ABOUT THE BOOK
How can the quality of life of those with cerebral palsy and associated gait impairment be improved? What needs to be done to ensure real progress in research? How can evidence for interventions be improved?
The Symposium brought together world-reknowned experts with a range of viewpoints to challenge each other and answer these questions, and prevent stagnation of outcomes. This publication unites these discussions to establish a framework to guide research efforts for the future and ensure meaningful progress. Authors consider how patient goals can be given more attention and ask how we can learn more details of the underlying neurological impairments.
Challenges long-held assumptions to explore the current state of research, testing, and treatment.
Topics are unified by common formats including bulleted key points and objectives, and specific research goals to make the results more rapidly accessible.
ABOUT THE EDITORS
Tom F. Novacheck, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon and Associate Medical Director, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, Director of Clinical Research, Center for Gait and Motion Analysis; Professor, Dept of Orthopedics, Univ of Minnesota
Dr. Novacheck is a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in treating cerebral palsy and other complex pediatric orthopaedic conditions. He has been at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, MN, USA since 1991 after completing his pediatric orthopaedic fellowship at Newington Children’s Hospital in Connecticut. At Gillette Children’s, he is an Associate Medical Director, Director of Clinical Research in the Center for Gait and Motion Analysis, and immediate past Chief of Staff. He is a Professor in the Department of Orthopedics at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Novacheck's research has focused primarily on outcomes studies of management of gait disorders in individuals with cerebral palsy and the improvement and development of motion analysis testing methods. Educational activities for residents, fellows, and health care professionals are focused primarily on normal walking and running gait, as well as pathological gait, particularly cerebral palsy. He has been a member of the teaching faculty of the annual international gait interpretation course since 1991. He is currently serving as the 1st Vice President of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine.
Michael H Schwartz, PhD, Director of Bioengineering Research, Center for Gait and Motion Analysis Professor, Dept of Orthopedics, Univ of Minnesota.
Dr. Schwartz is a research scientist who specializes in understanding human movement, its impairments, and treatments. He specializes in the gait of children with cerebral palsy. He has been at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, MN, USA since 1997 after completing a Ph.D. in Mechanics and an NIH post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota. At Gillette Children’s, he is Director of Bioengineering Research. He is a Professor in the Department of Orthopedics at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Schwartz has over 100 peer-reviewed publications and an h-index of 49.