Candidates / Election 2019

From IFESS President Thierry Keller:

Please cast your vote for the positions of three Board members. Six candidates have been proposed by the board and in the last Annual Meeting to replace the board members Gad Alon, Philip Troyk, and Dingguo Zhang that served the board for the last 3 years.

 

Candidates for "Executive Board with special functions":

    
 

President

Simona Ferrante
Milano, Italy

After some years in the board of directors of IFESS and being one of the cofounders of the IFESS association, I’m here proposing my duty to serve as the future president of the IFESS society.

In the last years, many initiatives were accomplished: a definition of our vision and mission, a big change to the IFESS association, the creation of an IFESS newsletter, the co-organization of the Rehabweek … but still we have not reached our milestone of increasing members.

With complete awareness of the criticality of this period for our society more than a statement is required. It is crucial to offer a peruse, and practical activities to be carried out with the help of all the EB members.

My mission is aimed at the rebirth of the IFESS society trying to intensify networking of young people and volunteers.

We should motivate our members and involve them in activities that are appealing for them.

I’m here listing some practical activities/willingness:

  1. Renewal of the IFESS website including
    1. A space for open positions in the field
    2. A space for EU and not EU projects active in the field
    3. News on correlated conferences or events (members should be able to notify events to us and we should be able to publish the link or the news on the website)
    4. A space dedicated to the Cybathlon FES cycling updates and report after 2020
  2. Active Social channels (Ken Yoshida already started with it)
  3. Investigate a possible link with EUPATI (to create expert patients in FES, possibly but not only SCI)
  4. Create a Mendeley group for references
  5. Intensify the organization of Journal Special issues on FES related topics. These Special issues should be proposed by the EB and should be promoted to the members.
  6. IFESS newsletter should be maintained and we can include a call for members to send their news if any
  7. Educational channel (update of the information, video of past conference workshops and speech, forum for members ??)

My duty includes the full support on conference organization trying to make them more attractive for young students

  1. Organize Workshops/Tutorials open to student members (also post doc) offering to the winner of this competition e.g. free membership
  2. Organize a call for ideas about technological innovation again open to students member (also post doc) offering to the winner of this competition a special discount on the registration fee
  3. Organize a FES development hackathon possibly sponsored by some companies as a 24h pre conference workshop
  4. Organize a session or a speech dedicated to Cybathlon results in the 2020 conference (… video of pilots experience … )
  5. Keep going with the process of publishing the best IFESS conference papers (this is normally very appealing for PhD students)

To advance in the IFESS rebirth, clear responsibilities not only for the president but also for the vice-president should be assigned. Sharing responsibilities is crucial to gain better results. My proposed Vice President is Erika Spaich. Her commitment for the society is very serious and constant and she is willing to contribute to the IFESS rebirth.

 

The team will be the whole group of EB members because without the effort of every one of us nothing will be possible. However, I hope that in the next three years, I can serve the society at my best and I can contribute to its growth.

 
   
 

Vicepresident

Erika G. Spaich
Aalborg, Denmark

I will hereby like to present my nomination to run for the vice-presidency of the IFESS Association.

My interest in FES and FES research dates back to the mid-nineties and since January 2015, I have been happy to serve our Society, first as a member of the Board of Directors and later on as secretary of IFESS. I had also the opportunity to contribute to the reorganization and re-birth of the Society as IFESS Association and to be one of its founding members last year in Nottwil. It is now my wish to continue serving the society as vice-president, if given the opportunity.

IFESS is a small society going through a period of crisis where the Society’s identity, its ability to attract and keep memberships, its visibility, and the added-value of being a member have been largely discussed, primarily at the Board of Directors/Executive Board level. This has led to some changes and initiatives resulting, among others, in the founding of the IFESS association, organization of work groups, and partnering with other societies to organize conferences. There is however a considerable amount of work still to do to promote the society, to encourage active participation of the members, and to increase the membership.

I would like to propose, that for the next term, the vice-president, apart from the duties defined in the statutes, is allocated concrete responsibilities in order to obtain a better distribution of the workload. A definition of the concrete responsibilities to be delegated must be done in agreement with the elected president and the Executive Board. Some tasks that I envision could be the vice-president’s responsibilities are:

- Publications: any assistance needed during and after conferences, regarding regular contributions and publication of best papers; promoting special issues.

- Chair of the Work groups (education, development, promotion, new website).

- Supporting the organization of IFESS conferences and special tracks at non IFESS-conferences.

- Organizing activities related to the use of social media.

- Preparing the agenda for the Executive Board meetings together with the president.

   
 

Treasurer

Cesar Marquez-Chin
Toronto, Canada

Cesar Marquez Chin received a PhD degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Toronto, Canada in 2011, and the Lic. Ing. Degree in biomedical engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City in 1998. His areas of research include brain-computer interfaces, functional electrical stimulation, neurorehabilitation, neurotechnologies, assistive technologies, rehabilitation robotic systems, and human machine interfaces. Prior to starting his graduate studies, Dr. Marquez was one of the founding members of the Assistive Technology Service at the Lyndhurst Hospital (known today as the Lyndhurst Centre of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute - University Health Network), which he eventually led. During that time, he worked in the clinical front to support individuals with high-level spinal cord injury identify and acquire assistive devices to meet their communication needs. He was also part of the development team of multiple commercial-grade assistive devices including word-prediction software and upper-limb prosthetic systems.

Dr. Marquez-Chin is currently a scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute - University Health Network in Toronto, Canada and a lecturer (status only) in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto. He is also a project lead in the Center for Advancing Neurotechnological Innovation to Application (CRANIA), a multiyear initiative which includes neurologists, neurosurgeons, and engineers to create new implantable neurotechnologies. Dr. Marquez has worked for the last 20 years on the integration of brain-computer interfacing technologies and functional electrical stimulation devices. Motivated by his clinical experience, he is interested in exploring the efficacy of these combined technologies to restore function after spinal cord injury and stroke while developing technology that is suitable for use in a clinical environment.

   
 

Secretary

Jonathan Jarvis
Liverpool, UK

Professor Jarvis is a muscle physiologist with long-standing interests in the adaptive response of muscle to voluntary exercise and to applied stimulation. He has BSc (Physics with Physiology) and PhD (Biochemistry) degrees from the University of London and is now Professor in Physical Activity Intervention at Liverpool John Moores University. His own published research in experimental stimulation with miniature muscle stimulators is therefore surrounded by projects in whole human physiology and biomechanics. He tries to translate understanding of the fundamental physiology and cell biology of muscle and nerve into practical training and rehabilitation strategies.

He was a keynote speaker at IFESS 2018 and founder member of the new IFESS at Nottwil. He has served previously on the IFESS Board and worked on plans for outreach and education.

Current research includes transcriptional analysis of stimulated, inactive and denervated muscles, to try to understand more completely how patterns of activation and loading of muscles relate to immediate and long-term cellular responses.  Jonathan has worked for many years with the Vienna group to refine implantable neuromodulators for use in experimental work and we now have the opportunity to use fully remotely programmable devices that can produce any conceivable pattern of activity. These cellular responses are the determinants of force, speed, power and endurance.

Jonathan is interested in the limits to training: the threshold of activity above which slowing of muscle occurs, the internal signals for muscle hypertrophy, and the threshold above which muscle becomes damaged. These are important in FES to influence breathing and control of the airway (laryngeal pacing) and the use of skeletal muscle to assist the heart or to provide neosphincter function, as well as the more common application of FES for reanimation of limbs.
   

 

Candidates for Executive Board (in random order):

   
 

Christine Azevedo Coste
Montpellier, France

IFESS played an important role for me when I started my research career and I am happy to participate in the collective effort to maintain and develop it. I am a life member and proud to serve in the board of directors for several years now. I am in charge of editing the Newsletter and am involved in the Education activity group. IFESS is a multidisciplinary community of individuals dedicated to the improvement of the quality of life of individuals with deficiencies, this makes it an unique place to share ideas and establish links. If I am elected I would like to increase my contributions in the social networking effort of IFESS and more specifically improving the services to the youngest.

CV:
I received an engineering degree in industrial and automatic engineering in 1997 (IUSPIM Marseille, France). I have worked as a business engineer and quality manager for a logistics and civil engineering company during one year. I have then obtained a Master degree in automatic control and robotics in 1999 (IPNPG Grenoble, France) and a doctorate in automatic and robotics in 2002 (INPG Grenoble, France). My research thesis was on the control of biped robots (INRIA Montbonnot, France). I did a first post-doc on cognitive neurosciences on the adaptation of postural control to microgravity (CNRS Marseille, France) and a second post-doc on the study of postural reflexes during disturbances (SMI, Aalborg Denmark). I became an INRIA research scientist (Montpellier, France) in 2004 to work on the artificial control of movement by electrical stimulation. Today I am a research director at INRIA, leading a research team on neuroprosthetic devices.

http://www.lirmm.fr/camin/

   
 

Sean Doherty
London, UK

I am a researcher at University College London and the London Spinal Cord Injuries Centre, primarily with an interest in improving the management of neurogenic bladder and bowel dysfunction through the use of electrical stimulation techniques and other devices.  I completed a masters in Medical Engineering at Cardiff University and went on to a PhD at UCL as a member of the Aspire CREATe lab in 2015, focusing on the development of wearable devices and techniques for neuromodulation of bladder overactivity.  My current position in UCL is in furthering the development of this work and I hope to further develop my career within this field.

In addition to my work in research, I acquired a Spinal Cord Injury in 2008 and have used a variety of FES systems since. I believe there is vast potential in the field and have an interest in the translation of useable stimulation systems into new devices and therapies.

Motivation:
As a member of IFESS I have enjoyed the varying expertise and the sincerity of members efforts to translate work for the benefit of users and patients.  As a member of the IFESS board I would aim to support ongoing development goals, strengthen the voice of early career researchers in the field and strengthen the relevance of IFESS for users of FES. I propose that my experience would bring something new to the board in several respects.

   
 

Philip Troyk
Chicago, IL, USA

As a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology (as well as Associate Dean of Engineering), I have been involved with FES, neural stimulation, and neural recording for skin-surface and implantable applications for over 30 years.  My expertise lies substantially with hardware and system design.  Earlier, my designs had been used for surface FES. Later, implantable devices such as the BION™ used key technology developed through my collaborative participation.  Most recently, implantable neural stimulation and recording systems for neural prostheses, BMI, and peripheral FES are using my designs which are based upon FES-specialized custom integrated circuits (ASICs), with some of these produced by Sigenics, Inc – a custom electronic device company that I founded.  Sigenics, now in its 19th year of operations, produces custom ASICs for medical and non-medical use.  Two FES applications that are at the forefront of my most recent work are the Intracortical Visual Prosthesis (ICVP) project using the Wireless Floating Microelectrode Array (WFMA), and the Implantable Myoelectric Sensor (IMES).  As a close collaborator of several research groups, my approach is to take a team-oriented, and holistic need-based, approach to FES design that includes characterizing and designing electrodes, specifying and designing the stimulation hardware, and tailoring the interface for optimal control.  My collaboration with the University of Alberta ISMS project is but one current example. Here, we are looking to adapt the WFMA technology for use in FES-related spinal cord stimulation.  Today, technology has reached a state of unprecedented availability, with the challenge being its shaping to need clinical needs.

Statement of Candidacy

As a current IFESS Board member, my efforts over my past two terms have been to promote the transition of the structure and function of IFESS to meet the current needs of the FES field.  This process of transformation is not yet completed and I would be honored to continue my contributions to shaping a new relevance to IFESS.  While I have seen the early beginnings of IFESS, today simply stating that we are an interdisciplinary society is not enough.  IFESS needs to become uniquely attractive to current and new members by acting as a facilitating force for interactions between clinicians, technologists, and educators.  Established FES leaders, technology developers, and students can benefit from IFESS-organized forums about how modern technology can meet emerging FES needs. I believe that my background in academics, translational research, and industry provides a cross-disciplinary perspective

   
 

Nur Azah Hamzaid
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Dr Nur Azah Hamzaid received her bachelor degree in Mechatronics Engineering (Hons) in 2006 and her PhD in Rehabilitation Engineering at the University of Sydney, Australia in 2011. While her background is hard engineering, her interest in applying Mechatronics Engineering into the rehabilitation field brought her to the clinical and biomechanics applications. During her PhD she developed a novel isokinetic FES leg stepping trainer for individuals with Spinal Cord Injury, and investigated the effects of its use by the patients in the Rehabilitation Gym in the University of Sydney Lidcome campus during their FES training sessions.

She is now at Biomedical Engineering Department in University of Malaya (UM), Malaysia since 2010, pioneering the Biomechatronics, Neuroprosthetics and Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) research group in Malaysia. She was recognized as the subject matter expert in Rehabilitation Engineering by Steinbeis Malaysia Foundation. Her involvement in product development and research in Rehabilitation Engineering got her involved closely with ISPO Education group and the University Malaya Medical Centre, especially the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. Her work on Prosthetics for Rural areas in particular, got her involved with the Community of Prosthetics Practitioners group which included partners from the Netherlands, South Africa, and Indonesia, which is in line with the WHO GATE initiative and ISPO. She was the Head of Research Training Unit in Academic Enhancement and Leadership Development Centre, UM, and was the Founding President of IFESS Malaysia and Board Member of ISPO Malaysia Chapter. She is also the co-founder of the engineering outreach program "Let's Go To Mummie's Lab", which in part introduces FES and other prosthetics and orthotics applications to children as young as 5 years old.

Dr Azah and her team also participated in the FES-Cycling Cybathlon championship in Switzerland, in which their team placed 7th in the world. She has also won multiple Innovation Awards from ITEX, PECIPTA, Malaysia Technology Expo (MTE), BioMalaysia, i-ENVEX and her work has been featured in national mass media including Nona TV3 and other local newspapers and magazines. In 2019, she was nominated by the UNESCO Malaysian National Commission as the recipient of UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science.

Her aim is to improve the Rehabilitation Engineering field in the region by uplifting the knowledge and application through quality teaching and curriculum enhancement via industrial involvement, better student experience and participation in and out of class and in research, and bridging the gap between actual society and patient's need and technology provision through sustainable means. In particular, as IFESS Board of Director, she would like to contribute to better translation of FES applications in clinical and research applications, merging FES with biorobotics and biomechatronics, through collaboration with other Rehabilitation Engineering and Rehabilitation Practitioners Societies, and through white paper policies and stakeholder engagements.

   
 

Thierry Keller
Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain

Thierry Keller received his Dipl. Ing. degree in electrical engineering (M.Sc.E.E.) and his Doctorate (Dr. sc. Techn.) from the ETH Zurich, Switzerland in 1995 and 2001, respectively.

Currently, Dr. Keller is the head of the Neurorehabilitation Department at Tecnalia, the largest private research center in Spain. Main activities of the Neurorehabilitation Department are research & innovation of novel enabling technologies for rehabilitation robotics, tele-rehabilitation, technologies for physical and cognitive prevention, and FES technologies including neuroprostheses.

Dr. Keller is principal investigator in national and international projects and chaired the EU COST action TD1006: European Network on Robotics for Neurorehabilitation. He developed various neuroprostheses that help improve walking and grasp functions in spinal cord injured and stroke subjects. His research interests are in the fields of rehabilitation engineering and robotics, neural prostheses, signal processing and human-machine interaction.

Dr. Keller is currrently the President of the International Functional Electrical Stimulation Society (IFESS), and steering committee member of the International Industry Society in Advanced Rehabilitation Technologies (IISART). Since 2015 he chairs the umbrella society ‘International Consortium for Rehabilitation Technologies (ICRT)’, which associates IISART, IFESS, ICORR and ICVR with the aim to organize joint conferences under the label RehabWeek.

Statement of candidacy

I’m still fully committed to the IFESS and feel that the society’s transformation process I initiated together with a great executive board (EB) is not yet concluded. As member of the IFESS EB I would like to continue actively serving the society, be the representative of IFESS in ICRT, and support the new president more efficiently.

   
 

Winfried Mayr
Vienna, Austria

Being a founding and lifetime member of IFESS and co-organiser of her foundation meeting (in Vienna 1995) I always felt closely committed to the society and her valuable integrative role in the field.

In the past 3 years I have been in the IFESS board and involved in the transition of the IFESS legal entity from the US to a European non-profit association in Austria. For a next period - if elected - I could serve as a direct link to the local authorities and the Austrian Society for Biomedical Engineering, who is now hosting IFESS in her headquarter.

I further would like to continue supporting publication activities of IFESS and initiatives for early carrier developments of young researchers as well as for wider application of FES technology and its better accessibility for patients.

CV:

I received my Diploma in "Electronics and Control Engineering" from Vienna University of Technology in 1983 and am involved in FES at Vienna Medical University since. My Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering was on "Reactivation of Paralyzed Muscles by FES via Implants" (1992) and included experimental and applied research on phrenic pacing, lower extremity, pelvic floor and denervated larynx muscle. Work in the following years focused on non-invasive FES of lower extremity in paraplegia, in microgravity and clinical bed-rest, and upper extremity. Outcome of the European Project RISE on FES of denervated muscles, an initiative with partner groups under my coordination, was development of a novel clinical method and associated equipment for rehabilitation after flaccid paraplegia. My special current focus is spinal cord stimulation for modification of spasticity and restoration of movement after SCI.

I have been directly involved in organisation of all 13 (so far) "Vienna International Workshops on FES" between 1983 and 2019. As Co-Editor for FES in the Journal "Artificial Organs" I have edited a series of special issues on FES, recently on IFESS 2016 and currently together with the organizers of IFESS 2018.

Winfried Mayr / Medical Univeristy of Vienna (click)

   
 

Kei Masani
Toronto, Canada

Kei Masani received the Ph.D. degree in physical and health education from the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan in 1997. He is currently a Senior Scientist at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network, Toronto, Canada, and an Assistant Professor at Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto. Dr. Masani’s research aims to improve the mobility of people who experience neurological impairment. His approach to investigating human movement is undertaken from a neuromechanical perspective, i.e. the union of neurophysiology and physics. With this in mind, Dr. Masani focuses specifically on developing accurate assessments and therapeutic tools using functional electrical stimulation for standing, walking and adapted exercise. More details in https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kei_Masani

 

In the FES research field, he has been developing a novel technology to reduce muscle fatigue during FES, called as Spatially Distributed Sequential Stimulation (SDSS), supported multiple funds by Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Further, he has been developing a FES therapy for maintaining standing balance, for individuals with spinal cord injury, based on his investigation on the physiological control system of human standing. At RehabWeek 2019, he has been co-chairing IFESS2019 in Toronto, Canada. He is highly motivated to promote connections between North America and Asia, to facilitate FES researches. Also, to facilitate participation of young researchers in IFESS is one of tasks that he thinks important and would like to contribute to.

   
 

Matija Milosevic
Osaka, Japan

I find it a great honor and privilege to accept the nomination and participate in the IFESS Executive Board Elections. My primary motivation in running for the Executive Board is a commitment to improve conditions for our IFESS community.

There are a number of matters which I would like to address at the Executive Board level:
(1) Pertaining to the IFESS community, I wish to contribute to the promotion and growth of our community internationally as a way to attract new members. A focus on early career researchers and students would be a priority. Attracting new members would ensure that our IFESS community continues to grow and that FES technologies and research become more accessible and widespread.
(2) I also wish to improve the communications within the IFESS community. I believe that it would be beneficial to provide platforms for sharing updates about our society, as well as news relevant to FES, in order to help engage diverse members of our community. Therefore, I hope to contribute to updating and maintaining the IFESS website and building other social media planforms, such a Twitter account.
(3) I strongly believe that education about safety, ethical considerations, and application guidelines are essential to adaptation of FES technologies in clinical practice and research. I also wish to establish an IFESS working group, with the aim to produce periodic reports on the basic principles and procedures for application of FES technologies. By producing such a report, IFESS would provide an substantial contribution to the clinical and academic community.

I am currently an Assistant Professor in Osaka University (Japan). My career with FES begun in Toronto (Canada), where I completed my graduate studies in rehabilitation engineering under the supervision of Dr. Milos R. Popovic. I received a Ph.D. degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Toronto in 2015. After that, I moved to Japan, where I spent several years examining neurophysiology of FES with Dr. Kimitaka Nakazawa at the University of Tokyo. Japan was a wonderful experience for me, so I decided to stay and begin my academic career here in Osaka. Specifically, my research spans applications of engineering principles in neurophysiology and neuroscience. My work aims to develop FES technologies and examine short- and long-term reorganization in the central nervous system after use of closed-loop FES technologies and how FES can influence neuroplasticity to improve motor function in individuals with neurological impairments. I have been a proud member of the IFESS community since 2012

   
 

Tamsyn Street
Salisbury, UK

I am an interdisciplinary research fellow with a background in cognitive neuroscience and motor neurorehabilitation which I completed at the University of Nottingham in the UK with Professor Stephen Jackson and Dr Alan Sunderland.  I am interested in the use of functional electrical stimulation as a motor rehabilitation tool to aid neuroplasticity for neurological populations such as stroke, spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis. I would like to support and develop collaborations with researchers interested in combining different rehabilitation tools to maximise their effectiveness for neurological populations.
I also have an interest in neurogastroenterology research examining the use of abdominal functional electrical stimulation for bowel management treatment in neurological populations.

Motivation to serve IFESS

As a board member for IFESS I would be keen to encourage and support collaborative interdisciplinary research projects which I believe will help to further strengthen and develop the interests of IFESS members. I would also take an interest in supporting new young current and potential IFESS researchers. A further area which I would like to develop is the bridge between research and clinical practice for greater patient benefit.

   
 

Ken Yoshida
Indianapolis, USA

I am an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, a Charter member (IFESS, 1995), a Founding member (IFESS Assn, 2018) and a Lifetime member of IFESS. After receiving my PhD at the University of Utah in Bioengineering (1994), I completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Neuroscience at the University of Alberta under the mentorship of Dr Richard Stein. In 1998 I took a Research Assistant Professorship at the Center for Sensory-Motor Interaction at Aalborg University, Denmark. I left my position in Denmark as an Associate Professor in 2006, taking my current position in the Dept of Biomedical Engineering at IUPUI. In my curriculum, I worked in research to advance peripheral neural interfaces and surrounding technologies to measure, modulate or substitute the neural traffic between the end organ and the central nervous system. The body of my work ranges from basic biophysics, modeling, neural science, through animal models, through application of bioelectrical neural modulatory therapies in human subjects. The work aims to refine and apply peripheral nerve and myoelectric interface techniques to explore the basis of natural neural control, and to bring mechanistic insights in an effort to develop novel therapies and functional electrical stimulation methods to improve the daily lives of people. Since the early 1990s I worked to develop novel neuroelectric interface structures such as the LIFE, TIME and tfLIFE structures, explored optoelectric / bioelectric modes of muscle activation, developed biophysical (mechanical and electrical) computer models of electrode-nerve interactions and coupling, developed signal processing paradigms and tools to clarify the identification of nerve fiber activity and interpretation of the neural data stream and have developed and applied operant-conditioning electrical stimulation based sensory feedback therapies to reduce phantom limb pain in amputee subjects. More recently, I worked to expand the capabilities of implanted neural interfaces to reach unmyelinated nerve fibers in the autonomic nervous system, after developing an active autonomic nerve fiber model as the basis of a model informed neural interface design. Exploring nerve blocking techniques, I discovered a novel electrical conditioning stimulation paradigm that appears to slow and block action potentials in peripheral nerve fibers at current levels that are within the range compatible for long term use. These constitute new methods that have the potential to become tools for neuroscience, and modulatory methods for potential use in functional electrical stimulation and bioelectronic medicines given proof of concept and safety, and understanding of the mechanisms underlying the phenomenon.

Candidate Statement

Three years ago, I was elected to and have had the privilege to serve on the IFESS Board. I served previously (2009-2012), but ran again in 2016 because I felt that the Society was facing an existential challenge and needed a change in direction. IFESS, because of its nature and mixture of membership, is a special place; a forum where cross discipline ideas can nucleate, and is that rare community encompassing the intersection between basic science, medicine, engineering and clinical needs for new / improved therapies. I could not face the loss of such a Society, thus ran with the mission to help grow the society to reverse its slow decline. At the time, I felt that the links between the Membership and the Board were weak, and the benefits of membership and its relevance were unclear, especially to its Student Members. I feel that the future of the Society will be linked to its re-engagement to those working in novel and new electrical stimulation technologies, increased transparency of the IFESS Board to its membership to engage the membership in its leadership, and the development of the Student and Educational arms of the Society’s mission statement. My platform was and is to 1) Improve the dissemination and awareness of the past and present scientific contributions by IFESS members, 2) Develop social media and pod-cast platforms as a means to more rapidly communicate with membership, and 3) Forward efforts to bring relevance to its Student Members by developing and formalizing the concept of Student Chapters, Inter-Chapter communication and 4) Bring voting rights to Student Members. Pod-casting of IFESS branded materials and the bringing to the floor a bylaws amendment to give the vote to Student Members are some of the accomplishments of my tenure. I hope to complete more of my platform with your support with another term on the IFESS Board.

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