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SS2 – ISS Opening Session

Program ID : SS2.2017
Webinar Length of Time: 1.25 Hour

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Mark R. Schmeler, PhD, OTR/L, ATP
Symposium Course Director 
Director, Continuing Education Program
Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences 
University of Pittsburgh

Rory A. Cooper, PhD
Distinguished Professor and FISA-Paralyzed Veterans of America Chair
Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology
University of Pittsburgh
Senior Career Scientist and Director
Human Engineering Research Laboratories
U.S. Department of Veterans Affair

Virtual Analysis of the Posture Effect on Skin Integrity
Alexander Siefert, PhD
Wölfel Engineering GmbH + Co.KG
Höchberg, Bavaria

Alexander Siefert has been working at Wölfel since 2003 at leads currently the seating department as an engineering director. He made his PHD at the TU Darmstadt about the topic: ‘Numerical modelling of mechanical properties of the human tissue and its implementation in a whole body model’. He published several papers in the field of human body modelling and made a lot of presentation on international conferences about seating, human modelling and pressure sores.

Bart Van der Heyden, PT

Outcomes: Just Do It – Circa 1994
Jane Fontein, OT
Consultant Dynamic Health Care Solutions and Motion Composites
Vancouver, British Columbia

Jane Fontein, has been an Occupational Therapist for more than 30 years most of which have been in the seating and mobility field. Jane is currently self employed and is working as an Independent Manufacturer Educator. She has 2 contracts one with Dynamic Health Care Solutions and the other with Motion Composites, both are Canadian Manufacturers.

Large Data
Kenneth J. Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR
University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, Texas 
United States

Dr. Kenneth J. Ottenbacher holds the Russell Shearn Moody Distinguished Chair in Neurological Rehabilitation at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). He is Professor and Director of the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences in the School of Health Professions. He is also Director of the Center for Recovery, Physical Activity and Nutrition, and Associate Director for the Sealy Center on Aging. Dr. Ottenbacher received his PhD from the University of Missouri- Columbia and is a licensed occupational therapist.
Dr. Ottenbacher began his academic career in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and worked through the ranks from assistant professor to professor. He went to the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1990 serving as Associate Dean for Research and Academic Affairs in the School of Health Related Professions, Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, and Associate Director of the Center for Functional Assessment Research in the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation. In 1995, he joined UTMB as Vice Dean and Professor in the School of Allied Health Sciences (now School of Health Professions).

Dr. Ottenbacher's current research involves using large datasets to study rehabilitation outcomes with a focus on functional assessment, disability and frailty in older adults. He has published more than 300 articles in refereed journals. Dr. Ottenbacher has received continuous federal funding as principal investigator to support research and training since 1984. He has been the recipient of numerous awards for his research and service including fellow status in the American Occupational Therapy Association, the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, and the Gerontological Society of America (Health Sciences Division).

Note: Faculty for this activity have been required to disclose all relationships with any proprietary entity producing health care goods or services, with the exemption of nonprofit or government organizations and non-healthcare related companies.

* (Presenter(s)) disclosed the following conflict(s):

  • I have financial interests with the following proprietary entity or entities producing health care goods or services as indicated below:
  • Alexander Siefert: I am receiving honorarium, travel expenses or other payments for my expenses for this presentation. Consultant for Superseating.
  • Jane Fontein: I am receiving honorarium, travel expenses or other payments for my expenses for this presentation. Clinical Educator for Motion Composites and Dynamic Seating.
  • Kenneth Ottenbacher: I am receiving honorarium, travel expenses or other payments for my expenses for this presentation.


This course is the Opening Session for the 33rd International Seating Symposium. It includes three presentations in addition to opening remarks. Topics include the importance of data and data collection, as well as an analysis of posture and tissue integrity.

Learning Objectives

Upon viewing this webinar, participants will be able to:


CEU Registration and Cost

0.125 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be awarded to individuals for viewing 1.25 hours of instruction.
The cost for the webinar is $59.00

Instructions to Obtain CEUs

go to the RSTCE web site at: www.rstce.org

    1. Enter user name and password or create new profile
    2. Select Webinars
    3. Select the webinar: SS2 – ISS Opening Session
    4. Complete your registration

A payment confirmation will be sent via e-mail.
(Allow 10 minutes for the database to process payment and send a confirmation e-mail).

After viewing the webinar

    1. log back into database and Select Post Tests and Evaluation for: SS2 – ISS Opening Session
    2. Select and complete Post Tests and Evaluations

You will receive your CEU Certificate via e-mailed as a PDF file (Please allow 10 minutes for the database to process your certificate and send it to your e-mail)

The University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences awards Continuing Education Units to individuals who enroll in certain educational activities. The CEU is designated to give recognition to individuals who continue their education in order to keep up-to-date in their profession. (One CEU is equivalent to 10 hours of participation in an organized continuing education activity). Each person should claim only those hours of credit that he or she actually spent in the educational activity.

The University of Pittsburgh is certifying the educational contact hours of this program and by doing so is in no way endorsing any specific content, company, or product. The information presented in this program may represent only a sample of appropriate interventions.

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Updated | 06.21.2017