After graduating as a 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). 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. His main current research focus is virtual rehabilitation aiming to improve the selective movement control of children. He is also performing clinical gait analysis coupled with research for all patients in the UK with alkaptonuria, a rare genetic disease leading to early osteoarthritis. Gabor is now Professor of Clinical Biomechanics and since 2017, ESMAC’s Gait Course Organiser.
Marije Goudriaan is a postdoctoral researcher at the department of human movement sciences of the VU Amsterdam, and department of rehabilitation medicine at Amsterdam UMC (the Netherlands). She obtained her PhD at the KU Leuven (Belgium) in 2018 on the topic: the underlying causes of muscle weakness and their interaction with gait in children with cerebral palsy (CP) and children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. As a postdoctoral researcher, she studies the development of motor control of walking in infants and toddlers with a brain lesion.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.