Preliminary programme:
1. Keynote lectures by international experts
2. Focused Symposia with invited speakers
3. Free oral communication sessions
4. Best young scientist award
5. Industrial symposia at lunchtime
6. Ample space for free poster communications
7. Best poster award

13.00-15.00 | Pre Congress Course | Room 0.4
Management of pes equinovarus in stroke | Prof. Dr. A. Geurts & Dr. J. Buurke

13.00-15.00 | Pre Congress Course | Room 0.5
How to publish in scientific journals, specifically NeuroRehabilitation and Neural Repair | Prof. Dr. G. Kwakkel & Dr. E. van Wegen

15.00-15.30 | Lobby - Trajectum
Coffee break & Exhibiton

15.30-17.30 | Young Scientist Competition | Room 0.4
Chair: Dr. G. Verheyden
1. Quantification of somatosensory steady-state responses to continuous wrist manipulation in individuals with chronic hemiparetic stroke | Dr. Teodoro Solis-Escalante
2. Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) for improving capacity in activities and arm function after stroke: a network meta-analysis | Prof. B. Elsner
3. Effects of robot-assisted therapy for the upper limb after stroke: a systematic review and meta-analysis | Dr. J. Veerbeek 
4. Gait initation in people with corticospinal lesions: insights from StartReact | Drs. B. van Lith
5. Multimodal brain imaging for improving EEG source localization: Application to Chronic Stroke | Dr. Yuan Yang
6. Transcranial direct current stimulation for upper limb freezing in Parkinson's disease | Drs. S. Broeder
7. Inter-and intrahemisphheric functional connectivity associated with somatosensory impairments of the upper limb early after | Drs. N. De Bruyn
8. Mirror therapy in early post-stroke | Dr. P. Antoniotti


Pre Congress Courses 

1. Management of pes equinovarus in stroke 

Alexander Geurts & Jaap Buurke, the Netherlands

Pes equinovarus is one of the most frequent and disabling lower limb impairments due to supratentorial stroke, caused by damage to the contralateral corticospinal neurons controlling the muscles of the lower leg. The tendency of the foot to drop and invert at the ankle joint is primarily caused by weakness and loss of motor selectivity of the foot dorsiflexors and toe extensors, but other impairments may contribute such as spasticity and muscular contracture of the calf muscles, tibialis posterior, and/or toe flexors. In some cases, equinovarus deformity may coincide with ankle joint contracture and structural foot deformity (e.g. pes cavus). As a consequence, the management of pes equinovarus is complex and not straight forward. Across nations and institutions, a large variation in clinical practice exists, often based on differences in (team) expertise, (team) experience, available medical-technical possibilities (e.g. functional electrical stimulation, focal spasmolysis, ankle-foot surgery), resources and reimbursement.

During this interactive workshop, we will provide a profound insight into the underlying causes of pes equinovarus in patients with stroke, how these can be diagnosed, and how this knowledge can contribute to selecting the optimal treatment strategy, taking into account patient preferences and general health. The role of instrumented gait analysis will be discussed and individual examples of treatment results will be given. Overall, a practical, hierarchical approach to the management of pes equinovarus will be proposed with the aim to reduce variation in clinical practice and offer patients the best functional perspective, given their individual capacities and wishes.        

2. How to publish in scientific journals, specifically NeuroRehabilitation and Neural Repair (NNR

Gert Kwakkel & Erwin van Wegen, the Netherlands

Scientists strive to do high-quality research that will advance science and/or impact society. They investigate, in their view, unique hypotheses, perform rigorous experiments and studies that yield robust data using advanced research methodology. In writing of scientific reports the aim is to provide practical and theoretical insights, and share implications of the work with peers. Subsequently, manuscripts are submitted for publication to a peer-reviewed journal. Between 30 percent and 50 percent of articles submitted to journals are rejected before they even reach the peer-review stage. So it is imperative that scientist anticipate and comply with certain guidelines that increase the chance of publishing in high ranked journals in their field.

In this workshop, intended for young scientists, we discuss common pitfalls and aim to provide helpful suggestions and guidelines to prepare rigorous and impactful papers.

Academic writing is highly competitive, and it is crucial to understand possible reasons and caused behind a rejection. In addition, the peer-review process is an essential aspect of publication because it is close to impossible to capture and address all potentially relevant issues within a single manuscript.

Several forms of research articles exist, such as review papers, letters to editors, short communications, original research papers etc. This workshop focusses on preparing a full article (including a literature review), whether it is based on qualitative or quantitative methodology, from the perspective of the rehabilitation and medical sciences.

Specifically, issues are addressed that may impact on publication in NNR (published by Sage Publications Inc.), such as the added value of the manuscript to current understanding of the topic, as well as its scientific priority and rigor of the study. For these latter purposes, recommendations following STROBE, CONSORT and PRISMA are discussed. Finally, weaknesses and authors point-of-view on how to proceed with future research should be part of the manuscript.