The OpenSim Project and the National Center for Simulation in Rehabilitation Research (NCSRR) at Stanford invite you to join our next webinar, featuring Ilse Jonkers and Friedl De Groote from KU Leuven, Belgium.

Title: SimCP: A Simulation Platform to Predict Gait Performance Following Orthopedic Interventions in Children with Cerebral Palsy
Speaker: Ilse Jonkers and Friedl De Groote, Human Movement Biomechanics Research Group, KU Leuven, Belgium
Time: Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time

Children with cerebral palsy (CP) have complex musculoskeletal pathologies, which are commonly corrected using orthopedic surgeries. Three-dimensional gait analysis (3DGA) is used to inform the clinical decision-making in children with CP, but generally do not provide direct objective musculoskeletal information. The surgeon is therefore required to extrapolate the results from 3DGA to develop a surgical plan. To move towards a more data-informed decision-making process, we developed the SimCP simulation platform. The simulation platform uses individualized musculoskeletal models to calculate the ability of the patient to perform a typically developed gait pattern. Bony geometries and muscle paths are personalized based on medical images. The patient-specific lack of selective motor control is modeled based on muscle synergies. Different clinical interventions, e.g. derotation osteotomies or muscle-tendon transfers, can be simulated and their impact on the patient's gait pattern can be evaluated. This platform will enable surgeons to identify the most promising clinical intervention using neuro-musculoskeletal simulations solely based on pre-operative data.


  • We will show how neuro-musculoskeletal simulations can be used to improve clinical-decision making in children with CP in the future
  • We will present a graphical user interface, which can be used to perform virtual surgeries on an OpenSim model


  • Visit
  • Join the SimCP symposium at the 8-9th of November 2018 in Leuven (Belgium)
  • Read our project-related publication

Pitto et al. (2017) Clinical Case: Simulation-based evaluation of post-operative gait function to support clinical decision making in cerebral palsy. Gait & Posture 57, 102-103.

Find out more about the NCSRR and the webinar series by visiting our website The website also includes links to recordings of past webinars: The OpenSim Webinar Series is funded by the NIH National Center for Simulation in Rehabilitation Research (NCSRR).