About the event
The International Symposium on Arthrogryposis provides a platform for learning and exchanging on the clinical management and research in Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (AMC) in the areas of genetics, orthopedics, and rehabilitation. Multisite collaborations are key to advance research initiatives and standardize practice across centers.
The 1st International Symposium on Arthrogryposis was held in 2007 in Birmingham, UK, to bring together a multinational group of experts in the field of arthrogryposis, patients and their families to discuss various aspects of care for individuals with AMC. These "lessons learnt" set the tone for the 2nd Symposium held in Saint Petersburg, Russia in 2014. Clinical and research advances have recently been made in the field of AMC and were shared at the 3rd symposium in Philadelphia, in 2018.
Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada is happy to host the 4th International Symposium on Arthrogryposis in Montreal, Québec, Canada, from September 29th to October 1st (Pre-Congress Workshops on the 28th), in collaboration with other Montreal pediatric centres (CHU Sainte-Justine including Marie Enfant Rehabilitation Centre and Montreal Children's Hospital). The event will be held at the Omni Mont-Royal Hotel.
The scientific program will follow. Sessions will be conducted in English, with simultaneous French translation available.
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The organizing committee is happy to welcome you to our new event website! Here you will find more information about the objectives of the event, the speakers and the schedule.
You will also be able to explore the content and see the list of our keynote speakers below. You can also register, pay the registration costs, reserve your accommodations, and submit an abstract directly through this website.
The platform will help organize virtual interactive poster sessions. The event objectives are:
- Allow participants to present their research to their peers.
- Stimulate insightful discussions and feedback.
- Increase networking opportunities and collaborations.
- Meet top researchers in the fields.
- Broaden your understanding of other research fields.
Distinguished Keynote Speaker and Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. Judith G. Hall
Judith Hall moved to the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 1981 as a professor of medical genetics and was appointed head of pediatrics at UBC and BC Children's Hospital in 1990. Dr. Hall specialized in the genetic factors that affect lack of children’s growth, including the mechanism of neural tube defects, the genetics of short stature and the genetics of connective tissue disorders such as arthrogryposis, dwarfism, and monozygotic twins. She helped to clarify medical understanding of how folic acid helps reduce birth defects, and identified a new cause of dwarfism. She has also worked with physicians to develop guidelines for care of common disorders, and with lay groups to explain genetic disease that helped parents choose among the available care options.
We are delighted to showcase international experts in AMC share their knowledge at the 4th International Symposium on Arthrogryposis. More speakers to follow!
Dr. Klaus Dieterich
CHU Grenoble Alpes et Université Grenoble Alpes, France
Klaus Dieterich, MD, PhD is an associated Professor of Medical Genetics at the University and Hospital of Grenoble Alpes in France. Dr. Dieterich leads a national pediatric and adult clinic for AMC at Grenoble Hospital Center in France. His research interests include the identification and characterization of molecular, clinical, functional and imaging diagnosis of entities with AMC and fetal akinesia. He has coordinated the French guidelines for diagnosis and care for AMC released in 2021, initiated a patient education program with his group and published over 20 research articles in the field of AMC.
Dr. Lisa V. Wagner
Shriners Children Greenville, United States
Dr. Lisa V Wagner DHS, OTR/L received her OT degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and her doctorate from the University of Indianapolis. Working for Shriners Hospitals for Children for the past 33 years has allowed Lisa to participate in various research projects resulting in peer-review articles, book chapter and the ability to speak nationally and internationally. She has co-developed three distinct outcome measures including the UBET, SHUEE and SCUES. She is a clinical instructor for the Assisting Hand Assessment. Passionate about children with AMC, she is currently collaborating on an outcome assessment for better understanding of the upper extremities in AMC and the development of rehabilitation guidelines for AMC.
Dr. Bartek Kowalczyk
University Children’s Hospital, Krakow, Poland
Dr. Bartlomiej Kowalczyk is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon trained at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, and obtained a PhD in 2002. He has trained at the Children's Hospital of San Diego, in Philadelphia, in Stanmore and Birmingham in the United Kingdom. He has over 31 publications, and has developed a specialty in the complex surgical treatments for children with arthrogryposis. In 2014, Bart developed a specialty center for children with arthrogryposis in University Children’s Hospital of Krakow, Poland. Up to date, more than 300 children with arthrogryposis underwent complex treatments at the Center, and over 80 patients (mostly children, occasionally adults) are treated every year with multilevel surgical corrections and reconstructions for foot, knee, hip, upper limb and spine deformities. The team incldues physiotherapy and orthopedic consultations, surgery, therapy, followed by full orthotic services including design and production of individual braces.
Dr. Eva Pontén
Karolinska Institute, Sweden
Dr. Ponten is a hand surgeon and a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon working at the Department of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at the Karolinska University Hospital. Clinically, her main interests are cerebral palsy, arthrogryposis (AMC), limb deficiencies, spina bifida (MMC), developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) and trauma. Her PhD from 2004 investigated tendon transfer mechanics and properties of spastic muscle.
Professor J.I.P. de Vries
Amsterdam University Medical Center, The Netherlands
Emeritus Professor Hanneke, J.I.P. de Vries, gynaecologist-perinatologist is coordinator of the Amsterdam UMC (University Medical Center) for FADS (fetal akinesia deformation sequence) and AMC (arthrogryposis multiplex congenita) since its national approval in 2015. The strong multidisciplinary team leads parents of children with increased risk through pregnancy and the transitions thereafter throughout childhood. Since her Ph.D. on fetal motility in 1987 she strives for implementation of systemic fetal motor assessment as a part of the sonographic examination in fetuses at risk for FADS, AMC and other anomalies affecting motility before birth. With their team they published a care pathway on perinatal care to enhance prenatal detection of AMC; results of sonographic evaluations of fetuses at risk and outcome in two consecutive decades; research on educational aspects of motor assessments for sonographers with and without training in systematic motor assessment. The importance of collaboration with patient support groups will be illustrated by presenting two recent surveys. Various (practical) aspects will be elucidated during the pre-congress workshop and symposium.
Dr. Anna Binkiewicz-Glinska
Medical University of Gdansk, Poland
Anna Binkiewicz-Glinska received her PhD from Gdansk Medical University (MUG) in October 2014. She has held the position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Rehabilitation Medicine at MUG. She has worked as a consultant physician in physical medicine and rehabilitation in several medical institutions located in Poland, Belgium and France. Dr. Binkiewicz-Glinska has published scientific articles in leading journals and reviewed in the New England Journal of Medicine. She is a member of medical societies in Poland, the UK, Belgium, Luxembourg and France. She is also a member of the European Council of Physical Sciences and Rehabilitation Medicine (MRP).
Dr. Bonita Sawatzky
The University of British Columbia, Canada
Dr. Bonita Sawatzky, an Associate Professor of Orthopaedics, was one of the original principal investigators in 2008 of ICORD, a spinal cord research centre in Vancouver. She has worked in spinal cord injury research as a clinical biomechanist for 25 years studying primarily wheeled mobility in spinal cord injury. Dr. Bonita Sawatzky has also published the largest international outcome studies of adults with AMC and currently leads the an Adult AMC Registry which is in its 5th year of annual data collection. She has closed her biomechanics lab to become the Director of READI (Respect, Equity, AntiRacism, Diversity and Inclusion) for the Department of Orthopeadics at the University of British Columbia. Key initiatives so far have been on awareness and education with department grand rounds, resident and medical student training. She is a dedicated teacher in UBC’s Faculty of Medicine, working with medical students, residents and graduate students. She encourages the patient’s voice in her own research work, inviting patients to be collaborators, co-researchers and authors.
Welcome to Montreal!
The organizing committee is looking forward meeting you in the fall!
This event would not be possible without the financial support of:
If you wish to be a sponsor for this event, please contact us at MonAMCProgram@shrinenet.org.
Hôtel Omni Mont-Royal1050, Rue Sherbrooke Ouest Montréal, QC Canada, H3A 2R6
February 9, 2024 - 16:00 until April 8, 2024 - 23:00
If you have any questions, please contact MonAMCProgram@shrinenet.org .