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Student Travel Grant Reports – Dec. 2017

Posted on March 26, 2018

Student Travel Grant Report from Nuno Morais, Patrick Bakenecker & Allison Clouthier

  • Nuno Morais

I would like to thank the ISB for the generous Congress Travel Grant of $1000. This was a fundamental financial assistance to participate in the XXVI Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics, in Brisbane, Australia. I feel very privileged to have attended this congress, having the opportunity to discuss formally (during sessions) and informally (e.g., during coffee breaks) with well renowned researchers in biomechanics, particularly in musculoskeletal and clinical/rehabilitation biomechanics.

The congress was extremely well organized. Social activities, oral and poster presentations, keynote sessions, exhibitors’ sessions were all orchestrated and the delegates could easily master the extensive program by simply navigating, selecting, and scheduling the events using the congress app. For example, the most relevant presentations in the field of my doctoral work (on shoulder kinematics and rehabilitation) were in different sessions but it was not difficult to plan to attend those with the highest significance using the congress app.

I would like to highlight the Student Round Table Lunch. This was a fundamental event to integrate all students in the spirit of sharing experiences, expectations, discuss career opportunities with some of the most influential researchers such as Professors Walter Herzog (winner of the Muybridge Award) and Joseph Hammill.

A rewarding experience with the hope to repeat in the near future.

Sincerely, Nuno Morais         31 October 2017

Polytechnic Institute of Leiria School of Health Sciences (ESSLei) Leiria – PORTUGAL

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  • Patrick Bakenecker

For me the ISB2017 was a very successful and interesting conference in the field of biomechanics attending very interesting talks and meeting many other delegates working in my field of expertise. Thank you for the opportunity to attend and having a contribution to the Congress. It was an exciting event, which had wonderful vibe and atmosphere over the five days.

The conference started for me on Sunday with the offered tutorials. For me it began with the tutorial to “biologically-inspired concepts guiding lower-limb exoskeleton design” which focused on the basic science of human-machine interaction in the context of lower-limb exoskeletons that target the human ankle during locomotion. The most interesting part was a live demonstration showcasing the function of an unpowered elastic ankle exoskeleton that can reduce the metabolic energy cost of human walking. I also attended the tutorial to “ultrasound techniques for muscle-tendon imaging” which was very interesting for me, because I am also using ultrasound to detect fascicle behavior during my PhD work. This tutorial presented an overview of the ultrasound methods that enable muscle and tendinous tissues to be imaged in real time. It introduced B-mode imaging and advanced methods to assess displacements within the muscle-tendon unit and the issue of probe positioning for 2-D measurements were discussed through examples of the human medial gastrocnemius muscle.

In the following days I mostly attended the sessions with talks to Musculoskeletal Biomechanics with amazing speakers like Taija Finni, Ben Hoffman, Bart Bolsterlee, Taylor Dick or Dominic Farris. But there were also some interesting talks under the topic of Motor Control. There was the talk from Glen Lichtwark to “the potential influence of tendon compliance on sensory feedback from lower limb muscles” which I still have in mind.

The contribution to the congress on my site was my poster presentation where I had the opportunity to present a part of my PhD work with the topic “residual force enhancement is muscle length-dependent in the human knee extensors”. I can say that it was a successful poster presentation as I had very interesting discussions with other delegates who showed interest into my work.

At the end the most inspiring talk gave Walter Herzog during the Muybrige Award Lecture with the topic “Reflections on Muscle: or the Accidental Scientist” where he spoke about his hole scientific career with all his challenges and the way to success while working in your passion.

The conference ended with a great closing ceremony. The dinner and the entertainment were fantastic and enjoyed it very much.

Beside the conference it was a pleasure to visit Brisbane as a wonderful city with so much opportunities to have great food and many activities to do in your spare time.

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  • Allison Clouthier

I was able to attend the International Society of Biomechanics conference in Brisbane this July. Travelling from Canada to Australia is expensive, and the Congress Travel Grant made my travel possible. The conference was an amazing experience. I had the opportunity to share my research and receive useful feedback, to engage with other researchers in my area, and to learn about the new and exciting research happening in biomechanics around the world. The mentorship programs provided a great way to meet people with established careers in biomechanics and receive useful advice. I was able to meet up with old colleagues and to make new contacts and organization and content of the conference was exceptional.

Thank you to the ISB for providing me with this grant that made travel to a fantastic conference possible!

Allison Clouthier

 

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