Sep 13, 2018

Webinar: SimCP - A Simulation Platform to Predict Gait Performance Following Orthopedic Interventions in Children with Cerebral Palsy

SimCP uses individualized musculoskeletal models and muscle synergies to predict clinical intervention outcomes


A recording of the event is available for viewing.


Title: SimCP: A Simulation Platform to Predict Gait Performance Following Orthopedic Interventions in Children with Cerebral Palsy
Speakers: Ilse Jonkers and Friedl De Groote, Human Movement Biomechanics Research Group, KU Leuven, Belgium
Time: Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time


Children with cerebral palsy (CP) have complex musculoskeletal pathologies, which are commonly corrected using orthopedic surgeries. Three-dimensional gait analysis (3DGA) is used to inform the clinical decision-making in children with CP, but generally do not provide direct objective musculoskeletal information. The surgeon is therefore required to extrapolate the results from 3DGA to develop a surgical plan. To move towards a more data-informed decision-making process, we developed the SimCP simulation platform. The simulation platform uses individualized musculoskeletal models to calculate the ability of the patient to perform a typically developed gait pattern. Bony geometries and muscle paths are personalized based on medical images. The patient-specific lack of selective motor control is modeled based on muscle synergies. Different clinical interventions, e.g. derotation osteotomies or muscle-tendon transfers, can be simulated and their impact on the patient's gait pattern can be evaluated. This platform will enable surgeons to identify the most promising clinical intervention using neuro-musculoskeletal simulations solely based on pre-operative data.

Webinar Highlights

  • We will show how neuro-musculoskeletal simulations can be used to improve clinical-decision making in children with CP in the future
  • We will present a graphical user interface, which can be used to perform virtual surgeries on an OpenSim model

Learn More
join the SimCP symposium at the 8-9th of November 2018 in Leuven (Belgium)

Project-related Publication

Pitto et al. (2017) Clinical Case: Simulation-based evaluation of post-operative gait function to support clinical decision making in cerebral palsy. Gait & Posture 57, 102-103.

SimCP Consortium

Ilse Jonkers, Kaat Desloovere, Friedl De Groote, Hans Kainz, Mariska Wesseling, Sam Van Rossom, Lynn Bar-On, Lorenzo Pitto, Antoine Falisse, Hoa Hoang, Eirini Papageorgiou, Anja Van Campenhout, Guy Molenaers, Kristof Fabry, Nele Op Den Beeck, Ann Hallemans, Catherine Huenaerts