During the 5th International Posture Symposium was held a special workshop oriented on "Rehabilitation of Human Balance Impairment and maintaining independent mobility in elderly".

4th Posture symposium:
The 4th Posture symposium was organized in June 25th - 28th 2006 in Smolenice castle.

Scientific program
(POSTERS for all days)

Wednesday, September 3rd 2008

  Morning Arrival to Bratislava
   Refresh point:
Institute of Normal and Pathological Physiology,
Sienkiewiczova 1, Bratislava

  13:45 Meeting point in Bratislava, Fajnorovo nabrezie
  14:00 Transport by bus from Bratislava to Smolenice Castle
  15:45 Registration and Accommodation in Smolenice Castle
16:15 Scientific and Management Board meeting of EU project Sensaction-AAL
  17:45 Opening Address - Dr. O. Pechanova;, DrSc., Director of Institute
  17:55 Opening Keynote Lecture: Prof. Fay Horak - Portland, USA
How has Posture Control Research Informed Rehabilitation?
  18:40 End of Session
  19:00 Welcome Reception


Thursday, September 4th 2008

7:00 Breakfast

  WORKSHOP: Home-based monitoring and treatment of falls and balance-related impairments: the SensAction-AAL vision
   Chairs: L. Chiari, Italy, R. Van Lummel, The Netherlands

  8:00 L. Chiari - coordinator of EU FP6 project Sensaction-AAL, Italy
Mixing sensing and action to support balance and independent mobility in the elderly
   Tele Rehabilitation
  8:30 A. Zijlstra - The Netherlands
Biofeedback for training balance and mobility in older people: systematic review
  8:45 J. Hausdorff - Israel
The timed up and go test: more than meets the eye
  9:05 S. Nicolai - Germany
Measuring balance in quiet stance with a force plate and a body fixed sensor
  9:20 D. Abrahamova - Slovakia
The age-related changes of trunk responses to vibration of achilles tendons
  9:35 T. Herman - Israel, E. Farella - Italy, P. Valkovic - Slovakia
Practical demonstration of the output in Sensaction-AAL project with PD patient
   Tele Monitoring
  10:00 R. Van Lummel - The Netherlands
Validation of a new method to classify locomotion and postures (of physical activity?) in daily life with one sensor at the lower back
   Clinical trial
  10:20 B. Pijls - The Netherlands
Remote wireless management of performance based tests

  10:40 Coffee Break

  Session 1 Long-Term, Wearable Monitoring of Posture, Balance and Movement
Chair: K. Aminian, Switzerland

  11:00 K. Aminian - Switzerland
A wearable system for long-term monitoring and analysis of daily physical activity in health and disease
  11:30 L. Chiari - Italy
Long-term posturography by wearable accelerometers
  11:50 A. Fleury - France
Ambient multiperceptive systems and multi-sensors fusion techniques for the remote monitoring of older and/or disabled persons living at their home
  12:10 C J. C. Lamoth - The Netherlands
Quantifying the dynamical structure of postural sway using an ambulant accelerometer

  12:30 Lunch

  Session 2 Training Neurological Patient's Postural Control
Chair: J. Hausdorff, Israel

  14:00 J. Hausdorff - Israel
Training in patients with Parkinson's disease: Symptom relief or neural plasticity?
  14:30 A. Nardone - Italy
Bilateral alternating vibration of postural muscles induces body oscillations in standing parkinsonian patients
  14:50 M.W. Rogers - USA
Enhancement of step initiation with posture assisted locomotion (pal) training in parkinson's disease
  15:10 T. Herman - Israel
Six weeks intensive treadmill training improves gait and quality of life in patients with Parkinson's disease: a pilot study
  15:30 C. Maurer - Germany
A model-based comparison of stance control deficits in Huntington's disease vs. Parkinson's disease

  15:50 Coffee Break and POSTER discussion

  Session 3 Therapies Of Axial Motor Disability
Chair: F. Horak, USA

  16:30 F. Horak - USA
Introduction lecture - Constraints on postural control in patients with Parkinson's disease
  17:00 I. Rektorov√° - Czech Republic
Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) for treatment of gait disorders in Parkinson's disease
  17:20 P. Carlson-Kuhta - USA
Kinesthetic deficits may contribute to postural disorders in Parkinson's disease
  17:40 T. A. Boonstra - The Netherlands
The role of the pedunculopontine nucleus in human balance control
  18:00 C. Horlings - Switzerland
A weak balance: pathophysiology and management of falls in patients with muscle weakness

  18:30 Small Carpathian Wine Road - wine testing

  19:30 Barbecue outside + music

Friday, September 5th 2008

7:00 Breakfast

  Session 4 Control Mechanisms In Posture And Gait
Chair: Y. P. Ivanenko, Italy
  8:00 Y. P. Ivanenko - Italy
Modular architecture for the control of human posture and locomotion
  8:30 H. Van der Kooij - The Netherlands
Sensory re-weighting mechanisms predict observed changes in postural sway remnant
  8:50 O. Dick - Russia
Differences in the isometric force trajectory of healthy and parkinsonian subjects
  9:10 O. Chena - France
Effects of visual, audio and tongue tactile sensory substitution systems for the control of buttock pressures in seated posture
  9:30 M.A. Hollands - UK
Effects of gaze behaviour intervention on stepping accuracy in older adults during a visually guided walking task
  9:50 O. Dick - Russia
Differences in the isometric force trajectory of healthy and parkinsonian subjects

  10:10 Coffee Break and POSTER discussion

  Session 5 Attention And Anxiety In Postural Control
Chair: J. Frank, Canada

  10:40 J. Frank - Canada
Anxiety and attention as modulators of postural control.
  11:10 W.R. Young - UK
The relationship between anxiety, gaze behaviour and stepping accuracy in Older Adults During Adaptive Gait.
  11:30 H. Brozova - Czech Republic
Fear of falling has a higher influence than other gait disorders aspects on quality of life measures in patients with Parkinson’s disease
  11:50 W.H. Gage - Canada
Gait dynamics in patients with severe knee osteoarthritis
  12:10 B. Parakova - Czech Republic
Aspects of postural reactivity in transtibial amputees assessed by surface emg and dynamic posturography

  12:30 Lunch

  Session 6 Galvanic Vestibular Stimulation: New Approaches for the Study of Human Balance and Spatial Orientation.
Chair: B. Day, UK

  14:00 B. Day - UK
Uniting the left and right vestibular signals for human balance.
  14:30 J.S. Blouin - Canada
Probing human vestibulo-motor responses using stochastic vestibular stimulation
  14:50 O. Mian - UK
Direction of force responses to stochastic vestibular stimulation
  15:10 R. Raynolds – UK
Voluntary control of standing sway
  15:30 R. St. George - Australia
Perceptions and adaptation to prolonged vestibular stimulation
  15:50 L. Bunn – UK
Vestibular processing for balance control in cerebellar disease

  16:10 Coffee Break and POSTER discussion

  Session 7 Free Papers
Chair: P. Valkovic, Slovakia

  16:50 C. Haburcakova - USA
Vestibular influences on spatial orientation and postural control
  17:10 E. Zemková - Slovakia
The effect of task-oriented proprioceptive training on parameters of neuromuscular function
  17:30 V. Usachev - Russia
Estimation of dynamic stabilisation of vertical body position in diagnostics and effectiveness of treatment and rehabilitation
  17:50 P. Jombík - Slovakia
Vestibular-evoked myogenic potentials
  18:10 End of Scientific Program

  19:30 Farewell Dinner

Saturday, September 6th 2008

7:00 Breakfast

  8:30 Departure from Smolenice by bus

Social activities in Saturday morning:

  10:30 Guided visit of Bratislava Old Town

  12:00 End of social activities

  14:00 End of the 5th Posture Symposium


(poster dimensions: width, horizontal=100cm, height, vertical=130cm)
  P1. Akram S. - Canada
Coordination of reorientation of different body segments during on-the-spot turns and turns embedded in locomotion in healthy older adults
  P2. Capicikova N. - Slovakia
Stabilometric diagnostics of effectivenes of giddiness treatment by monotherapy betaserc
  P3. V. Dotsenko - Russia
Investigation effect of Betaserc upon the vestibular function and eye tracking function using computerized equipment
  P4. Herman T. - Israel
Coordination of reorientation of different body segments during on-the-spot turns and turns embedded in locomotion in healthy older adults
  P5. Hlavackova P. - Czech Republic
Assessment of postural stability in lower limb amputees within the framework of modified visual information
  P6. Kafkova H. - Czech Republic
Improvement of postural control in patients after stroke - connecting research and clinical practise
  P7. Künster D. - Germany
Stance control in 'pure' Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP)
  P8. Pechorin P. - Russia
The Dynamic Gait Index provides insight into stair climbing and fear of falling in healthy elderly men and women
  P9. Pinsault N. - France
Improving weight bearing asymmetry in unilateral lower limb amputees by use of an insole pressure sensor-based electro-tactile biofeedback system