Dr Theodoras B. Grivas

Dr Theodoros B. Grivas, MD, PhD

Dr Theodoros B. GRIVAS, MD, PhD Orthopaedic and Spinal surgeon, graduated the Medical School at “Aristotle” University of Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia, Greece. He completed his training in General Surgery, in Paediatric and Adult Orthopaedics and Traumatology in Greece and received the MD Diploma. He also received a PhD degree. He worked at the “University Hospital”, Queen’s Medical Centre, at Nottingham, “Harlow Wood” Orthopaedic Hospital, at Mansfield, UK, under Mr. JK Webb and Professor RG Burwell, at “Evangelismos” and “Thriasio” Hospital at Athens Greece.

He is a member of the Hellenic Association of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology and of numerous other scientific societies. He is a member and Traveling Fellow of both AAOS and SRS. He served as an IRSSD, SOSORT and Hellenic (Greek) Spine Society president. He completed several research projects, studied and implemented the School Screening program and established a National Training Center for school-screening examiners, published numerous peer-review articles and chapters in books and was invited to lecture on various general orthopaedic and spinal topics. He wrote or was the editor of 9 books, and 619 scientific (123 Medline indexed, see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=grivas+t ) publications and presentations. He is scientific responsible/principal investigator or collaborator of 20 research projects, financed by Greek national or European sources (see also at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Theodoros_Grivas/contributions ).

He served as the Chief Editor of BMC open access “Scoliosis and Spinal Deformities” former “Scoliosis” journal and is member of editorial board or reader for several peer-review journals. Currently he is the Director of the Orthopaedic and Traumatology Department at “Tzaneio” General Hospital of Piraeus, Greece and member of the National Examination Committee for the specialty of Orthopaedics and Traumatology.

Dr Jean Claude de Mauroy

Jean Claude (Marquis) de Mauroy de Curière de Castelnau, born on November 6th, 1947 in Lyon (France)
Thesis of Medicine in 1974 to the Faculty of Medicine of Lyon: “Contribution to the study of Infantile Scoliosis.”

Graduate in:
- Physical Medicine and Functional Rehabilitation,
- Sport Medicine,
- Biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system,
- Electromyography
- Manual Medicine, Osteopathy

Medical Practice (37 years of clinical experience):
- From 1973 till 1987, in the Centre des Massues - Lyon (under the authority of Dr Pierre STAGNARA):
o Responsible for the Day Hospital Unit, and for the children Unit (36 beds)
o Head of the Documentation Unit
- From 1987, in the Clinique du Parc - Lyon:
o Responsible for the Orthopaedic Medicine Unit.

University Responsibility:
Since 1975 Lecturer in:
- The Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University: Institut des Techniques de Réadaptation
Topics : Orthopaedic, Orthesis, Osteo-Articular Radiology.
- The Faculty of pharmacy of Lyon:
Spine Orthotics
- The Biomedical Department of ISTIL (Institute of Sciences and Techniques of the Engineer Lyon):
Biomechanics of the Spine

Research Program (Subsidized 150,000 € by the ANVAR - NATIONAL AGENCY FOR THE PROMOTION OF RESEARCH)
From 1987 to 1994, Research and development of one Cad Cam system for Scoliosis bracing. This research ended in the realization of the full 3D Orten Surface topography system, now worldwide used.

Member of French Scientific Societies: GES (Groupe d’Etude de la Scoliose - French Scoliosis Study group), GEOP (Group of Study in Paediatric Orthopaedics)…
Secretary of the ACRAMSR (Association Centre-Rhône-Alpes of Specialists in Rehabilitation)
Board member of the Society of Spinal and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT).
President of the CECV (European Centre of the Vertebral Column),
President of the SIRER (International Society of Studies and Spine Researches)

- Numerous articles in the specialized medical journals quoted in the references of
- 2 fundamental books:
- Rééducation de la Scoliose (Scoliosis Physiotherapy). In collaboration with P STAGNARA and G MOLLON published by the French Scientific Expansion (2 editions) and translated into Italian.
- Scoliosis: Conservative Orthopaedic Treatment. Published by Sauramps Médical and translated into Italian

Jean Claude developed:
- The concept of the Chaos Theory for Idiopathic scoliosis of less than 25 °.
- The concept of Tensegrity in Spine Deviations.
He is at present the promoter of the Lyon Orthopaedic Management which associates in day
- A Reduction with a plaster cast before bracing (Lyon Brace)
- An adapted physiotherapy associated with the brace (Lyon method)

Professor Dr Nachiappan Chockalingam

Nachiappan Chockalingam is the Director of Centre for Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Technologies at Staffordshire University and a Professor of Clinical Biomechanics within the School of Life Sciences and Education.

He is a Fellow of Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine. He is also an Affiliate Professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Malta and a Visiting Professor at Sri Ramachandra University, India. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Scientist and a member of various professional organisations, who have been elected to the executive board in some of these international societies.

His research interests span the general area of biomechanics and gait analysis with a special interest in Spine/ Scoliosis, foot and footwear biomechanics. Nachi is one of the Research Editors for Scoliosis, Associate Editors for Footwear Science and serves as the senior editorial board member for a number of other international journals, including Prosthetics and Orthotics International and the Foot. He also reviews for several international grant funding bodies and professional/ scientific journals.

Dr Thomas Shannon

Dr Tom Shannon is a chartered professional engineer with over 35 years of international, commercial experience as a practising biomedical engineer, medical physicist and computer scientist with a focus on clinical and machine vision applications applied to the analysis of human motion and shape.

Tom is a co-founder of the Oxford Metrics Group plc headquartered in Oxford, and a Director of Vicon Motion Systems located in Oxford and Denver. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia, College of Biomedical Engineering, of the Royal Society of Medicine and of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

Tom is also a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Staffordshire University, researching the application of vision science to the measurement of cosmetic defect and physical capability among children diagnosed with Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis.

OT Michael Rexing

Certificated prosthetist/orthotist (CPO Germany)
Senior consultant and clinical specialist at adViva GmbH Heidelberg, Germany;
Rehabilitation company focused on paediatrics orthotics and spinal braces.

Member of ISPO, VTO, FOT, Board Member of Human Study e.V.. International School of Rehabilitation, Member of Course Committee OT-World Leipzig.
International Trainer for Specialised Courses in Spinal Bracing and Dynamic Orthotics. Lectures in AIS Treatment at Mahidol University Bangkok, PFH Göttingen, MSOT Munich.

PT Axel Hennes

Axel Hennes, was one of the senior PT´s of the Asklepios Katharina Schroth clinic in Germany. Since 1990 he was in charge with the educational part of the Schroth method. He has mainly influenced the course system in Germany and started in 2008 as an international Schroth Senior Instructor to offer international Schroth courses in English language. Since that time he has developed the ISST program concentrating clearly on a conservative out-patient therapy approach.

He is a member of the Sosort society since 2008 and is working more autonomous since 2015 together with a multidisciplinary team of scoliosis experts in the MVZ-Sobernheim, Germany. In this out-patient Scoliosis-Centre ISST-Schroth is part of the Spine Concept, developed for scoliosis patients as well as providing professional training for scoliosis experts.

PT Michele Romano

Profession: Physical Therapist

Actual professional positions: National Rehabilitation Director of ISICO (Italian Scientific Spine Institute) - Milan.

Short biographical notes (300 words):
1985 Bachelor of Physical Therapist
2011 Master of Rehabilitation Science
1999-2001 Responsible of Physical therapists in the Orthopaedic Section of the Rehabilitation Unit of the Care & Research Institute Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation
2000 Responsible of Physical therapist school of Care & Research Institute Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation
2002-2003 Responsible of Physical therapists of External Rehabilitation Service of Care & Research Institute Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation
Since 1997 teaches continuously in International Educational courses (7-8 per year) for physicians, physiotherapists, orthotists, trainers
- President Elect of the international Society On Spinal Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT)
- Member of the Scientific Secretariat of the Italian Study Group on Scoliosis and Spinal Diseases (GSS)
78 oral presentation in national and international meetings
Peer reviewer of a lot of scientific journals

Award received (Year, title of the scientific work, awarding institution)
- Sofamor Danek Paper and Poster Awards 1999: Posters Honourable Mention. 26th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS). Romano M, Negrini S, Sibilla P. The back pain board game: a new educational tool.
- Dalla magia alla scienza: evoluzione del trattamento del mal di schiena nella storia della medicina – 1st S.I.R.E.R. Meeting - Milan 26-29 october 1995

Medline published papers (number): 28
Book chapters: 8
Books: 4

Dr Sanja Schreiber

Sanja Schreiber, Ph.D

Dr. Schreiber is a researcher and clinician with a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science and a Postdoctorate in health outcomes research and knowledge synthesis methods completed at the University of Alberta, Canada. She is a certified Schroth scoliosis therapist and international Schroth instructor. She devoted her entire career to helping children and adults with spinal deformities through research and clinical practice.

Dr. Schreiber’s work provided important evidence on the effectiveness of the Schroth exercises for adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis, for which she received several prizes and awards.

She is a co-chair of SOSORT Education Committee and a member of SOSORT Scientific Committee. She is appointed as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta, while running her private practice for conservative management of spinal deformities.

Dr Ana Žikić

Born in 1979, in Serbia; enrolled in the academic year 1998/99 and graduated from the Faculty of Medicine in 2005 with GPA 9.23, acquiring professional degree Doctor of Medicine.

In July 2010, completed specialist academic studies in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - "Polineuropathic Changes in Children with Diabetes Mellitus Type I", Faculty of Medicine in Belgrade.

In the period from 2004-2006 completed two-year education in classical homeopathy, at Simillimum, London International College of Homeopathy (center in Belgrade).

As a doctor of Western medicine, got a scholarship from the Ministry of Education and Sport and spent 5 years (2006-2010) at the University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Beijing; choosing Acupuncture and Moxibustion as major courses.
From September 2016 to May 2017 attended the program of Continuing Medical Education at Harvard Medical School, Boston, ˝International Structural Acupuncture for Physicians˝.

From September 2017 to May 2018 completed International Structural Acupuncture, sponsored by the American Association of Medical Acupunture. Certified instructor of Qi Gong. Using medical Qi Gong as an integral part of treatment in her work to improve the health of the patients and people’s quality of life. Since 2012 organizing workshops ˝Practical usage of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Health Habits and Qi Gong)˝ in Serbia which have been attended by a large number of participants.

Present position:
Working as a doctor of Chinese medicine in Holitimed clinic, Belgrade.
Head of education (2014-2019) in the Department of Acupuncture and Techniques of Traditional Chinese Medicine, association Quanttes, Belgrade.

Helmut Diers

Born: 3 December 1947
Study: Engineering of Electrotechnics and Finemechanics (Mechatronic), German Degree “Diplom Engineer” in 1972 (Master Degree)

Professional Experience

Since 2016 Visiting Professor at the University Medical Center Mainz, Germany
Since 2014  Biomechanical Scientist
      Research & Development
      Chair of DIERS Advisory Board
      CEO of docLifecare GmbH
      President of Intermed-Forum e.V.
1996-2013DIERS International GmbH
Founder & President
DIERS International GmbH was founded in Wiesbaden in 1996.
From the beginning, close scientific cooperation with German and foreign universities were utilized, guaranteeing developments at a high technical and scientific level to customers.
The objective of DIERS is to offer the market a comprehensive biomechanical product portfolio for holistic analysis of the human body. In the product development, value is placed on interdisciplinary utilization by various professional groups such as orthopedists, orthopedic technicians, physical therapists, dentists, orthodontists, sports medicine specialists e tc. DIERS has meanwhile developed into a worldwide market leader in the field of optical 3D / 4D postural and locomotion analysis.
Many years of experience in the field of biomechanics, cooperation with scientific institutes and physicians and utilization of their expert knowledge now make it possible to generate therapy recommendations based on measurement results. There are currently programs available which offer recommendations for exercise training therapy and therapeutic insoles immediately after the diagnostic processes.
DIERS International GmbH is certified and therefore guarantees high quality of products and organizational processes

1995-1996opTRImetric Medizintechnik GmbH
Shareholder & President
The company developed, produced and sold products for the optical 3D postural analysis.

1993-1994Picker International Europe
Vice President / Director Sales & Marketing
Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, in the United States, Picker International is a leading manufacturer of advanced medical diagnostic imaging systems. With more than 4600 employees world-wide, Picker international serves the global medical imaging market through its world-wide operations and distributor partnerships.

1990-1992Toshiba Medical Systems Germany
Director Sales & Marketing
Toshiba Medical Systems Europe is part of the Toshiba Corporation. With an extensive global network of almost 100 subsidiaries and affiliates outside Japan and over 186,000 employees worldwide, Toshiba supports system users with a strong global presence. A full range of diagnostic imaging systems, including X-Ray, MRI, CT and Ultrasound has made the company one of the world's leading suppliers of medical systems. Toshiba Medical Systems' strong R&D organization has meant detailed understanding of and rapid response to market needs. Leading Innovation

1972-1989Philips Medical Systems Germany
- Technical Department
- Sales from 1974 to 1984
- Marketing from 1984 to 1986
- Director Digital Radiography from 1986 to 1988
- Director Cardio Vascular Systems from 1988 to 1989

Philips Medical Systems – Imaging Systems - consists of X-ray, Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance (MR) Imaging, Nuclear Medicine imaging equipment and ultrasound, used to create images of various parts of the body in varied detail. Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to produce 2 and 3 dimensional images of the organs and structures of the body. General imaging, cardiology and portable systems make up Philips’ ultrasound range of products.


Visiting Professor at the University Medical Center of Mainz of the German Healthcare Export Group

Member and Treasurer (until 2016) of SOSORT (Society on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation

Host of the SOSORT conference 2014 in Wiesbaden / Germany

Patent: “Time-dependent three-dimensional musculo-skeletal modeling based on dynamic surface measurements of bodies”

Patent: “Determining the spatial position and orientation of the vertebrae in the spinal column”

Publication: De Wilde, T.; Huysmans, T.; Denis, K.; Forausberger, C.; Haex, B; Heitmann, K.R.; Diers, H.; Van Audekercke, R.; Vander Sloten, J. (2004). A contact-free optical measuring system for the dynamic acquisition of anatomical structures in 3D. 14th Conference of the European Society of Biomechanics. 4-7 July. ´s-Hertogenbosch.

Hundreds of presentations and technical / clinical workshops worldwide

Timothy Lee

Timothy Tin Yan Lee gained his BEng (2010) and MSc (2011) in Biomedical Engineering from The University of Hong Kong and The Chinese University of Hong Kong, respectively, and is now a PhD candidate with thesis submitted pending for viva and also a Research Associate in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His research interest is 3D ultrasound imaging for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS), with his doctoral research focused on the analysis of the sagittal curvature of the spine of scoliosis patients. Using the novel 3D ultrasound imaging for spine, his recent work discovered the coupling effect between the coronal and sagittal curvatures and also confirmed the value of using the sagittal spinal profile for scoliosis curve progression. Currently he is working on the optimization of curvature measurement and three-dimensional analysis on curve progression of AIS patients using ultrasound, with the aim of providing clinical applications in the near future. Before starting his PhD study, Mr Lee have obtained an MPhil in biomedical engineering from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2014, focusing on the effect of whole body vibration on spinal proprioception of healthy subjects and patients with low back pain.