Berzelius Symposium 106 is organized by the Swedish Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine in cooperation with Karolinska Institutet and the Swedish Society of Medicine, Stockholm, Sweden.
This hybrid symposium is organized to increase our understanding in physical and rehabilitation medicine for clinicians and other health care workers who meet patients with persistent symptoms after SARS-CoV-2 infection; the so-called post COVID-19 condition.
The World Health Organization appreciates that almost 10% of people might develop symptoms negatively affecting their daily life activities beyond 3 months following a SARS-CoV-2 infection. There is a huge need of scientific studies in physical and rehabilitation medicine to understand the management of disabling symptoms of the post COVID-19 condition.
This one-day symposium will contain a series of lectures by leading specialists and scientists in physical and rehabilitation medicine in Sweden and abroad, involved in rehabilitation of people suffering from post COVID-19 condition.
Policy makers and various stakeholder representatives will be invited as speakers or participants to the panel discussion which will be held at the end of the day. The symposium is a first-time scientific event in Sweden gathering clinical researchers and clinicians in the field of physical and rehabilitation medicine and inviting other health workers as well as decision-makers to share the existing knowledge in management of post COVID-19 condition.
Organizing and scientific committee
Indre Bileviciute-Ljungar, Stockholm, Kristian Borg, Stockholm and Richard Levi, Linköping, Sweden.
Last day to register: On January 2, 2023
8.00-8.30 Registration of participants
8.30- 8.40 Opening
Kristian Borg, professor in physical and rehabilitation medicine at Karolinska Institutet, Head of Swedish Society for physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
8.40 – 9.00 The national picture of Post COVID-19 Condition
Thomas Lindén, director of Knowledge-Based Policy of Health Care, National Board of Health and Welfare, Sweden.
Thomas Lindén is a director of Knowledge-Based Policy of Health Care, National Board of Health and Welfare, Sweden. He is also associated professor at dept. of Clinical Neurosciences at University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
9.00-9.30 WHO guidance for rehabilitation of Post COVID-19 Condition
Wouter De Groote, MD, technical advisor at WHO Rehabilitation, Belgium.
Dr. De Groote works for the Rehabilitation Programme in the Department of Noncommunicable Diseases at the WHO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, where he is dedicated to COVID-19 related activities and strengthening rehabilitation in health information systems. He has a specialty in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, and has been head of the inpatient Rehabilitation Department at AZ Rivierenland (Belgium) for 10 years.
9.30 -10.00 Post COVID-19 Condition: evaluation, education, multisystemic and physical rehabilitation medicine coordinated therapies
Francois Constant Boyer, professor in physical and rehabilitation medicine at Reims Champagne Ardenne University, France.
Francois Constant Boyer is professor in physical and rehabilitation medicine at Research unit 3797 VieFra, Reims Champagne Ardenne University and working clinically at Neuromuscular expert center, Respiratory, vestibular, stroke and locomotor rehabilitation at Sébastopol Hospital, France.
10.00-10.30 Coffee break
10.30 -11.00 Short- and long-term rehabilitation needs in a cohort of previously hospitalized patients with Covid-19 during the 1st pandemic wave: experiences from the Linköping Covid-19 Study
Richard Levi, professor in physical and rehabilitation medicine at Linköping University and Linköping University Hospital, Linköping, Sweden.
Richard Levi is professor in physical and rehabilitation medicine and clinician at dept. of Rehabilitation Medicine, Linköping University and Linköping University Hospital, Linköping, Sweden. More information
11.00-11.30 – The importance of the neuropsychological examination in the rehabilitation of patients with cognitive symptoms following Post COVID-19 Condition. Experiences from the cognitive clinic at Danderyd hospital (Stockholm, Sweden).
Marika Möller, associated professor in neuropsychology at Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.
Marika Möller is associated professor in neuropsychology at dept. of Clinical Sciences, Karolinska Institutet and working clinically as neuropsychologist at dept. of rehabilitation medicine, Danderyd University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden. Her major interests are cognitive fatigue and functioning after brain injury.
11.30-12.00 Multimodal internet-based group rehabilitation for Post COVID-19 Condition after mild infection – results from a randomized study
Indre Bileviciute-Ljungar, associated professor in physical and rehabilitation medicine at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Indre Bileviciute-Ljungar is associated professor in physical and rehabilitation medicine at dept. of Clinical Sciences, Karolinska Institutet and working as pain specialist at Multidisciplinary Pain Clinic, St. Göran Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden. Recent clinical and research activities are focused on pain and autonomic dysfunction after SRS-CoV-2 infection, including multimodal approach and use of ICF (International Classification of Functioning and Disability). More information
13.00-13.30 Pulmonary and cardiovascular rehabilitation of patients with Post COVID-19 Condition
Malin Nygren-Bonnier, associated professor in physiotherapy, at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Malin Nygren-Bonnier is associated professor at division of Physiotherapy, depart. of NVS, Karolinska Institutet. She is a leader of a research group working on interventions for people with a decreased lung function due to different problems or disorders, including post COVID-19 condition.
13.30-14.00 Rehabilitation after COVID-19, our experience... Can Telerehabilitation be helpful?
Iuly Treger, MD, PhD, MHA, Director of Rehabilitation at Soroka Medical University Center, and Lena Lutsky Treger, MD, MHA, Clalit Health Services, Israel.
Iuly Treger is Doctor in physical and rehabilitation medicine and Director of Rehabilitation in Soroka Medical University Center. He is a president of Israeli Association of Physical and Rehabilitation medicine. Lena Lutsky Treger is Chief Rehabilitation Specialist at South Department Clalit Health Services, Israel. More information
14.00-14.30 Coffee break
14.30–15.00 Importance of physical and rehabilitation medicine interventions after SARS-CoV-2 infection
Raimondas Kubilius, professor in physical and rehabilitation medicine at Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Lithuania.
Raimondas Kubilius is professor in physical and rehabilitation medicine at faculty of nursing, clinical rehabilitation medicine at Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) and head of dept. of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, at LSMU university hospital, Kaunas, Lithuania. He is conducting research on non-pharmacological interventions in physical and rehabilitation medicine, including Long Covid condition. More information
15.30 – 16.00 The long-term situation after having SARS-CoV-2 infection
Katharina Stibrant Sunnerhagen, professor in physical and rehabilitation medicine at University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Katharina Stibrant Sunnerhagen is professor in physical and rehabilitation medicine at dept. of Clinical Neuroscience, at University of Gothenburg and head of dept. of Rehabilitation Medicine, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gotherburg, Sweden. More information
16.00-16.45 Panel discussion
16.45-17.00 Closing conference