2020 Volume 2020 Issue 1 Pages 7-
It takes me great pleasure to confirm the materialization of the efforts to organize a joint research seminar on medical rehabilitation under the aegis of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN). Due to the spiking second wave of COVI-19 infections, the event will be held on the Tokyo-based ZOOM platform on November 12-14, 2020. The meeting will consist of presentations, lectures, discussions, and a practice workshop. A multisystem inflammatory nature of COVID-19 disease has created a spate of difficult to overcome challenges. Beside threatening acute respiratory distress syndrome, neurologic symptoms are a frequent accompaniment involving both and peripheral nervous systems. The disease is a scourge that increases the need for effective post-infection rehabilitation in both pulmonary and neuromuscular realms, burdening the already stretched medical rehabilitation, healthcare, and socioeconomic resources. In this context, a rehabilitative paradigm shift from the manual therapist-assisted to ‘motivated exercise’ advocated by the Takizawa method developed at the International Biophilia Academy (IBRA) in Tokyo comes in even handier.