My name is Alessandra Matias and I am a PhD candidate in the Laboratory of Biomechanics of Human Movement and Posture, University of Sao Paulo Medical School – Brazil, under supervisor of Dr. Isabel Sacco.
I would like to thank the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) Council for awarding me the ISB Student Travel Grant to visit Dr. Alberto Leardini at the Rizzoli Intitute for 5 weeks.
My project aiming was the methods of measurement of Medial longitudinal Arch during the static and dynamic tasks and verification of correspondence among the measures. Dr. Leardini and his team (Paolo Caravaggi in especial) gave me the opportunity to discuss the work and helped me to understand important things in the foot model related to the Arch. This was a great opportunity to improve my knowledge about biomechanics of the foot and especially about the multisegmentar model that I use in my research in Brazil developed by Dr. Leardini. There I learned new ways of implementation of projects and methodologies of acquisition.
I also had the opportunity to attend the 24th Annual Meeting of the European Orthopaedic Research Society hosted by Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli. I had the chance to meet other researches and to discuss not only the research I was doing in Bologna but also topics about the career.
The team of Dr Leardini in Bologna is wonderful and I was very well welcomed into the Laboratory. I loved spending 5 weeks in Bologna and I could visit some museums, churches, and I tried a lot of Italian food and wines that were amazing.
One more time I would like to thank the ISB for the financial support that allowed me to have this unique experience.
Alessandra Bento Matias
PhD Candidate, Laboratory of Biomechanics of Human Movement and Posture, University of Sao Paulo Medical School, Brazil.