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 www.hwbi.org.
Zong-Ming Li, PhD
Chair, HWBI Board of Directors