President’s Blog, September 2015

Posted on September 30, 2015

It’s almost three months since many of us met at The XXV Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics in Glasgow, Scotland. The Congress marked a 25-year milestone in the history of ISB, which dates back to its first conference in Zurich in 1967. This year’s meeting was in the capable hands of Professor Philip Rowe and his colleagues from the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. This was the first time that an ISB Congress was held in the UK and due to its success, I’m certain that it will not take another 48 years for it to return to the UK.

There were many conference highlights, with ‘special sessions’ like the John Paul session on the Hip, the ISEK session, the EDC session and sessions on Rehabilitation, Mechanobiology and Prosthetics, reflecting the breadth of biomechanics covered at the meeting. It was also pleasing to see the high standard of research in our award sessions, which included the David Winter Young Investigator, Emerging Scientist, Clinical Biomechanics and Promising Young Scientist awards. And of course large audiences were drawn to the prestigious Muybridge Award lecture given by Professor Kai-Nan An and the Wartenweiler Memorial lecture by Professor Aurelio Capozzo.

As at all ISB congresses, there was a significant changing of the guard at the General Assembly. As incoming President of ISB I would like to thank the outgoing Past-President (Ton van den Bogert) for his help and guidance during my two years as President Elect. Ton served as an ISB council member for 6 years before taking on another 6 years as a member of the ISB Presidents Committee. Similarly, our new Past-President, John Challis, has successfully guided the society through the last two years and  I will undoubtedly continue to value his support through my presidency. Also stepping down from the Executive Council after significant periods of service were David Lloyd, Genevieve Dumas, Toni Arndt, Marco Aurélio Vaz, Scott McLean and Kelsey Collins. Andrea Hemmerich also stepped down from her appointed role of working with our EDC activities. Incoming Executive Council members were announced and welcomed at the General Assembly and included Joe Hamill, Felipe Carpes, Glen Lichtwark, Taija Finni, Thor Bessier, Dan Benoit and Kirsty McDonald. Rob Herbert was appointed as the societies’ Secretary-General. Full details of the ISB Executive Council and their respective portfolios can be found on the ISB website at the link (ISB- Executive Council).

The XXV Congress also presented us with the opportunity to induct our first round of ISB fellows. I would like to thank Julie Steele for initiating the idea and spending time with our Past-President (John Challis) developing criteria to recognise members with distinguished achievements in biomechanics and service to the society. Our first class of ISB Fellows are Maarten Bobbert, Ton van den Bogert, Brian David, Veronique Feipel, Walter Herzog, Jill Mc-Nitt-Gray, Peter Milburn, Mary Rogers, Darren Stefanyshyn and Ron Zernike. Photos of the Fellows can be found on the ISB website at  (ISB Fellows). The Fellows will shortly be appointing a Censor to review the fellowship nomination criteria that will be placed on the ISB website.


I am pleased to say that the new ISB Council is strongly committed to continue the great work achieved by our previous councils. Our membership numbers remain strong, however reduced revenue from our recent congresses does require us to tighten our belts a little. We will endeavour to continue our support for all our activities, however student grants, EDC activities, affiliate society and technical groups may receive a little less funding over the next two years than in previous years.

On a positive note, the post congress survey conducted by the organisers of the Glasgow conference showed that the vast majority or responders were very satisfied with the conference, considering it a very good location, a high quality venue, very well organised with excellent sessions. More than 80% of the respondents indicated that they would be likely to attend future ISB congresses and more than 50% said that they would likely travel to the southern hemisphere to attend the next XXVI ISB Congress in 2017.

With that in mind I would like to close by letting you know that the organisers of the next ISB Congress are well underway with their preparations and are planning an event that you shouldn’t miss. Information and dates about the XXVI Congress can be found on the Congress Website (ISB 2017). Don’t forget to download the ISB 2017 Congress App from the Congress Website and enter the Koala Challenge for a chance to win five night’s accommodation and a free conference registration. The organising committee has already received photos of ISB Koalas in extraordinary locations but, there is still plenty of time for you and your koala to enter.

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ISB2015 Award Winners

Posted on September 30, 2015

We are delighted to announce the following awards, that were presented at ISB2015.


David Winter Young Investigator Award 2015 – Poster

Robert Eberle

University of Insbruck

Dept. of sport science

Insbruck, Austria

“ How to generate injury prone to situations for non-contact ACL injuries”


David Winter Young Investigator Award 2015 – Podium

Kelly A. Larkin-Kaiser

University of Calgary

Dept. of Kinesiology

Calgary, Canada

“Lager isoforms of titin are associated with increased sarcomere length and servity of hip displacement in CP”


Clinical Biomechanics Award 2015

Andrew Tan

Northwestern University

Dept. od Neuroscience


Tan A. et. al: Cortical Modulation of TMS included across joint kinetic synergies in the post stroke lower limb


Promising Scientists Award 2015Ross Miller, PhD

University of Maryland

Dept. of Kinesiology and Faculty of Neuroscience



Emerging Scientist Award 2015

Shota Haigo

Kyoto University of Japan

Laboratory of Neuroscience

Kyoto, Japan

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Announcement of ISB Fellows

Posted on September 30, 2015

At the XXV Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics in Glasgow we appointed our inaugural class of ISB Fellows.  Julie Steele in a previous issue of ISB Now outlined the selection procedure for these fellows, and we are grateful to Julie as she served as the Censor of the Fellows for this initial round of appointments.  These fellows were announced at the ISB General Assembly.  The anticipation is that these fellows will continue to contribute to the various functions of the society.

The inaugural class pictured below comprised: Maarten Bobbert (VU University Amsterdam),  Ton van den Bogert (Cleveland State University),  Brian Davis (University of Akron),  Vernonique Feipel  (Université Libre de Bruxelles),  Walter Herzog (University of Calgary),  Jill McNitt-Gray (University of Southern California),  Peter Milburn (Griffith University),  Mary Rodgers (University of Maryland),  Darren Stefanyshyn (University of Calgary), and Ron Zernicke (University of Michigan).

The inaugural class of ISB Fellows, outside of the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow.

The inaugural class of ISB Fellows, outside of the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow.


Congratulations to all of them.

John Challis

Penn State University


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Second ISB Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics at ISB2015

Posted on September 30, 2015


We would like to thank all attendees of the 2nd ISB Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics for a great event. The Symposium was held on Sunday July 12th 2015 on the opening day of the XXV Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) in Glasgow, UK.

The Initiative, organized by prof. Carlo J. De Luca and the ISB Working Group in Motor Control, featured a Keynote Lecture by Professor Paavo Komi from the University of Jyväskylä (Finland) and the following internationally distinguished researchers:

Dr. Aurelio Cappozzo (University of Rome “Foro Italico”, Italy)

Dr. Joseph McIntyre (Tecnalia Research and Innovation – Health Division, Spain)

Dr. Katherine Steele (University of Washington, USA)

Dr. Benno Nigg (University of Calgary, Canada)

Dr. Vinzenz Von Tscharner (University of Calgary, Canada)

Dr. Patrick van der Smagt (Technische Universität München, Germany)

Dr. Carlo J. De Luca (Boston University, USA)

Dr. Marco Knaflitz (Politecnico di Torino, Italy)

Dr. Madeleine Lowery (University College Dublin, Ireland)

Dr. Maria Cristina Bisi (Università di Bologna, Italy)


See the event flyer for details.

Thank you all for participating!


Symposium Organizers:

Carlo J. De Luca, Professor Emeritus, Boston University (USA)

Philip Rowe, Professor, University of Strathclyde (UK)

Paola Contessa, Research Scientist, Delsys Inc. (USA)


Motor Control Seed Group accepted as Working Group

The Motor Control Group was established as a Seed Group of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) at the XXIV Congress of ISB in Natal (Brazil) in 2013.

We are very pleased to announce that ISB has approved the Motor Control Group to become a Working Group of ISB ( at the past XXV Congress of ISB in Glasgow, 2015.

The affiliation recognizes the interest of the Biomechanics community in Motor Control and aims at strengthening the link between the two fields.

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List of new members, September 2015

Posted on September 30, 2015
Last nameFirst nameCountry
GangulyAmartyaUnited Kingdom
YeXinUnited States
MilandriGiovanniSouth Africa
StraiottoBrunoUnited Kingdom
DadswellClareUnited Kingdom
ChaeSoo WonKorea, Republic of
SivarasuSudeshSouth Africa
GurchiekReedUnited States
MullettJohnUnited Kingdom
LaftaHassanain AliUnited Kingdom
MootanahRajshreeUnited Kingdom
LeeKwon-YongKorea, Republic of
Sharif ShourijehMohammadCanada


ISB Student Travel Grant Reports

Posted on September 30, 2015

Hannah Gustafson 
University of British Columbia

Funding received: February, 2015

I am currently a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia under the supervision of Dr. Peter Cripton. This spring, thanks to an ISB travel award, I had the opportunity to travel to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETHZ) to work with group head Dr. Benedikt Helgason in the Laboratory for Orthopaedic Technology under the overall supervision of ETHZ Professor Stephen Ferguson. Previously, our labs collaborated to create computational models of hip fracture experiments with cadaveric femurs. Experimentally at UBC, we use digital image correlation (DIC), an optical technique for measuring displacement and strain, to measure what occurs on the surface of the bone during loading. By both performing the experiments and setting up the computational models, we can design our experiments to collect useful information for modeling, such as the points required to register the geometry from the CT to the experiment and use modeling to get the most information possible from the experiments. The lab in Zürich focuses on computational modeling and so working there provided a chance to use their expertise to setup a framework for specimen-specific finite element models of vertebrae loaded in compression.

I appreciated the chance to work in the laboratory in Switzerland since it made it easy to ask questions regarding the FE modeling, have many discussions about the findings, and to learn to use software and tools that we don’t commonly use in our lab. Though my time there, I set up code to allow for efficient processing of vertebrae with different model parameters, material mapping strategies, and boundary conditions. This will allow for processing of all the vertebrae quickly and for sensitivity analysis to be performed easily. In addition, through attending weekly seminars I got to learn about the research projects being done at ETHZ.

I am thankful to everyone who helped make the trip possible. In particular, I am grateful for Drs. Helgason and Ferguson for hosting me and to all the students there who were welcoming and helpful around the office. Finally, I am appreciative of the funding from ISB that made the trip possible. I feel lucky for the time I got to spend in Zürich for helping my research progress.

How the funding was spent

The money I received was spent to provide housing for 7 weeks while in Zürich (1900 USD) and to cover part of the airfare from Vancouver to Zürich.


Michael Rowley
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Generous support from the International Society of Biomechanics allowed me to attend the organization’s annual conference for the first time. I presented work that was a result of an international collaboration between the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at USC in Los Angeles, California, USA and Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. Dr. Toshiyuki Kurihara and I, under the advisement of Dr. Kornelia Kulig and input from clinical researchers Dr. Stephen Reischl and Dr. Lucina Baker, researched the role of intrinsic and extrinsic foot muscles during arch loading in various tasks and foot type. The presentation at ISB was met with positive comments and constructive suggestions for moving the work forward. For me personally, it was immensely beneficial to network with international scholars. I was introduced to many from Japan who have worked with Dr. Kurihara in the past as well as many from Europe. We are excited that the first manuscript from this work is under review with an ISB-affiliated journal and I look forward to presenting at ISB again and taking advantage of their many opportunities for students.



Philippe C. Dixon
Department of Engineering Science, Orthopaedic Biomechanics group, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

ISB 2015, what a way to finish my student experience! During the ISB 2013
congress, I presented some early results of my doctoral thesis. Now, thanks again to the
ISB student congress travel grant, I was able to present the final portion of my work to
my friends and colleagues in the exciting city of Glasgow.

My presentation on the biomechanical adaptations of children with cerebral palsy
during turning gait was well received and elicited many follow up questions from the
audience. After my talk, I met new colleagues interested in my work and may even
develop future collaboration thanks to my participation in the congress.

I was happy to see a number of other researchers presenting work on turning while
walking, but also amazed by a wide range of interesting talks. In particular, I found the
keynote lecture on motor control by Professor De Luca insightful and inspiring. The
session on statistical parameter mapping was a huge success. In fact, I could not even
make it into the room and had to miss the session! Luckily, I had a chance to chat with
the presenters later during the congress. This highlights both the popularity of some of
the new fields of biomechanics, but also the friendliness of our community.

I also attended the student seminars. The mock interview session was a great way for me
to get an inside look at an academic interview session and find strategies to successfully
land an academic position.

Outside the scientific sessions and the congress hall, I had opportunities to socialize
with colleagues at local restaurants and pubs. I caught up with friends from around the
world that I had not seen since the last congress and met many new colleagues.

I would like to thank the ISB congress travel grant committee for awarding me the
change to participate in an exciting congress.




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September 2015 Issue

Posted on September 30, 2015

Table of contents

Updates from the Society

Technical Groups & Affiliate Societies

Featured Article


The newsletter is published quarterly by the International Society of Biomechanics. Contact Ed Chadwick with comments or contributions to the newsletter.

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XVI Brazilian Congress of Biomechanics

Posted on September 30, 2015

Report by

  • Fernando Diefenthaeler – Chair of the XVI Brazilian Congress of Biomechanics
  • Felipe P Carpes – President-Elect of the Brazilian Society of Biomechanics
  • Marco A Vaz – President of the Brazilian Society of Biomechanics

The XVI Brazilian Congress of Biomechanics (XVI BCB 2015) took place last May in the city of Florianópolis, Santa Catarina State. With more than 500 registrations completed (from different parts of Brazil and countries from Latin America like Chile, Uruguay, Argentine and Peru) and almost 350 papers submitted, the XVI BCB 2015 was the largest congress ever organized by the Brazilian Society of Biomechanics. There is no doubt that such number of registrations and papers submitted was highly influenced by the organization of the XXIV ISB Congress in Brazil, in 2013. The regular number of registration and papers submitted to the XIV BCB 2011 edition was half of what we observed this year. The activities were developed from May 06th to May 09th 2015 and included thematic workshops, invited lectures, round-tables, posters and oral presentations, as well as the ordinary General Assembly of the Brazilian Society of Biomechanics.

Prof. Walter Herzog, former ISB President

Prof. Walter Herzog, former ISB President

One of the highlights of this year’s BCB was the ISB Invited Lecture given by Prof. Walter Herzog, former ISB President. His talk on the “Molecular Mechanisms of Muscle Contraction: Past, Present and Future” was breath taking and kept the audience’s attention. Another interesting thing about Prof. Herzog is that he was probably the most photographed Invited Speaker ever of the BSB congresses. This probably reflects the impact of his work in Brazil (as many students have read his papers on muscle, cartilage and chiropractic manual therapy), and the fact that several Brazilian professors and students have spent some time at this lab. His contribution to the development of Biomechanics in Brazil and Latin America has been recognized by the entire BSB, and was a pleasure to have him in Florianópolis. We would like to acknowledge ISB for the financial support given to our Society as an ISB affiliated society, which allowed us to bring Prof. Herzog.


The second highlight we had during the XVI BCB (also supported by ISB), was the Award Ceremony at the Closing Ceremony when prizes were awarded for the best papers. This was the first time in the history the Brazilian Society of Biomechanics and in the history of the BCB that we had the Young Investigator Award in the congress. After a hard competition that included peer review of submitted papers and evaluation of oral and poster presentations, the three best papers were awarded with the ISB Young Investigator Award. Prizes were given in money for the first (USD 250.00), second (USD 150.00), and third (USD 100.00) place papers that achieved the three highest scores in the review process. Additionally, distinction certificates were distributed for 10 papers that were included in the top best papers list according to the reviewers’ indication. The next BCB will happen in 2017 in the city of Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul State.

ISB Young Investigator Award:

Position Presenter Authors Title
1st Gabriela Fischer Gabriela Fischer, Leonardo A. P. Tartaruga, Luca P. Ardigò & Alberto E. Minetti Biomechanics of hand biking: insights about kinematic mechanical power components
2nd Karine Velasques Stoelben Karine Josibel Velasques Stoelben, Evangelos Pappas, Mateus Corrêa Silveira & Carlos Bolli Mota Assimetrias no momento extensor de joelho tem relação com o Escore sintomas do KOOS após reconstrução do LCA?
3rd Carlos de la Fuente Carlos De la Fuente, Mauricio Delgado Can cushioned shoes with anatomical insole correct the impact in runners with recurring shin splint?
Gabriela Fischer

Gabriela Fischer

Karine Velasques Stoelben

Karine Velasques Stoelben

Carlos de la Fuente

Carlos de la Fuente

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Students’ Corner

Posted on September 30, 2015

I’d like to begin by acknowledging the great work of outgoing Student Representative, Kelsey Collins. A big thanks to Kelsey for all she has done throughout her two year term, including her efforts in organising a really engaging program of student events at the XXV Congress of the ISB in Glasgow.

Glasgow 2015

The ‘Outreach’ and ‘Cool Under Pressure’ sessions occurred simultaneously on Monday morning, followed by the very popular ‘Mentoring Session’ over lunch. Later that afternoon we headed to Aberfoyle for the ‘Student Excursion’. Fortunately, Scotland provided some beautiful weather as we made our way around a scenic tree top adventure trail. The massive zip lines were a definite highlight!

ISB Student member in the treetops in Scotland!

ISB Student member in the treetops in Scotland!

On the second day of the Congress we were treated to a ‘Mock Academic Interview’, and an informal discussion with ISB Student Awards Officer, Alberto Leardini, regarding Student Grant applications. On Thursday, the ‘Inaugural Women in Science Lunch’ was a great chance to celebrate female Biomechanists and their contribution to the field. Thank you to all who volunteered their time to present at the various events.

Advice to Students

During the Congress, I asked eight delegates for a small piece of advice I could share with the ISB student community. I’ll begin by apologising for the video quality – the clips were filmed around the Conference venue so there’s a bit of background noise…and I definitely don’t have the steadiest of hands!

However, I was personally really inspired after speaking with each contributor. Everyone brought their own unique flavour to the project, and topics ranged from conference networking, to conducting research, to having a fulfilling work-life balance.

Our first video features Dr. Walter Herzog from the University of Calgary, and can be found here.

I hope you’ll all get as much out of these short clips as I did. I will upload one with each new issue of ISB Now. If you have any comments, thoughts or feedback, we’d love to generate some discussion so feel free to comment the video or post on the ISB Student Members Facebook Group.

Keep your eyes peeled for the next video from Dr. Joseph Hamill, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Thank you so much to all who contributed.

Professor Joe Hamill giving advice during a student mentoring session.

Professor Joe Hamill giving advice during a student mentoring session.

Student Grants Update

After feedback from our Student Grants discussion in Glasgow, the International Travel Grant (ITG) and Congress Travel Grant (CTG) guidelines have been expanded. The updated descriptions will appear on our website ( shortly, with the next round of applications due in December 2015.

Top Ten from Mary!

Words of wisdom on getting a good start in research from the interview with Mary Rodgers:

  1. “My path has been a long winding road – be open to diverse opportunities in research.” It’s OK to participate in a variety of research projects and research environments to figure out your niche.
  2. Be ready to put yourself out there and develop an idea of what to do and where you want to go – this can [and likely will] change!
  3. Everyone has their own path – find good collaborators and find good mentors at every stage of your career!
  4. Mentors can be professional mentors or personal mentors! Sometimes identifying someone with a strong work-life balance can be an incredibly valuable asset to your training.
  5. When looking for mentors, think outside your lab.
  6. Good mentorship relationships manifest when the mentee expresses (1) her goals, (2) has a direction, and (3) her vision is aligned with the work of the mentor.
  7. Mentorship can result from different people in different ways. Maybe someone can’t meet weekly, but they might be willing to read over your grants, or teach you a new method.
  8. Some grants require a mentorship plan – take advantage of this commitment from your mentors and execute this plan (see below)! This may also be used as a framework to create effective mentorship relationships.
  9. If mentorship or collaborations don’t work out, learn from them. Take these experiences forward and help them guide your future guide future collaborative and mentorship relationships.
  10. Take advantage of leadership roles in Biomechanics Societies.

Need tips on creating a mentor plan? Some Advice from Mary:


  1. Description of mentors role in detail – what exactly will they provide?
  2. For grants, a letter of support – this is an opportunity for the mentor to demonstrate their commitment to the mentee
  3. Describe what the expectations are for communication. What is the frequency of communication? Where and when will meetings be conducted?
  4. Specific areas of development for mentee – what can the mentor teach the mentee? How will this relationship grow as the mentee develops?
  5. Specific training goals – grants, learning new methods, coaching to leadership positions, teaching skills to be an effective mentor, etc.

Social Media

Stay in the loop – ‘like’ the ISB Facebook page, join our Student Members Facebook Group and LinkedIn Group and follow us on Twitter for ISB related updates.

If you have any feedback, comments, suggestions or questions please feel free to contact me at

Kind regards,

Kirsty McDonald


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HWBI 2015 Symposium in Milan, Italy

Posted on September 30, 2015

The Hand and Wrist Biomechanics International (HWBI) was formed to further enhance multidisciplinary and international collaborations related to hand/wrist biomechanics. The HWBI has established affiliations with the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) and the International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand (IFSSH). The HWBI is proud of these affiliations, which support the HWBI’s driving focus of advancing hand science by collectively addressing challenging clinical problems.

The HWBI has a long history of international symposia dating back to 1992. This year, the HWBI held its 9th Symposium at Milano Congressi in Milan, Italy from June 16-17, 2015. This year’s symposium was held in conjunction with the 20th Congress of Federation of European Societies for Surgery of the Hand (FESSH), June 17-20, 2015. The symposium program featured 56 presentations including keynotes, invited talks, and open paper submissions. Main topics covered at this year’s event included the wrist, carpal tunnel, finger mechanics, motor control, distal radial ulnar joint (DRUJ), distal radius, ligaments, tendons, and biomaterials. The 2015 symposium also featured the 2nd International Thumb Osteoarthritis Workshop. There was record attendance at this year’s event, with 102 participants including hand surgeons, hand therapists, and engineers from 16 countries. The HWBI is excited to continue building upon the excitement and success generated during the symposium.

For the first time, the HWBI awarded travel scholarships for the 2015 symposium to outstanding students, residents, and fellows. Four scholarships were generously sponsored by the ISB, HWBI, and William H. Seitz, MD Research Fund. An award committee was formed to select this year’s winners based on their abstract submissions to the symposium. The award winners were Joseph N. Gabra (USA), Benjamin Goislard de Monsabert (France), Faes D. Kerkhof (Belgium), and Giovanni F. Solitro (USA). The HWBI is grateful to the ISB and Dr. Seitz for their sponsorship and hopes to award even more scholarships at future symposia. For more information about the HWBI and its events, please visit the website at

Zong-Ming Li, PhD
Chair, HWBI Board of Directors

HWBI scholarship recipients with symposium organizers. From left: Ken Fischer, Marc Garcia-Elias, Zong-Ming Li, Giovanni Solitro, Benjamin Goislard de Monsabert, Joseph Gabra, and Faes Kerkhof, and Fred Werner

HWBI scholarship recipients with symposium organizers. From left: Ken Fischer, Marc Garcia-Elias, Zong-Ming Li, Giovanni Solitro, Benjamin Goislard de Monsabert, Joseph Gabra, and Faes Kerkhof, and Fred Werner

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