Start date
25 May, 2019
End date
26 May, 2019
Date note
This 2-day course runs from 8:30am - 4:30pm on Saturday and Sunday

Course Description:

Balance problems are the most common reason for falls and decreased quality of life. However, balance control is based on many underlying complex systems that can be affected by disease and injury. It is important to evaluate the specific systems affected in each patient with a balance problem in order to develop effective treatments. However, current balance evaluation tests do not differentiate different types of balance problems. The purpose of this workshop is to develop skills in using a systems balance evaluation to differentiate complex balance disorders in neurological patients.

Dr. Horak has developed a Balance Evaluation Systems Test (BESTest) and a short version (the MiniBESTest) for clinicians to differentiate balance into systems that constrain balance: Biomechanical, Stability Limits, Postural Responses, Anticipatory Postural Adjustments, Sensory Orientation, and Dynamic Balance during Gait and Cognitive Effects. This unique evaluation tool is appropriate for any age of mild or severe fall risk including Parkinson’s Disease, Cerebellar Ataxia, Vestibular Disorders, Neuropathy, Head Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, Cerebral Palsy, Cognitive Deficits, multisensory deficits and others. The BESTest and the miniBESTest are sensitive, validated balance assessment tools that will improve third party reimbursement by identifying subtle deficits and changes with therapy.


1. Participants will better understand how the brain controls balance and gait and what goes wrong with control of balance and gait in neurological patients.
2. Participants will learn how to use this BESTest and MiniBESTest evaluation to design more specific, effective rehabilitation treatments for balance retraining. This systems approach is useful for patients with very mild balance deficits as well as patients with very complex balance deficits.
3. Participants will be exposed to the future of balance and gait assessment for physical therapists, an instrumented Mobility Lab system that quantifies mobility using wireless sensors on the body (



Fay HorakDr. Fay B. Horak is a Professor of Neurology, Biomedical Engineering and Behavioral Neuroscience and Senior Research Fellow at APDM where her Mobility Lab system for measuring balance and gait with wireless, body-worn inertial sensors was commercialized. She is the director of the Balance Disorders Laboratory at Oregon Health and Science University and the Mobility Disability Laboratory at the Portland VA.

Dr. Horak is a physical therapist and neuroscientist who is internationally known for her research on the physiology of balance disorders in Parkinson’s disease and their rehabilitation. Dr. Horak received a BS degree in physical therapy from the U of Wisconsin, a MS in neurophysiology from the U of Minnesota and a PhD in neuroscience from the U of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Horak was the first physical therapists to receive a major research award from the NIH. She has received many national awards from the American Physical Therapy Association including: the Mary McMillian Research Award, Research award from the Neurology and Pediatric Sections, and Founder Award for the Neurology Special Interest Group.

In 2010, she was awarded the first Translational Neurology Research Award from the Neurology Section of the APTA for her work on the BESTest and instrumented balance and gait systems, ‘Mobility Clinic’ and ‘Mobility Lab.’ She received a prestigious MERIT award from the National Institutes of Health for over 30 years of continuous funding and over 250 peer-reviewed papers. She has several patents and copyrights related to balance assessment. She is also on the Advisory Committee for the National Center of Medical Rehabilitation Research of NIH and on the Biogen Technology Biomarker Advisory Board.

This course will be offered in-person at the Vancouver host site, and via interactive video-conferencing at satellite sites in Kelowna, Prince George, Trail, and Courtenay.

Why should I attend this course in Vancouver (Host Site)?

You can attend the Vancouver Host Site course to be in the same room as the presenter. The advantages to attending at the Host Site are that you will be with a larger group and in the same room as the presenters.


Satellite Sites

What is a Satellite Site?

A location to which course participants would go to for the day on May 25 & 26, 2019 to attend the course “Balance Disorders” instructed by Fay Horak. These course participants will interact in real-time with the course presenter through video-conferencing technology and will be able to see and hear all which goes on in the Host Site.

Why should I attend the course at a Satellite Site?

The advantages to the Satellite Sites are that the course cost is less and you get the same real-time course but in a venue which is closer to your home.

Satellite Site attendees can expect to be greeted by a host who will be on site for the duration of the 2-day course to answer any logistical questions. Attendees will interact in real-time with the two presenters located in Vancouver (Host Site) and will be able to ask questions of the presenters at any time. The attendees will be at their respective sites from approximately 8:30am to 4:30pm both Saturday and Sunday May 25 and 26, 2019.

Satellite Site Registration

There will be four Satellite Sites. If you attend at a satellite location, you will be participating in the course which will be video-conferenced from the Host Site. For registration to attend at a satellite site, please register at one of the following:


1. Kelowna

2. Prince George

3. Trail

4. Courtenay



Acknowledged Course Contributors

Thank you to UBC Department of PT, the Northern and Rural Cohort and UBC CPD.


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