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. 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 an associate professor in Human Movement Sciences at VU University Amsterdam with a part-time appointed to set-up and direct the clinical gait and exercise laboratory in rehabilitation center Heliomare, Wijk aan Zee. Recently, he moved to the Academic Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), were he was appointed professor of clinical movement analysis. 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.
is specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Roessingh, Centre for Rehabilitation since 2002. Head postgraduate Trainer. Senior researcher at Roessingh Research and Development. Responsible for clinical gait analysis for children and adults since 2002. Clinical interest in neurorehabilitation in children and adults and prosthetics and orthotics. Organiser and teacher of the post academic course in gait analysis in adults. Research interest in the field of movement analysis, biomechanics and neurosciences.
Jon is a Principal Clinical Scientist at the One Small Step Gait Laboratory, Guy’s Hospital London UK. He trained at King’s College Hospital and Guy’s & St Thomas’ from 2008 to 2010 and completed his Ph.D. in musculoskeletal imaging in bilateral cerebral palsy in 2014 whilst working at the gait laboratory. He has run gait analysis clinics in the department since 2014 and lectures and supervises postgraduate students at King’s College London. Jon has been a member of the Clinical Movement Analysis Society (CMAS) UK Standards Committee since 2020.
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 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.
PATRICIA VAN DER WALLE
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.
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.