Tom Novacheck (USA)
Dr. Novacheck is a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in treating cerebral palsy and other complex orthopaedic conditions in children and adolescents with an emphasis on hip reconstruction.
Current major positions include:
- Director, James R Gage Center for Gait and Motion Analysis at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, MN, USA,
- Chief of Staff at Gillette Children’s,
- Associate Medical Director at Gillette Children’s,
- Adjunct Associate Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of Minnesota,
- Director, Commission on Motion Lab Accreditation (CMLA),
- Director at Large on the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM)
Dr. Novacheck completed his medical degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1985), his orthopaedic residency at Pennsylvania State University (1990), and his pediatric orthopaedic fellowship at Newington Children’s Hospital in Connecticut (1991). He has been in practice at Gillette Children’s since 1991.
Dr. Novacheck's research has been focused primarily on outcomes studies of management of gait disorders in individuals with cerebral palsy and development of motion analysis testing methods and reporting procedures. Educational activities for residents, fellows, and health care professionals are focused primarily on normal and pathological gait, particularly cerebral palsy. He has been a member of the teaching faculty of the annual international gait analysis course since 1991.
May Arna Risberg (Norway)
Research Center for Active Rehabilitation (NAR) and the cochair of the Osteoarthritis Research Group, Oslo University Hospital and Diakonhjemmet Hospital. She also holds a clinical appointment and research position at the Norwegian Sports Medicine Clinic (Nimi).
She has an extensive international collaboration and holds an Affiliated Assistant Professor position at the Department of Physical Therapy, College of Health Sciences, University of Delaware, USA. She has for the last 15 years a formal collaboration with the University of Delaware (Professor Lynn Snyder-Mackler) with a National Institutes of Health grant (NIH) on the “Delaware-Oslo ACL Cohort Study”, a formal collaborations with the University of Southern Denmark (Professor Ewa Roos) with the OMEX Study, and an international grant as PI with Professor Kay Crossley and Dr Joanne Kemp (Australia), the HIPARTI Study. Furthermore she has worked with the “Clinical rehabilitation trial group of the Task Force of the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI)” publishing OARSI guidelines, the latest 2015. Her main research area is active rehabilitation of knee injuries, knee and hip osteoarthritis. She has been the main supervisor of 10 PhD students, as well as 3 postdocs. She has published more than 100 original research articles, systematic reviews, and book chapters.
Andre Seyfarth (GERMANY)
University of Jena (FSU), Free University Berlin, University of Leiden (RUL), MIT, University of Zurich.
Biomechanics and Movement Science Dept.
Physics Diploma 1989-1995 (U Jena and FU Berlin, Germany)
Ph.D. 1995-2000 (U Jena, Germany)
Postdoc 2001-2003 (MIT, USA and U Zurich, Switzerland)
Director Lauflabor Locomotion Lab since 2003.
Full Professor for Sports Biomechanics since 2011 (TU Darmstadt, Germany)
- Seyfarth, A., Günther, M., Blickhan, R. (2001) Stable Operation of an Elastic Three-Segmented Leg. Biol. Cybernetics 84, 365-382.
- Seyfarth, A., Geyer, H., Günther, M. and Blickhan, R. (2002) A movement criterion for running. J. Biomech. 35, 649-655.
- Geyer H., Seyfarth, A., Blickhan, R. (2003) Positive force feedback in bouncing gaits? Proc R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 270: 2173-83.
- Rummel J, Iida F, Smith JA, Seyfarth A. (2008) Enlarging Regions of Stable Running with Segmented Legs, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), May 19-23, Pasadena, California, 367-372.
- Blickhan, R., Seyfarth, A., Geyer. H., Grimmer, S. Wagner, H., Günther, M. (2006) Intelligence by mechanics. Phil Trans. R. Soc. A. doi: 10.1098/rsta2006.1911.
Interactive, interdisciplinary teaching.
- I was involved in teaching biomechanics and sports science lectures and courses since 1995. This includes methods in measuring, analyzing and modeling human and animal movements.
- As part of the undergraduate training I installed student projects which aim at developing key scientific skills including literature search, literature study, presentation of state-of-the art research methods and results, development of own research questions and hypotheses, development of research plans and experimental protocols, performing experiments or simulation studies, analysis of the results, presentation and discussion of the outcomes using online presentation environments.
- Integrative approaches to understanding human and animal movement. My research combines three levels of exploration of human and animal movement: experimental, computer simulation and robot demonstration. As a new research field passive and active prostheses/orthoses are used to investigate human locomotion. The main focus is on deriving concepts for better analyzing and explaining the biological foundations of legged locomotion. Our research brings together scientists from largely different backgrounds including physicists, mathematicians, sport scientists, biologists, psychologists and engineers. Our group is member in national and international research networks on legged locomotion, neural control, autonomous humanoid robots and modular robotics. In total, more than 10M Euro were attracted as external founding over the last 7 years.