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    Clarification of Session Proposals

    This clarification is in response to some recent queries regarding the GCMAS
    Technical Symposium. Our intent is to allow those submitting session
    proposals the greatest freedom in formatting their sessions.

    If you wish to present some of your own work, but need more time than is
    customary at podium presentations, then it would be appropriate to submit a
    proposal with yourself as the only presenter, requesting only one 30-minute
    block of time. If you wish to conduct a panel discussion of a controversial
    issue, then it would be appropriate to list several presenters, and to
    request an hour or more. The choice of presentation styles, the number of
    presenters, and the session duration are all up to you as you create your
    session proposal.

    Once the call for proposals is closed (December 17th), Dr. Steven Stanhope
    (Symposium Coordinator) will work with others at GCMAS to blend selected
    proposals into an overall symposium.

    For your convenience, submission details are reproduced below:

    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:

    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

    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
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