Awards

Promising Scientist Award

The Promising Scientist Award acknowledges those who have performed superior research in Posture and/or Gait early in their career. It entails a certificate as well as an amount of $1000 (USD) for travel expenses to attend the ISPGR World Congress.

The awardee is expected to give a 25 minute plenary presentation +5 minutes of questions at the ISPGR Congress. Priority will be given to young scientists with more established, independent careers with regular ISPGR status.

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Requirements:

To be eligible for the award, a candidate must (please declare the requirements in your submission):

  • be an ISPGR member in good standing
  • must have been awarded a PhD at the time of submission
  • be no more than six (6) years post PhD degree on January 1st 2019 (documented parental/sick leaves will be taken into consideration)
  • submit all required supporting documentation listed below before the submission deadline
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Supporting Documentation

Prior to the application submission deadline, each candidate must:

  • submit her/his/their full curriculum vitae
  • submit up to three 1st author papers (pdf format)
  • provide an interpretative summary (one 8” x 11” page limit) describing their research contribution to the field of Posture and Gait including a statement on the impact (clinical/translational/scientific) of their work and their level of independence
  • Documentation of dates and duration of leave(s), if applicable

Award submissions are open from October 1, 2018 – January 11, 2019.  Please submit required documentation via email to ispgr@ispgr.org

Past Winners

2017 Ft.Lauderdale: Sjoerd Bruijn, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

2015 Seville, Spain: Melvyn Roerdink, MOVE Research Institute, The Netherlands

2014 Vancouver, Canada: Ross Clark, Australian Catholic University, Australia

2013 Akita, Japan: Alain Frigon, Universite de Sherbooke, Canada

2012 Trondheim, Norway: Dan Marigold, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Emerging Scientist Award

The Emerging Scientist award acknowledges those who have performed superior research in Posture and/or Gait early in their career. It entails a certificate as well as an amount of $1000 (USD) for travel expenses to attend the ISPGR World Congress.

The awardee is expected to give a 15 minute plenary presentation +5 minutes of questions at the ISPGR Congress.

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Requirements:

To be eligible for the award, a candidate must (please declare the requirements in your submission):

  • be an ISPGR member in good standing
  • must have been awarded a PhD at the time of submission
  • be no more than three (3) years post PhD degree on January 1st 2019 (documented parental/sick leaves will be taken into consideration)
  • submit all required supporting documentation listed below before the submission deadline
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Supporting Documentation

Prior to the application submission deadline, each candidate must:

  • submit her/his/their full curriculum vitae
  • submit up to three 1st author papers (pdf format)
  • provide an interpretative summary (one 8” x 11” page limit) describing their research contribution to the field of Posture and Gait including a statement on the impact (clinical/translational/scientific) of their work
  • Documentation of dates and duration of leave(s), if applicable

Award submissions are open from October 1, 2018 – January 11, 2019.  Please submit required documentation via email to ispgr@ispgr.org

Past Winners

2017 Ft. Lauderdale: Patrick A Forbes, Erasmus Medical Centre

Best Talk and best poster awards

Best Poster Award for Postdoctoral Fellows

In addition to the Aftab Patla Innovation Award, awarded to student poster presenters, ISPGR also offers two best poster awards for Postdoctoral Fellows.  One award will be for basic science and one for clinical science.  Recipients will be chosen from a panel of researchers based on several criteria including:

  • creativity and originality of research
  • clarity of presentation
  • level of understanding

REQUIREMENTS:

To be eligible for the award, a candidate must:

  • be an ISPGR post-doc member in good standing
  • present a poster presentation to the award reviewers (may be anonymous)

Note: The Best Poster Award for post-docs is for poster presentations only.  If you apply for and are selected for an oral presentation, you are not eligible for the poster award but will be in contention for the Best Talk Award.  Winners will be announced onsite at the World Congress.

Past Winners

2017 Ft. Lauderdale

Basic Science

Hendrik Reimann, Temple University
“Phase-dependency of the balance response to Galvanic vestibular stimulation during walking”

Clinical Science

Lisa Alcock, Newcastle University Institute for Ageing
“Effect of obstacle contrast on visual behaviour in Parkinson’s disease”

Honourable Mention:

Basic Science

Douglas Martini, Oregon Health and Science University
“The interaction of cholinergic activity, gait, balance, and attention in mild cognitive impairment”

Best talk by a trainee award

One best talk award will be awarded to a student/post doc member of ISPGR who presents an oral presentation at the World Congress.  Recipients will be chosen from a panel of researchers based on several criteria including:

  • creativity and originality of research
  • clarity of presentation
  • level of understanding

REQUIREMENTS:

To be eligible for the award, a candidate must:

  • be an ISPGR student/post doc member in good standing
  • present an oral presentation at the World Congress to the award reviewers

Note: The Best Talk Award by a Trainee is for ISPGR student or post doctoral member oral presentations only.  The winner will be announced onsite at the World Congress.

Past Winners

Robyn Mildren, University of British Columbia
“Learning to balance on a slackline: Kinematic and spinal reflex adaptations”

Aftab Patla Innovation Award

Supported in part by Northern Digital, Inc and ISPGR. The ISPGR Awards Committee will offer two student poster presentation awards in honour of Dr. Aftab Patla. One award will be for basic science and one for clinical science. Recipients will be chosen from a panel of researchers based on several criteria including:

  • creativity and originality of research
  • clarity of presentation
  • level of understanding
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Requirements

To be eligible for the award, a candidate must:

  • be an ISPGR student member in good standing
  • present a poster presentation to the award reviewers (may be anonymous)

Note: The Aftab Patla Innovation Award is for student poster submissions only. If you apply for and are selected for an oral presentation, you are not eligible for a poster award but will be in contention for the Best Talk Award.  Winners will be announced onsite at the World Congress.

Past Winners

2017 Ft. Lauderdale

Basic Science

Hikaru Yokoyama, The University of Tokyo
“Cortical processing underlying split-belt treadmill gait adaptation: an EEG study”

Clinical Science

Savitha Subramaniam, UIC
“Dance for Stroke: A virtual-reality dance based exercise to increase cardiovascular fitness and community ambulation in individuals with chronic stroke: A preliminary study”

Honourable Mentions:

Basic Science

Stuart Mackenzie, University of Birmingham
“Differential Effects of Vision Upon the Accuracy and Precision of Vestibular-Evoked Balance Responses”

Trina Mitchell, McGIll University
“Comparison of the neural correlates of complex walking in healthy young adults and middle-aged adults during real locomotion”

Clinical Science
Alberto Fung, University of Houston
“Smarter Balance System: Smartphone-based biofeedback technology for clinical and/or home-based balance rehabilitation”

2015 Seville, Spain

Aftab Patla Award Clinical Science

Winner: Niklas Lofgren – ‘Construct Validity of the Mini-BESTest in mild to moderate Parkinson’s Disease’

Honorable Mention: Julian Luppo – ‘Perceived Timing of Auditory and Inertial Cues During a Fall’

Honorable Mention: Jennifer Wong – ‘The impact of falls on functional recovery after discharge from in-patient stroke rehabilitation’

Aftab Patla Award Basic Science

Winner : Aurelie Fontan  – ‘Cerebral network subtending proprioceptive processing in children from 7 to 10 years’

Honorable Mention: Whitney Cole – ‘Bouts of Steps: The Organization of Infant Walking’

Honorable Mention: Eric Beck – ‘Gaze behaviour in freezers may relieve processing demands’

 

2014 Vancouver, Canada

Aftab Patla Award Clinical Science: Courtney Pollock, University of British Columbia, Canada for the poster ‘Anticipatory postural reactions and arousal state during external perturbations are altered in people with stroke’

Aftab Patla Award Basic Science: Zoe Miranda, Université de Montréal, Canada for the poster ‘Presynaptic control of balance in healthy subjects’

 

2013 Akita, Japan

Aftab Patla Award Clinical Science: Hideki Nakano, Kio University, Japan for the poster ‘Effect of a plantar perceptual learning task on walking stability in the elderly; a randomised control trial’

Aftab Patla Award Basic Science: Taku Kitamura, Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan for the poster ‘Phase modulation of corticospinal excitability for forearm muscle during voluntary leg stepping’

 

2012 Trondheim, Norway

Aftab Patla Award Clinical Science: Takashi Yoshida, University of Toronto, Canada for the poster ‘Cardiovascular response of individuals with spinal cord injury to dynamic functional electrical stimulation under orthostatic stress’

Aftab Patla Award Basic Science: Anahid Saradjian, Laboratory of Neurobiology and Cognition, France for the poster ‘Facilitation of somatosensory potentials depends on the balance constraints during motor preparation of a step: A microgravity and normogravity study’

 

2009 Bologna, Italy

Aftab Patla Award Clinical Science: Michael Schwenk, University of Heidelberg, Germany for the poster ‘Dual task performance can be improved in patients with dementia’

Aftab Patla Award Basic Science: Chantelle Murnaghan, University of British Columbia, Canada for the poster ‘Feedback during COM stabilization does not prevent exploratory COP behavior during upright stance’

Travel Stipends

ISPGR is pleased to announce travel stipends will be available for ISPGR trainee members (students and post-docs) who are presenting an oral or poster presentation at the ISPGR World Congress.  Further details about the amounts, application process and deadlines will be announced at the appropriate times.

Past Winners

2017 Ft. Lauderdale

Desiderio Cano Porras, Sheba Medical Center
“Gait adaptation to conflictive visual flow in virtual environments”

David Conradsson, McGill University
“Dynamic stability limits during walking turns in Parkinson’s disease”

Milou Coppens, Radboud University Medical Center
“The effects of transcranial direct current stimulation on gait initiation in people after stroke”

Moria Dagan, Tel Aviv University
“Potential of non-invasive brain stimulation to ameliorate freezing of gait in Parkinson’s disease: A deep     repetitive TMS randomized, double-blinded, cross-over pilot study”

Kimberly Lang, Emory University
“Antagonist muscle activity in postural responses to support-surface translations in    exercise-study-eligible     people with Parkinson’s disease and neurotypical older adults”