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

President

International Society of Proprioceptive Disorders (ISPROD)

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