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Meet Your Executive – John Challis, President-Elect

Posted on December 16, 2011

Thank you Darren for inviting me to write this, so that ISB members can “meet” the members of their Executive Council.  I will wander through some of the ISB meetings I have attended, to try and give you some background on my academic path and involvement with the ISB.

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ISB Ambassadors and the TATCOT Project

Posted on December 16, 2011

TATCOT (Tanzania Training Centre for Orthopaedic Technologists) Update – A New Collaboration
It has been almost a year since we sent an invitation to the ISB community seeking individuals with technical skills and an interest in sharing expertise to support the TATCOT staff with their gait analysis facility. The response to the ISB‐TATCOT invitation was very encouraging: 20 respondents from 12 countries around the world enquired about the project or offered assistance by means of personal and/or 'team' expertise, education and training, as well as software and equipment donations.

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Nike Award for Athletic Footwear

Posted on December 16, 2011

Nike, Inc. sponsors a prize of US$25,000 on a biennial basis to encourage research on athletic footwear. The topic for the 2013 competition will be:
The role of impact cushioning on performance and/or injury prevention in sports.

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ISB 2015 Congress Call for Proposals

Posted on December 16, 2011

Persons or groups interested in organizing the XXV Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics in 2015 are invited to prepare and submit a formal proposal to the ISB Executive Council. Written proposals are due by April 1st, 2012.  The 2015 congress will be a landmark event for the ISB as it will be our 25th congress; bids should propose to organize an event or events in their program to reflect this milestone.

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President’s Blog – December, 2011

Posted on December 16, 2011

This week, the Ohio State University hired someone to teach human movement at an annual salary of $4 million.  Hundreds of orthopaedic surgeons contribute to innovations in implants and devices, and in doing so, receive substantial research funding and personal income through consulting and royalties.  Before we all get too excited about lucrative career opportunities in biomechanics, let me quickly add that the first individual was a football coach, and the second practice is the subject of ongoing federal investigations into illegal kickback schemes. I am not raising these issues to talk about problems in the U.S. education and healthcare systems.  You can find plenty of that elsewhere in the media. My point is that these examples are merely the unfortunate morbid excesses of what is fundamentally a very good thing about our field of study, which is that society places a high value on the human body and its capability to perform movement.

Student’s Corner – December, 2011

Posted on December 16, 2011

Join ISB’s 100 fans and like the International Society of Biomechanics facebook page if you haven’t already! The ISB’s facebook community is growing fast and has the potential to become an optimal place to share and gather information. Already, the ISB facebook page has reached facebook members in the following countries: USA, UK, Brazil, Germany, Canada, Thailand, Netherlands, Switzerland, Macedonia, Australia, France, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Norway, Italy, Iceland, Egypt, Spain, South Korea, India, Hong Kong, Qatar, Taiwan, New Zealand, and Finland. The ISB student group on facebook is proving to be a beneficial medium for students to share educational resources and ask each other technical questions. In order to improve the function of ISB’s business page, we need you to be vociferous ISB fans. Please like us on facebook to support ISB, share information, receive news, and connect with our wonderfully international community!

Technical Groups – December, 2011

Posted on December 16, 2011

Updates from the ISG

The International Shoulder Group (ISG) is a collaboration of mostly biomechanically oriented research groups, whose main interest is in the shoulder. The goal of the ISG is to enhance shoulder research by exchanging ideas, methodologies, data and results. We are pleased to announce that we have a new board following elections that took place over the summer. The board now comprises: Dr. Andy Karduna (Oregon, USA), Dr. Cathy Holt (Cardiff, UK), Dr. Andrea Cutti (Bologna, Italy), Dr. John Borstad (Ohio, USA) and Dr. Ed Chadwick (Aberystwyth, UK) as Chair.

Did You Know? – From the Archives – December, 2011

Posted on December 16, 2011

This year when we held our XXIII Congress in Brussels the conference proceedings were conveniently all available on a thumb drive stylishly encased in wood.  There were 931 abstracts presented at the conference which were all available on the drive.  Perhaps most impressive was that we had delegates representing 56 countries, this represents significant growth from the 21 countries represented at our first congress in 1967.