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    3rd International Ankle Symposium - Dublin, Ireland - September 2006

    We are delighted to announce the 3rd International Ankle Symposium, to be held in Dublin, Ireland from 1st to 3rd of September 2006.

    This meeting aims to build upon the efforts of the 1st & 2nd symposiums held in Ulm, Germany in 2000 and Delaware, USA in 2004. Both of these successful meetings brought together a wide variety of clinical specialists and researchers in the area of ankle instability from around the world. Abstracts from the 2nd IAS are now available in the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy[1]. The 2006 meeting will examine ankle instability and other related ankle pathologies from a multidisciplinary perspective. Attendees will include clinicians and scholars from the disciplines of orthopedics, podiatry, physical therapy, athletic training, sports science and biomechanics, to name a few. The symposium will include a range of keynote lectures, clinical assessment and treatment techniques workshops, platform presentations of new research, and poster sessions.

    What can you expect to gain from attending?

    a.. Learn about the current research from internationally recognised experts in the field
    b.. Develop collaborative partnerships with other professionals and institutions
    c.. Explore prevention initiatives
    d.. Enhance your assessment and treatment skills
    e.. Listen to latest developments concerning the International Ankle Consortium, an expert group set up at the 2nd IAS in 2004 with the aim of becoming an internationally recognised information resource for healthcare professionals and researchers involved in this area.

    The theme of the 3rd International Ankle Symposium is ankle sprains, instability and rehabilitation, an issue that has a significant impact on the health-care community both in terms of time loss from activity (work, competition, recreation, etc.), long term consequences such as osteoarthritis, and money spent on treatment and care. The complex nature of ankle instability continues to intrigue, and has recently witnessed an increase in interest among research scientists and clinicians with important new developments in research and rehabilitation

    Who Should Attend?

    This conference will be beneficial and informative for clinicians and scholars from many disciplines, including orthopedics, emergency medicine, sports medicine, podiatry, physical therapy, athletic training, gait analysis, nursing, physiatry, physiotherapy, kinesiotherapy, and biomechanics.

    Conference Objectives

    The objectives of the 3rd International Ankle Symposium are to

    a.. Provide a scholarly forum for the dissemination of research on ankle instability from an international group of experts in the field
    b.. Present a new consensus statement for the criteria used in the classification of "functional" ankle instability and give guidelines for conduct of future research in this area
    c.. Develop collaborative partnerships for multi-center research projects and extramural funding.
    d.. Explore ankle instability prevention initiatives as a means of curbing the long-term disability associated with this injury and make recommendations to the health-care community regarding their role(s) in the initiative.
    e.. Provide a forum for dissemination of latest developments in assessment and rehabilitation of ankle injuries by means of holding practical clinical workshop sessions.

    Conference Format

    a.. keynote lectures from experts in the field
    b.. clinical assessment and treatment techniques workshops
    c.. platform presentations of new research
    d.. poster sessions
    A conference proceedings book will be published to coincide with the conference. This will include full papers of the keynote lectures as well as abstracts of all work presented orally or in poster format. We will be accepting abstracts of new research findings for publication in the Conference Proceedings Book with an expected deadline for submission in summer 2006. We also expect to be able to publish conference abstracts in a leading peer-reviewed journal and will shortly announce details of this when the conference website goes online.

    Conference Location and Regional Attractions

    The conference will take place in the new state of the art Health Sciences Complex on the Belfield campus of University College Dublin. This campus is situated in the heart of Dublin city, the capital of Ireland. Dublin is a thriving city with over 1million inhabitants and a multitude of tourist attractions for all tastes - including its Georgian architecture, historical sites, the hustle and bustle of the Temple Bar entertainment and cultural district, and the many museums and galleries dotted around the city. Visitors to Dublin are very well served by the many excellent restaurants, bars and hotels and organized bus and walking tours of its many attractions. The natural beauty of the nearby Dublin and Wicklow mountains and parklands should appeal to anybody who wishes to take a few days after the conference and indulge in a little hiking , hill-walking or adventure sports. Dublin is served by an international airport with direct connections to most major urban centres worldwide. We are currently negotiating special deals with hotels adjacent to the conference site and will post details on the conference website in due course.

    Please visit the following excellent websites for more information:

    For more information

    For more information about the conference programme, contact the conference organizers at

    Please visit for more information on the 2nd IAS, hosted by the University of Delaware in 2004

    1. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2005; 35(5):A1-A28