Keynote Speakers

Here are the exciting Keynotes for the 2016 AAOMPT!

Deborah Falla, Prof. Dr.

Deborah Falla received her PhD in Physiotherapy from The University of Queensland, Australia in 2003. In 2005 she was awarded Fellowships from the International Association for the Study of Pain and the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia to undertake postdoctoral research at the Center for Sensory-Motor Interaction, Aalborg University, Denmark. Her research focus involves the integration of neurophysiological and clinical research to evaluate neuromuscular control of the spine in people with chronic pain. Her research interests also include motor skill learning and training for musculoskeletal pain disorders.

In this field Deborah has published over 80 papers in peer-reviewed Journals, more than 100 conference papers/abstracts and received the Delsys Prize for Electromyography Innovation in 2004. She has given over 70 invited lectures and has provided professional continuing education courses on the management of neck pain to health practitioners in over 20 countries.

She is co-author of the book entitled "Whiplash, Headache and Neck Pain: Research Based Directions for Physical Therapies" published by Elsevier and translated into 4 languages and is Associate Editor of the journal Manual Therapy.

Since 2010 she is a Council member of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK).

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Distinguished Lecture Award Winner
Timothy Flynn , PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT

Dr. Flynn is a frequent presenter at state, national, and international meetings. His current passion is trying to slow the overutilization of imaging, drugs, and surgery in the management of musculoskeletal disorders by advocating for a physical therapist first solution. Dr. Flynn is widely published including 5 textbooks, 6 book chapters, over 80 peer-reviewed manuscripts on musculoskeletal disorders and chronic spinal pain. His research involving clinical decision-making in low back pain has received numerous awards. Dr. Flynn is a past President of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT). He is currently a principal in Evidence in Motion (EIM) and a Professor in the School of Physical Therapy at South College in Knoxville, TN. Dr. Flynn maintains an active clinical practice focusing on chronic spinal pain at Colorado in Motion.

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Dr. Mark Hancock

Dr Mark Hancock is a Senior Lecturer with research and clinical expertise in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. He has over 20 years of experience as a clinician working in Australia and the US mostly in a primary care musculoskeletal setting. Mark�s research interests are focused on the management and diagnosis of low back pain. Mark completed his physiotherapy degree at the University of Sydney in 1992. Since completing his PhD in 2007 he has rapidly established himself as a leader in the field of low back pain research. He has published over 60 peer reviewed papers and received over $2.6 million in funding. The importance and impact of his work is demonstrated in many ways. He has published in leading medical journals (e.g. Lancet, BMJ and Annals of Internal Medicine) and discipline specific journals (e.g. Spine, Physical Therapy). His work has been accompanied by editorials and received wide media attention. Dr Hancock is a member of the associate editorial board for the Cochrane Back Review Group and Deputy Editor of the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy. He has a particular research interest in identifying subgroups of patients with low back pain who respond best to specific interventions and has been invited to speak on this topic at national and international conferences.

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Karim Khan

Dr. Khan is a Canadian sports physician and academic who is an advocate of physical activity for its public health benefit. His research focused on activity for bone health and falls prevention particularly in the aging demographic. Professor Khan was also a major contributor to the paradigm shift that �tendinopathies� are not inflammatory conditions and this led to physicians appreciating the need for active exercise as treatment — the concept of 'mechanotherapy.'

He is a founding investigator in the $40 million research enterprise at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health called the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility. Here over 100 investigators collaborate to improve the health of Canadians across the lifespan by improving their mobility and promoting physical activity. Karim is the editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine — a strong supporter of ACSM's Exercise is Medicine initiative. He is also an author of Brukner & Khan�s Clinical Sports Medicine (4th edition), a textbook that that helped many clinicians in their residencies and fellowships. He practices what he preaches and accumulates a total of 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical daily. His research interests include health and integrative physiology. He specializes in Exercise Science and the Physical activity for health with a particular focus on fall prevention in vulnerable seniors such as those with osteoporosis.

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