Invitation Letter

Dear Colleague,

It’s my pleasure to introduce to you “The International Society of Proprioceptive Disorders,” which is an international platform that brings together different professionals working on proprioception and proprioceptive disorders.

I would like to give you a brief presentation of our society and our plans for 2021.

2020 has been a very difficult year for all of us. Our association ISPROD was scheduled to have its first international congress in 2020 but this became impossible with the outbreak of the pandemic. Consequently, we decided to share our knowledge and work online.

We are a multidisciplinary, multilingual, and multinational group. Our board includes respected experts from many countries: Doctors Orlando Alves da Silva from Portugal, Jaafar Daoudi from Morocco, Manuel Garcia from Spain, Alfredo Marino from Italy and Patrick Quercia from France.

ISPROD aims to bring together many different specialists who work on the different aspects of proprioceptive or sensorimotor challenges from posture problems to dyslexia.

In today's medicine, it is difficult to deal with the functional part of disorders. When there is a lesion, such as a bone fracture seen on an X-ray or for my specialty, a cataract with an opaque crystalline lens, a well-trained surgeon solves the problem with an operation and puts an end to the patient's suffering. But dealing with dysfunction is much more complicated because there are many aspects. Many specialists who examine the patient see the problem only from the point of view of their own competence. But these multifaceted dysfunctions require the collaboration of many different disciplines.

In ISPROD, we aim to create a platform for all those who work with proprioceptive disorders, so that they can bring their own point of view, ideas, experiences and knowledge.

We want to think together, to work together and to share the knowledge for the use of all. I personally think that this can be a great step to broaden the knowledge that we have.

It is also important to have a holistic approach to proprioceptive disorders. As there is a close link between cognitive development and motor control, new approaches are being developed. These approaches allow us to better understand certain disorders and dysfunctions. All these new approaches aim to make a synthesis based on different theories that try to explain these disorders.

To this end, as ISPROD's board, we decided to carry out a series of videoconferences online to better define the areas of work of our society. It is also important to use the same terminology, especially when working with many different specialties, in order to avoid misunderstandings.

These conferences will begin with a lecture by Dr. Orlando Alves da Silva, on "Discovery of Dysproprioception Syndrome (DPS) and the Proprioceptive Hypothesis". This lecture aims to pay tribute to Dr. Martins da Cunha, the pioneer in this field.

Dr. Alves da Silva’s lecture will be followed by Regine Roll's lectures on "Proprioception, our first sense", which will focus on the physiological bases and recent works on proprioception, as well as cognition and perception. Then, Dr.Patrick Quercia will lecture about the proprioception: a clinician’s view. Professor Alain Berthoz will talk about "brain, movement and spaces" and Daniela Balslev about "ocular proprioception and attention", and there will be many others.

These conferences will be published in the "academy" section of our website.

We are looking forward to seeing you among us, to cooperate, to increase our common knowledge. You can register here for the conferences.

Dr.Murat Erbezci
International Society of Proprioceptive Disorders (ISPROD)

Organization and Scientific Committee

Organization Committee

  • Murat Aşkar (Honorary President. President of the Izmir University of Economics)
  • Y.Hakan Abacıoğlu(Dean, Izmir University of Economics, Medical Faculty)
  • Murat Erbezci(President of ISPROD)
  • Şermin Tükel Akay
  • Deniz Ceylan
  • Burak Erdeniz
  • Manuel Garcia
  • Ezgi Oral
  • Patrick Quercia
  • M. İlgi Şemin

Scientific Committee

  • Şermin Tükel Akay (Izmir University of Economics, Faculty of Health Sciences)
  • Canan Başar (Izmir University of Economics. Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Psychology)
  • Deniz Ceylan (Izmir University of Economics, Medical Faculty)
  • Derya Durusu Emek (Dokuz Eylül University, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience)
  • Murat Erbezci (Ophthalmologist, President of ISPROD)
  • Burak Erdeniz (Izmir University of Economics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Psychology)
  • Gönül Peker (Aegean University. Physiology-Neuroscience)
  • Patrick Quercia (Ophthalmologist, University of Burgundy-France)
  • M. İlgi Şemin (Izmir University of Economics, Medical Faculty)


First Congress of the International Society of Proprioceptive Disorders: From Educational Neuroscience to Specific Learning Disabilities May 8-9, 2020

May 8, 2020, Friday

9.00: Opening ceremony

9.20: Welcome and Introduction

Murat Erbezci, President of ISPROD. Izmir, Turkey

9.30: Neuroscience and Education.

Gönül Peker, Aegean University. Izmir, Turkey

10.30: Multiple Intelligences and Multiple Learning Styles.

Joel Chevrier, Interdisciplinary Research Center. Paris, France

11.30 – 12.00: Coffee Break

12.00:Multisensoriality and Learning.

Celine Cappe, Brain and Cognition Research Center (CERCO) Toulouse, France

13.00- 14.20: Lunch

14.30: Effects of Multisensory Integration on Bodily Self-Consciousness.

Burak Erdeniz and Ege Tekgün, Izmir University of Economics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Psychology Department. Izmir, Turkey

15:30: Procedural Learning Deficit - A Common Problem for Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

Sermin Tukel, Izmir University of Economics, Faculty of Health Sciences. Izmir, Turkey

16.30 – 17.00: Coffee Break

17.00: Different Theories of Dyslexia.

Hande Kesikçi, Aegean University Medical Faculty, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic. Izmir. Turkey

18.00: Discussion

18.45: End of the 1st day

May 9, 2020, Saturday

9.00: Dyslexia from a Linguistic Perspective.

Burcu Ilkay Karaman, Dokuz Eylül University. Izmir, Turkey

10:00: Ocular Proprioception and Attention.

Daniela Balslev, School of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of St.Andrews. Fife, Scotland, UK

11.00 – 11.30: Coffee Break

11.30: Proprioception, Posture and Dyslexia.

Patrick Quercia, INSERM Unit 1093, Cognition, Action, and Sensorimotor Plasticity University of Burgundy. Dijon, France

12.30: Discussion.

13.00: Wrap-up and Closing

Murat Erbezci, President of ISPROD. Izmir, Turkey


  • €120 for participation in the Congress and
  • €70 per person for Gala Dinner (on May 8 Friday)

  • Registration & Payment

    Abstract Submission for Posters

    • The deadline for poster submissions is March 15, 2020.
    • The length of the poster should not exceed 500 words.
    • The dimensions should be 70 cm. in length and 110 cm. in height.

    • The subject of the poster can be one of the below:
    • Proprioception, posture, specific learning disorders, and educational neuroscience.
    • A prize will be given for 3 best posters by The French Association for Dyslexia, Dysproprioception and Dysperception (AF3Dys). 1st prize 400 €, 2nd prize 300€ and 3rd prize 100€.
    • Another prize will be given by the French Association of Patients Suffering from Proprioceptive Dysfunction. (SensoriDys) for the best poster in the area of proprioception.

    • Your abstract should contain the following information: title, keywords (max. 6), correspondent author, e-mail of the correspondent author, authors, affiliations of the author(s) and the abstract.

    • Please e-mail the abstract as a PDF file to the, cc’ing Then you should receive a confirmation e-mail within 48 h. If you do not receive a confirmation please re-send the Abstract stating that.

    • Send your Abstact via e-mail