Dear Colleagues,

We are proud that we will meet for the fifty-first time for the Annual Çubukçu Symposium which has been organized for 50 years in memory of Ordinarius Professor Osman Cevdet Çubukçu, who is the founder of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Istanbul Faculty of Medicine.

COVID-19 pandemics has changed the model of scientific event organization as it has changed many things in our world. This year, we will organize our symposium ONLINE on November 27, 2020. We believe that this model will be a new experience for us and will create diverse opportunities. Given that the ONLINE symposium will allow us to participate in a scientific event and listen to distinguished speakers while being at our usual environments and additionally the whole recorded symposium will be permanently available in a special section of the website of the Turkish Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation that has supported this symposium for years, we can say that challenging times may lead to creative solutions with new opportunities.

It is our great pleasure to invite all our colleagues to the ONLINE - 51st ANNUAL ÇUBUKÇU SYMPOSIUM with the topic "COVID-19: A New Area in Rehabilitation".

Best regards,

Symposium Co-Presidents
Prof. Dr. Aydan Oral
Prof. Dr. Dilşad Sindel

TSPMR President
Prof. Dr. Kenan Akgün

Ordinarius Professor Osman Cevdet Çubukçu

Professor Osman Cevdet Cubukcu is the founder of the medical specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Having been graduated from Medical Faculty in 1918, Prof. Çubukçu had training in physiotherapy and rheumatology in Paris University Medical Faculty for three years starting from 1926. He also worked in ‘Hopital Pitie-Sapetriere and Hotel Dieu as well as in Vichy spa center. He had the chance to study with Professors D’Arsonval and Bourgignon. He authored a book entitled “Sur Quelques Actualites de Physiotherapie” which was published in French in 1928 in Paris (available in ‘Bibliotheque National de France” with reference number S94/15803). As soon as he returned from Paris to Turkey, he established a ‘Physiotherapy Institute’ in Darulfunun Medical Faculty in 1945.

Professor Osman Cevdet Cubukcu was also involved in the foundation of “Turkish Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Society in 1958 together with his colleagues, acting as the president (Now Turkish Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation). The 1st National Congress of Rehabilitation was held on October 25-27, 1967 in Ankara under the auspices of the society.

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