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    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:
    On behalf of the President 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.
    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 purpose of the Technical Symposium is to foster these non-traditional venues.
    The goal of the Technical Symposium is to foster excellence in scientific and engineering methods and to foster maturation and expansion of the Clinical Movement Analysis field by supporting the conceptualization, development, testing, dissemination, debate, and implementation of a broad array of emerging Clinical Movement Analysis technologies. One unique feature of this symposium is that participants will be relatively free to explore presentation formats and venues for accomplishing these goals within a broader timeframe.
    Session Format:
    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 individual session leaders or presenters will summarize the outcome(s) of their session in a two-minute sound bite; session participants will also have an opportunity to discuss the various session topics and formats, making recommendations for future Technical Symposia.
    Presentations will take the form of up to eight mini-symposia each lasting 30 minutes. The topics and format for each 30-minute session will be determined by the session organizer(s). Session organizers 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.
    Proposal Process:
    Petition for a session will be by submission of a concise session proposal, that as a minimum, 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 and encourage a properly formatted companion abstract to be submitted to the Program Committee, by November 15th, through 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.
    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
    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
    * A collaboration between the National Institute of
    Child Health and Human Development and
    the NIH Clinical Center.

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