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  • International Patellofemoral Research Retreat

    Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome: Proximal, Local and Distal Factors.
    An International Research Retreat

    Meeting dates: August 31 - September 1, 2011

    Meeting location: Het Pand, Ghent, Belgium (Europe)

    Conference Host:
    Erik Witvrouw, PhD, PT
    University of Ghent, Belgium

    Conference Organizers:
    Irene Davis, PhD, PT. University of Delaware
    Christopher Powers, PhD, PT. University of Southern California
    Kay Crossley, PhD, PT. University of Melbourne, Australia
    Jenny McConnell, MBiomedEng PT. University of Melbourne

    Keynote Speakers
    Christopher Powers, PhD, PT. University of Southern California
    Jenny McConnell, MBiomedEng PT. University of Melbourne

    This is the first announcement of the 2nd International Research Retreat on Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS). It will be held in Het Pand, an old Dominican monastery located in the heart of the city of Ghent.
    Our goal is to form a core group of scientists who meet every two years to present new research findings and review the current state of the science regarding PFPS. We also hope that these meetings will facilitate collaborations between researchers both nationally and internationally.

    The patellofemoral joint is, in relation to its size, one of the most described joints of the human body. The reason for this is attributed to the controversies that exist concerning the aetiological mechanisms which are thought to be responsible for dysfunctions that may occur at this joint. Despite this, the patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is one of the most common knee disorders seen in physically active individuals.

    The natural history of this syndrome and the chance for developing patellofemoral osteoarthritis later in life are still enigmatic. The purpose of this retreat is to bring together scientists from around the world who are studying the PFPS.

    More specific, it is the aim of the meeting to improve our insight and knowledge concerning:
    1. The causes of PFPS, which may be:
    - Local factors (related to the patellofemoral and tibiofemoral joint)
    - Proximal factors (related to the hip and pelvis)
    - Distal factors (related to the foot and tibia)
    2. Optimal interventions (directed at the specific causes)
    3. The natural history of PFPS

    Meeting Format
    This will be a 2-day format comprised of keynote speakers, podium and poster presentations, panel discussions and consensus building. In order to facilitate the retreat atmosphere, the meeting will be limited to the first 50 participants. The participants will also serve as moderators of sessions and discussions.

    Call for Abstracts
    Abstracts related to both etiology, treatment and natural history of PFPS will be solicited.
    Feb 1 First call for abstracts with instructions
    Mar 1 Abstract submission open
    April 1 Abstract submission closed
    May 15 Author notification

    Het Pand is an old Dominican monastery located in the heart of the city on the banks of the river Leie, near the medieval port with the guildhalls as its remnants.

    A second announcement will be sent advising registration and abstract submission details (website will be available soon)

    For more information, please contact:
    Erik Witvrouw ( regarding scientific program
    Joyce Casteleyn ( regarding registration

    Kay M Crossley
    Principal Research Fellow
    Dept Mechanical Engineering
    Melbourne School of Engineering
    The University of Melbourne, 3010
    Ph: +61 (0)3 8344 8646 (Mon, Wed, Thurs)