ENPODHE 2019 Congress in Brussels

27th, 28th and 29th of March 2019

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Leonardo da Vinci embodied the spirit of the Renaissance era. By choosing his name for our College we have sought to emphasize the characteristics that best describe our values: curiosity, humanism, observation, experimentation, innovation, creativity, universality, talent, the quest for knowledge – and the subjects we offer those explored by da Vinci himself.



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“Teamwork makes the dream work.”


Wednesday March 27th

2 pm to 5 pm

Meeting of the ENPODHE executive partners (All teachers and executive board)

Avenue Mounier 84

1200 Bruxelles

By subway : 
Metro line 1

Station Alma or Crainhem

See the map

7 pm to 8 pm

All members and students are invited to celebrate the opening of the ENPODHE 2019 Congress.

Avenue Mounier 84
1200 Bruxelles

Thursday March 28th

8 am to 5.30 pm > ENPODHE 2019 Scientific Congress*

Organizing Committee:

  • Dr Kevin DESCHAMPS
  • Mr Antoine BRABANTS
  • Mr Gauthier DEBUGNE    

W:HALLL – Auditorium de Woluwe-Saint-Pierre

Avenue Charles Thielemans 93

1150 Bruxelles

  1. How to get there from Parnasse-ISEI?

Take Metro line 1 : get off at Roodebeek

Take Tram 8 direction LOUISE, get off at Parc des Sources

Take rue Pierre de Cocq (which becomes avenue Charles Thiemelmans), go straight for 7 min (550m), the W:Halll is on your right.

  1. How to get there from Brussels city centre ?

Take Metro line 1, get off at Montgomery

Take Tram 39 direction BAN-EIK, get off at the Chien Vert

Take Rue Don Bosco for 4 minutes, the W:Hall is in front of you.

8.00 am- 8.30 am      Registration & coffee 

8.30 am- 8.45 am      Welcome       

  • Chair of the ENPODHE 2019 Congress: Dr. Kevin Deschamps
  • Head of Parnasse-ISEI: Dr. Annick Jacobs
  • Head of the Podiatry Department ParnasseISEI: Mr. Gauthier Debugne
  • President ENPODHE: Dr. Alfred Gatt

Session 1: Musculoskeletal podiatry
Moderator: Dr. Kevin Deschamps        

8.45 am – 9.25 am       Keynote: Musculoskeletal podiatry • Dr. Emma Cowley (University of Plymouth)      

9.25 am – 9.40 am       Load management in musculoskeletal sciences • Dr. Bart Dingenen ( Hasselt University)   

9.40 am – 09.55 am       The custom-made foot orthosis using the Central Stabilizer Element: new concept of element • Prof. Gabriel Gijon (University of Malaga)  

09.55 am – 10.10 am       Influence of childhood obesity on spatio-temporal gait parameters • Prof. Jésus Montes-Alguacil (Universidad de Málaga)  

10.20 am – 10.50 am       Break and trade stands

Session 2: Posture-Balance-Muscle activity
Moderator: Mrs Anne-Cecile Carrafang (MSc)

10.50 am – 11.05 am       Impact of a thin plantar orthopaedic insert on posture and locomotion • Mrs. Carole Puil (PhD candidate) (Université de Rennes/IFPEK)   

11.05 am – 11.20 am      Inertial Measurement Unit measures in different balance challenging tasks • Mr. Antoine Brabants (MSc) (HELV Parnasse-ISEI)

11.20 am – 11.35 am      Quantitative Assessment of Barefoot and Shod Dynamic Postural Control during the Y Balance Test using IMUs • Mr. Mathias Delnoy (BSc) (HELV Parnasse-ISEI)

11.35 am – 11.50 am      The role of foot muscles in balance • Dr. Xianyi Zhang (Katholieke Univeristeit Leuven)

11.50 am – 12.05 pm      Calf muscle electro-stimulation in the Diabetic Foot with Peripheral Arterial Disease • Dr. Alfred Gatt (University of Malta)

12.15 am – 1.15 pm      Lunch and trade stands

Session 3: Reinventing podiatry
Moderator: Ms. Mathilde van den Berg (BSc)

1.15 pm – 1.30 pm       Invited Speaker: Reinventing the profession of podiatry • Prof. Dr. Chris Nester (Salford University)

1.30 pm – 1.45 pm     Why Feet matter? • Ms. Sue Skidmore (PhD candidate) (Salford University)

1.45 pm – 2.00 pm     Podiatrist Independent Prescribing: what does the future hold? • Pr. Cynthia Formosa (University of Malta)

2.00 pm – 2.15 pm     Are we grappling with change or steering the ship? An insight into Podiatry experiences • Mrs. Veronica Newton (PhD candidate) (Salford University)

2.30 pm – 2.45 pm     Clinical tests for the diagnosis of peripheral arterial disease- a source of uncertainty? • Pr. Cynthia Formosa (University of Malta)

2.45 pm – 3.00 pm    Case study of a patient with post-surgical plantar wound with circulatory complication • Mr. José Racines Ramos

3.15 pm – 3.45 pm     Break and trade stands

Session 4: Embracing arthritic degeneration of the hindfoot
Moderator: Mr. Antoine Brabants (MSc)

3.45 pm – 4.00 pm     Decision making and management of tibiotalar arthrosis • Dr. Bernard Devos-Bevernage (Foot & Ankle Institute, Brussels)

4.00 pm – 4.15 pm   Modelling the receptive and propulsive behaviour of the foot: did we overestimate the ankle joint?  • Dr. Kevin Deschamps (Parnasse-ISEI- Artevelde University College)

4.15 pm – 4.30 pm    Acquired foot joint kinetics in patients with tibiotalar arthrosis  • Mr. Maarten Eerdekens (PhD candidate) (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)

4.30 pm – 4.45 pm   Changes in gait biomechanics after total ankle replacement and ankle arthrodesis : a systematic review and meta-analysis • Mr. Paul-Andre Deleu (MSc) (Foot & Ankle Institute, Brussels)

5.00 pm        Closure by Chair of the Conference Dr. Kevin Deschamps & President of ENPODHE Dr. Alfred Gatt

5.30pm to 6.30pm

Followed by the 20th anniversary of the podiatry of the Department of Podiatry of Parnasse-ISEI at the W:Halll Auditorium de Woluwe Saint-Pierre.


Gala dinner for the executive partners (All teachers and Executive board)*

Restaurant “Chez Patrick”
rue des Chapeliers 6
1000 Bruxelles

Gala dinner for the students
Venue to be confirmed

Friday March 29th




Avenue Mounier 84

1200 Bruxelles


8.30 am to 12.30 pm




Series of workshops organized by the staff and students of the Parnasse-ISEI

12.30 pm to 13.30 pm

Closing and lunch for members and students


Message from the Scientific Committee of the ENPODHE 2019 Congress.

It is our pleasure to invite you to join us in the department of Podiatry of the School of Health Sciences Parnasse-ISEI. The Podiatry department celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2019 and we are delighted to share our teaching and clinical activities with the Enpodhe community.

The School of Health Sciences is located close to the headquarter of the European Commission. The strategic position of Brussels in Europe gives the city a unique mix of cultures. Moreover, Belgium has occupied a key role in the creation of the European Union and the same can be stated about the creation of Enpodhe. The congress aims at highlighting the research and collaborations amongst podiatry educational institutions. The congress also illustrates the ambition among clinically-oriented and academic-oriented podiatrists to strive for evidence-based practice.

It is our strong belief that Podiatry is facing a number of challenges which can only be tackled through international collaboration and discussion. In this perspective, Enpodhe can be considered as an ideal facilitator.

On behalf of the ENPODHE 2019 organising committee
(Dr Kevin Deschamps, Mr Antoine Brabants, Mr Gauthier Debugne).

Emma Cowley is a lecturer in podiatry at the University of Plymouth, co-founder of the largest special advisory group in the College of Podiatry, MSK:UK, and holds roles at the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance, College of Podiatry and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

Passionate about the impact of musculoskeletal podiatry, Emma has invested her career into specialising in this field, led an MSK team in the NHS in one of the first polyclinics in the country and now continues in independent practice.

Her research portfolio is in the effects of high heels on gait and posture and, more recently, the effects of prolonged running on the biomechanics and function of the foot and ankle. In her role as vice-dean of the Directorate of Podiatric Medicine (CoP) has, been tasked with developing a career framework and MSK competency spine for the profession in collaboration with Health Education England.


Professor Chris Nester is a UK podiatrist by first degree and leads foot and ankle research in the School of Health & Society (University of Salford, UK). Chris has published over 110 journals papers, had 17 PhD students complete their studies, and secured over £7 million to support his research. He has led projects with colleagues in the USA, China, Australia and across Europe.

His research focus continues to be how foot structure and function affect foot health and how treatments including footwear and orthotic insoles can be optimised. However, whilst clinical biomechanics remains a key strength of his research, he has an increasing interest in qualitative research methods and in public health, social science and digital research. This reflects his open minded approach to sourcing the right research strategy for each new research challenge.

Previous EU projects have focused on the design of footwear, foot orthoses and medical devices. Related sponsorship has come from the UK government via the Technology Strategy Board (now INNOVATE UK), NHS innovation funds and direct industry sponsorship. Chris has been involved in six “Knowledge Transfer Partnerships” to date and worked with local and global business in the foot health sector (e.g. Scholl and Clark’s). Working with industry and other stakeholders is a hallmark of his career. Chris is also involved in Salfordinsole, a University spin off company researching, designing and producing foot orthoses in the UK.

In 2016 Chris and Dr Stewart Morrison (University of Brighton) launched the GREAT FOUNDATIONS initiative, promoting a better understanding of children’s feet and foot health. This was supported by £1.5 million from the William M Scholl Endowment Trust.
In 2018 Chris will lead a “Priority Setting Partnership” with the James Lind Alliance, seeking to establish the top ten national foot health research priorities.​


See the map here

From Zaventem airport to Parnasse-ISEI: 

  • Take Bus 659 or 359 direction ZAVENTEM-ROODEBEEK, get off at Roodebeek Peron (22 min).
  • Take Metro line 1 direction STOCKEL, get off at Alma or Kraainem (5 minutes)

From Zaventem airport to city centre of Brussels: 

  • Take Bus 12 direction BRUSSELS CITY, get off at Schuman (30 min), then take the metro 1 or 2


  • Take the train (SNCB) from Zaventem airport to Gare Centrale (25 min)

From Charleroi airport: 

From Gare du Midi > City Centre > Parnasse-ISEI: 

  • Take Metro line 2 direction ELISABETH, get off at Arts-Lois

  • Take Metro line 1 direction STOCKEL, get off at Alma or Kraainem


Plan to go running: https://www.wanarun.net/petit-parcours-ucl-parcours-18502