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Herman J. Woltring
04-07-1989, 03:04 AM
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|Workshop Announcement and Call for Papers|
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| GAIT ANALYSIS -- A CLINICAL TOOL ? |
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November 28 and 29, 1989, in "De Hartenark", Bilthoven, The Netherlands.


SCOPE OF THE WORKSHOP

There is a continuously growing interest for the clinical use of gait analysis.
Modern sophisticated instrumentation promises the clinician research tools which
allows her or him to use gait analysis in diagnostic and decision making proces-
ses and for evaluation purposes.

However at this moment, after more than 50 years of study of human locomotion,
it has to be admitted that the great majority of techniques developed over the
years has never even received limited clinical acceptability.

This indicates that there are important factors which hinder the translation
from the research achievements in the laboratories to the application in the
clinic.

The workshop will focus on the exploration and identification of problems con-
cerning the clinical use of gait analysis. After a thorough analysis of these
problems, recommendations will be given and criteria will be stated which should
contribute to the structuring of gait analysis research in the light of clinical
applications.

The meeting allows participants to exchange experience and views concerning
clinical applications of gait analysis, and may help to harmonise their research
efforts.

Results of the workshop will be reported in the Proceedings. These Proceedings
may help funding organisations to determine their policy towards clinical gait
analysis research.

VENUE AND DATE

The workshop will be held at the conference centre "De Hartenark" in Bilthoven
near Utrecht, The Netherlands, on November 27 and 28, 1989. Accomodation is
available at the venue.

PARTICIPATION

The workshop is primarily intended for those active in the field of the study
of human locomotion, preferably having experience with clinical application.
The number of participants is limited to approximately 50. Participation fee
is Hfl 50,00 (approx. US $ 25,00).

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

The workshop is organized by an ad-hoc committee consisting of

-- dr Theo Mulder (Department of Rehabilitation Research, St Maartens-
kliniek, NIJMEGEN)

-- drs Hans Pruys (Department of Orthopaedics, Wilhelmina Children's
Hospital, UTRECHT)

-- ir Rob Kleissen (Research and Innovation Department, Roessingh Rehabili-
[secretary] tation Centre, ENSCHEDE)

All correspondence should be addressed to the secretariat:

Workshop Gait Analysis, Organising Committee
Rehabilitation Centre "Het Roessingh"
c/o ir R. Kleissen
P.O. Box 1036
NL 7500 BA ENSCHEDE, The Netherlands
Tel. INT+31.53.875345 or 875875, FAX INT+31.53.330564

LANGUAGE

Although the workshop is likely to be attended by mainly Dutch participants,
the universal nature of the problems to be discussed warrants that all papers
to be included in the Proceedings should be written in English.

REGISTRATION FOR PARTICIPATION

Those wishing to participate should send a note to the secretary of the orga-
nizing committee preferably before April 15, 1989 stating name, fist name,
title, institution, address and phone number. If a paper is to be presented
at the workshop, this letter should state to which of the four themes of the
workshop the paper relates. A representative of each research group is en-
couraged to write a 1000 word abstract as a contribution to the theme "State
of the Art of Gait Analysis".

TENTATIVE PROGRAM OF THE WORKSHOP

Monday, November 27, 1989.

Morning Session:

THEME: "CURRENT NOTIONS IN MOTOR CONTROL RESEARCH -- A REVIEW"

In this session theoretical concepts will be discussed which can serve as a
basis for the development of methods directed at registrating motor processes
during locomotion.

Afternoon session:

THEME: "STATE OF THE ART OF GAIT ANALYSIS"

Representatives of groups having experience with gait analysis present a concise
review of their work. Both successes and failures will be described, and diffi-
culties indicated. Interesting questions are: what did or didn't work, and why?
Especially experience with clinical applications are instructive.

Tuesday, November 28, 1989.

Morning session:

THEME: "THE GAP BETWEEN LABORATORY AND CLINIC"

Analysis of the problems of clinical use of gait analysis. What may be the
reasons for various successful applications in the laboratory, whereas success-
ful clinical applications are scarce?

Afternoon session:

THEME: "BASIC PRINCIPLES FOR GAIT ANALYSIS IN A CLINICAL SETTING"

Formulation of recommendations, criteria and goals concerning clinical use of
gait analysis. Which factors should be considered in setting up gait analysis
research in order to be clinically succesful?

During the sessions relevant papers will be presented. Experiences and views
can be exchanged during discussions, which will be recorded. Both presented
papers and discussions will be included in the Proceedings.

CALL FOR PAPERS AND TIMING

Participants interested in presenting a paper will receive Abstract and Paper
information from the secretariat. The deadlines are:

April 15, 1989 -- preferred registration deadline
June 1, 1989 -- deadline for abstracts (at most 500 words)
July 15, 1989 -- notification of authors and other participants
Oct. 1, 1989 -- deadline selected papers
Nov. 27-28, 1989 -- Workshop
1990 -- publication Proceedings

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