Facilitators - ESMAC

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Tamaya Van Criekinge earned her Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy with a specialization in adult neurology. Her PhD research focused on exploring the critical role of trunk control in the walking abilities of stroke survivors. Throughout her research, she conducted numerous clinical investigations within this population, and performed biomechanical analyses across various movement laboratories at the University of Antwerp, Liverpool, Illinois at Chicago, and KU Leuven Bruges. Presently, as a postdoctoral researcher, she remains dedicated to the fields of adult neurorehabilitation and geriatrics.


Gabor Barton

After graduating as medical doctor (summa cum laude) from the Medical University of Pécs in Hungary, Gabor moved into biomechanics research at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) in 1993. He then took up a position in the NHS to run the clinical gait analysis laboratory of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital (1996-2001) where he tested the movement of hundreds of children to inform corrective surgical interventions. After returning to LJMU, Gabor obtained his PhD in 2007 through developing artificial neural network based methods to aid clinical decision making in gait analysis of children with cerebral palsy. Gabor was promoted to professor of clinical biomechanics in 2015. His main current research focus is virtual rehabilitation aiming to improve the selective movement control of children and adults with smart games. Since 2013 he has been performing clinical gait analysis coupled with longitudinal research for all patients in the UK with alkaptonuria, a rare genetic disease leading to early osteoarthritis. Gabor continues to teach on the annual ESMAC Gait Course, having served on the ESMAC Board between 2017-2022 as the ESMAC Gait Course organiser.


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.


Lara is a specialist physiotherapist with 18 years experience working in and around the North West Movement Analysis Centre based at Alder Hey Childrens Hospital in Liverpool. Previously she worked as a community paediatric physiotherapist. Currently based in the Gait Laboratory, but also carrying a neuro-orthopaedic caseload, she works with children with Cerebral Palsy and other neuromuscular difficulties as well as being a Gait Laboratory auditor in the UK.



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.


Morgan Sangeux

Morgan Sangeux became a research & development engineer in the Gait laboratory at The Royal Children’s Hospital after completing his PhD in France. Since 2014, Morgan is also a senior research fellow at The Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and co-group leader of the orthopaedics and gait lab group. Morgan creates biomechanical models of the human body and develops new medical imaging technology. Morgan also developed an interest in statistical analysis and data mining, and currently leads a NHMRC project to create a computer-aided decision system for gait analysis in children with cerebral palsy.


After working for over 15 years at the clinical motion analysis laboratory of Leuven Patricia became the lab manager of the clinical gait laboratory of Antwerp in 2020. She combines the clinical work with a teaching position at the Univeristy of Antwerp in clinical gait analysis and physiotherapy in children. She completed her Ph.D. in gait efficiency in cerebral palsy. As lab manager she participates in several research projects with a main focus on gait in rare genetic childhood onset disorders.


Sebastian Wolf

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.

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