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Brief report on the conference
OI in Motion – An inspiring conference
From 20-22nd November 2009 the “OI in Motion” conference on physiotherapy and rehabilitation in OI took place in Germany, north of Berlin in the town of Rheinsberg. The event was initiated and completely organized by OIFE. OI in Motion was preceded by the OIFE AGM which enabled many of the OIFE delegates to take part in the conference as well. Parallel at the same location was a family weekend of the Eastern branch of the German OI association “Deutsche Gesellschaft für Osteogenesis imperfecta Betroffene e.V.“ We stayed in a splendid accommodation that was very well adapted to the needs of disabled guests.
International character and well mixed participation
OI in Motion welcomed some 80 participants from 18 countries (Canada, China, Russia and various European nations): 49 rehabilitation experts like medical doctors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and psychologists as well as 31 representatives of 16 national OI associations.
During the three days various treatment concepts were presented by international specialists. Each bringing his or her own specific experience, covering a broad subject of physiotherapy and rehabilitation related topics. For instance several treatment concepts, spine surgery, special equipment, hydrotherapy, studies in adults, psychology and lever arm studies where presented. The presentations were accompanied by a poster exhibition; an abstract book of the presentations had been prepared in advance. Following each presentation ample time was scheduled for questions and discussion. Participants gave input from different angles which provided for an often lively discussion. Several workshops explained about exercise programs while manufacturers of rehabilitation equipment presented some of their materials suitable for people with OI. A festive part of the program together with the people taking part in the family weekend was scheduled on Saturday evening.
The organizers were very pleased to see that their efforts paid off. For many of the specialists OI in Motion was the first time they had the opportunity to meet so many of their colleagues in person. This resulted in international exchange of experience and discussion about the various treatment protocols. The interaction between the rehabilitation profess As hoped and asked for at the opening of the conference, several new and internationally composed workgroups for further research on some specific topics like “Rehabilitation in adults” and “OI-related heart complications” had been constituted by the end of the meeting. We hope this will lead to new results and insights. In this way OI in Motion gave a unique possibility for people to meet and to lay the foundation for future cooperation. In the weeks following OI in Motion enthusiastic feedback from many participants was received, praising the friendly, open and constructive atmosphere of the event. Participants stated that they had benefited personally as well as professionally.
These companies supported us and presented their products at the conference:
We thank the following organizations that helped to make this event possible:
As.It.OI. (Italy) and the OI-Stiftung Baden-Württemberg (Germany).