Ronald K. Reeves


Ronald K. Reeves, MD is a subspecialty certified spinal cord medicine specialist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota.

Dr Reeves earned his B.A. degree from Brandeis University in Waltham Massachusetts and his M.D. degree from Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.  He also completed his PM&R residency at Mayo Clinic. He has served as the Vice Chair of the Mayo Clinic Department of PM&R, a member of the Mayo Clinic Hospital Practice Committee, the Inpatient Rehabilitation Medical Director and the SCI Medical Director.

Dr. Reeves’ clinical practice, research and educational activities focus on spinal cord medicine and inpatient rehabilitation.  He speaks regularly at National and International venues regarding SCI education and non-traumatic spinal cord injury. He’s authored numerous papers on those topics as well. He also co-chaired the development of the American Spinal Injury Association’s International Standards eLearning Program (InSTeP) and oversaw the implementation of its eLearning Center.

He’s currently a member of the American Spinal Injury Association Board of Directors and also serves on the International Spinal Cord Society (ISCOS) Education Committee. Through ISCOS he’s had the pleasure of working with amazing international colleagues in regard to SCI capacity building in a number of remarkable places.

He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and subspecialty certified in Spinal Cord Medicine. Dr Reeves’ has been recognized with 1) Presentation awards from the American Spinal Injury Association, 2) Excellence in Teaching from the Mayo Medical School, 3) the Mayo Clinic Service Excellence Award, 4) Mayo Clinic PM&R teacher of the Year Award, 5) Mayo Clinic Practice Innovation Award and 6) Indian Spinal Cord Society Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr Reeves has two son’s Zachary, aged 21 a university student in economics and soccer player at Grinnell College, and Grant, aged 17, a high school senior, and swimmer looking forward to starting university in the fall of 2019.

Victoria Hume

Victoria Hume is a composer, arts manager and researcher specialising in the meeting points between the arts, medicine and health. She is currently working with the medical humanities initiative at WiSER and the Wits School of Arts. Before this she was an arts manager in the NHS for 15 years. She recently received a distinction for a Masters in Music and Health Communication focused on hospital-induced delirium (2017). Her most recent EP, Closing (released on Lost Map records), featured on Lauren Laverne’s best of 2016 playlist (BBC Radio6 Music). See her music website for more information.

Mayowa Ojo Owolabi

Professor of Neurology

Mayowa Ojo OWOLABI MBBS, MSc, Dr.Med, MWACP, FMCP, FAAN, FAS, Professor of Neurology, University of Ibadan, has won numerous awards including AU-TWAS Young Scientist National Award (Earth and Life Sciences-2011) Inter-academy Medical Panel–Young Physician Leaders Award (2011) and was elected into the Presidium of the World Federation for Neurorehabilitation WFNR (2018).

He is an innovative scientist with several inventions including the stroke levity scale, the stroke recovery cycle, the Seed of Life Model, the HRQOLISP, a quality of life measure, in use across the world including Spain, Jamaica, Germany, Nigeria, and Ghana. A scholar with a stroke phenotyping software patent (Reg.#:NG/PT/NC/2016/2007); over 94 international scientific presentations; over 175 publications in peer-reviewed journals including The Lancet, Science, and New England Journal of Medicine; his first landmark publication, ‘Mapping Africa’s way into prominence in the field of Neurology’ motivated the World Federation for Neurology, International Brain Research Organization, WFNR to make the development of neurosciences in Africa their top priority.

Prof. Owolabi is a recognized global leader in science covering neurology, neuro-rehabilitation, and community-based genomic epidemiology of stroke in Africa. He is on the editorial boards of several high impact journals and a reviewer for grants and numerous journals. He has supervised 5 doctorates and discovered novel risk factors for stroke on the continent; and is the pioneer leader of the largest study of cardiovascular diseases in Africa (H3Africa-CVD WG with >55 000 subjects). He is the pioneer Regional Vice-President, World Federation of Neurorehabilitation (Africa); Co-Chair, Joint Publication Committee-Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases, pioneer Director, Centre for Genomic and Precision Medicine, University of Ibadan; Founder of COUNCIL (Control Unique to CVDs in LMIC) initiative; and Lead Co-chair, The Lancet Neurology Commission on Stroke in developing countries. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and a Fellow of the Academy of Science (Nigeria).

Dr Susan Coetzer

MBChB (UFS); FCP(SA); FS Geriatrics (SA)


Dr Susan Coetzer is a Geriatrician in private practice at Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre. Geriatric medicine focuses on health care of elderly people – it aims to promote health by preventing and treating diseases and disabilities in older adults. Dr. Coetzer completed her MBChB from University of Free State in 2006 and received her Fellow of the College of Physicians of South Africa in 2013 and her certificate in Geriatrics in 2015. Currently Dr. Coetzer is conducting post-graduate research on the impact of a clinical frailty assessment on the outcome of hospitalised elderly patients in South Africa , as part of her MMed in Internal Medicine.

Dr. Kweku Laast MD, MPHDr.

Kweku Laast MD, MPHPhysical Medicine & Rehabilitation (Johns Hopkins 1998)FOCOS Orthopedic Hospital, Ghana

In an unplanned and inadvertent way, my early days in school and post school experiences, was preparing me for the situation I find myself in today in Ghana, as the only Physiatrist probably in West Africa, to promote rehabilitation medicine! As a soccer and track athlete in elementary and secondary school in Ghana, then High School in the U.S. where I was also voted Athletic Commissioner and member of student government, they formed my early grooming for leadership in my future “unknown” professional roles. I have served as class and student body president in medical school; a Captain in the US Army Reserve Medical Corps; service in the public health sector as Executive Director of the North Carolina Governors’ Council on Physical Fitness and Health; Federal Principal Investigator of a demonstration grant to establish community-based access points for care of sickle cell patients; CEO of an urban outpatient medical center and Physician Executive leading a team to establish a hospital and insurance company in a developing country. At Johns Hopkins, I was one of two Resident Fellows to be selected to provide coverage of the first in-house in-patient rehabilitation unit at the Johns Hopkins Medical Center, chaired by Prof. Emeritus Barbara de Lateur, the first female Department Chair at Johns Hopkins Medical Center. 

Before moving home to Ghana almost two years ago, I lived in Shanghai, China for four years, and became a member of the faculty of the PM&R Residency at Huashan Hospital (Fudan University). I am now on the faculty of the University of Health and Allied Health Sciences (Ghana), and also the Consulting Physiatrist at FOCOS Orthopaedic Hospital, an affiliate of the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

I currently serve as a Country Director for the fledgling African PM&R Residency program being developed with Dr. Andy Haig of the University of Michigan. I received my BSc. (Microbiology) from the University of Notre Dame, my Masters in Public Health (MPH) from the University of North Carolina, and my medical degree (MD) from the Brody School of Medicine, all in the US. I completed my Residency and Fellowship at the Johns Hopkins/Sinai Hospital combined program. 

Contact: KLaastMD@outlook.comTel: +233 55 707 8564 (Ghana)
Topics for presentation:1. The FOCOS Story in Ghana: Serving Patients from 54 countries and counting2. Bisung Garba: A Model of Cooperation between two African Countries3. Leveraging Ourselves to Serve the African Continent

Stephanie Clarke

– Head of the Neuropsychology and Neurorehabilitation Clinic
Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois


Research Interests

With her group Stephanie Clarke carries out research projects that combine investigations of cognitive functions and of the functional organization of the human cerebral cortex, with particular interest in the organisation and plasticity of the human auditory cortex.

Keywords: Cognitive functions, neural plasticity, recovery from brain lesions, neurorehabilitation, neuropsychology, auditory cognition, time perception, cerebral cortex, brain imaging

Current projects

Sound objects in space and time (FNS 159708 (2015-18); PI)


FNS 141177 (2012-15; PI)
FNS 142882 (2012-13; co-app)
FNS 125759 (2010-14; co-app)
FNS 158776 (2014-18; co-app)
FNS 143780 (2013-16); co-app)
FNS 159708 (2015-18); PI)

 Selected Publications, 2013 –

Bourquin NM, Simonin A, Clarke S (2013) Repetition-induced plasticity of motor representations of action sounds. Brain Topography 26:152-6.
Bourquin NM, Murray MM, Clarke S (2013). Location-independent and location-linked representations of sound objects. Neuroimage, 73: 40–49.
Carmeli C, Donati A, Antille V, Viceic D, Ghika J, von Gunten A, Clarke S, Meuli R, Frackowiak RS, Knyazeva MG (2013) Demyelination in mild cognitive impairment suggests progression path to Alzheimer’s disease. PLos One 2013 8(8):e72759
Da Costa S, van der Zwaag W, Miller LM, Clarke S, Saenz M (2013) Tuning in to sound frequency-selective attentional filter in human auditory cortex. J Neuroscience 33:1858-63

Clarke S, At A Sound localization disorders and auditory neglect. In Celesia GG (2013) Disorders of Peripheral and Central Auditory Processing. Handbook of Clinical Neurophysiology, Vol 10, 423-434

Da Costa S, Saenz M, Clarke S, van der Zwaag W (2014) Tonotopic grandients in human primary auditory cortex: Concurring evidence from high-resolution 7T and 3T fMRI. Brain Topography, 28:66-9

Cammoun L, Thiran JP, Griffa A, Meuli R, Hagmann P, Clarke S (2014) Intrahemispheric cortico-cortical connections in the human auditory cortex. Brain Structure and Function, Epub ahead of print

Crottaz-Herbette S, Fornari E, Clarke S (2014) Prismatic adaptation changes visuospatial representation in the inferior parietal lobule. Journal of Neuroscience 34: 11803-11

Clarke, S, Bindschaedler, C (2014) Unilateral neglect and anosognosia. In Selzer M. E., Clarke S, Cohen L G, Kwakkel G, Miller RH (eds) Textbook of Neural Repair and Rehabilitation. Volume II, 2nd edition, Cambridge University Press, 463-477.

Selzer M E, Clarke S, Cohen LG, Kwakkel G, Miller RH (eds) Textbook of Neural Repair and Rehabilitation. Volumes I and II, 2nd edition, Cambridge University Press. 2014

Da Costa S, Bourquin NM, Knebel JF, Saenz M, van der Zwaag W, Clarke S (2015) Representation of Sound Objects within Early-Stage Auditory Areas: A Repetition Effect Study Using 7T fMRI. PLoS One 10:e0124072

De Meo R, Murray MM, Clarke S, Matusz PJ (2015) Top-down control and early multisensory processes: chicken vs. egg. Front Integr Neurosci 9:17

Clarke S, Bindschaedler C, Crottaz-Herbette S (2015) Impact of cognitive neuroscience on stroke rehabilitation. Stroke 46:1408-13

Clarke S, Geiser E (2015) Roaring lions and chirruping lemurs: how the brain encodes sound objects in space. Neuropsychologia, 75:304-313

De Meo R, Bourquin NM, Knebel JF, Murray MM, Clarke S (2015) From bird to sparrow: learning- induced modulations in fine-grained semantic discrimination. Neuroimage, 118: 163-173


  • Director of the Doctoral School FBM
  • Thesis director: PhD in neuroscience, MD
  • Ex cathedra lectures to medical students
  • Supervision of Master students


Stanley Ducharme, Ph.D.

Stanley Ducharme, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and consultant specializing in the areas of sexual dysfunction, gender, physical disability, addictions, relationship issues and concerns of daily living. With over 25 years of clinical experience, Dr. Ducharme has worked with a wide variety of problems and has gained national and international recognition for the scope and quality of his work.

In addition to his private practice in the south end of Boston, Dr. Ducharme is affiliated with Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine. His professional activities include serving on the Board of Directors for several national associations, editing an international journal and writing numerous articles, columns and books.

Dr. Ducharme is a leading speaker at conferences and meetings around the world on issues of sexual dysfunction, physical disability and rehabilitation. He is an experienced international consultant to hospitals, rehabilitation facilities and community based programs.

Dr. Ducharme is currently accepting new patients in his private practice and is available for lectures, workshops and ongoing consultation.

Marion Fourie

Occupational Therapist

Marion Fourie is an occupational therapist of many years standing – some might say a veteran member of the profession.

Her interest lies in the field of physical disability. 

She learned much of what she knows via involvement in the Sports Association for Physically Disabled (over two decades and in a variety of capacities) and when establishing and running the Independent Living Centre in Cape Town.

She runs a medico-legal practice in Cape Town currently.

Dr. Emily Plowman

Speech-Language Pathologist, USA

Dr. Emily Plowman is an Associate Professor at the University of Florida in the departments of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, Physical Therapy, and Neurology. She is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist with a Doctorate Degree in Neurorehabilitation and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Basic Neuroscience.  Dr. Plowman currently serves as is the clinical director at the Center for Respiratory Rehabilitation and Research and the clinical director of Speech Pathology services at the University of Florida Neuromuscular multidisciplinary clinics.  Dr. Plowman teaches graduate level courses in Dysphagia, Medical Speech-Language Pathology, Introduction to Clinical Speech-Language Pathology and Research Methods.  She also provides courses to practicing clinicians in Critical Thinking in Dysphagia Management and Swallowing Physiology and is an internationally renowned speaker in this area. 

Dr. Plowman is the Co-Director of the Swallowing Systems Core (www.swallowingsystemscore.org) where she performs both basic and clinical research to understand mechanisms of bulbar dysfunction in neurodegenerative and neuromuscular disease with an emphasis in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Oculopharyngeal Muscular Dystrophy, Parkinson’s disease, Spinal Muscular Atrophy and Inclusion Body Myositis. Dr. Plowman’s current research projects are aimed at developing effective screening and treatment techniques to improve bulbar function, reduce morbidity and mortality, and improve quality of life in individuals suffering from devastating neurologic diseases. Her current projects are funding by the: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS); National Institute of Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD); National Institute of Child Health Development (NICHD); Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association (ALSA); and Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI).  Dr. Plowman is an accomplished clinician and educator who lectures extensively both nationally and internationally and was recognized with the 2013 American Speech and Hearing Association Specialty Board in Swallowing Disorders Award for her research in the treatment of bulbar dysfunction in ALS. 


Link to Laboratory Website: http://swallowingsystemscore.org

Link to online CEU courses: http://hopeisinthescience.org