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1st Symposium on
Human Movement Science: the Italian Experience

June 16th 2005

Embassy of Italy in the United States
3000 Whitehaven Street, NW - Washington, DC 20008

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The Office of the Scientific Attaché of the Embassy of Italy in the United
States, in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in
Washington DC, presents the first Symposium on "Human Movement Science: the
Italian experience".

The Italian research in the field of human movement science has reached an
outstanding level recognized by the international research community. This
is confirmed by the vitality of the Italian industry and by the high number
of publications, and their impact in the growth of the field, produced by
Italian researchers. The Symposium aims at highlighting the primary role of
the Italian human movement scientists to an American audience, at sharing
experiences and ideas with the American colleagues, at presenting existing
spontaneous and institutional collaborations of scientists operating in
both countries, at exploring existing means of support of collaborative
research and at defining new ways of scientific collaboration.

Well-known researchers with interdisciplinary backgrounds will present and
discuss their experiences and ideas with representatives of major funding
agencies of both countries.

All American human movement scientists interested in starting (or
continuing) a fruitful collaboration with Italian research groups are
strongly invited to participate.

Paolo Bonato
Vittorio Daniore
Ugo Della Croce (Chair)
Giorgio Einaudi
Robert Jaeger

University of Sassari, ITALY
IUSM, Istituto Universitario Scienze Motorie, Rome, Italy


9.30 am - Welcoming remarks from Italian and American authorities

9.45 am - Introduction to the Symposium - Dr. Ugo Della Croce

10.00 am - Morning Session
Physiological models and clinical relevance of Human Movement Science
Motor Control - Dr. Ferdinando Mussa-Ivaldi
Muscles - Dr. Paolo Bonato
Skeletal System - Dr. Aurelio Cappozzo
Clinical Applications - Dr. Francesco Benvenuti

12.00 pm - Lunch

1.00 pm - The intramural research of Health Institutes
NIH experience - Dr. Steven Stanhope
ISS experience - Dr. Velio Macellari

1.40 pm - Special Guest: The Honorable Dr. Margaret Giannini

2.00 pm - The collaboration opportunities
EMBASSY OF ITALY - Dr. Vittorio Daniore
NIH/NCMRR - Dr. Michael Weinrich
NSF/ENG/BME-RAPD - Dr. Semahat Demir
ED/OSERS/NIDRR - Dr. Robert Jaeger
VA - Dr. Mindy Aisen

3.40 pm - Coffee Break

4.00 pm - Round Table - Open Discussion. Strengthening ITA-USA
collaboration in Human Movement Science (all speakers involved).

5.30 pm - Closing Remarks - Italian Embassy scientific attachés Dr.
Daniore and Dr. Einaudi


- Mindy Aisen, MD - Director of the Rehabilitation Research & Development,
Department of Veteran Affairs, Washington DC.
- Francesco Benvenuti, MD - Rehabilitation Department, AUSL 11 Empoli - San
Miniato Hospitals, Tuscany, Italy.
- Emilio Bizzi, MD, PhD - Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences,
McGovern Institute Investigator - Massachusetts Institute of Technology -
Cambridge, MA
- Paolo Bonato, PhD - Director of the Motion Analysis Laboratory, Spaulding
Rehabilitation Hospital, Department of Physical Medicine and
Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.
- Aurelio Cappozzo, PhD - Director of the Department of Human Movement and
Sport Sciences, IUSM University Institute for Movement Science, Rome, Italy.
- Vittorio Daniore, MD - Italian Embassy Scientific Attaché.
- Ugo Della Croce, PhD - Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of
Sassari, Italy.
- Semahat Demir, PhD - Program Director, Biomedical Engineering & Research
to Aid Persons with Disabilities, National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
- Giorgio Einaudi, PhD - Italian Embassy Scientific Attaché.
- Margaret Giannini, MD, FAAP - Director, Office on Disability, Department
of Health and Human Services, Washington DC.
- Robert Jaeger, PhD - International and Interagency Affairs, National
Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Washington DC.
- Velio Macellari - Director, Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Unit, Health
and Technology Department, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy.
- Ferdinando Mussa-Ivaldi PhD - Departments of Physiology; Physical
Medicine and Rehabilitation; & Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern
University, Chicago.
- Steven Stanhope, PhD - Director Physical Disabilities Branch, Warren
Grant Magnuson Clinical Center, National Institue of Health, Bethesda, MD.
- Michael Weinrich, MD - Director, National Center for Medical
Rehabilitation Research, National Institute of Child Health and Human
Development, National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD


Registration is FREE(*).
RSVP required: see instructions below.

(*) includes two coffee breaks and Italian lunch buffet.

Please return the following information:

to the following e-mail address:


For a better event organization, registrations before 05/20 are strongly


Dr. Ugo Della Croce, PhD
University of Sassari
Vaile San pietro 43b
07100 Sassari (ITALY)
E-mail: dellacroce@uniss.it
Phone: +39-079-228340