Keynote Speakers

Meet the Keynote Speakers

Terence Sanger

Terence Sanger

MD PhD

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Biokinesiology, and Child Neurology
University of Southern California

Topic: Risk, Reflexes, and the Kinematics of Self-Preservation

Dr. Sanger is an Electrical Engineer, Computational Neuroscientist, and Child Neurologist specializing in research and treatment of movement disorders in children. His NIH-funded research includes work on understanding motor learning in children, the use of kinematic measurements to design assistive communication interfaces, and multiscale modeling of large-scale neural systems for control, with particular application to understanding the development of spasticity and dystonia.  Techniques in his laboratory include repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), transcranial direct-current stimulation (TDCS), mathematical modeling, and the use of field-programmable gate arrays (FPGA) to perform high-speed simulations of neural development. He is the director of the Child Movement Disorders Clinic at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.  His laboratory at USC has made important recent discoveries on the role of long-latency stretch reflexes in the genesis of childhood secondary dystonia. Dr. Sanger received the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, the MD from Harvard Medical School, and an SM in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University. He studied Pediatrics at Los Angeles County Medical Center, Child Neurology at Boston Children’s Hospital, and Movement Disorders at Toronto Western Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children.

Dr. Claire Lundy

Dr. Claire Lundy

Paediatric Consultant in Neurology/Neurorehabilitation

Topic: Holistic management in complex motor disorders patients

Claire trained in children’s neurology, neuro disability and rehabilitation at Guys and St Thomas’ and King’s in London. This was followed by a consultant post split between Evelina Children’s and King’s. During this time she developed expertise in the assessment and management of children with movement disorders and acquired brain injury. My research interests are pain management in cerebral palsy, visual impairment in children with complex neurological disability and treatments for movement disorders including botulinum toxin, intrathecal baclofen and deep brain stimulation.
Claire’s current post in Belfast as regional consultant for neuro disability has involved service development work and has lead to the development of a new neurodisability multidisciplinary team.

Dr. Vittorio Belmonti

Dr. Vittorio Belmonti

Child Neurologist, Università di Pisa & IRCCS Fondazione

Topic: Locomotor Control and Navigation in Typical Development and in Children with Brain Lesions

Dr. Vittorio Belmonti, MD, PhD, works as a developmental neuropsychiatrist at Fondazione Stella Maris, Italy, since Oct. 2014 and is now director of a residential rehabilitation unit for children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders. He is Ph.D. laureate of La Fondation Motrice (Paris). From 2012 to 2014 he conducted a post-doc research project under the supervision of Prof. Giovanni Cioni and Prof. Alain Berthoz of the Collège de France. In his research career, he developed novel paradigms for the assessment of the perceptual and cognitive processes underlying locomotor control in children and adults, both with a typical development and with cerebral palsy. In particular, he studied the formation of visually-guided locomotor trajectories, visual-spatial memory and navigation. Dr. Belmonti is also official tutor of the General Movement Trust (Graz) and collaborated with Prof. Heinz Prechtl. His long-dating research interests are: infant neurodevelopment, early brain lesions, cerebral palsy, visual-spatial disorders, executive functions, and navigation through typical and atypical development.

Mr. Michael McMullan

Mr. Michael McMullan

Orthopaedic Consultant Surgeon

Topic: Complex Orthopaedics – External Fixators in Foot Surgery

Michael McMullan graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 1995.  He trained in Trauma and Orthopaedics in the Northern Ireland Higher Surgical Training Programme for 6 years.  He spent 1 year in full time research, sponsored by the Royal College of Surgeons England, investigating infection in fracture healing.  He successfully completed the FRCS (Trauma & Orthopaedics) examination in 2005.

He had the opportunity to work from 2006 – 2007 in the Royal Children’s Hospital and the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Melbourne, Australia  with Professor Leo Donnan and Professor Kerr Graham.

Michael McMullan was appointed as Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon in the Royal Victoria Hospital and Musgrave Park Hospital  in 2007.  He is an Honorary Lecturer in Queen’s University Belfast in Trauma Surgery.

His main specialist interests include complex fractures and injuries, adult and paediatric deformities and all aspects of foot and ankle surgery.

Mr. Mark Gaston

Mr. Mark Gaston

MBBChir MA FRCS(Orth) PhD

Topic: Cerebral Palsy Integrated Pathway, Scotland (CPIPS).

 

Mark is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon based at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh. He provides the clinical input to the Anderson Gait Lab, Edinburgh and a substantial proportion of his clinical practice is aimed at optimising gait in patients with neuromuscular conditions. He publishes regularly in the area of gait and paediatric orthopaedics. Since 2013 he has been involved, with colleagues across Scotland, in establishing the Cerebral Palsy Integrated Pathway Scotland (CPIPS), a national surveillance programme aimed at optimising musculoskeletal management and monitoring for hip dislocation in all children and adolescents with CP in Scotland.

Mr. Aidan Cosgrove

Mr. Aidan Cosgrove

Paediatric Orthopaedic Consultant Surgeon

Topic: Managing Expectation in Paediatric Orthopaedics

Mr. Cosgrove trained in Belfast, Great Ormond Street, London and Minnesota, USA and has been a Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon since 1997. He works in the Royal Belfast Hospital For Sick Children, Musgrave Park Hospital and the Ulster Independent Clinic.

Mr. Cosgrove qualified from Queen’s University of Belfast Medical School in 1985 and undertook his training in orthopaedic surgery in Belfast. He spent time in research, developing the use of Botulinum toxin in Cerebral Palsy. For this work he was awarded his doctorate and also won the prestigious Richmond Prize of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine for the best research paper presented in 1994.

He is active in research and audit to ensure outcomes are as good as possible, in particular Developmental Dysplasia of Hip, Perthes disease and Slipped upper femoral epiphysis. In addition he is the clinical lead for the Gait analysis laboratory in Musgrave Park Hospital which deals extensively with the effects on function of conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida and other neuromuscular conditions.

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