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    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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