About the Speaker

Professor Michel D. Landry

Professor and Chief
Doctor of Physical Therapy Division 
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Duke University School of Medicine

Michel D. Landry, BScPT, PhD is a Professor and Chief of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Division, in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina. Prior to receiving his doctoral degree in health policy from the University of Toronto, he held clinical and senior management positions within the private rehabilitation sector in Canada, and within international humanitarian aid and development agencies in Central America and Eastern Europe.  Dr. Landry is the Past-President of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and a former Career Scientist at the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. He lectures widely on rehabilitation across Canada, the United States and internationally, and is a provocative advocate for the moral and ethical necessity of ensuring accessible rehabilitation services across the gradient of high, middle, and low-income countries. Dr. Landry has been involved in emergency response and development in conflict and disaster settings for over 20 years.  Most recently, he has worked as a disability policy consultant for the Nepal Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) after the 2015 earthquake, and within WHO’s Emergency Medical Teams in Geneva, Switzerland.  He is also a consultant and mentor within the World Confederation of Physical Therapy (WCPT) project in West Africa.   


Plenary Talk
Rehabilitation in Austere Environments: Effective Leveraging of Human and Financial Resources
Date  :  Friday, 8 September 2017
Time  :  1330
Venue  :   Auditorium
Abstract  :   The relative number of global sudden-onset disasters are rising at an alarming rate; there was a 3-fold increase in disasters between 2000 and 2009. In recent years, images of disaster landscapes hide the reality that survival rates after disasters are improving. Technical advances in field medicine have meant that greater lifesaving interventions can be achieved in the field, and relatively easy access to antibiotics has meant that post-injury infections can often be controlled. Due to effectiveness of many of these lifesaving interventions the likelihood of survival is improving, however “survival” rarely translates to a return to pre-earthquake health status due to the development of impairments and lifelong disabilities, all of whom add to the pre-disasters number of people with disabilities (PWDs). There are important disability-related outcomes that have risen to the forefront in deploying a coordinated disaster response; and as a result, the World Health Organization (WHO) released in 2016 a document entitled ‘Minimal Technical Standards (MTS) and Recommendation for Rehabilitation’. In this session, we review the overall prevalence and epidemiology disasters, explain the relevance of WHOs newly established technical standards as a way to develop a greater understanding of human and financial rehabilitation resource allocation in austere environments.
Track 12: Spectrum of Neurological Rehabilitation
Emerging Infectious Disease and Rehabilitation: A Case Study of the Zika and Ebola Virus
Date :  Friday, 8 September 2017
Time  :   1530
Venue  :   Auditorium
Abstract  :  Although Zika (ZIKV) was identified close to 60 years ago, the mosquito-born virus was relatively unknown until 2015 when an outreak was reported in Brazil. Following multiple global reports of ZIKV, the World Health Organziation sounded the public health ‘alarm bell’ by declaring the outbreak to be an emergency of international concern. The underlying anxiery for the ZIKV outbreak was not a deadly infectous disaease (ID) outbreak; rather, the conern surrounds the spike in moridity and disability among approximatey 20% of infected persons who developped neurological outcomes. Similarly, the 2014 Ebola outbreak occurred in West Africa which was much more deadly and virulent, but it was similar to the ZIKV outbreak that it created important amount of disability-related outcomes among the survivors. In this presenttaion, we ‘connect the dots’ betweem infectious diseases, public health, disasbility and the need for rehabilitation, and argue the need and responsibility of rehabilittaion providers to weign into this discourse as advocates and as mediators of the physical and social effects of disability among the populations affected by ID. The emergence of subsequent disability-related outcomes and the role that rehabilitation must play in mediating the physical and social effects of disability.