ISB Now

EDC Officer’s Report

Posted on March 27, 2017

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

Email cdiaznovo@yahoo.es, celesteroque@medired.sld.cu

 

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.

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Biomechanics in India: an opportunity for cross-cultural research

Posted on December 22, 2016

I have just returned from an eight-day visit to the MGM Centre of Human Movement Science in Navi Mumbai, India. I have known Prof. Rajani Mullerpatan, Director of the Centre, for over four years now and continue to be impressed with initiatives she leads both within and outside the lab.  Activities range from student research projects investigating the movement mechanics of traditional dance and lifestyle to creating awareness and training of healthcare providers about biomechanics, as well as clinical assessments of patients with musculoskeletal disorders. Most recently, I’ve had the privilege to be part of some of the research and teaching that takes place here.

In August 2013, Dr. Rajani Mullerapatan and I travelled from opposite ends of the globe to meet for the first time in person in Natal, Brazil. Following e-mail and Skype discussions from our respective locations on the planet, it was our shared time at that ISB Congress that ultimately offered the opportunity for us to get to know one another… and for the seed of collaboration to be planted.

Our shared intentions to apply biomechanics research to understanding culturally specific activities such as squatting in India motivated us to collaborate on a joint research initiative. One of our questions focussed on the biomechanical differences between physical postures that a woman may choose during childbirth: how would upright positions such as squatting facilitate or hinder passage of the baby through the birth canal when compared with more conventional supine positions? Could we measure the kinematics of the pelvis and dynamic forces acting on this segment in these different birthing positions?

Following two additional in-person meetings in Glasgow and Toronto in 2015 our ideas took form as a small grant proposal at the end of that year. By that time the MGM Centre of Human Movement Science, boasting a 12-camera Vicon motion capture system, three AMTI force platforms, and a Novel pressure platform, had just been officially inaugurated. (You can read more about the history of this project and ISB contributions in the ISB Now 2014 and 2015 archives.)

This past April our hard work and planning finally came to fruition when I travelled to MGM’s Centre of Human Movement Science in India for two weeks. During this time I contributed to an interdisciplinary biomechanics training course with students from engineering and physiotherapy and worked together with several students and research associates on various aspects of our research project.

The objective of this project was to investigate the effects of birthing position on pelvic dimensions in a group of non-pregnant, Indian subjects. Clinically-relevant pelvic dimensions are estimated from anatomical landmarks that are digitized using the Vicon motion capture system. Dynamic analysis of motion, including loading at the hip and lumbosacral joints, will help us interpret pelvimetry findings.

It has been an ambitious undertaking and we all continued to work hard refining data collection and processing methods after my initial stay. During my recent follow-up visit we had an opportunity to address some of the many challenges of this project – from the “mundane” data processing issues to the complex dynamics of cross-cultural collaboration. It has been a valuable learning experience and has presented new insights and opportunities; I look forward to further collaboration with Rajani and her colleagues long into the future.

Research collaborators including ISB members Dr. Andrea Hemmerich (far left), Prof. Rajani Mullerpatan (centre right in blue), and Prof. Geneviève Dumas (far right) at the MGM Institute of Health Sciences.

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EDC Officer Report

Posted on December 22, 2016

2017 is around the corner. 2016 was a great year and we will keep working to make 2017 even better. As the year ends, I would like to tell you some of the recent advances of biomechanics in EDC.

Chilean researchers organized the I Congress of their Chilean Society of Human Movement. Members of ISB participated as invited speakers. Brisbane 2017 congress was advertised during lectures and informal talks, as well the I Latin American Meeting of Biomechanics, which will be organized in May 2017 during the XVII Brazilian Congress of Biomechanics in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

After my talks in the Conference, I showed the main details concerning the ISB 2017 Congress, details concerning grants applications, abstract submissions and opportunities that participating in the main congress of ISB can bring to the scientists from EDC. The Chilean Association sent a request to become an ISB affiliated society.

Looking forward to a great ISB congress in 2019 in Calgary, prof. Walter Herzog told the participants about the venue of the ISB congress in Canada in four years.

The I Latin American Meeting of Biomechanics that will happen during the XVII Brazilian Congress of Biomechanics in Brazil next May was also advertised during the conference in Chile. The meeting will involve biomechanics scientists from Brazil, Chile, Argentine, Uruguay and Colombia.

Early in 2017 I will request new information from the EDC current projects. The purpose of this request will be to show to the members the advances in EDC projects supported by ISB and to motivate the establishment of new projects.

 

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Biomechanics in Chile and other updates from our EDC Officer

Posted on September 26, 2016

In this issue of the ISB Now I would like to share two opportunities for the ISB members.

The first is the 1st Congress of the Chilean Society of Movement Science. The congress will happen next November 16th to 18th in Santiago, Chile. Please feel free to visit the congress website http://www.accm.cl/. It will be the first congress of the newborn Chilean Society of Movement Science!

congress-in-chile

The second opportunity regards a series of lectures that professor Joseph Hamill delivered during his last stay in Brazil. He was taking part in the “Advance School of Physical Education, Physiotherapy, Phonoaudiology and Occupational Therapy”, which was organised by the Programas de Mestrado em Ciências da Atividade Física da Escola de Artes, Ciências e Humanidades (EACH), Programa de Mestrado em Educação Física e Esporte da Escola de Educação Física e Esporte de Ribeirão Preto (EEFERP), Programa de Mestrado e Doutorado em Educação Física e Esporte da Escola de Educação Física e Esporte (EEFE), Programa de Mestrado e Doutorado em Ciências da Reabilitação da Faculdade de Medicina (FM), Programa de Mestrado e Doutorado em Fonoaudiologia da Faculdade de Odontologia de Bauru, and Programa de Mestrado e Doutorado em Reabilitação e Desempenho Funcional da Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto (FMRP),  with funding from Pró-Reitoria de Pesquisa of the University of São Paulo.

All lectures were live broadcasted and the records were kindly shared with the Brazilian Society of Biomechanics by professor Ulysses Ervilha, who is also a member of the executive board of the Brazilian Society of Biomechanics. We would like to thank Prof. Hamill for the brilliant talks and Prof. Ervilha and his team for making possible the recording of the lectures. Anyone can wach the lectures in this link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFhTJITcYZ5efJSqvLOAYrKPLnvp37PXA

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Get in touch to contribute to EDC projects sponsored by ISB

Posted on June 17, 2016

In the last issues of ISB Now we have presented many details of the current projects and the report of advances made in EDC countries working with the ISB. In this issue our main goal is to invite you to contribute to an EDC project. All the EDC projects listed in the ISB website are eligible for further support. While financial support is most likely linked to the support of companies, there are others kinds of support that all of us can provide.

If want to learn more about how to help, please contact me. We can help you to be in touch with the project coordinator and suggest you possibilities of help. In the end, both sides will be benefited. Sometimes, spending a few hours reviewing a research project for grant application might be not a big deal for a contributor, but it will significantly help the EDC applicant when they are raising funding for research. There are many researchers across the globe that are already contributing to EDC projects, join the team!

This is all for now. We are looking forward to presenting you more information in the next ISB Now.

 

Felipe Carpes.

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The International Affiliate Development Grant Program (IADG)

Posted on March 22, 2016

This ISB grant is offered to student biomechanists from low income or restricted currency countries to enable them to spend time in an approved, established biomechanics laboratory or to attend a relevant, approved training course. This travel grant is part of the objective of the ISB to benefit members by providing them with opportunities to leverage the career, learn new things, and work to establish networks. However, the IADG has been underused. This is a conclusion based in the number of student applications. ISB would be happy to see more and more students interested in the grants, as this is the purpose of the program. Students, please be aware that you all can apply for grants and take advantage of your membership to apply. Professors, please consider showing to your students the possibilities and motivate them to apply. Especially to the EDC member, I would like to say you have all the chances to be awarded, but it cannot be possible if you do not apply for the grants. The grant amount in USD 2,000 that you can use to pay flight or bus tickets, accommodation and travel costs during your visit. Please check the student grants section in the ISB website (https://isbweb.org/students/student-grants), and if you have any questions, just send an e-mail to the persons indicated in that page.

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Biomechanics in South America

Posted on December 23, 2015

A report from our Economically Developing Countries officer Felipe Carpes

Right after the ISB Congress in Glasgow it took me a while to get updated on all the EDC activities. After a couple of months this short report brings some novelties to the ISB members. Once again I would like to invite all members to take part in the EDC programs and contribute to the development of Biomechanics in the economically developing countries.

As you remember, during the ISB Congress the EDC Micro Grant Competition was held. The two projects awarded received the grant and have started work on their projects. Prof Le Li sent us a report in which he acknowledge to the ISB in the project and University’s website. Take a look! Early in 2016 the EDC officer will request updates on the activities of all the EDC programs that are in the ISB website. The idea is to help these projects to get disseminated and also to bring attention of other members willing to contribute to the EDC projects!

In South America we also have some news that I want to tell you. Last November during a Biomechanics Conference in Medellin it was possible to discuss with Colombian researchers the advances of Biomechanics in Colombia and also try to help them solving questions and difficulties in the establishment of the Colombian Society of Biomechanics. A major difficult in Colombia is the limited number of researchers engaged in biomechanics. However, this reality starts to change. They organized a biannual congress in which participants from different parts of the country are able to come (this year, Prof. Marco Vaz – former ISB executive council member – and I had the honor to be the international invited speakers). I have no doubt that Colombia will very soon establish their Biomechanics Society and when it happens, we will give all support so they can become an affiliated society of the International Society of Biomechanics.

Felipe Carpes and Marco Vaz in Colombia

Felipe Carpes and Marco Vaz in Colombia

Impressive fast and significant advances are also noted in Chile. In the previous two years I have been in contact with some Chilean researchers involved in biomechanics and related fields. They attended some events in Brazil and after the ISB Congress in Natal they definitely decided to establish their society. And it happened! Last October, during a travel to Chile to participate in a congress, Prof. Walter Herzog was the keynote speaker in the founding meeting of the Chilean Society of Human Movement Sciences. I asked prof. Walter Herzog for a short report of his visit to Santiago:

"On October 28th, 2015, the Chilean Society of Human Movement Science was officially formed. There were approximately 40 scientists from Chile at the all morning meeting. Mauricio Delgado from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile Joel Álvarez of the Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educación were leading the proceedings. The aim of the society is to be registered as a not for profit organization within the next six months, organize a first scientific conference of the society in the fall of 2016, and work towards becoming an affiliated society of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB). The general mission statement of the society is to foster human movement science research in Chile, allow for better communication and use of resources in human movement science in Chile, and to establish an international profile, in part with the help of the International Society of Biomechanics. I gave a 30 minute presentation on the expectations of an ISB affiliated society and the rules and processes that need to be followed to become an ISB affiliated society. The Chilean Society of Human Movement Science plans to officially apply for affiliated status at the 2017 ISB conference in Brisbane Australia."

The Chilean Society of Human Movement Science

The Chilean Society of Human Movement Science

I was in Santiago two weeks ago and I can tell you this group is highly motivated. Walter’s visit and talk were (of course) fundamental to motivate the entire group. Particularly, I considered a vey interesting strategy to establish a “Human Movement Science Society” since in Chile the number of researchers working specifically in biomechanics is not as big as it is in Brazil (for example). Therefore, they were able to put together people from different fields (physical education, physiotherapy, neuroscience, engineering and others), which can be very productive. It can be a good strategy for others countries willing to establish scientific societies that will also leverage biomechanics. Want to learn more about this? Take a look at some photos and a video of the activities!

Well, 2015 is almost over. Time to plan for 2016. As your EDC officer my main goal is to promote activities that can benefits economically developing countries. Among the specific purposes for 2016 is a complete update in information from the EDC programs we have in our website, proving the ISB members with information about the progress of those projects and also hear from the coordinators the difficult they may have been experiencing in the last year. Hopefully we will be able to use the mentorship tool of ISB to help EDC proposals as well. Together the whole executive council we will keep working to promote opportunities of sponsorship for EDC projects. Finally, and perhaps the most important, if any of you are interested in join this team and help the EDC program, please let me know.

 

Best wishes for the holidays!

Felipe P Carpes

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The Making of MGM Center for Human Movement Science

Posted on March 29, 2015

We are pleased to share that the intense, concerted effort on the project initiated in August 2012 to establish a center for human movement science at MGM Institute of Health Sciences (MGMIHS) was successfully completed in February 2015. To address an urgent need to integrate clinical biomechanics in health care, I proposed a project to the International Society of Biomechanics to establish a center for movement analysis through the EDC initiative.

After initial positive encouragement from Prof.Julie Steele (ISB President 2009-2011) in Aug ust 2012 at ESM, Aalborg, Denmark, I began communication with Dr.AndreaHemmerich, a highly enthusiastic, supportive and focused EDC Officer to identify the objectives and outcome of such a center. Continued Skype discussions over a year between Andrea and me chipped in the draft of the MoU which was presented to the ISB Executive Council Members at the XXIV ISB Congress, Natal, Brazil in August 2013 in partnership with Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IITB) and Cardiff University, UK. Many thanks for the ISB travel grant and support from MGMIHS that I managed to travel to Natal for the presentation and discussion.

Andrea together with other participants, including Prof. Ton van den Bogert, had convened a workshop to discuss the challenges economically developing countries faced to establish infrastructure for research and training in Biomechanics. It was very helpful to listen to experiences and evaluate our proposal.

Andrea and I then met with Prof. Ton van den Bogert (ISB President at the time) and Prof. Bart Koopman (ISB Developing Countries Officer) to discuss the proposal to assess its feasibility, viability and relevance in India. At that point we discussed that we had local support from Prof.B.Ravi, IITB, and support from Cardiff University through Prof. Robert van Deursen. We also discussed how we were trying to seek support from the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, for this initiative and also to build awareness about this science and its application in health care to address culturally specific needs of Indian lifestyle. The team was convinced and it was decided to seek support from sponsors of ISB to move forward. Ton discussed with Mr. Gary Blanchard (AMTI) and Mr. Andy Ray (Vicon) and they kindly agreed in principle and we took another step forward. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in 2013 between primary collaborating partners to structure and foster teamwork.

Untiring efforts from Andrea and the EDC team we were finally offered a huge generous donation from Vicon and AMTI: an 8-camera Vicon system and 2 force plates. In the meanwhile in May 2014, Robert van Deursen was sponsored by ISB to visit the site in Mumbai and help in the ground work planning for installation.

At this point Ms. Adele Burdock and Mr. François Asseman appeared on the scene and the planning for the shipment began. The actual shipment and the paper work for custom clearance was a highly complex and arduous task accomplished by Adele and François. We are ever so grateful to both of them for their perseverance.

Finally we received the equipment on Wednesday evening i.e. 11th of February. Robert had arrived for his second visit on 8th February and we were setting the site for installation - right from shopping for the clamps to the camera to getting the pipes and cable trays fitted for the cameras. Robert has done a commendable job working approx. long (10 hours on two days) hours in an environment which was full of dust and paint smell. On 9th and 10th February the pit was prepared to install the force plates and the metal pipes were fixed around the walls to mount the cameras under the guidance of Robert and Mr. Rupesh Pagdhare.

On Wednesday11th February, after we received the goods, Rupesh installed the force plates till 2.15am on Thursday i.e.12th Feb. I must deeply acknowledge the ongoing support and hard work from Mr.Vivek Nadkarni, Mrs.Tanuja Nadkarni and Rupesh (Indian team for Vicon and AMTI support) during the process of installation which continues. The installation was finally completed on Saturday afternoon i.e. 14th of February!!! We were all set to collect the data but, unfortunately, we could not achieve that because of inappropriate flooring.

But since then the system was tested and it all works well! Robert returned to Cardiff on Sunday with a sore throat after a week of hard work and we are extremely grateful to him for his efforts. We are also grateful to Robert for planning his academic and research activities at Cardiff University to allow time for two visits to the lab to help in the lab design, installation, training course and project discussion.

Mr. Nadkarni's team fine tuned the set up and we collected data on Thursday 19thFebruary 2015!!!. Analysis of data and generation of report has some hiccups which are being sorted with help from Mr. Jacques Gay (Vicon) and Rupesh. Another important activity we have been discussing with Robert during his visits in May 2014 and February 2015 is designing the training course in clinical biomechanics. Initial discussions were held with engineering board of MGM Trust and IITB on issues such as need, intake, duration and eligibility for the training course with an objective of generating a task force within the country for undertaking research and developing this science further in India. Further discussion was held with Robert and Andrea via Skype in May to agree upon the need and feasibility of such a program.

Now along with my colleague, Jyoti Chatla, we have collected data with whole body marker system for Yoga postures, squatting and dance postures. Analysis of these 3 postures form three different research projects and respective teams involving Prof.Ravi, Dr.Tandaiya and rest of the IITB group, Robert and Andrea are already identified. It is promising to have multidisciplinary teams of enthusiastic physiotherapists and mechanical engineers eager to work together at the center. After ironing the creases in data collection and fine tuning the system the projects should take off and then a lot of scientific knowledge will unfold through various projects which are at a stage of concept design. Prof.Nordin visited the center last week and commented it could be a facility for students from other countries to work on their projects. The center is open for enthusiastic researchers to work...

We are extremely grateful to ISB for helping us make this start with generous support from VICON and AMTI. Without support from ISB, MGMIHS would not have realized this dream to begin work in this area.

 

Dr. Rajani Mullerpatan
Prof-Director
MGM Center for Human Movement Science
MGM Institute of Health Sciences
Navi Mumbai, India

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Grant Competition for Economically Developing Countries

Posted on March 29, 2015

Announcing the 2015 Three-Minute EDC MicroGrant Competition

Do you have an idea for a biomechanics-related project to help a local community in an Economically Developing Country (EDC)?  Do you need funding and support for it to become a reality?  Do you want to raise awareness about how biomechanics research can address needs in developing countries?

 

If you answered “yes” to all three questions, then we invite you to participate in our Three-Minute EDC MicroGrant Competition at the ISB2015 Congress.

About the Competition

 As part of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) EDC programme, we are dedicated to supporting international initiatives that promote research, education, and the provision of healthcare in the field of biomechanics in developing countries. Recognizing that sustainable solutions to challenges in EDCs are initiated by you - local researchers and your collaborators - this competition is intended to support your innovative ideas while raising awareness about related challenges within the ISB community.

The competition will be held at the ISB2015 Congress in Glasgow. The microgrant will be awarded to the individual or team that presents the best proposal for a project that

  • employs biomechanics to address challenges in an underrepresented community;
  • provides biomechanics training and education in EDCs;
  • fosters biomechanics growth in EDCs.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Do I need to be an EDC member to participate?

No, non-EDC members are encouraged to participate. However, non-EDC members must be collaborating as part of a team with an ISB-EDC member to be eligible.

  1. Do I need to be at the ISB2015 Congress to present my proposal?

While we encourage all participants to present their 3-minute proposal in person at the event, we recognize that a number of barriers - including financial - may preclude you from attending the conference. If you cannot be present at the event, there are several options that will still allow you to participate:

  • Have a team member present on your behalf;
  • Present remotely via web conferencing (e.g. Skype, Google Hangout);
  • Submit a video of your presentation that will be presented by the organizers.

Please note that the EDC team member(s) must be part of the presentation in some format!

  1. Do I need to be in an academic faculty position to participate?

No, any ISB member is eligible to participate. We highly encourage students to present their innovative ideas!

  1. What is the value of the microgrant?

Due to limitations of our current EDC budget, we are using a crowdsourcing approach to raise funds through our ISB community during the ISB2015 registration process for this initiative. All funds donated by congress registrants will go directly to winners of the 2015 Three-Minute EDC MicroGrant Competition. We anticipate the value of the microgrant to be between USD $1000 and $2000.

  1. When during the conference will the competition be held?

The competition will be part of the EDC Meet & Greet event. We encourage presenters to meet and discuss their projects with interested members of the audience and other presenters after the competition.

  1. How do I register for the competition?

Anyone who would like to present their three-minute proposal is asked to e-mail the EDC Project Officers, Andrea Hemmerich (a.hemmerich@alumni.utoronto.ca) and Bart Koopman (H.F.J.M.Koopman@utwente.nl), with the following information:

  • Name of project,
  • Team members, indicating EDC and non-EDC contributors,
  • Proposal abstract (maximum 100 words).

The final registration deadline will be July 3rd, 2015. However, teams are encouraged to submit their ideas by June 1st if you are interested in receiving feedback from the EDC officers (either by e-mail or Skype).

We also encourage you to share ideas on our Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter accounts (#ISBiomechanics #EDCmicrogrant) in order to receive feedback from the wider ISB community.  Raising awareness for these ideas will also promote donations to the grant!

  1. What should I include in the presentation?

Your presentation should include

  • background information about the problem and context,
  • your proposal to address the issue(s) including your project plan and budget, and
  • the significance of your proposed project to communities in developing regions.

Visual aids are permitted, but not necessary. Please keep in mind that these are aids to support content and use should be limited given the 3-minute timeframe!

  1. Do I need to present in English?

Yes, due to the common language of the ISB2015 Congress, we require all proposals to be presented in English. However, applicants with less than perfect English will not be penalized, but we do encourage you to seek additional assistance before presenting.

  1. What judging criteria will be used?

Presentations will be judged on both content and engagement. A panel of judges will consider the following questions:

  • Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background to the issue being addressed and its significance?
  • Did the presentation clearly describe the key points of your proposed plan of action?
  • Is the quality of your idea and the strength of your team high enough to meet the project objectives and intended outcome?
  • Is the proposed project financially feasible? Have you proposed a sensible use of the grant money?
  • Does the proposed project align with the EDC programme and competition objectives?
  • Did your convey enthusiasm for your proposal?
  • Did visual aids enhance the presentation - were they clear, legible, and concise?
  1. When will the winner be announced?

The winner of the competition will be announced shortly after all presentations have been given, towards the end of the EDC Meet & Greet event.

  1. Are there any further responsibilities if we receive the grant?

In order to raise awareness about our ISB-EDC initiatives so that we may continue supporting innovative researchers such as yourselves, we ask that you provide a brief report describing the outcomes of your project within a year of receiving the funds. This report would be shared with the biomechanics community on our website and in the ISB Now newsletter.

  1. How could I support this initiative without participating in the competition?

There are a number of ways you can support this initiative without actually presenting a proposal.

  • Attend the EDC Meet & Greet event to cheer on the participants and inspire dialogue about their ideas after their presentations.
  • Donate to the grant through the ISB2015 congress registration page.
  • Provide constructive feedback to participants who have posted ideas on our social media pages.

If you would like to donate to the EDC microgrant, but are not attending the Congress, please e-mail the ISB-EDC Project Officers, ISB President, or ISB Treasurer.

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Biomechanics in Developing Countries

Posted on December 22, 2014

Webinar: Benefits and Challenges of Biomechanics Research in Developing Countries

Last month I had the pleasure of presenting a webinar on the “Benefits and Challenges of Biomechanics Research in Developing Countries” as part of a series organized by Professor Felipe Carpes to promote online biomechanics education. In the presentation, I illustrated the link between biomechanics research and global health priorities, such as those related to the Millennium Development Goals. Drawing on examples within the ISB community, I highlighted how EDC biomechanics can shed light on connections between social determinants and health outcome, in addition to improving treatment and lifestyle choices of populations worldwide. Not surprisingly, there are also many challenges associated with conducting biomechanics research in developing countries. At the end of the presentation I spoke briefly about how we can address these challenges in order to continue to advance biomechanics opportunities in EDCs.

If you were not able to attend this webinar, you can still access it online at the following link: http://webconf.unipampa.edu.br/p15734254/.

To learn more about Felipe’s biomechanics research initiatives at the University of Pampa, Brazil, and the history of collaboration with the ISB, please visit the UniPampa project page on the ISB website.

Exciting developments are also taking place on the opposite side of the globe at the MGMIHS clinical biomechanics lab in Mumbai, India. The ISB has been working closely with Dr. Mullerpatan, MGMIHS Project Director, as well as AMTI and Vicon to support expansion of the lab; installation of a motion capture system and force platforms is scheduled for early 2015. Stay tuned for an update on this project in the following ISB NOW newsletter.

Andrea Hemmerich
Economically Developing Countries (EDC) Project Officer

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