifunctional congress centre, covering an area of 10,000 square metres, into the industrial exhibition as an integral feature.”

Trade Show – The World No. 1

In addition to the well-known German suppliers, there are many outstanding international exhibitors who will be meeting up at OTWorld 2016 in order to maintain their stake in the rapid technical developments in the field. They include Basko Healthcare from the Netherlands, Freedom Innovations and Fillauer from the USA, the French companies Proteor and Rodin4D, as well as Endolite Chas. Blatchford & Sons Ltd. and Ortho Europe from Great Britain. Other countries represented include, for example, Canada, China, Iceland, Japan, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Taiwan, and the Czech Republic. Over and above these, there are planned presentations by numerous companies from all over the world at joint stands, including those of France, Spain and the USA.

OTWorld fosters dialogue on a global level

“We are delighted that we are again able to host the world’s largest gathering of professional associations in our sector. Even if the issue of care and treatment is still heavily influenced by individual national health services, we are all united by one question that transcends all borders: How can we improve the quality of treatment and care for our patients? More than ever before, the steps we need to take today require global and interdisciplinary networking and exchange of ideas. The ‘Global Networking Area’ offers an ideal platform for making many new personal contacts and establishing new networks, which can and will impact positively on our shared future long-term,” insists Klaus-Jürgen Lotz, President of the German Association of Orthopaedic Technology.

Personal contacts are very much to the fore at the joint stand of the sector’s international associations. This attractively designed stand affords the international scientific communities and professional associations the opportunity to introduce themselves and their work and to provide information about the health-care structures, the possibilities for initial and further training and various events in their own individual countries. Trade visitors from all over the world can come together here to make new contacts, to network and to exchange ideas and experiences.

International experts in their field attend World Congress

“I am proud of what the Programme Committee has managed to achieve again this year. At the last meeting, which was held at the end of October, we were able to definitively schedule more than 50 symposia and free-paper sessions for the Congress in May. The thematic focus quite clearly comes directly from the everyday practicalities of treatment and care and deals especially with topics that present particular challenges in our day-to-day work: interdisciplinary networking, training and discussion of innovative concepts for treatment and care are all on the agenda for sessions with internationally renowned speakers. The simultaneous translation of the lectures will ensure communication across linguistic frontiers again in 2016.

I am, moreover, very pleased that we shall be seeing greater international participation among what is also the biggest gathering of young orthotists and prosthetists. Alongside German students and trainees in technical orthopaedics and medical students, young members of the sector from France and the Netherlands are now also to be invited to the ‘Youth Academy’,” explains Professor Frank Braatz of the Private University of Göttingen / University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG) and Congress President at OTWorld 2016.

Distinguished international keynote speakers will talk, at OTWorld, on their specialist work in the Congress’s core disciplines: orthotics, prosthetics and orthopaedic footwear technology. In the topics selected, such as phantom pain, the biomechanics of diabetic foot, cosmetic socket technology and obesity, the ground will be laid for the artificial aids of tomorrow. The specialists will show, in memorable and practically based presentations, how given illnesses are treated and what kinds of treatment are possible.

Specialist knowledge and know-how will be provided by, amongst others, Marlo Ortiz from the Ortiz International S.A. de C.V. in Mexico. He is the inventor of the M.A.S. socket, which allows greater freedom of movement and has a number of advantages when it comes to cosmetic design. And it is this latter aspect that he will examine in greater detail at OTWorld 2016. Another major topic at the World Congress is provided by biomechanics. Professor Christopher Nester from the University of Salford in Great Britain will explain in detail “the biomechanics of the diabetic foot and strategies for relief”. In his talk, he will consider the clinical and biomechanical context with a view to explaining possible ways of designing insoles, so as to ensure effective reduction of pressure on the fore part of the foot. New discoveries in the treatment of phantom pain using mirror therapy will be considered by Dr. Max J. Ortiz Catalan from Chalmers University of Technology. And Swiss practitioner, Dr. Susanne Wiesner from Klinik Lindeberg AG, will deal with the specific challenge of obesity.

About OTWorld

OTWorld is a unique combination of Trade Show and World Congress. Every two years the event offers a wide variety of choice among current trends, growth strategies and product innovations for certified prosthetists and orthotists, physiotherapists, doctors, orthopaedic shoemakers, podiatrists, as well as engineers and funding organisations. In 2014, OTWorld attracted 20,400 visitors from over 80 countries, together with 548 exhibitors from 37 nations. Notional sponsor of OTWorld is the German Association of Orthopaedic Technology (Bundesinnungsverband für Orthopädie.Technik). Owners of the OTWorld trademark and organisers of the World Congress are Confairmed GmbH. Leipziger Messe GmbH are responsible for the Trade Show.

Contact person for the press:

Karoline Nöllgen, PR-Manager OTWorld

Leipziger Messe GmbH

Tel.: +49 (0)341 / 678 6524

Fax: +49 (0)341 / 678 166524

E-mail: [email protected]

Kirsten Abel, Press Officer German Association of Orthopaedic Technology

Bundesinnungsverband für Orthopädie.Technik

Tel.: +49 (0)231 / 557050-27

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