Dear ISB members,
In the previous edition of the ISB now we presented for you some of the advances concerning EDC projects. Unhappily, the number of EDC projects did not increase recently and part of this limited number of projects is the economical crises that reached many countries. However, when the difficulties increase is exactly the time to find more and more people willing to help those in limited conditions. And the good news is that many people want to help!
A big thanks to Julie!
In this issue I would like to acknowledge the support of Prof. Julie Steele from University of Wollongong, Australia. Julie donated 9 boxes of journals to an emerging group of biomechanics in Cuba. Her donation will promote profound impact in the development of Biomechanics in Cuba. This is part of the work that ISB can do to develop biomechanics in developing Countries.
How it happened?
Carlos Diaz Novo is a biomechanics researcher in the Centro de Biofísica Medica de la Universidad Publica de Oriente en Santiago de Cuba (Center of Medical Biophysics in the Public University of Orient in Santiago de Cuba). He sent me a message asking for help to develop their laboratory of biomechanics, establish in 2005 in a hospital (Hospital General Dr. Juan Bruno Zayas Alfonso) and the first movement analysis laboratory in Cuba. Carlos describes the laboratory as dedicated to research on human movement dysfunctions originated from neurological impairments and use of prosthesis. He also mentions studies related to sports performance. The facilities are limited and they work with video cameras (Canon ZR95) and the Hu-m-an software.
Carlos wants to modernize the laboratory and contacted some companies. I have been helping him in this journey trying to find some company willing to support their laboratory and giving them a chance to leverage biomechanics research in Cuba.
If you want to join us in this journey, please let me know. Carlos and his group would be grateful. Contribution may include books and journals donation (like this donation sent by Julie Steele), instrumentation for biomechanics research related to the study of human movement and also mentoring collaboration to the development of research projects that will help them to develop the biomechanics in Cuba.
In addition to my contact, here is the contact of Carlos, who will be happy in giving us more information on what they need to develop biomechanics in their country:
Dr. Carlos Diaz Novo
Calle, Calixto García, No. 425, esquina Corona. Santiago de Cuba.
Cuba. Código 90100
What is gong on in Chile?
Chileans are working hard to develop biomechanics in their country. In the lasts months professor Kevin McQuade and the members of the Chilean Association have been working in the establishment of collaborative projects, which includes grants applications. Professor McQuade is within the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine from the University of Washington Seattle. He also develops projects in collaboration with Brazilian groups. He was able to visit the Chilean group and work with them for a couple of days. Activities include academic meetings, lectures in the university, seminars and also activities of science divulgation with kids.
Professor McQuade said that he went to Santiago to spend a week with Joel Alvarez and Mauricio Delgado. They came up with a project using MS Kinect as a marker-less functional assessment device. After he returned to US, he continues to consult on the kinect project and they are beginning to collect some data. He submitted an ISB abstract of this preliminary work to ISB congress this summer. He is now loking for addition funding to make possible keep a regular schedules of visits to the group in Santiago. The long term goal is to do everything the kinect can do but using a single smartphone camera.
Pictures below show a little bit about prof. McQuade visit.