Mr. Ivan Neil Gomez from the Department of Occupational Therapy, Assoc. Prof. Donald S. Lipardo from the Department of Physical Therapy, and Ms. Joyce Anne P. Villafania from the Department of Speech-Language Pathology of the College of Rehabilitation Sciences were among the international circle of presentors at the 11th Pan-Pacific Conference on Rehabilitation (PPCR) held at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong, SAR China.
PPCR fosters interdisciplinary collaborations among rehabilitation professionals including academics, clinicians, students and healthcare administrators in the Asia Pacific region and beyond. The theme of the conference was “Advances in Research and Practice.”
Gomez gave an oral presentation on “Parasympathetic Resting State Differences between Children with and without ADHD,” and presented two research posters on “Utilizing Neuroscience Evidence to Inform Research: A Reflective Inquiry” and also on “Behavioral and Physiological Adaptation in Children of Migrant Origins: A
Psychophysiological Study” under the Pediatric Rehabilitation subtheme. Lipardo delivered a research poster presentation titled “A Comparative Study on the Functional Abilities and Physiologic Profile of Community-Dwelling Older Adults with and without Mild Cognitive Impairment” under the Geriatric Rehabilitation subtheme.
Villafania presented a research poster with the title “Feasibility of Telerehabilitation in the Service Delivery of Speech-Language Pathology in the Philippines” under the Basic Science and New Technology subtheme. The University of Santo Tomas College of Rehabilitation Sciences spearheaded and organized the 8th edition of the conference in 2012 held at the Medicine Auditorium of the St. Martin de Porres Building of the University of Santo Tomas. It was the first time that the PPCR was held outside of Hong Kong.