“The IPC Scientific Award allows the Paralympic community to honour someone who has made great strides in helping us further expand the knowledge behind the science of Paralympic sport and encourages further studies in this area.”
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) opened nominations on Friday (16 November) for the highly prestigious IPC Scientific Award, which will presented at next May’s VISTA Conference in Bonn, Germany.
The award is given in recognition of one academic researcher for his or her contribution to research in the field of sports for people with an impairment.
IPC members and IPC Governing Board members, Sport Technical Committees and IPC Standing Committees and Councils can all submit nominations.
Peter Van de Vliet, IPC Medical and Scientific Director, said: “The IPC Scientific Award allows the Paralympic community to honour someone who has made great strides in helping us further expand the knowledge behind the science of Paralympic sport and encourages further studies in this area.”
Lucas van der Woude, Professor at the Centre of Movement Sciences at the University of Groningen’s Medical Centre in the Netherlands, won the last edition of the award presented in September 2011.
Van der Woude won the award for his work on the restoration of mobility during the rehabilitation of patients with spinal-cord injuries. He organised four different congresses in Amsterdam to bring together researcher and had worked on optimising manual wheelchair propulsion, both in the general wheelchair population and among athletes.
The deadline to submit nominations for the next edition of the award is 1 February 2013.
More information and details on how to submit nominations can be found at www.vista2013.com.