- 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.
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:
|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?|