5th Congress of the Portuguese Society of Biomechanics
The 5th Congress of the Portuguese Society of Biomechanics (SPB) was held last February, 8-9 in Espinho, a small fishing village near Oporto city. The objective of the congress is to disseminate the research in Biomechanics developed in Portugal as well as to promote colaborative reasearch.
The congress had about 160 participants with 153 presentations covering the different areas of Biomechanics: Sport, Rehabilitation, Occupational, Cardiovascular, Musculoskeletal System, Hard and Soft Tissues, Spine and Skull, Orthopaedic, Oral-facial, Tissue Engineering, Mechanobiology and Biomaterials.
The Portuguese Society of Biomechanics promotes incentive awards for young researchers that are delivered during the congress. This year the Student Paper Award was kindly supported by the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) and the winner was Frederico Ribeiro a PhD Student in Biomedical Engineering at Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon with the work “Is the callus shape an optimal response to a mechanobiological stimulus?”. The work presents a numerical study of the response of bone during the healing process to investigate which stimulus rules the callus formation, and it is a collaborative work with the University of Zaragoza in Spain where Frederico is doing part of this PhD work.
The SPB is very grateful to the ISB for supporting this award so important in incentivizing young researchers in the beginning of their research careers.
Paulo R. Fernandes
President of the Portuguese Society of Biomechanics