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Buczek, Frank, Phd
11-23-2004, 08:33 AM
CALL FOR SESSION PROPOSALS
Technical Symposium
Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society

Location: Portland, Oregon
Date: April 6, 2005
Time: 3:30-6:00 pm
Proposal submission deadline: December 17, 2004
Notification of proposal acceptance: January 17, 2005
GCMAS meeting information: http://www.gcmas.org

On behalf of the Gait & Clinical Movement Analysis Society (GCMAS), I am
pleased to invite you to participate in a Technical Symposium that will
precede the Society's annual meeting in Portland, Oregon, USA, on April 6-9,
2005.

Background:
We stand on the forefront of an era in which technological advancements in
the capture, analysis, and visualization of functioning human anatomy will
reach unprecedented capabilities and clinical importance. Optimal
advancement and leveraging of the broad technological diversity will likely
require non-traditional venues for presentation and in-depth discussion.
The goal of the Technical Symposium is to allow a greater depth of technical
discourse than is customary in podium presentations.

Session Format:
Presentations will take the form of "mini-symposia" each lasting 30 minutes.
The topics and format for each 30-minute session will be determined by the
session organizer(s), WHO MAY PROPOSE MORE EXTENSIVE SESSIONS by combining
two or more consecutive 30-minute time slots. Free scientific papers,
lectures, point/counterpoint debates, demonstrations, small group
goal-directed discussions, and other formats may be proposed. The Technical
Symposium is currently scheduled over a two and one half hour block of time.
The first two hours will be dedicated to session presentations, that may run
in parallel. The final session will be a 30-minute sound-off, during which
presenters will summarize the outcome(s) of their session in a two-minute
sound bite; session participants will also have an opportunity to make
recommendations for future Technical Symposia.

Proposal Process:
Petition for a session will be by submission of a concise proposal, that
should contain a session title, name and affiliation of presenter(s),
description of the session format (lecture, discussion, demonstration,
debate, etc.), overview of the session content, session goal(s), and a
description of the intended audience. In addition, please note special
needs for audio visual and meeting room layout.

Dual Submission is Encouraged:
While the Technical Symposium offers an opportunity to delve more deeply
into technical issues, our GCMAS general sessions provide the vehicle to
share information with both clinical and technical partners. We therefore
welcome session proposals even if companion abstracts have already been
submitted via the conference website.

Eligibility for Proposal Submission:
Both the session proposal process and Technical Symposium are open to anyone
wishing to contribute. Neither membership in the GCMAS, nor conference
registration, is required, but please consider registering for the
conference to help stimulate discussion with clinical and technical
partners.

Cost:
There is no cost to submit a session proposal, however, there may be a
nominal fee to participate in the symposium. Please consult the conference
website for details as they become available.

Direct inquiries and proposal submissions to the Technical Symposium
coordinator:
Steven J. Stanhope, Ph.D.
Director, Physical Disabilities Branch*
National Institutes of Health
Building 10 Room 6s235 MSC 1604
Bethesda, MD 20892-1604
Voice: (301) 496-9891
Fax: (301) 480-9896
e-mail: steven_stanhope@nih.gov
Website: http://pdb.cc.nih.gov/
* A collaboration between the National Institute of Child Health and Human
Development and the NIH Clinical Center.
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