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Discussion on Possibilities for Therapeutic Intervention in Children and Adults with Motor Disorders

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DOI: 10.1155/np.2001.141
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NEURAL PLASTICITY VOLUME 8, NOS. 1-2, 2001 Discussion on Possibilities for Therapeutic Intervention in Children and Adults with Motor Disorders Mijna Hadders-Algra and Albert Gramsbergen2 1Department ofNeurology, 2Department ofMedical Physiology, University ofGroningen, Groningen, the Netherlands INTRODUCTION Albert Gramsbergen (Groningen, the Netherlands): The contributions to this special issue of Neural Plasticity were written by the invited speakers to a workshop on Therapeutical Interventions in Motor Disorders which was held in Groningen, The Netherlands, from June 7 to 9, 2000. The aim of this workshop was to bring together scientists investigating fundamental aspects of movement control, as well as scientists and clinicians who are involved in therapeutical aspects of normal and disturbed neurological functioning. General aspects of movement control were discussed, as well as the normal and abnormal development of motor behavior and compensational processes after brain lesions. In addition, sections were devoted to pathophysio- logical aspects and perspectives for treatment of cerebral palsy (CP), Parkinson’s disease, stroke and spinal cord lesions. Some challenges had to be met in this workshop. The hardest of these possibly was to bridge the knowledge which on the one hand stems from laboratories on movement sciences, from the neurophysiology of motor activities or the neuro-anatomy of descending pathways and on the other, the vast body of experience on the treatment of motor disorders obtained by clinicians and physiotherapists working in rehabilitation centers. Workshops as these often result in a collection of interesting contributions and at the best, the attendant or reader is able to select a few useful messages. Such workshops are only successful, however, when they lead to revisits or even changes in therapeutical strategies or when they initiate new experiments. That was our goal and as a further instrument to this, we scheduled at the end a general discussion t

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