SO glad to get a response from you, jeanette: thanks. <P>i hope you won't mind if i point out to some people who are NOT as well-informed as you, who may be misled by your comments about the previous conference, that the Royal Ballet and the Royal Opera House have always been at the forefront, internationally, in dance medicine areas. <P>as you would know (but others may not), they have had their own physician, and their own fulltime ONSITE physiotherapist for many many years - and certainly for many years BEFORE any other companies internationally, as far as i know.<P>in this regard, they were looked at by other companies internationally, as a model of the level of service that COULD be provided to dancers IF you had enough money to do it - which they, but no-one else - DID.<P>also their physician and/or surgeon (several in succession) has always been regarded as an internationally sought-after (for conferences and advice, and so on) expert in his areas of practice.<P>same with the physiotherapists, some of whom i have met, and even been treated by (12 years ago - and they were not by any means 'new', even then).<P>so the ROH has a good record in terms of the medical care of dancers - compared to other companies- which is not to say that there isn't a long way to go......and IMO, they have one of the worst records -but this is a subjective assessment- in terms of the psychological health and care of their dancers - but that's a whole other area, and one that's much harder to prove or quantify or compare.....<P>thanks SO much for responding. i do hope we might hear more from you sometimes - it doesn't have to be as long, or as carefully thought through, as this response was. we like to hear from you!