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Meet Your Executive – Toni Arndt, Secretary General

Posted on April 6, 2010

I would like to thank Darren Stefanyshyn who, as editor of this newsletter invited me to present myself as secretary general and executive committee member of the ISB. This opportunity prompted me to think about how international not only mine, but so many of the ISB members’ background really is. It is exciting to be part of such an international group!

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ISB Supports International Collaboration

Posted on April 6, 2010

Biomechanics of Load Carrying on the Head by Pregnant and Non-pregnant Beninese Women

M. Mansourou Lawani (Universite D’Abomey-Calavi, Benin)
Geneviève Dumas (Queen’s University, Canada) 

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Student Travel Grant Reports

Posted on April 6, 2010

Christopher Ball - Queen's Univeristy

Rodrigo Bini - Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul

Robyn Newell - University of British Columbia

Bill Wannop - University of Calgary

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ISB Launches Electronic Newsletter Format

Posted on April 6, 2010

One of the goals of the current ISB executive was to move away from the traditional newsletter design to an updated electronic format. As you can see, this newsletter is the first attempt at a revised layout.

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President’s Blog – April 2010

Posted on April 6, 2010

In November 2005, Brian Davis, ISB President 2005-2007, travelled to the Tanzania Training Centre for Orthopaedic Technologists (TATCOT), which is located in Moshi, Tanzania, at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. TATCOT, part of the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center, is a supra-regional training centre providing courses in orthopaedic technology and enrols students from all English speaking African countries as well as other interested countries. During his visit Brian presented lectures to the students on diabetic foot ulceration, rehabilitation and bone biomechanics, and most importantly established connections with staff at TATCOT. This initial visit by Brian set the foundations upon which ISB was able to assist TATCOT establish a gait laboratory, which was “opened” in November 2007 during TATCOT’s 25th Anniversary celebrations.

Technical Groups – April 2010

Posted on April 6, 2010

About the Footwear Biomechanics Group

The primary aim of the Footwear Biomechanics Group (FBG) is to provide a forum for those interested in biomechanical aspects of clinical, athletic and other kinds of functional footwear. The group was informally established as a Working Group on Functional Footwear in July 1993 during the XIV Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics in Paris. In August 1997, the ISB Council granted the group formal status as the ISB Technical Group on Footwear Biomechanics.

Affiliated Societies – April 2010

Posted on April 6, 2010

Portuguese Society of Biomechanics (SPB)

The Portuguese Society of Biomechanics and Biomaterials (SPBB) was registered by Kelo da Silva, João Abrantes and António Veloso, professors of the Faculty of Human Movement Studies of the Technical University of Lisbon. It was founded in 18/9/1988 as a non profit professional organization to promote the research and progress in Biomechanics and Biomaterials, with a head office in the Laboratory of Biomechanics of the Gulbenkian Institute of Science. At this time the research in this field was scarce and only a few works related to sports and orthopaedics can be found in scientific publications, the Porto University reported experimental studies in bone fracture immobilization and stress analysis in femurs and spine vertebra.

Did You Know? – From the Archives – April 2010

Posted on April 6, 2010

There have been international biomechanics congresses every odd year since 1967. The first four conferences were held in: Zurich, Eindhoven, Rome, and State College. The decision to establish the International Society of Biomechanics was made at the congress held in Rome in 1971. At the fourth meeting held in State College, hosted by Penn State University, the society was formed and the constitution approved.

Student’s Corner – April 2010

Posted on April 6, 2010

The ISB Mentoring Program was developed by past ISB Student Representative, Ediuska Laurens, and was first announced in the June 2008 issue of the ISB Newsletter. The program was established to provide mentoring opportunities for students in areas outside of their main research interests or expertise and provide multidisciplinary support for ISB students around the world. Two mentoring options were available: researcher-student mentoring or student-student mentoring. Early response to the program was strong with many senior researchers and students signing up to provide mentoring in their field. Potential mentees were able to select from the list of mentors and contact whom they wished to work with. Those wishing to sign up to be a mentor or mentee could do so under the “mentoring” tab in the edit profile section of the member profile.