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International Patellofemoral Pain Research Retreat / Clinical Symposium

The 4th International Patellofemoral Pain Research Retreat and the 2nd International Patellofemoral Pain Clinical Symposium took place in early September, with the Research Retreat (2nd – 4th Sept) being hosted by the University of Manchester and the Clinical Symposium (5th Sept) hosted by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston.

Patellofemoral pain (PFP) is the number one injury in runners and one of the most common orthopaedic conditions seen by clinicians. The research retreat at the University of Manchester was a gathering of scientists who meet every two years to present new research findings and review the science regarding patellofemoral pain. The clinical symposium at UCLan in Preston was the first to be held in the UK and was for clinicians who are treating patients with patellofemoral problems and for researchers who had the rare opportunity to learn in a single gathering from the world's leading experts in patellofemoral pain. 

The aims of the Clinical Symposium were to unravel patellofemoral pain and featured latest research and consensus statements, lively debates, and small group workshops with world leaders. It was designed to enhance clinical expertise by improving the understanding of the mechanisms causing symptoms and providing evidence based strategies for management. It provided clinicians with a unique opportunity to hear cutting-edge information from international experts who are actively involved in patellofemoral research.

The Research Retreat and the Clinical Symposium were jointly hosted by Dr. Michael Callaghan, Research Fellow, University of Manchester and Professor James Selfe, Professor of Physiotherapy, UCLan. 

Professor James Selfe said: "We were delighted to host the 2nd International Clinical Symposium which summarised where we are today and highlighted where we are headed over the next few years. These are interesting times for researchers and clinicians interested in Patellofemoral Pain as we continue to advance our knowledge and develop greater research evidence to support our clinical practice.

"These two events gave us all the opportunity to hear the latest work from leaders in the field and inspired us develop new collaborations to ensure future research remains at the cutting edge informing clinical practice."

The Clinical Symposium provided the rare opportunity to meet, talk with, and gain insights from the world's foremost PFP researchers, which helped attendees to gain the edge in dealing with this significant and difficult condition.

James Selfe and Michael Callaghan were joined by leading PFP experts including:

  • Jenny McConnell (Sydney, Australia)
  • Associate Professor Kay Crossley (Brisbane, Australia)
  • Professor Christopher Powers (LA, USA)

Symposium participants had the opportunity to attend workshops from the following key clinician researchers:

  • Jenny McConnell (Sydney, Australia)
  • Professor Christopher Powers (LA, USA)
  • Professor Jim Richards (Preston, UK)

Along with keynote presentations on innovations in the understanding of PFP, symposium participants also benefitted from:

  • Debates from world leaders in PFP research and management
  • Overview of the research retreat and summary of the newly developed PFP Consensus statements
  • Series of evidence based ‘myth busting’ presentations
  • Small group workshops with Jenny McConnell, Chris Powers, Jim Richards

In summary, Professor Selfe added: "The events were a tremendous success. Everyone worked really hard at the retreat to develop the consensus statements which will be published in BJSM early next year. The Clinical Symposium was unique in the UK with some of the world leaders sharing their expertise to help improve patient outcomes. Everyone engaged very well and we were pleased to see high level debate and questioning"

Dr Michael Rathleff, Alborg University Denmark speaking

Dr Michael Rathleff, Alborg University Denmark speaking

Jenny McConnell, a fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapy

Jenny McConnell, a fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapy