ISVR Affiliated Organizations
IISART represents the interests of developers, manufacturers, and marketers of medical devices and their accessories, active capital medical equipment, and services in the field of robotics and advanced healthcare technology in rehabilitation.
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The IFRH (Federative Research Institute on Disability) was established in 1995 and is a federation of 32 research and clinical units distributed throughout the country (France). IFRH composition is very diverse. Among the IFRH partners (all linked by a common agreement) can be listed INSERM, CNRS, Major Hospital Systems, French and foreign Universities, Foundations, Educational Institutions, international networks, patient groups, incubators and technopoles, city and regional department of Economics and investments, professional societies….
IFRH investigates disability in a transversal and trans-disciplinary way through 3 axis: 1- Human and Social Sciences; 2- Clinical basic and Translational Medicine; 3- Technology associated to disability. In addition to this multi-thematic approach, IFRH has built 4 transversal programs: 1- Handicap and mobility; 2- Paediatric disability; 3- Interactive systems for participation and autonomy; 4- Disability processes, paths, care and support.
Not only IFRH is involved in Disability research and development, it also has a strategic vision. IFRH has built an international network on Disability with Canada, the USA and other European countries (Switzerland, Belgium…). Also IFRH has decided to include among its direct members three learned societies associated with its vertical and longitudinal programs: “Alter” for all Human and Social Sciences; “SOFMER” for the Clinical approaches on Disabilities and Rehabilitation procedures; and “ISVR” as the society for all Digital and Interactive systems such as Virtual Reality for rehabilitation and disability compensation. IFRH also is building regional clusters around specific themes such as Health and Digital technologies in Laval, Handicap and mobility in Valenciennes, Health and Human Social Sciences in Paris, Living Lab in social participation in Evry (South of Paris). These clusters will structure local initiatives on disability around one theme and increase the level of collaborations between national and local actors (scientists, doctors, elected officials…).
Also IFRH is building Public/private partnerships in order to increase the ratio of innovative technologies and transfers to industrials companies. In closing IFRH is the only French disability multi-themes, transversal and trans-professional approach. It cross-fertilized many different fields within the domain of disability and allows people from different background and cultures to talk to each other and do collaborative research and innovation always with the patients and the users at the core of the system. Its international approach is well perceived and trigger the elaboration of even more networks. It is a success story in Disability since 1995.