Aimee graduated in 2000 with a first class degree in psychology before completing a MSc in Health Psychology and her PhD in 2005. She became a Chartered Health Psychologist in 2006 and a Registered Practitioner Psychologist in 2010. She is currently an Associate Professor of Health Psychology in the School of Health Sciences, University of Nottingham. She is a Registration Assessor for the Health Professionals Council, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Senior Fellow of the Institute of Mental Health. Aimee's research interests predominantly focus on the impact of chronic conditions on the quality of life (QoL) of individual’s and their families living with disease and disorder.
Dr Tobias Bertsch, MD, PhD has been a senior consultant at the Foeldi Clinic in Hinterzarten, Germany since 2005, specializing in lymphology and bariatric medicine. He also serves as Secretary General of the German Society of Lymphology.
Dr. Bertsch is one of only two physicians in Germany who consults in an outpatient setting approved by the health insurance commission with patients who have lymphedema and lipedema. Dr. Bertsch and his team consult with approximately 4000 patients per year.
In 2012, Dr. Bertsch earned Specialist Certification of Obesity Professional Education (SCOPE), the only internationally-recognized certification in obesity management for health care professionals.
He lectures extensively throughout Germany but also in other European countries, Canada and the United States.
Dr. Misako Dai, PhD, RN, PHN has been specialized lymphoedema and assistant professor in Kanazawa University, Japan. She has developed vibration care and new assessment methodology by ultrasonography to improve lymphoedema management. Her studies awarded three times from ILF and have been published. She served as a chief of secretariat both 4th and 7th conference of ILF Japan. Then she performed LIMPINT study in Japan with Prof. Junko Sugama.
Professor Nele Devoogdt is physical therapist and coordinator of the lymphoedema center of the University Hospitals of Leuven. Besides coordinative tasks and clinical evaluations and treatments of patients with lymphoedema and lipoedema, she is doing scientific research in the domain of lymphology. She is also professor at the department of Rehabilitation Sciences of KU Leuven. She is doing research about clinical evaluation, prevention and treatment of lymphoedema and other cancer-related morbidities. She is co-founder of the Belgian Lymphoedema Framework, which is an organization for patient with lymphoedema (under the International Lymphoedema Framework).
Title:The role of manual lymph drainage (MLD) in the prevention and treatment of lymphoedema: the research evidence
Prof Sue Gordon
Qualifications: PhD, BaAppSc(Physio), GDMgt, GCEd,
Current Role: Strategic Professor, Chair of Restorative Care in Ageing, Flinders University, South Australia
Sue brings clinical physiotherapy and academic experience to her research in primary, cancer and lymphatic filariasis related lymphoedema. As a member of the World Health Organisation Collaborative Centre for Lymphatic Filariasis she has led and supervised multi-disciplinary, field research in Myanmar, Bangladesh and Papua New Guinea. She has investigated innovative use of technology for early identification of lymphatic dysfunction, disability prevention and morbidity management. As well she has conducted research regarding the effect of climate on lymphoedema and compression garment use, telehealth coaching to increase access to compression garments in rural and remote Australia and contributed to the Limprints project.
Professor Sahar Mansour is a consultant in Clinical Genetics at St George’s Hospital, London. She has a specialist interest in the genetics of primary lymphoedema and runs a National Specialist clinic for primary and paediatric lymphoedema, with Professor Mortimer and Dr Gordon. The Lymphovascular unit has discovered 9 genes in association with primary lymphoedema and have introduced the St George’s classification for primary lymphoedema and lymphovascular disorders.
Babak J. Mehrara
Babak J. Mehrara, MD, is the Chief of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Service and the William G. Cahon Endowed Chair in the Department of Surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK), with a joint appointment as Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Mehrara is an oncologic reconstructive surgeon with a broad background in both the clinical management and the biology of cancer. He has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and serves as the Director of the National Institutes of Health-funded Lymphatic Biology Laboratory at MSK.
Alex Munnoch has been a consultant plastic surgeon at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, Scotland for the past 14 years. A graduate of Dundee University, he is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He has been providing a surgicl treatment option for lymphoedema patients for 12 years, and has presented his results at numerous national & international conferences. He helped develop the surgical lymphoedema service at Macquarrie University Hospital in Sydney, where he holds the position of honorary professor. He is a former chair of the British Lymphology Society and is currently a member of the executive committee of the International Society of Lymphology. He is a medical adviser to the LSN & Lipoedema UK and is currently Patron of TalkLipoedema. His areas of interest are breast reconstruction, microsurgery, vascular malformations, lymphoedema and lipoedema.
Professor Hiromi Sanada received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from St. Luke’s College of Nursing in 1979. In 1987, she completed enterostomal therapist program at Cleveland Clinic St. Luke’s Branch. From 1989 to 1990, she received a training program at University of
Illinoi at Chicago. She received her PhD in medicine from Kanazawa University in 1997. She became a professor of nursing at Kanazawa University in 1998 and moved to the University of Tokyo as a professor in 2003. From 2017, she has been the director of Global Nursing Research Center, The University of Tokyo. She serves as the president of ILF Japan branch.
Prof. Dr. Wilfried Schmeller, MD, Hanse-Klinik, D-23564 Luebeck, Germany.
Board certified dermatologist with specialization in phlebology and lymphology.
After 2 years in surgery he worked as a dermatologist in the Department of Dermatology, University of Luebeck from 1980-1998. In 2002 he founded the Hanse-Klinik in Luebeck, a specialized clinic for liposuction in lipoedema. In the last years he published a lot of studies on this topic.
Nicole L. Stout DPT, CLT-LANA, FAPTA
Dr. Nicole L. Stout is a renowned health care researcher, consultant, educator, and advocate. She is the chief executive officer of 3e Services, an information technology consulting firm where she serves as a medical affairs consultant for biotech and health care wearable firms. Additionally, she supports the Office of Strategic Research at the National Institutes of Health, Rehabilitation Medicine Department leading the Cancer Rehabilitation Initiative.
Dr. Stout is an internationally recognized expert and leader in cancer rehabilitation and lymphedema. She has given over 200 lectures nationally and internationally, authored and co-authored over 50 peer-review and invited publications, several book chapters, and is the co-author of the book 100 Questions and Answers about Lymphedema. Her research publications have been foundational in developing the Prospective Surveillance Model for breast cancer rehabilitation and supporting national initiatives in cancer rehabilitation.
Dr. Stout is the recipient of numerous research and publication awards. She has received service awards from the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, the Navy Surgeon General, and the Oncology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association and was recently selected as a Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association.
Professor Junko Sugama PhD, RN
Professor Sugama is a Professor of Health Science at the University of Kanazawa and the Professor of the Wellness Promotion Science Centre. Professor Sugama is also the Unit Leader of Advanced Health Care Science Research Unit; the Innovative Integrated Bio-Research Core; and the Institute for Frontier Science Initiative, Kanazawa University. She is a member of board of directors of the Japanese Society of Pressure Ulcers; Japanese Society for Wound Healing; the Society for Nursing Science and Engineering; International Lymphoedema Framework Japan and the Society of Nursing Practice
Dorit Tidhar is a physiotherapist who was trained in lymphedema management by Prof. Judith Casley-Smith in 1999 and was certified by her as a teacher in Self Management and Exercise for Lymphedema in 2003. Dorit designed a program of Aqua Lymphatic Therapy to help people who suffer from lymphedema maintain and improve the results of conventional treatment. She is working in Maccabi healthcare services as the national director of lymphatic therapy services and currently a PhD candidate in the school of nursing of Missouri University with Prof Jane Armer as her adviser.
Aqua Lymphatic Therapy in the management of Lymphedema and lipedema
The meaning of success in lymphedema management: a qualitative and a quantitative perspective
Lymphedema in heart failure patients
Lymphedema, a Significant Health Problem in Israel - a community-based study
Harry ( H.G.J.M.) Voesten MD
Graduation 1976 and vascular staff surgeon at Groningen University Hospital until entering practice 1987 in Nij Smellinghe Hospital Drachten and honorary research position at Dept. of Rehabilitation, Groningen University.
Chairman for 30 years of the Foundation on Collaborative Vascular Surgery Friesland, Groningen, Drenthe.
Pioneered in diabetic foot clinic and first EVAR in Friesland and has carried out over 650 surgical procedures in advanced lymphedema and lipedema. (co)-Authoring over 30 papers on surgery in lymphedema, lipedema and knee disarticulation he was invited speaker in over 80 surgical congresses in and outside Europe.
He is a committee member on Dutch Guidelines for Lymphedema, Guidelines for lipedema and Guidelines for amputation of the lower extremity.