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10-23-2008, 08:50 AM

The website for the International Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
Research Retreat is now launched and can be accessed at:


Abstracts will be accepted between Friday, October 24, 2008 and
midnight on Friday, November 21, 2008.
Instructions for formatting and submission of the abstracts is
provided on the website along with hotel and registration information.

***Please note*** You will receive an automatic verification of
receipt of your abstract. If you do not receive this (and have
checked your spam folder), please contact me.

Please feel free to contact me if you need additional information.
We look forward to your submissions and to a successful meeting!

all the best,

Irene Davis

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International Patellofemoral Joint Research Retreat:
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome: Local, Distal and Proximal Factors

Hosted by the Division of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy
University of Southern California

Meeting Location: The Admiral Fell Inn, Baltimore, MD
Meeting Dates: April 30 - May 2, 2009

Meeting Organizers

Irene Davis, PhD, PT
University of Delaware
Christopher Powers, PhD, PT University of Southern

Keynote Speakers

John Fulkerson, MD Orthopedic
Associates of Hartford
Kay Crossley, PhD, PT University of Melbourne,
Erik Witvrouw, PhD, PT University of Ghent,


Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS) is one of the most common knee
injuries seen by medical professionals. It has recently been
suggested that individuals who experience PFPS have a significantly
greater chance of developing patellofemoral osteoarthritis later in
life. The etiology of PFPS is still not well-understood. However,
potential causes are often related to local, distal and proximal
factors. Local factors are those related to the patellofemoral joint
and surrounding tissues. Distal factors relate to mechanics of the
foot and ankle. Proximal factors are those that are related to the
hip and pelvis. The purpose of this retreat is to bring together
scientists from around the world who are studying these factors
related to PFPS. Our goal is to form a core group of scientists who
will meet every two years to review the current state of the
science. We also hope that these meetings will facilitate
collaborations between researchers both nationally and internationally.


This will be a 2-day format comprised of keynote speakers, podium
presentations, panel discussions and consensus building. In order to
facilitate the retreat atmosphere, the meeting will be limited to the
first 50 participants. There will be room for 30 podium
presentations. The participants will also serve as moderators of
sessions and discussions. The meeting includes an opening reception,
breakfast and lunch for 2 days and an evening banquet. Sailing on
the Chesapeake will be optional for an additional cost.


Abstracts related to both the etiology, and treatment of, PFPS are
being solicited. Abstract submission will be open between Oct. 24 and
Nov 21, 2008. All abstracts must be submitted by Nov 21, 2008 at
midnight EST to be considered. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed for
scientific merit and relevance to the meeting. Participants will be
notified of acceptance by December 14, 2008. Abstracts will be
published in Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy
following the meeting. Abstracts presented within the previous 12
months will be allowed, but must include the reference for the
original presentation.


A meeting website is currently being launched. This website will
provide information regarding registration, lodging, transportation
and the abstract submission process. Further information regarding
the website will be provided soon.


We would like to acknowledge our sponsors for their support of this

DonJoy, Inc
BTE, Inc
Drayer Physical Therapy Institute
Foot Management, Inc
KLM, Inc
University of Delaware Physical Therapy Department

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Irene Davis, PhD, PT, FACSM
Director of Research, Drayer Physical Therapy Institute
Professor, Dept. of Physical Therapy
305 McKinly Lab
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716

(302)831-4263 (ph)
(302)831-4234 (fax)