Welcome letters

Welcome from Congress Chairman

Dear friends and colleagues, we are really delighted to announce the XVII Congress of SIAMOC that will be held in Milano from 5 to 8 October 2016 and will be organised by Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation, at Centro Congressi Cariplo. It is an honor for us to chair this now traditional event in the scientific and clinical national context which attracts experts and professionals of human movement analysis, with the aim of foster the professional updating, the deepening of hot topics, and the presentation of recent results from methodological studies and clinical applications of this exciting field. This is also the right opportunity to share information and to start new collaborations among experts in the field, a fundamental aspect in an interdisciplinary and multiprofessional society like SIAMOC.
The conference will cover different topics related to human movement science: from the basic aspects of motor intention and awareness, to cortical and subcortical organisation of motor control; from the clinical application of instrumented movement analysis in orthopedics, neurology and rehabilitation, to the recent technological developments of wearable sensors, advanced rehabilitation systems and innovative 3D techniques for designing and manufacturing orthotics and prosthetics devices.
Keynote lectures on some of the above themes, held by national and international experts, will introduce and stimulate oral and poster sessions open to participants' contributions. Two precongress introductory courses will be held on (1) Gait Analysis and clinical decision making of patients affected by spasticity and (2) movement analysis with magneto-inertial wearable sensors. Both courses will have an applied focus and will be taught by teachers with strong clinical and/or technical expertise on relevant topics.
In addition to traditional SIAMOC awards to the best methodological and clinical papers and to the stage award for young researchers, this year the organising institution will offer also a prize to the best rehabilitative paper in memory of professor Silvano Boccardi, one of the founders of rehabilitation medicine in Italy - as well as cofounder and honorary president of SIAMOC - who pioneered the clinical application of instrumented movement analysis exactly at the Don Gnocchi Foundation in Milano.
The vibrant city of Milano will offer to conference participants its historical, cultural, gastronomic and architectural attractions, recently renewed. The location of the Congress Center - just a few minutes walk from Duomo, Teatro alla Scala and Castello Sforzesco - will make these pleasant activities easier.
But since the true soul of a conference are attendees, with their oral or poster presentations, questions and participation to the discussions, we strongly invite you to come and join the XVII SIAMOC Congress.
See you in Milano next October !

Maurizio Ferrarin
Chairman of XVII Congress of SIAMOC

Laboratory of Movement Bioengineering
IRCCS Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation, Milano

Stefano Cavazza
SIAMOC President

Opertive Unit Rehabilitation Medicine
Nuovo Ospedale Civile S. Agostino Estense, Modena

Key dates

February 2016: call for abstracts
30 May 2016: deadline for abstract submission
30 June 2016: notification of acceptance
31 July 2016: early registration deadline

5 - 8 October 2016: Congress

Organising Secretariat

Jessica Matera
IRCCS Santa Maria Nascente
Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi
Via Capecelatro, 66 20148 Milano
Tel: 02-40308305
Fax: 02-4048919

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