John Henley

Lecture Title: TBC

John Henley earned his bachelor’s degree in physics at the California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, his masters in biomechanics from the University of Delaware and his PhD at the Center for Locomotion Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. Following his terminal degree, John taught biomechanics and exercise physiology at the University of Richmond and at the Arizona State University before turning to clinical and research gait analysis first at the Gait Analysis Laboratory at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond Virginia and finally at the A. I. duPont Hospital in Wilmington Delaware. John’s research has focused on development of multi-segment foot and upper extremity models, investigation of mid- to long- term surgical outcomes and quantification and analysis of community based activity of children with Cerebral Palsy. John’s interest in continuous quality improvement in clinical motion analysis has led him to become the Vice President on the Board of Directors of the Commission of Motion Laboratory Accreditation.



Ilse Jonkers

Lecture Title: 'Science beyond the experimental measurements’ - Where simulations of movement disorders meet clinical questions

From my PhD (2000) onwards, I successfully bridged from a classical human movement science and physical therapy profile towards an integrated biomedical science and biomedical engineering profile, exploiting maximally the use of 3D motion capture and multi-body simulation techniques to advance the understanding on pathological movement. The two-year postdoctoral stay at the bioengineering department at Stanford University (Prof Delp) was a pivotal experience in this process. To date, I am a professor and head of the Human Movement Biomechanics Research Group at KU Leuven.

My group is conducting internationally highly competitive research on the quantification of whole joint loading using multi-body simulation. Its work is known for the development of subject-specific musculoskeletal models containing a high level of anatomical detail, especially in the context of cerebral palsy. More recent research activities relate to the development of multi-scale modelling of bone and cartilage adaptation and advanced medical imaging of cartilage to understand degenerative joint diseases. In this context, I am to elucidate the role of mechanical loading in cartilage homeostasis and disease using multi-axial bioreactor experiments. I am passionate about this new, highly multi-disciplinary research line combining biomedical sciences (human movement science, musculoskeletal modelling, cartilage biology and imaging) and engineering sciences (multi-scale modelling).  


Sebastian Wolf

Lecture Title: Adult Disorders and their Influence on Gait

Sebastian Wolf received a PhD degree in physics at Free University in Berlin, Germany, and spent several years in fundamental research in physics at Max-Planck-Institute for Nuclear Science in Heidelberg. After a short period working in the industry he moved to the field of human movement analysis in 2001. For ten years he was Technical Director of the Gait Analysis Laboratory in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Heidelberg University. Since 2010 he is Director of the Division Human Movement Analysis and responsible both for the clinical gait analysis service as well as the clinical research in this field. In 2015 he became associate professor and three years later was given the title as extra-ordinary professor for Orthopedic Biomechanics at the Medical Faculty of Heidelberg University. With colleagues he founded the German speaking society for gait analysis GAMMA in 2005 and was leading this society until 2013. He was also president of the European Society for Movement Analysis in Adults and Children (ESMAC) in the years 2015 to 2019. Sebastian Wolf is active in clinical motion analysis with continuing scientific interest in advancing knowledge on neurologic and orthopedic gait disorders and mobility related medical healthcare, specifically in prosthetics and orthotics. He is teaching in gait courses of GAMMA since 2005 and is teacher at ESMAC gait courses since 2014. Next to his teaching activities in these societies he established a seminar on gait analysis for the medical faculty at Heidelberg University as a compulsory optional course in the medical curriculum since 2011.


Bernard Dan

Lecture Title: Neuroplasticity in Paediatric Gait Disorders

Bernard Dan is a paediatric neurologist and rehabilitation physician. He is currently the medical director of Inkendaal Rehabilitation Hospital, professor of neuroscience at the Université libre de Bruxelles, and invited professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Katholieke universiteit Leuven and the Université de Lorraine, and editor-in-chief of Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. His clinical and research interest include cerebral palsy, neurogenetic conditions and neurophysiology. He is a past president of the European Academy of Childhood Disability. He received a number of national and international awards, including the John Stobo Prichard Award and the Elsass Prize. He wrote over 300 journal articles and authored books on childhood disability, Angelman syndrome, co-edited a major reference book on cerebral palsy and one on ethics in childhood neurodisabilities. Aside from these activities, he acted as scientific curator for several art exhibitions, and write novels (one received an award from the Royal Academy for French language literature).