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kmcrossley35
03-15-2011, 06:02 PM
2nd Announcement: Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome. An International Research Retreat

Meeting dates: August 31 - September 1, 2011
Meeting location: Het Pand, Ghent, Belgium (Europe)
Conference Host: Erik Witvrouw, PhD, PT. University of Ghent, Belgium

Conference Organizers:
Irene Davis, PhD, PT Harvard Medical School
Christopher Powers, PhD, PT. University of Southern California
Kay Crossley, PhD, PT. University of Melbourne, Australia
Jenny McConnell, MBiomedEng PT. University of Melbourne

Keynote Speakers
Christopher Powers, PhD, PT. University of Southern California
Jenny McConnell, PT, MBiomedEng PT. University of Melbourne

Background
This is the first announcement of the 2nd International Research Retreat on Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS). It will be held in Het Pand, an old Dominican monastery located in the heart of the city of Ghent.
Our goal is to form a core group of scientists who meet every two years to present new research findings and review the current state of the science regarding PFPS. We also hope that these meetings will facilitate collaborations between researchers both nationally and internationally.

Purpose
The patellofemoral joint is, in relation to its size, one of the most described joints of the human body. The reason for this is attributed to the controversies that exist concerning the aetiological mechanisms which are thought to be responsible for dysfunctions that may occur at this joint. Despite this, the patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is one of the most common knee disorders seen in physically active individuals.
The natural history of this syndrome and the chance for developing patellofemoral osteoarthritis later in life are still enigmatic. The purpose of this retreat is to bring together scientists from around the world who are studying the PFPS.

More specific, it is the aim of the meeting to improve our insight and knowledge concerning:
1. The causes of PFPS, which may be:
- Local factors (related to the patellofemoral and tibiofemoral joint)
- Proximal factors (related to the hip and pelvis)
- Distal factors (related to the foot)
2. Optimal interventions (directed at the specific causes)
3. The natural history of PFPS

Meeting Format
This will be a 2-day format comprised of keynote speakers, podium and poster presentations, panel discussions and consensus building. In order to facilitate the retreat atmosphere, the meeting will be limited to the first 50 participants. The participants will also serve as moderators of sessions and discussions.

Location
Het Pand is an old Dominican monastery located in the heart of the city on the banks of the river Leie, near the medieval port with the guildhalls as its remnants

Call for Abstracts
Abstracts related to both etiology, treatment and natural history of PFPS will be solicited.
March 1 First call for abstracts with instructions
June 15 Author notification

For more information, please visit our website http://www.revaki.ugent.be/?q=en/pfretreat/announcement

We hope to see you there

dmbazett-jones88
03-19-2011, 10:58 AM
I attended the first conference in Baltimore and thought it was great. I would like to attend this one too but don't know if I can afford all of the travel costs (Oh the life of a graduate student). Would anyone that is planning on going be willing to share the costs of a hotel room? Please contact me if you are. Thanks.

David M. Bazett-Jones
Doctoral Student
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
bazettj2@uwm.edu