Biomechanics in Developing Countries

Posted on December 22, 2014

Webinar: Benefits and Challenges of Biomechanics Research in Developing Countries

Last month I had the pleasure of presenting a webinar on the “Benefits and Challenges of Biomechanics Research in Developing Countries” as part of a series organized by Professor Felipe Carpes to promote online biomechanics education. In the presentation, I illustrated the link between biomechanics research and global health priorities, such as those related to the Millennium Development Goals. Drawing on examples within the ISB community, I highlighted how EDC biomechanics can shed light on connections between social determinants and health outcome, in addition to improving treatment and lifestyle choices of populations worldwide. Not surprisingly, there are also many challenges associated with conducting biomechanics research in developing countries. At the end of the presentation I spoke briefly about how we can address these challenges in order to continue to advance biomechanics opportunities in EDCs.

If you were not able to attend this webinar, you can still access it online at the following link:

To learn more about Felipe’s biomechanics research initiatives at the University of Pampa, Brazil, and the history of collaboration with the ISB, please visit the UniPampa project page on the ISB website.

Exciting developments are also taking place on the opposite side of the globe at the MGMIHS clinical biomechanics lab in Mumbai, India. The ISB has been working closely with Dr. Mullerpatan, MGMIHS Project Director, as well as AMTI and Vicon to support expansion of the lab; installation of a motion capture system and force platforms is scheduled for early 2015. Stay tuned for an update on this project in the following ISB NOW newsletter.

Andrea Hemmerich
Economically Developing Countries (EDC) Project Officer

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