December 2017 Issue

Posted on December 20, 2017

ISB Now - December 2017

President's Blog       December, 2017

It has been several months since we last met in Brisbane, Australia for the ISB Congress that was, in everyone’s eyes, a very successful event. I would like to belatedly congratulate the organizers of that Congress, including ISB President Andrew Cresswell, for their hard work. There were a number of other ISB members on the organizing committee that I will not mention specifically but they should be noted for their excellent work. More than 80% of delegates came from over 50 countries, thus the aim of hosting a truly international congress was achieved. Personally, this congress was the epitome of what a scientific congress should be and I hope that future ISB congresses follow the example of the XXVI Congress.

Many ISB members are now gearing up for the World Congress of Biomechanics meeting in Dublin, Ireland this summer (July 8-12, 2018). ISB will have a significant presence at this Congress with a plenary session and three sessions sponsored and organized by ISB. The invited speaker for the plenary session is Professor Toni Arndt from Sweden, currently the ISB President-Elect. The three other sessions were organized by two ISB Technical Groups and an ISB Working Group. Each of these three sessions will have two keynote speakers and several speakers who submitted abstracts specifically foe these sessions. ISB session 1, organized by the Technical Group on Computer Simulation is titled ‘Computer Simulation of Human Movement and will have keynote speakers Brian Umberger (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA) and Jeff Reinbolt (University of Tennessee, USA). ISB session 2 was organized by the Footwear Biomechanics Group wand will have keynote speakers Sharon Dixon (University of Exeter, UK) and Wolfgang Potthast (German Sports University Cologne, Germany). The third session is being organized by the Motor Control working group with keynote speakers Antonie van den Bogert (Cleveland State University, USA) and Robert Gregg (University of Texas-Dallas, USA). In addition, there are several ISB members who are organizing other sessions for the WCB meeting.

ISB will also be prominent at the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK) meeting that will also be held in Dublin (June 30-July 2, 2018). ISB speakers at this conference will include Roger Enoka (University of Colorado, USA), Walter Herzog (University of Calgary, Canada) and Taija Finni (University of Jyväskylä, Finland).

Finally, I would like to announce the formation of a committee of accomplished ISB scientists to produce an ISB White Paper regarding the standardization of kinetic results for presentations at professional symposia and publishing in professional journals. This committee is ably led by Professor Tim Derrick (Iowa State University, USA) with members Alberto Leardini (Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli, Italy), Andrea Cereatti (University of Sassari, Italy), Antonie van den Bogert (Cleveland State University, USA), Glen Lichtwark (University of Queensland, Australia), Raphael Dumas (University of Lyon, France) and Silvia Fantozzi (University of Bologna, Italy).

At this time of year, we all look forward to our holidays and I wish all a pleasant holiday and a Happy New Year.

Joseph Hamill, Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

President, International Society of Biomechanics

Students' Corner

First, I’d like to give a huge thanks to Kirsty McDonald for all of her work as Student Representative the past two years. She has led great efforts throughout her term and the student events she organized at the XXVI Congress in Brisbane all went exceptionally well.

Past Student Representative, Kirsty (left), and incoming Student Representative, Melissa (right) in Brisbane.

ISB 2017: Brisbane

The students at ISB enjoyed events both during and outside of the congress. Thank you to everyone who helped with planning, volunteered time at, and participated in these events!

Both mentoring roundtable lunches were very successful, and students received great advice from the mentors who participated.

Student Night Out: We also enjoyed a fun night out together in Brisbane!

Recommended Reads in Biomechanics

Before her term concluded, Kirsty reached out to ISB Fellows who kindly put together a set of ‘Recommended Reads.’ This was a great idea and an excellent source of biomechanics readings, which can be found here.

World Congress of Biomechanics Student Event

We will hold an event for the ISB students in Dublin during the World Congress of Biomechanics. The event will be held on Sunday evening, the first day of the congress (8 July 2018), with more details to follow. Looking forward to seeing familiar faces from Brisbane and meeting new student members!

Connect with ISB on Social Media

Keep up to date with ISB by liking our ISB Facebook Page, joining the Student Members Facebook Page and following ISB on Twitter!. If you have any feedback, comments, suggestions or questions please feel free to contact me at

Kind regards,

Melissa Boswell


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


  • 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.


  • 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

Me (right) with my supervisor Mike Rainbow and fellow Queen’s student Lauren Welte at the conference banquet.



Name of Investigators: K. Michael Rowley, BS, BA, Advisor: Kornelia Kulig, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Name of Grant: Interfering with conscious motor processing during dynamic balance: Investigating persons with and without recurrent low back pain

The International Society of Biomechanics’ Matching Dissertation Grant was used to investigate the effects of dual-task interference on trunk control during a dynamic unstable balance task in participants with and without recurrent low back pain (LBP). Associations between these effects and psychometric and motor control measures were tested in order to better our understanding of interactions between cognition, posture, and a history of pain.

Twenty-one participants with recurrent low back pain and twenty-two pain-free control participants were recruited and tested. First, the balance-dexterity task was characterized by investigating associations between task performance, trunk coordination, and various electromyographic and psychometric measures. Then, groups were compared. Persons with a history of low back pain exhibited reduced trunk coupling – meaning more dissociated or independent motion of the thorax and pelvis segments. This reduced trunk coupling was associated with the ratio of lumbar multifidus activation to lumbar erector spinae activation. In pain-free control participants, there was no uniform change in trunk coupling from single- to dual-task conditions – some participants became more tightly coupled in the trunk and some increased independent motion of the trunk segments (less coupling). Participants with recurrent low back pain, however, showed a uniform increase in trunk coupling from single- to dual-task conditions.

These findings will support the use of the balance-dexterity task in clinical and research evaluations of trunk control. In addition, the findings are important for informing rehabilitation given that dual-tasking is often prescribed during rehab to practice real-life situations. Findings from continued work on this study will help us learn more about interactions between attention, psychometric measures, and motor control measures in patients with recurrent low back pain. Understanding these interactions will enhance multi-modal treatments, which up until now have been marginally successful.

I am very grateful to the International Society of Biomechanics for the support in completing this Dissertation.


EDC Officer Report

  • Felipe P Carpes

Dear ISB members. 2017 is almost over, but we still have time to send some information regarding the biomechanics in the EDC.

Biomechanics library and a new laboratory in Cuba

Books donated by professor Julie Steele arrived in Cuba. Professor Carlos Días sent photos of the lab organization and a message of thanks to Julie and ISB for making the arrangement so that his group is now benefit by a number of books and journals about biomechanics. But this is not the only advance of Biomechanics in Cuba. After a couple of months negotiating, professor Días told us that his institution was able to buy a 3D motion capture system, which means that the island will have the first motion capture laboratory to leverage biomechanics research. This is a historic fact, and ISB will be following and supporting professor Días group as possible towards the full establishment of the laboratory and the research group. If you want to help, please let us know.

A new Biomechanics society is born

We have been in contact with a very active group of biomechanists from Pakistan. In the past two years or so, a biomechanics society has been organized in Pakistan. In 2017, the society was registered as the Pakistan Society of Sports Biomechanics. The first president is professor Muhammad Asghar Javed. Everybody who wants to learn about the society is invited to make contact by the e-mail address or cell phone # 00923334395306 + whatsapp.

Student grants to join Technical Group Meetings

EDC students are encouraged to apply for the technical group meeting travel grant program. This grant is offered to the student members of the ISB attending the affiliated Technical Group meetings. It helps reducing the travel expenses to attend meetings of the 3-D Analysis of Human Movement (3DAHM), International Shoulder Group (ISG), Footwear Biomechanics Group (FBG), and Technical Group on Computer Simulation (TGCS). By virtue of the need to move the meetings among different continents, it is often very difficult for students to afford to travel to the meetings or to pay the registration fee if they can travel. However, we will offer travel grants (up to $US 500) to the students who will be presenting their research results at the aforementioned Technical Group meetings. Application forms are available in the ISB website and applications are to be received by February 28th 2018. Applicants will be notified by May 1st 2018.


List of new members

  • Ross Sanders
  • Saša Ćuković
  • Ursula Trinler
  • Jordan Andersen
  • Yo Shih
  • Kristen Lipscomb
  • chenglong feng
  • Stephen Cobb
  • Carlton Cooke
  • Daiani de Campos
  • Carl Berkowitz
  • Emily Gerstle
  • Angelo Macaro
  • Ata Babazadeh
  • Erica Casto
  • Munavvar Juman
  • John-Paul Donlon
  • Pengfei Yang
  • Joe Testa
  • Moiyad Aljehani
  • Maria Bisele
  • Marc Portus
  • Heiko Wagner
  • Mahboobeh Mehdikhani
  • Adam Hunter
  • Adam Bryant
  • Ross Wilkinson
  • Tomas Rusnak
  • Natalia Alfaro
  • Molly Connolly
  • Ben Bugden
  • Robert Stephenson
  • Gretchen Roman
  • Ramona Ritzmann


Save the Date: ISB 2019

Preparations for ISB 2019 in Calgary are going well. The Convention Center is booked, hotel arrangements for your convenience have been made, and a preliminary schedule will be posted on the ISB 2019 website early in the New Year (

Most important, at this point, is to reserve the dates:

July 31st to Aug 4th, 2019

The ISB conference will be held in conjunction with the meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics and the support of the Canadian Society for Biomechanics.

The Footwear Biomechanics Group has already scheduled a satellite symposium at the beautiful Kananaskis Delta Hotel preceding the ISB conference (July 27-July 30, 2019).

Also at the Kananaskis Delta Hotel, we are planning a symposium on skeletal muscle mechanics (from Molecules to Muscle Function, July 27-July 29, 2019).

We have received great support from various faculties, departments and institutes of the University of Calgary, and from Delsys Inc., for travel/reduced registration for students from economically developing countries attending ISB 2019. Details of this program will be forthcoming.

Brisbane 2017 has barely gone, and what a success it was! And here we are, with ISB 2019 just around the corner (at least from our point of view). Please send us any ideas about special symposia and featured speakers that you might like to see. We are starting to prepare the program at this time and any input is greatly appreciated and welcome.

On behalf of the organizing committee, we are looking forward to welcoming you all to beautiful Calgary and the incomparable Rocky Mountains.

With warm regards,

Walter Herzog


Save the Date: National Biomechanics Day, April 11, 2018,

October 15, 2017

Hello Biomechanists Worldwide,

Ready…Set…Blast Off, NBD 2018!

Registration is now open for the third annual National Biomechanics Day. We stunned ourselves by hosting over 7,000+ high school students in synchronized, around-the-world NBD events in 2017! Now we are ready to stun the world with truly vast numbers of Biomechanists and high schoolers participating in National Biomechanics Day 2018. Our goal is 20,000 to 30,000 high school students enjoying NBD 2018 and we can reach this goal with your participation. We all make NBD so successful and greater than the sum of its parts because through NBD we’ve created a collaborative framework within which we all enthusiastically and jointly celebrate Biomechanics. While many people host wonderful individual Biomechanics demonstrations, our combined NBD events unify Biomechanics around the world providing a coordinated and exciting Biomechanics extravaganza. Pretty cool. Those of you new to NBD will be so surprised by the joy created through NBD participation, joy in Biomechanists and joy in high schoolers. I am not kidding or exaggerating.

While many people have made similar statements here I include Justus Ortega’s simple wisdom about NBD 2017, “It was awesome…and it was inspiring.” This year we enact our mantra, we make Biomechanics the Breakthrough Science of the 21st Century.

Click Here to register for NBD 2018:

ISB tutorials attract over 170 attendees in both tracks

Posted on July 4, 2017

This year’s tutorials at ISB provide updates on MRI and ultrasound imaging techniques, on exoskeletons and multiscale modelling for biomechanics in various research topics. Prof. Lynne Bilston discusses MRI methods for musculoskeletal, resipiratory and neurological disorders but also shares her career path as a female biomechanist. Prof. François Hug lectures about conventional and novel ultrasound techniques and gives practical demonstrations with Dr. Dominic Farris and Dr. Bart Bolsterlee. Prof. Peter Hunter will introduce multiscale modeling and demonstrate the use of the Physiome Project framework for interpreting physiological measurements of the musculo-skeletal system. A/Prof Greg Sawicki presents a roadmap for the design of lower-limb robotic exoskeletons with live demonstrations of unpowered elastic ankle exoskeleton.

Currently there are over 170 registered attendees in both tracks, with tutorials at near capacity. There are some places left, however please register now to ensure that you can secure your place.

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ISB 2017 Call for abstracts

Posted on December 19, 2016

The ISB 2017 Congress Committee invites you to participate in ISB 2017 to be held in Brisbane from 23 – 27 July 2017.

The call for abstracts and registration for the Congress are now open!

The Program Committee invites authors to submit abstracts for presentation within the program of ISB 2017. Submissions are sought for oral and poster presentations and the program committee encourages submissions related to the following themes:

  1. Clinical biomechanics
  2. Tissue and Cellular biomechanics
  3. Organ Biomechanics
  4. Musculoskeletal biomechanics
  5. Gait and posture
  6. Biomedical engineering
  7. Robotics and prosthetics
  8. Injury and rehabilitation biomechanics
  9. Computational / Simulation
  10. Sports biomechanics and technology
  11. Comparative biomechanics
  12. Neuromechanics
  13. Biomechanics of Women
  14. Experimental technologies/Instrumentation
  15. Animation/VR/Gaming
  16. Occupational biomechanics – ergonomics

Please click here for more information and to submit an abstract.

Abstract submissions must be received by 13 January 2017, 11.59pm EST. Authors will be notified of acceptance at the end of February 2017.

Registration for ISB 2017 is also now open. Delegates may register for the Congress by completing the online registration form. Registration must be completed by 17 March 2017 to qualify for the early bird rates.

Please click here for more information and to register.

Thank you

On behalf of the ISB 2017 Program Committee

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ISB 2017 Tutorials: Imaging

Posted on September 26, 2016

What can modern imaging methods do?

We are pleased to announce that ISB tutorials in Brisbane 2017 will be given by Professor Peter Hunter, Professor Gregory Sawicki, Professor Lynne Bilston and by Professor François Hug, Dr. Dominic Farris and Dr. Bart Bolsterlee. Two of the tutorials focus on state-of-the art imaging methods in biomechanics basic and applied research, and these are introduced in this issue.

Ultrasound techniques for muscle-tendon imaging

François Hug, Dominic Farris and Bart Bolsterlee

Beyond the coordination between multiple effectors at different levels (e.g. between individual muscles, between joints), successful movements involve interactions between muscles and connective tissues (e.g. aponeurosis, tendons). In-vivo muscle biomechanical properties have been classically inferred from global methods (e.g. inverse dynamics, joint torque) that cannot isolate the behaviour of individual muscles or structures.

This tutorial will present an overview of the ultrasound methods that enable muscle and tendinous tissues to be imaged in real time. This tutorial will first introduce B-mode imaging and advanced methods to assess displacements within the muscle-tendon unit (semi-automated tracking, 3D freehand ultrasound). Second, the issue of probe positioning for 2-D measurements will be discussed through examples of the human medial gastrocnemius muscle. Future directions should combine displacements assessed using B-mode ultrasound with actual force applied on tissues. The third part of this tutorial will therefore present an ultrasound shear wave elastography technique that showed potential in estimation of both active and passive muscle force. Recent development of this elastography technique for tendon research will be presented. This tutorial will include both lectures and demonstrations.

MR imaging in biomechanics

What existing and emerging MRI methods are useful for biomechanists, and how can you apply them to musculoskeletal, respiratory and neurological disorders?

Lynne Bilston

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is commonly used to make structural and functional measurements in a wide variety of clinical and experimental contexts. However, it is also increasingly being used by biomechanists to make biomechanical measurements, including quantitative measurements of fluid flows, measurements of tissue mechanical properties, and joint and muscle kinematics. In this tutorial, you will learn about some of the current and emerging MRI techniques that can be used for biomechanics applications, their strengths and limitations, and examples of how they can be used for both research and clinical applications in a wide range of clinical disorders across the cardiovascular, neurological, musculoskeletal, and respiratory domains. We will also briefly discuss the use of MRI for building and validating computational models.

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Introduction to The Musculoskeletal Atlas Project (MAP)

Posted on June 20, 2016

Subject-specific computational models of the musculoskeletal system have tremendous potential for clinical and sporting applications. A common approach to generate musculoskeletal models is to scale a generic model to match subject-specific landmarks, which are typically taken from optical motion capture. However, simple linear scaling does not account for individual variation in bone geometry and inaccurate landmark identification can result in non-physiological segment lengths. Furthermore, joint centres and joint axes in scaled generic models are often not adjusted to match an individual subject. Another approach is to generate subject-specific models from medical imaging data, although this process is time-consuming, costly, and requires a high level of expertise involving specialised software.

Data reduction methods, such as Principal Component Analysis, or PCA, can be used to efficiently characterise the morphological variation of bones across a population, sometimes referred to as a ‘shape model’. Shape models have excellent potential to assist in the generation of subject-specific musculoskeletal models. Our research group at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute has developed an open-source software platform, called the Musculoskeletal Atlas Project (MAP), to enable biomechanics researchers to rapidly generate musculoskeletal models using population-based scaling (see the following webinar on customising OpenSim models). The main advantage of using a shape model to perform geometric scaling is that the resulting musculoskeletal model is constrained by an underlying model of physiological anatomy and the joint centres and axes can easily be re-calculated and embedded into the model. The surface geometry output from the MAP Client can be used with various software platforms for simulation, such as OpenSim, FEBio, OpenCMISS, etc (see Figure).

Overview of the Musculoskeletal Atlas Project. The MAP Client receives input and provides an interface to an underlying database and model repository. Output from the MAP Client includes models compatible with other simulation software.

Overview of the Musculoskeletal Atlas Project. The MAP Client receives input and provides an interface to an underlying database and model repository. Output from the MAP Client includes models compatible with other simulation software.

The MAP platform is based around a workflow manager, called the MAP Client, which is a cross-platform application that can be used to create workflows from a collection of workflow steps. Each workflow step is simply a plugin, which performs tasks of varying complexity (e.g. segmentation, mesh fitting, registration, PCA-based fitting, etc). The entire code base is written in Python to enable easy sharing. Indeed, the central idea for the MAP Client is to allow users to develop and share their own plugins that can be used in a workflow. The requirements for developing a workflow step have been kept as low as practicable thus allowing plugin creators to concentrate on the practical implementation of the step rather than conforming to the plugin API. Additionally the Plugin Wizard tool greatly simplifies the first stage in creating a workflow step and generates a considerable amount of the skeleton code required. You can learn more about MAP by browsing the documentation at or by downloading the code from GitHub:

Having a plugin based framework makes it possible for groups to share their workflows and workflow steps without requiring a lot of extraneous software. Also having users create and share their plugins increases the flexibility of the MAP Client and distances users from relying on an external team of developers. Imagine an active ISB community of MAP Client users that can share their code, experience, and ideas. Perhaps organized sessions and workshops at the next ISB conference to learn about new methods and share workflows?

Please get in touch to let us know what you think, if you are interested to learn more about the Musculoskeletal Atlas Project, and would like to contribute or get started.


Thor Besier  (

Informatics Officer, ISB

Auckland Bioengineering Institute and Dept of Engineering Science, University of Auckland

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Emeritus Members

Posted on December 23, 2015

One of the lesser known categories of membership with ISB is 'Emeritus Member'.  To be in this elite group the individual must be retired from professional employment in biomechanics, and to have been an active member of the Society for at least ten years prior to obtaining emeritus status.

Here is a list of our emeritus faculty. As you will see from this list, many emeritus members are still very much active in the field of biomechanics and/or the society!

  • Barry Bates, University of Oregon
  • Guido Bergmaier, Sportlehrer ETH
  • Robert Gregor,  The Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Elizabeth Roberts, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Eric Sprigings, University of Saskatchewan
  • Guenter Rau,  Aachen University of Technology
  • Bart Van Gheluwe, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • David Sanderson, University of British Columbia
  • Christopher (Kit) Vaughan, University of Cape Town
  • Jesus Dapena, Indiana University
  • Graeme Wood, University of Western Australia
  • W. Lutz Bauer, University of Bremen
  • D. Gordon Robertson,  University of Ottawa
  • Sandra Olney, Queen's University
  • Mont Hubbard, University of California
  • Don Chaffin, University of Michigan
  • Felix Zajac, Stanford University
  • Christian Högfors Ziebell, Centre for Biomechanics, Göteborg
  • Kim A.Burton, University of Huddersfield
  • R. McNeill Alexander, University of Leeds
  • Ian A.F. Stokes, University of Vermont

The list includes many names which may be familiar.  It includes the longtime editor of Clinical Biomechanics (Kim), some former ISB Presidents (Guenter, Kit, and Sandra), a Muybridge award winner (McNeill), as well as former Executive Council members and congress keynote speakers.  Also on that list is Graeme Wood, who organized our congress in 1991 and has served as our treasurer since 1989.  No other ISB member has had such long continuous service to the ISB as Graeme, and we all owe him our thanks.

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Announcement of ISB Fellows

Posted on September 30, 2015

At the XXV Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics in Glasgow we appointed our inaugural class of ISB Fellows.  Julie Steele in a previous issue of ISB Now outlined the selection procedure for these fellows, and we are grateful to Julie as she served as the Censor of the Fellows for this initial round of appointments.  These fellows were announced at the ISB General Assembly.  The anticipation is that these fellows will continue to contribute to the various functions of the society.

The inaugural class pictured below comprised: Maarten Bobbert (VU University Amsterdam),  Ton van den Bogert (Cleveland State University),  Brian Davis (University of Akron),  Vernonique Feipel  (Université Libre de Bruxelles),  Walter Herzog (University of Calgary),  Jill McNitt-Gray (University of Southern California),  Peter Milburn (Griffith University),  Mary Rodgers (University of Maryland),  Darren Stefanyshyn (University of Calgary), and Ron Zernicke (University of Michigan).

The inaugural class of ISB Fellows, outside of the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow.

The inaugural class of ISB Fellows, outside of the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow.


Congratulations to all of them.

John Challis

Penn State University


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Second ISB Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics at ISB2015

Posted on September 30, 2015


We would like to thank all attendees of the 2nd ISB Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics for a great event. The Symposium was held on Sunday July 12th 2015 on the opening day of the XXV Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) in Glasgow, UK.

The Initiative, organized by prof. Carlo J. De Luca and the ISB Working Group in Motor Control, featured a Keynote Lecture by Professor Paavo Komi from the University of Jyväskylä (Finland) and the following internationally distinguished researchers:

Dr. Aurelio Cappozzo (University of Rome “Foro Italico”, Italy)

Dr. Joseph McIntyre (Tecnalia Research and Innovation – Health Division, Spain)

Dr. Katherine Steele (University of Washington, USA)

Dr. Benno Nigg (University of Calgary, Canada)

Dr. Vinzenz Von Tscharner (University of Calgary, Canada)

Dr. Patrick van der Smagt (Technische Universität München, Germany)

Dr. Carlo J. De Luca (Boston University, USA)

Dr. Marco Knaflitz (Politecnico di Torino, Italy)

Dr. Madeleine Lowery (University College Dublin, Ireland)

Dr. Maria Cristina Bisi (Università di Bologna, Italy)


See the event flyer for details.

Thank you all for participating!


Symposium Organizers:

Carlo J. De Luca, Professor Emeritus, Boston University (USA)

Philip Rowe, Professor, University of Strathclyde (UK)

Paola Contessa, Research Scientist, Delsys Inc. (USA)


Motor Control Seed Group accepted as Working Group

The Motor Control Group was established as a Seed Group of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) at the XXIV Congress of ISB in Natal (Brazil) in 2013.

We are very pleased to announce that ISB has approved the Motor Control Group to become a Working Group of ISB ( at the past XXV Congress of ISB in Glasgow, 2015.

The affiliation recognizes the interest of the Biomechanics community in Motor Control and aims at strengthening the link between the two fields.

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Updates from our new EDC Officer, Felipe Carpes

Posted on September 30, 2015

Dear ISB members,

This is Felipe Carpes, your new EDC officer in the ISB Executive Council. After the great job Andrea and all the EDC committee members did in the ISB in the last years, I have the challenge to keep all the current actions running and propose new opportunities for EDC biomechanics scientists and students around the globe. In a few weeks you will receive a message concerning details of the current ISB initiatives in the EDCs. Additionally, we are working to update the contact list of EDC members to ensure that all of them can receive information about opportunities and also keep in touch with the EDC officer. We will also request updates on the current projects, to promote the activities developed and to incentive new ones. Any time you have any questions or suggestions, as well as if you want to help EDC initiatives, do not hesitate in contact me.

Neuromech TV is live at Youtube


As part of our EDC project related to biomechanics learning in the Federal University of Pampa in Brazil, our group has now launched the Neuromech TV. After almost three years promoting online webinars and symposiums, in the last year we started to record the webinars and also lectures in some events, especially the Annual Symposium on Applied Neuromechanics, which is an event our Research Group on Applied Neuromechanics from the Federal University of Pampa organizes every year in partnership with others Brazilian biomechanics groups. Neuromech TV is a Youtube Channel with the purpose to create and share scientific materials with free online access and with quality enough to help students and scientists interested in the study of the human movement, and its related topics. The Neuromech TV offers videos for free and does not have any commercial or economic interest. The channel now has more than 20 lectures online, and the next update will be related to some small courses and also interviews. Some of the material will be in English, other in Portuguese or Spanish.

If you like the idea, subscribe to the channel in YouTube. Here is the link:

If you want to join this collaborative project, you are very welcome!

Felipe Carpes, Ph.D.

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Fellowship of the International Society of Biomechanics

Posted on June 30, 2015

In 2013 the Council agreed to establish a Fellowship of the International Society of Biomechanics (FISB). The purpose of awarding Fellowships of the ISB is to recognize distinguished professional achievement in biomechanics.  Fellows of the ISB are encouraged to provide continued professional service and leadership to the Society, particularly to foster the activities of Early Career Researchers within the Society.



Fellowship will be awarded to members of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) who, as of 1 January in an ISB Congress year, have fulfilled the requirements for Fellowship.  The minimum requirements for an application to be reviewed are listed below.

  • Full membership in good standing of the ISB for at least 10 consecutive years, at the time of nomination, and for the duration of the Fellowship.
  • Attended at least 3 of the 5 preceding ISB Congresses
  • Published at least 20 manuscripts relating to biomechanics in international peer-reviewed journals of high repute
  • Presented at least one paper or poster at an ISB Congress within 3 years of application
  • Demonstrated high standards of service to the ISB by being an active:
    • member of the ISB Council,
    • member of an ISB working party,
    • member of the organizing committee for an ISB Congress, or
    • member of a scientific committee for an ISB Congress
  • Evidence of having advanced the biomechanics profession in definitive ways (e.g. awards; attainment of research grants; publishing book chapters etc.)
  • Be endorsed by two ISB Fellows or ISB Council members, who will confirm in writing the applicant’s high level of competence and ethical conduct within the disciple of biomechanics.



For the first round of Fellows, the ISB President, John Challis, has appointed Past-President, Professor Julie Steele, as Censor of the Fellows.  The Censor, together with the current ISB President, is in the process of drafting a list of recommended candidates for the first round of ISB Fellows.  This list of recommended candidates will then be presented to the ISB Executive Council at their pre-Congress meeting in Glasgow.  The Fellowships, which must be approved by two-thirds vote of the ISB Executive Council, will then be awarded at the General Assembly held during ISB2015.

Following the awarding of the first round of Fellowships, all current full members with a minimum of 10 years membership of the International Society of Biomechanics will be encouraged to consider applying to become a Fellow of the ISB.

We look forward to presenting the first round of Fellowships in Glasgow.

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