Jaap Buurke, PT, received his PhD in 2005 from the University of Twente for his work on recovery of gait after stroke. He is track coordinator (Principal Investigator) of the Rehabilitation Technology research cluster at Roessingh Research and Development , adjunct professor at North Western University Chicago (USA), senior researcher at Roessingh Rehabilitation Centre and he is affiliated to the biomedical signals and systems group of the University of Twente. He is the treasurer of the Society for Movement Analysis Laboratories in the Low Lands (SMALLL) and he is a member of the Dutch expert group on Neurorehabilitation. His research interests include human movement analysis with specific focus on motor control after stroke. He is actively involved in a diversity of (inter)national projects focusing on motor control, movement analysis, rehabilitation robotics and active assistive devices.
Kaat Desloovere is professor at the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences of K.U. Leuven and Service and Research Manager at the Clinical Motion Analysis Laboratory, at the University Hospital of Pellenberg (Leuven). Her research interest is in clinical motion analysis in different patient groups, with special focus on instrumented assessment of spasticity and muscle strength and on clinical decision making based on objective gait analysis, in children with cerebral palsy.
Martin Gough is a paediatric orthopaedic surgeon with a special interest in the management of children with disability due to neuromuscular problems. He trained in Ireland, and following fellowship experience in Toronto took up his present post working with the team in the One Small Step Gait Laboratory at the Evelina Children’s Hospital in Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, in 1998. His research interests include the causes and treatment of deformity in children with cerebral palsy.
Han Houdijk obtained his Bachelor degree in Physiotherapy and his Master degree in Human Movement Sciences. After receiving his PhD on a study into the biomechanics and energetics of speedskating (a very relevant topic for the Dutch), he went back to clinical research as he accepted an associate professor position in Human Movement Sciences at VU University Amsterdam and was part-time appointed to set-up and direct the clinical gait and exercise laboratory in rehabilitation center Heliomare, Wijk aan Zee. His research and teaching focuses is on biophysical aspects of gait combining biomechanical, physiological and motor control principles to understand walking ability after different pathologies, among which lower limb amputation, CP and stroke.
Born in the former East Germany, he achieved three engineering degrees and worked initially at the institute of experimental physics until the peaceful revolution in 1989. At this time he switched to politics participating in the process of the German reunification. His engineering roots called him back, but it still took him several more years before he was introduced to the life sciences, when a six month exchange programme brought him to a centre for children with special needs in Australia. At this stage his interest in bridging engineering and medicine was born. Consequently, he started a Ph.D. in Bioengineering. With the beginning of the new millennium he moved to Barcelona, where he now lives with his wife and their two children. He started at the first clinical motion laboratory in Spain and participated in the organisation of the ESMAC congress in Barcelona in 2005. He works as Freelance Biomechanist and Clinical Scientist with specialisation in motion analysis for clinical, sports and legal applications.
Neil Postans is a Bioengineer who works in the gait laboratory at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic and District Hospital in Oswestry, UK. Prior to this he studied for his PhD at the Bioengineering Unit at the University of Strathclyde. In his current post he works in a gait laboratory that assesses and treats patients with a wide variety of movement disorders. He has a particular interest in functional electrical stimulation (FES), and runs a clinical service that provides FES as an intervention to assist gait in patients with conditions including stroke and multiple sclerosis.
Andrew Roberts is a children's orthopaedic surgeon who acts as the medical director of Oswestry's gait laboratory. Only by getting involved with the process of gait analysis can a clinician get the best out of this technology so he spends a good deal of his time examining patients and interpreting the data.
Julie Stebbins completed her undergraduate degree in Brisbane, Australia, before moving to Oxford in 2002 to undertake a Ph.D. This focused on assessing foot deformity and motion in children with Cerebral Palsy. She is now employed as a clinical scientist and manages the Oxford Gait Laboratory, which has a busy clinical service and research program. She continues to have a particular interest in foot and ankle biomechanics and modelling and is Deputy Editor-in-Chief for the journal Gait and Posture.
With a PhD degree in physics, Sebastian Wolf spent several years in fundamental research in molecular physics before he moved to the field of motion analysis in 2001. As leader of the gait analysis lab of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Heidelberg he supervises a research group which is involved in clinical applications of gait analysis including neurologic disorders as well as prosthetics and orthotics. A focus is set on modelling shoulder and foot motion.