The Sir Ludwig Guttmann Lecture was established by the International Medical Society of Paraplegia, now the International Spinal Cord Society, to recognize the pioneering work and lifelong contribution of Sir Ludwig Guttmann, the originator of modern multidisciplinary spinal cord care.
He was the first President of the International Medical Society of Paraplegia at its inception in 1961, the first Editor of the journal of the Society, Paraplegia, now Spinal Cord.
He was the inspiration and Founder of what is currently the Paralympics. In the mid 1940’s, while treating young veterans at the Stoke Mandeville Spinal Injuries Unit in England, Dr Guttmann introduced sport and exercise as mandatory activities for the patients, thus rebelling against the widespread nihilism with which the rehabilitative potential of spinal cord injuries was regarded. From the first Stoke Mandeville Games for the paralysed that Dr Guttmann organized for 16 archers in July of 1948, the athletic movement for individuals with spinal cord injuries has grown tremendously.
He retired from clinical work in 1966 but continued his involvement with sport.
He died in1980 leaving us his message that “spinal cord injured patients should be transferred as soon as possible to a specialized spinal injuries unit”.
Sir Ludwig Guttmann’s tireless effort and vision touched thousands of lives around the world – a legacy to be remembered and honoured by this Lecture.
Lectures given to date:
1981: Sir George Bedbrook, Perth, Australia, President of IMSOP 1980-84.
1993 : William C Degroat, Department of Pharmacology, University of Pittsburgh, USA. ‘Neuropharmacology of the Autonomic Nervous System’.
2002: James Fawcett, Cambridge University Centre for Brain Repair, United Kingdom. ‘Inhibition of Axonal Regeneration at the Glial Scar and Strategies to Overcome this Obstacle in Order to Promote Functional Recovery After Spinal Cord Injury’.
2004: Prof B Kakulas, The Australian Neuromuscular Research Institute, Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre, Perth, Australia. ‘Neuropathology: The Foundation for New Treatments in Spinal Cord Injury’.
2005: Prof Helmut Madersbacher, Neuro-Urology Unit, Landeskrankenhaus- Univ.Kliniken Innsbruck, 35, Anichstrasse, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria. ‘Progress in Neuro-Urology’.
2006: Dr Michael J DeVivo, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA. ‘Trends in SCI Rehabilitation Outcomes: 1973-2005′.
2007: Dr Kristjan T Ragnarsson, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY 10029- 6574, USA. ‘Functional Electrical and Therapeutic Stimulation in SCI: Current Use and Future Direction’.
2008: Ass Prof Philip Siddall, University of Sydney Pain Management Research Institute, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, Australia. ‘Neuropathic Pain in Spinal Cord Injury’.
2009 : Dr John F Ditunno, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, USA. ‘Outcome Measures: Evolution in Clinical Trials of Neurological/Functional Recovery in Spinal Cord Injury’.
2010: Prof W H Donovan, Phys Med & Rehab, Univ of Texas Health Science Centre-Houston, TIRR, 1333 Moursund Ave, Huston, Texas 77030, USA. ‘Ethics, Healthcare and Spinal Cord Injury: Research, Practice and Finance’.
2011: Dr Daniel P Lammertse, Craig Hospital, 3425 S Clarkson St., Englewood, CO 80110-2811, USA. ‘Clinical Trials in Spinal Cord Injury: Lessons Learned on the Path to Translation’.
2012: Prof H L Frankel, OBE, NSIC, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury, Bucks, UK. ‘The Contribution of Stoke Mandeville Hospital to Spinal Cord Injuries’.
2013: Armin Curt, MD, Spinal Cord Injury Center, University of Zurich, Switzerland. ‘Hope, Hype and Neuroscience’.
2014: Prof Marcel Post, PhD, Dept Rehab Medicine, University Medical Center, Gronigen; Senior Researcher at De Hoogstraat Rehabilittion, Utrecht, Netherlands. ‘Interventions to Improve the Quality of Living with Spinal Cord Injury’.
2015: Albert J Aguayo, Emeritus Professor and the former Director of the Centre for Research in Neuroscience at McGill University, Canada. ‘Axonal Regeneration in the Adult Mammalian CNS – A Retrospective’.
2016: Ass Prof Nanna Finnerup, Dept Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark. ‘Neuropathic Pain in Spinal Cord Injury’.
2017: Andrew Blight, PhD, Acorda Therapeutics, Inc, NY, USA. ‘It’s Not Rocket Science – Translational Challenges in Spinal Cord Injury’.
2018: MJ Mulcahey, Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA . ‘Children and Youth with Spinal Cord Injury: Evidence, Assumptions and Research Priorities’.
2019: Dr C Hultling, Spinalis SCI Unit, Karolinska Institutet, SE 16989 Stockholm, Sweden. ‘No Specific Title’.