2015 GCMAS Annual Conference

Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society
 2015 Meeting

The 2015 GCMAS Meeting will be held March 18-21, 2015 at the Marriott Downtown Waterfront in Portland, Oregon. Located right on the banks of the Willamette River, featuring spectacular views of Mount Hood. The Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront is within walking distance of top downtown attractions. The meeting will be hosted locally by the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Portland.

Join us in Portland to take part in an exciting scientific program featuring both podium and poster sessions. Browse the Exhibit Hall, which will feature products and services from exhibitors on Thursday and Friday. Attend keynote lectures, tutorials and workshops on a wide range of topics. Additionally, we will offer two tours on Saturday afternoon. One tour will be to the Columbia River Gorge and the second tour to Oregon Wine Country.

Make time for socializing and catching up with colleagues as well. The Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening will take place at the World Trade Center looking out at the river. Take time to enjoy the many eating establishments available. Portland is known as America’s new food Eden, a confluence of every fertile trend in contemporary gastronomy (Time.com, 2010). Local vitners and microbrewers produce ethereal wines from grapes from the Valleys hillsides and award-winning craft beers from local hops. Among Portland’s wide range of fun and inviting attractions you’ll find a lush rose garden with stunning city views, the nations largest weekly open-air arts and craft market (Saturday market) and the oldest museum in the Northwest.

Portland is home to an eclectic blend of tax-free shopping. While downtown is host to national retailers like Nordstroms and Apple and local flagship stores Nike and Columbia Sportswear, the Pearl district and Northwest offer local art, boutiques and Powell’s City of Books, which occupies an entire city block and stocks more than 1.5 million new and used volumes. Outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty of options in Portland and the surrounding area. The hills just west of downtown are home to Forest Park, a tree-filled, 5,156 acre expanse that contains 70 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. Bikes are available for rent at the Marriott hotel. Urban hikers can take advantage of the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade which features works of art, views of downtown and connects to the Springwater Corridor Trail, a 17 mile bicycling byway. While Portland is home to many annual events and festivals, the city’s Rose Garden will host the 2nd and 3rd rounds of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, see https://www.primesport.com/d/ncaa-mens-basketball-tournament-portland for details.

We look forward to seeing you in Portland!

Mission and Purpose

The mission of GCMAS is to improve functional outcomes and quality of life for individuals with any movement disorder at any age. We apply the latest technology and professional knowledge to measure, evaluate, and understand human movement, provide a forum for professional interaction and exchange of ideas, promote education, stimulate research, and disseminate current knowledge and best practices to enhance human movement and health.

1. To advance scientific knowledge, technical capabilities, and clinical practice in the field of human movement.
2. To provide a forum for professional interaction and collaboration among physicians, allied health professionals, engineers and scientists that will facilitate improved care for individuals with movement disorders.
3. To educate and encourage the career development of students interested in human movement research.

Target Audience

Attendees of GCMAS meetings are professionals from diverse disciplines who are actively involved in human movement analysis and research in clinics, academic labs, and other settings. Attendees include, but are not limited to: physicians (e.g., orthopedic surgeons, physiatrists, neurologists, and podiatrists), physical therapists, engineers, kinesiologists, and biomechanists. These experts are working together to share scientific knowledge, advance clinical practice, and guide technological developments with the purpose of improving function and quality of life for individuals with movement disorders.

CME Accreditation Statement

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CEU Approval

Continuing education approval per Oregon Physical and Occupational Therapy Licensing boards will be granted in accordance with state/national standards.

Tentative schedule

Planning Team

2015 Conference Co-Chairs
 Cathleen Buckon, MS, Susan Sienko, Ph.D.

2015 Conference Co-Chairs
 Jon Davids, M.D., Mark McMulkin, Ph.D.

2015 Shriners Support Team
 Margaret Gamon, Maria Grompe

GCMAS President
Bruce MacWilliams, Ph.D.

Important Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline:


Notification of Acceptance:


Student Travel Scholarship Application Deadline:


Student Roommate Finder Deadline:


Student Mentorship Application Deadline:


Early-Bird Registration Deadline:


Hotel Registration Deadline:


Note: the NCAA tournament is also in Portland this week, please make ensure you make your hotel reservations early in order to guarantee lodging at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront.