As Past-President of ISB, one of my more enjoyable duties this year was to chair the selection committee for the 2015 Muybridge Award. I was assisted by two former Muybridge Award winners, Peter Cavanagh and Benno Nigg, and by John Challis, the current President of ISB.
The Muybridge Award is the most prestigious award given by the International Society of Biomechanics and is given for career achievements in the field of biomechanics. Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904) was the first to capture motion using high-speed photography, thus laying the foundation for the development of modern biomechanics. Previous winners of the award are listed here.
The committee considered a shortlist of 8 nominees. Dr. Kai-Nan An was unanimously selected because of his exceptional impact on the field of biomechanics. A quantitative measure of this impact is the staggering amount of more than 20,000 citations of his published work. It was also noted that this impact occurred across a broad area in biomechanics, ranging from fundamentals of musculoskeletal modeling to very specialized and applied questions in orthopedics of the lower and upper extremity. His work has not only impacted biomechanics, but also the clinical practice of orthopedics.
Kai-Nan An received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics in 1975 from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. He is the Director (1993-present) of the Orthopedic Biomechanics Laboratory at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and Professor of Bioengineering, Mayo Medical School. He was named the John and Posy Krehbiel Professor of Orthopedics, Mayo Medical School, in 1993. He has co-authored more than 800 scientific articles and book chapters, most appearing in peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. An’s research interests include biomechanics, biomaterials, imaging, wheelchair propulsion, orthopedics and rehabilitation. He has been awarded numerous grants from NIH and industry, and his collaboration with other institutions stretches across the globe, most recently to Asia and Europe.
Dr. An has received several awards from various societies, including the You-Li Chou Medal from the Taiwanese Society of Biomechanics, the Borelli Award from the ASB, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from National Cheng-Kung University, the Neer Award from ASES, the Kappa Delta Award from AAOS, and was named as a Fellow of the ASME in 2007. He is a founding member of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and actively serves as a mentor and advisor to graduate students and research fellows, as well as various medical and engineering organizations.
We congratulate Dr. An on winning the 2015 Muybridge Award and look forward to his Muybridge Award lecture during the 2015 Congress of the ISB.
Ton van den Bogert
Past President, ISB
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Updates from the Society
- President's Blog
- Student's Corner
- ISB Grant Reports
- ISB Student Awards
- List of new members
- Announcement of EDC Grant Competition
- 2015 Muybridge Award Winner: Kai-Nan An
ISB Election Announcements
- Message from Past-President Ton van den Bogert
- Candidates for President-Elect
- Candidates for Executive Council
- Candidates for Student Representatives
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As I write this there are 136 days left until the ISB Congress in Glasgow. Of course much hard work has already gone into preparing for our twenty fifth congress. The most recent flurry of activity was the reviewing of abstracts. I reviewed 40 abstracts, and am looking forward to hearing more detailed dispositions on the work contained in those abstracts. The peer review process is considerably older than the ISB. Henry Oldenburg (1619-1677) was the founding editor of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. These transactions were first published in 1655 and were the first scientific journal published, more importantly it also initiated peer review process. Oldenburg sent submitted manuscripts to experts to judge before potential publication. Peer review and the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society both persist to the current day.
Peer review is the corner stone of modern science. The British politician Winston Churchill (1874-1965) claimed,
“Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.”
Churchill can be paraphrased to described most scientists feelings about peer review,
“Peer review is the worst form of academic quality control, except for all the others.”
So most scientists have a love-hate relationship with peer review, although in recent years the nature of peer review has changed. For example, the on-line journal PLOS ONE (http://www.plosone.org/) has changed the peer review paradigm. They “will rigorously peer-review your submissions and publish all papers that are judged to be technically sound”, therefore their review does not assess the importance or potential impact of the work - that is left for the on-line community. In a similar fashion the relatively new on-line journal PeerJ (https://peerj.com/) “…judges content only on scientific and methodological soundness. It does not, for example, reject articles based on lack of novelty, interest or impact”. These on-line journals have different peer review criteria compared with traditional journals, and have already changed the 360 year nature of the peer review process.
The journal Environmental Microbiology annually publishes a selection of reviewers comments, many of their selection indicate the frustrations some reviewers experience,
“This is a very poor paper. I am sorry I read it. I will try to purge it from my mind.”
“This is an interesting manuscript, not because of its results, but because of its complete ignorance of the scientific process.”
“I would recommend rejecting this paper as quickly as possible.”
“This is depressing! So much work with so little science.”
“I’m not convinced that they know what they’re talking about.”
“Lots of work, effort, but no real science.”
“The peaceful atmosphere between Christmas and New Year was transiently disrupted by reading this manuscript.”
Of course not all impressions of reviewed manuscripts are bad ones,
“I nearly said reject. But then I recalled that I have a hangover and am feeling grumpy.”
“Beautiful manuscript, important, relevant and entertaining topic.”
Publishing costs money irrespective of whether it is a traditional journal or in the newer on-line versions. In the past journals were available either from libraries or due to a personal subscription to the journal. So in this case, traditional journal publishing, most people read papers due to the subscription of their institution’s library. In this case the cost of publishing was predominantly borne by institutional subscriptions. The new on-line journals are freely available to people with internet access, but in this case it is the authors who pay for the cost of publishing. So these new on-line journals have a different peer review process and payment structure; their long term impact on science is open for discussion. A hybrid model does exist where for a fee papers published in a traditional journal can be available as open access. Authors should carefully consider the implications of selecting one publishing type over another.
The nature of scientific publishing is undergoing some of the largest changes in its 360 year history. It could be argued that who pays for the publishing of work in journals is influencing the nature of the peer review process. A counter case could be made that the market place has provided different methods of getting work published, with the nature of the research dictating where the work should be published. As the nature of scientific publishing undergoes these changes one thing which remains is the importance of the peer review in the scientific process. All reviewers should be thanked for their efforts, even if they sometimes become a bit frustrated.
Penn State University
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
MGM Center for Human Movement Science
MGM Institute of Health Sciences
Navi Mumbai, India
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)
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 (email@example.com) 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!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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International Travel Grant - Kenneth Smale
Having the opportunity to travel abroad for an international research stay is a high priority for many graduate students. I am a PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Benoit at the University of Ottawa in Canada and thanks to the ISB, I was able to accept an invitation to study in Denmark. In June, I received an International Travel Grant from ISB and with this funding, I spent my time studying at the University of Copenhagen under the direction of Drs. Tine Alkjaer and Erik Simonsen. During my time in Denmark, I had many experiences and began collaborations that would have been able to take advantage of here in Canada. The biomechanics research unit at the University of Copenhagen has developed a unique relationship with the chief orthopedic surgeon Dr. Michael Krogsgaard at the nearby Bispebjerg hospital. Through this collaboration, I had a lot of access to patients who are having ACL reconstruction surgery, which allowed me to collect data on 39 participants throughout my time abroad.
On top of my data collections, I also traveled to Aalborg University to attend a musculoskeletal modeling course led by Drs. John Rasmussen and Michael Skipper Andersen. After returning from Aalborg, I attended a seminar held by the Nordic Muscle Tendon Network where I was invited to present my PhD thesis to the committee members. Finally, I also travelled to Rome in order to present at the International Society of Electromyography and Kinesiology conference. All of these opportunities enabled me to meet new people, exchange ideas and interpretations, and acquire solutions to some of my own research-related issues. For all of the above reasons and many more, I cannot express enough thanks to the ISB and their International Travel Grant program. Without their gracious support, myself and many other students would not be able to take advantage of these international research stays.
-Kenneth Smale, University of Ottowa
Matching Dissertation Grant - Dustyn Roberts
The International Society of Biomechanics Matching Dissertation Grant (MDG) gave me the opportunity to finish my PhD at New York University after giving birth to my daughter. She was born in January 2014, and although I had planned to graduate in May 2014, there were just too many loose ends to tie up with a newborn around to make that feasible. With the help of the MDG, I was able to work through the summer and graduate in September 2014.
The work that the MDG allowed me to finish up was presented at the World Congress of Biomechanics , the Dynamic Walking Conference , and ASME’s International Design Engineering Technical Conferences , where the submitted work won the 2014 Best Paper Award, Advanced Modeling and Simulation Technical Committee, ASME Computers and Information in Engineering Division. The MDG also funded the work directly related to a journal article that has been submitted and two others that are in preparation.
I will be forever grateful to ISB for providing the funding that was necessary to bridge the gap between my NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and my actual graduation date, and for the matching funds my advisor provided. I am now an Assistant Professor of Instruction at the University of Delaware, and the transition from student to professor would not have been nearly as smooth without the help of this grant.
 D. Roberts and J. H. Kim, “Joint-space metabolic energy expenditure model with maximum cocontraction bounds,” in Proc. World Congress of Biomechanics, Boston, MA, 2014.
 D. Roberts, J. H. Kim, and H. Hillstrom, “Joint-space dynamic model for metabolic cost of walking,” in Proc. Dynamic Walking Conference, Zurich, Switzerland, 2014.
 D. Roberts, H. Hillstrom, and J. H. Kim, “Joint-space dynamic model of metabolic cost with subject-specific energetic parameters,” in Proc. ASME Int. Design Engineering Technical Conf. and Computers and Information in Engineering Conf. (IDETC/CIE), Buffalo, NY, 2014.
Matching Dissertation Grant - Ramya Namani
The effect of variations in the morphology of the hip joint on Femoro-Acetabular Interference patterns during motion.
Femoro-Acetabular Impingement (FAI) is a clinical condition characterized by limited range of motion due to early abnormal bone-to-bone interference and is often associated with labrum and cartilage damage often leading to osteoarthritis . Previous studies [2, 3] suggest that the early interference at the hip joint and FAI are due to abnormal morphology of the bones. The surgical treatment of FAI  attempts to restore normal femoral morphology by removing bone regions in the femoral neck and/or the acetabular rim that are believed to produce early interference. Clinical experience of this procedure indicates less than favorable post-surgical results such as persistent pain or cartilage damage often leading to Total Hip Replacements . This suggests that other morphological abnormalities, in addition to the ones addressed by the surgery may be contributing to early interference. The main goals of this project are 1. To find the difference in morphological parameters and Interference patterns at the hip in normal and FAI patients and 2. To study the effect of abnormal morphological variations of the hip joint on FAI. These goals are achieved through the following methods.
Computerized Tomography (CT) images (resolution: 0.8mm*0.8mm*2mm) from seven healthy, non- symptomatic subjects and ten age-matched FAI patients were acquired. The CT images were processed through segmentation in ANALYZETM software to produce 3D numerical models of the femur and the acetabulum. Twenty seven morphological parameters representing common clinical parameters for the acetabulum, femur, and acetabulum-femur relations were measured from the 3D bone models and these morphological parameters were compared between the healthy and FAI subjects using statistical analysis based on t-test. For each subject, a 3D hip model was produced in which the assumed center of rotation of the hip was taken as the average location between the femoral head center and acetabular center. Motion of the hip model was produced and analyzed in a software environment ADAMSTM. For the simulation, boundary conditions consisted of a fixed acetabulum and a free femur to which moments were applied in various anatomical directions to simulate clinical tests of FAI  consisting of Flexion (100°) followed by adduction (20°) followed by internal rotation (30°-40°). An Interference Detection Algorithm (RAPIDTM) was used to detect when and where during the simulated motion contact between the proximal end of the femur and the acetabulum occurred. The interference patterns were calculated using distance maps and were compared within the subjects and between the normal and FAI subjects at each simulated position. The geometry of the 3D model was virtually changed to produce a change in each morphological parameter such as femoral shaft angle, femoral anteversion/retroversion, alpha angle and pistol grip deformity from a normal to abnormal value [2, 3]. Previously developed dynamic models were used to simulate hip motion reproducing a clinical tests for FAI  consisting of Flexion (100°) followed by adduction (20°) followed by internal rotation (30°). The interference patterns were calculated using distance maps and were compared before and after the morphological change were introduced.
The results indicate that common morphological parameters such as acetabular diameter, acetabular width, peak-edge distance, femoral neck length, femoral head diameter, alpha angle, and distance between two tear drops differ significantly between healthy and FAI subjects. Earlier interference is observed in the FAI subjects than in the normal subjects. This finding supports earlier studies documenting restricted range of motion in FAI. Abnormal values of morphological parameters such as femoral shaft angle, femoral retroversion, alpha angle and pistol grip deformity produced early interference. These results suggest that these parameters should be considered and evaluated as part of the individualized pre-planning of the FAI surgery.
I sincerely thank ISB for their generous support and I very much look forward to presenting my preliminary results in XXV congress of International Society of Biomechanics in Glasgow
- Ganz, R., et al., CORR, 417:112-20, 2003.
- Beck, M., et al., JBJS, 87:1012-8, 2005
- Tannast, M., et al., AJR, 188:1540-52, 2007
- Ilizalitturi, V., et al., CORR, 467:760-8, 2009
Matching Dissertation Grant - Marcos Kunzler
The travel was realized from November 03 to December 06 in Valencia, Spain. During the course of the grant, the activities I developed included:
- Attendance of the routine of the laboratory of biomechanics of the physical activity and sport faculty, at the University of Valencia, under supervision of Professor Pedro Soriano.
- Attendance of different lectures of Prof Soriano, a congress organized by his research group (GIBD) and serving as a member of the scientific committee.
- Visit to different laboratories in the faculty.
- Participation in a research developed by the GIBD, in which the purpose was to determine the differences between running wearing regular, heating and cooling socks considering temperature parameters, plantar pressure and lower extremity kinematics.
- Participation in a research project developed by the doctoral student Jose Priego, under supervision of Professor Rosa Cibrián, where the main purpose is to verify the correlation between temperature parameters, topography of the back and postural control in tennis players.
The main result of the travel grant was the opportunity to travel aboard, learn new things, see different cultures, and know new people, new researchers and scientific possibilities. From the participation in the scientific activities in the University of Valencia, we are now working to achieve the following results:
- To continue collaboration with GIBD. This grant has helped to know other research group, which has been good for strengthening our ties for future collaborations.
- To publish a paper addressing the differences between running using different socks considering temperature, plantar pressure and lower extremity kinematics.
- To publish a paper with results of postural control and postural assessment in tennis players.
- To submit abstracts for congress in the field of biomechanics area congress.
Finally, I would like to thank the ISB for providing me with this grant, the host professors Rosa Cibrián and Pedro Soriano for receiving me in the University of Valencia, and for giving me all the support necessary during my short stay. This experience helped me to increase my academic and also personal life. It is also important a special thanks Jose Priego for his friendship and support, for hosting me at your home and helped me to solve any problems and explaining me everything I did not know during the period I was in Valencia. Many thanks for the International Society of Biomechanics for giving this unique life experience in which I learned a lot in many different ways.
Marcos Roberto Kunzler
Federal University of Santa Maria, Center for Physical Education and Sports Applied Neuromechanics Group (GNAP)
Uruguaiana, RS, Brazil
(Felipe P Carpes, PhD)
In February 2015 notifications were sent out for the ISB Student Awards as planned for the last Calls in 2014 (http://isbweb.org/student-section/student-grants). The overall planning and evaluation of these applications is complicated, because of the global budget to be spread over the two year activities, with a number of Calls to be addressed, and because of the large number of applications. This year we had to face also the weakening of the AUD - very challenging for ISB's ambitions to support many student applications!
In the last December 2014 Call, applications were received for either MDG, ITG, CTG or IADG Awards. These arrived to me from many countries, from all continents, and I shall say from very good students. Nearly all applications were very robust, with relevant background and great potentials for the research reported. These applications were scored by an international panel of biomechanists with various expertise, and ranked from top to bottom. Eventually it has been very sad to be forced to draw a line between the funded and the not funded in each of these categories. Overall, according to the budget, nearly half of these have been awarded. But the fact that the application has not been successful does not mean bad quality of the research, and we really look forward to hearing again from these in the many future opportunities, i.e. other calls, at the Congresses, and even from journal papers.
Keep your eyes on the Student Awards, other International Travel Grant applications are due soon!
Joseph Hamill is a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he is currently Associate Dean for Research in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences. He has served as Chair of the Footwear Biomechanics Group of ISB, as Chair of the Biomechanics Interest Group in the American College of Sports Medicine and as Past-President of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports as well as on the Executive Boards of several other professional societies. Professor Hamill obtained his PhD in Biomechanics from the University of Oregon. He has extensive international experience in biomechanics holding Adjunct Professorial positions at the Universities of Edinburgh, Limerick, Staffordshire, Ostrava and Republic Polytechnic. He is a Fellow of the Research Consortium, the American College of Sports Medicine, the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports, the Canadian Society of Biomechanics and the National Academy of Kinesiology. He has been awarded the James G. Hay Award from the American Society of Biomechanics, the Ruth Glassow Award from the Biomechanics Group of the Research Consortium and a Career Achievement Award from the Biomechanics Interest Group of the American College of Sports Medicine. Professor Hamill’s research interests are focused on lower extremity biomechanics during normal and pathological locomotion. His current projects include studies on coordination variability in the determination of cumulative micro-trauma injuries and the interaction of biomechanical and anatomical factors in overuse injuries.
Professor Hamill has been a member of the International Society of Biomechanics since 1983 and served as an ISB Council member from 2003-2009. He also is a member of other professional societies including the American College of Sports Medicine, the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports, the Canadian Society of Biomechanics and the American Society of Biomechanics. If elected to this position, Professor Hamill has indicated his interest in: 1) maintaining ISB as the pre-eminent professional society for researchers and teachers in biomechanics; and 2) continuing to strengthening the Society’s outreach into economically and educationally developing countries through internships, scholarships and awards.
António Veloso is a Professor at the Faculty of Human Kinetics, University of Lisbon. He is the director of the Biomechanics and Functional Morphology Laboratory and of the Research Group in Neuromechanics of Human Movement, where he coordinates 10 PhD staff members and 25 PhD Students. António Veloso is responsible for 6 main projects, which have been funded by the Portuguese Science Foundation (FCT) over the past 5 years. His main research interests relate to musculoskeletal modeling, 3D movement analysis and the use of induced acceleration analysis to study human locomotion. António has published over 250 papers, book chapters and conference papers, including over 50 papers published in impact factor journals.
António Veloso has substantial experience in Academic Administration procedures. He was Vice Dean of the Faculty of Human Kinetics of the University of Lisbon from 2005 to 2010, where he was member of the executive board responsible for the Faculty’s management and financial administration. António is currently President of the Council of the Sports and Health Department of the Faculty of Human Kinetics of the University of Lisbon and Executive President of the Department.
Regarding participation in International Scientific Societies, António served as President of the Portuguese Society of Biomechanics (PSB) from 2005 to 2009, and was involved in the reestablishment of the PSB as a major scientific society in Portugal, with over 250 active members; he was also responsible for the affiliation of PSB in to the ISB in 2009. António was a member of the board of directors of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports from 2006 to 2011. António has organized and chaired several major scientific meetings, namely the 2008 Congress of European Colleague of Sports Sciences in Estoril and the International Congress of ISBS in 2011 in Oporto. Lastly, António has been serving as council member of ISB since 2011, and is currently responsible for the Affiliated Societies Program.
NOTE OF INTENTIONS
This notable challenge, launched by our Past President, of standing for the President Elect position is both stimulating and humbling. Stimulating considering ISB’s present: the privilege of working on the grounded visions for International Biomechanics. Humbling considering ISB’s past: the laudable stream of ISB President’s names and their achievements.
If elected, my main concern will be to persevere in the ISB’s active quest of enlarging Biomechanics as scientific area. I would particularly like to maintain the strong student support, namely in form of travel and congress grants, that characterize ISB. Further perseverance is due to ISB’s effective commitment regarding the progress of Biomechanics in the EDC countries. The reinforcement of links with the ISB Technical Groups and Affiliated Societies will also take precedence, in order to strengthen the position of ISB as the bond of the different Biomechanics’ fields.
The biannual Congresses have been the soaring highlights of the ISB energy. However, beyond the unwavering success of these summits, I believe it is important to purposefully strengthen ISB activity between these events. I believe that the ISB must overtly design a structure that enables members to continue consulting, debating and exchanging thoughts through the ISB network. A resourceful network communication strategy which involves: moving ahead with the development of our webpage; pursuing the inclusion of new capabilities and increasing communication with ISB members. To assure these objectives ISB should discuss the establishment of a permanent administrative structure to support the work of the board members, following the clearly successful EDC program example.
Dr. Daniel Benoit is an Associate professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa, is cross-appointed to the Department of Human Kinetics and Faculty of Engineering, and is a member of the Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Biomedical Engineering. After obtaining his Master’s degree in Biomechanics from McMaster University (1997) in Canada, he became the laboratory director of the Let People Move clinical biomechanics laboratory in Perugia-Italy (1998-2001) during which time he held both clinical and research responsibilities, including helping organise the 4th, 5th and 6th International Course in Orthopaedics, Sports Rehabilitation and Biomechanics (Assisi, Italy). Dr. Benoit then returned to academia and was awarded a PhD in Sports Medicine from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm Sweden (2005), and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Delaware in the USA (2006). In 2007 he returned to Canada and joined the University of Ottawa. Dr. Benoit’s research focuses on human movement biomechanics and neuromuscular control, in particular in knee joint motions, knee injuries and the contribution of muscles to the stabilisation of the lower limb. He is a founding member of a new international endeavour to reduce soft tissue artifact propagation during human movement analysis. Dr. Benoit works closely with clinicians and engineers, combining in vivo, in silico and in vitro techniques. His research goals include developing the scientific foundation for evidence-based prophylactic and rehabilitation interventions to reduce knee injuries and delay the onset of osteoarthritis.
Dr. Benoit attended his first ISB in 1999 and has been an active member ever since. He speaks English, French, Italian and Swedish. Having lived and worked in five countries he understands the challenges and benefits of international training, he regularly supervises international students from around the world while sending his students abroad for research experience. Despite the increased awareness of the benefits of international research, and many universities putting structures in place to facilitate these exchanges, significant practical challenges still exist. Dr. Benoit hopes to use his international experience and a position within the ISB to, among other things, focus on increased international collaboration initiatives at the student and post-doctoral level to foster the career development of the next generation of biomechanists.
Thor Besier is an Associate Professor at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute and has a joint appointment with the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Auckland. He completed his PhD at The University of Western Australia in 2000 and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Bioengineering Department at Stanford University from 2003 to 2006. Thor was a faculty member in the Department of Orthopaedics at Stanford from 2006 to 2010, before returning home to New Zealand in 2011. Thor’s research combines medical imaging with computational modelling to understand mechanisms of musculoskeletal injury and disease. Thor leads an open source software initiative called the Musculoskeletal Atlas Project (MAP) to facilitate the rapid generation of musculoskeletal models as well as being a repository for models and associated data.
Thor has been a member of the ISB since 1996 and has enjoyed the ISB meetings since attending his first ISB meeting in 1999. He is on the local organising committee for the 2017 ISB Congress in Brisbane and is active in strengthening the ties between Australian and New Zealand researchers. By being elected to the executive council, Thor hopes to promote a culture of open exchange of models and data within the biomechanics community, to improve collaboration, validation and advancement of musculoskeletal modelling.
Felipe P. Carpes is a professor at the Center for Health Sciences of the Federal University of Pampa, in Brazil. He is responsible for research projects funded by Brazilians science agencies within the research group on applied neuromechanics, and collaborates in a number of projects with national and international partners. His research focuses on developing a basic understanding of the production and regulation of movements with studies in humans and other animal models, and applying this information to training and rehabilitation. He has been involved in programs for popularization of science and development of biomechanics in the EDC regions, especially Latin America, by organizing online webinars, congresses, and advertising the opportunities promoted by the ISB for members. He is currently the vice-president of Brazilian Society of Biomechanics and will be running for the presidency in the next elections on May 2015.
He says: "In the last years I have gained much by being a member of the ISB, and I want to give something back to the Society. As a member of the ISB council I will work to help affiliated societies being active in the ISB, contribute to the development of EDC projects aiming at development of biomechanics in remote places, and try to help the establishment of partnerships between young groups and those already well established. I will use experience of activities developed in Brazil to make innovative activities available for members of the society across the world, trying to make long distances shorter, promoting interactive/online symposia, to motivate young researchers and students to request help in the mentoring program, and incentive people to joint the society and experience all the benefits of being a member. It will be a pleasure for me to voluntarily serve the ISB as an Executive Council member.”
Ed Chadwick is Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering in the Institute for Science and Technology in Medicine at Keele University (UK). He graduated with a PhD in Bioengineering from Strathclyde University in 1999 and has enjoyed an international career, holding post-doc positions in The Netherlands (Delft University of Technology) and the USA (Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland), before returning to the UK in 2008. Ed's research interests are in the application of musculoskeletal modelling and simulation to rehabilitation engineering. He has a particular interest in neuro-musculoskeletal disorders including spinal cord injury, stroke and limb loss. He served on the committee of the International Shoulder Group (an ISB Technical Group) for several years and was Chair of the group from 2011-2014.
An ISB member since 1996, Ed attended his first ISB congress in 1999, and has only missed one since. He has always learned a lot from the exchange of ideas from around the world that the ISB does so well to foster, and has developed and maintained many fruitful collaborations and friendships through ISB meetings. He has edited the ISB Newsletter for the last two years, and would be delighted to continue to serve the Council in that way.
Catherine Disselhorst-Klug is Professor at the RWTH Aachen University, Germany, where she is the Head of the Department of Rehabilitation & Prevention Engineering. This unit is within the Faculty of Medicine and affiliated to the Institute of Applied Medical Engineering. She graduated with a Master degree in Physics in 1990 and received her PhD in Natural Science from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in 1996. Until 2009 she has been a research associate at the Helmholtz-Institute for Biomedical Engineering Aachen, Germany, where she was already interested in understanding muscular control mechanisms. The strong background in engineering science in combination with her expertise in movement physiology forms the basis for her present research activities, which focus on kinematic and kinetic analyses and modelling of physiological and pathological movements based on biomechanics and on neuromuscular performance. Her particular research interests are focused on the development of methods for improving diagnosis, prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal dysfunction. Catherine has served as a Council Member of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK) for eight terms and has been the President of ISEK from 2004 to 2006. She has been with the International Society of Biomechanics since 1995 and has attended several ISB conferences. During the last years she has organised the ISB-ISEK-joint-sessions, which are now institutionalized during the conferences of both societies.
Catherine has been the Awards Officer in the Executive Council since 2013 and would be delighted to serve another term. She says: ”ISB has demonstrated in the past that it is an outstanding community of colleagues and friends with passion for biomechanics. It offers a unique platform to a large variety of disciplines to discuss the most recent advances in this steadily growing field. Since science transport through education and training means transporting science to the next generation, young investigators should be encouraged to join the scientific community of ISB. This is the basis for the creative atmosphere of ISB which gives rise to creative ideas and innovative approaches.”
Taija Finni is a Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. After obtaining her PhD in Jyväskylä in 2001 under the supervision of Professor Paavo Komi, she spent 2 years as a post doc in the lab of Professor V. Reggie Edgerton, UCLA. Professor Finni’s research is divided along two main lines. The first involves the study of mechanical properties of human muscle and tendinous tissues, and their interaction in vivo. Her second research line concerns physical activity and inactivity paradigm which she has studied in different interventions involving sedentary adult office workers and school children.
Professor Finni has been a long-term member of the ISB. She attended her first ISB congress in 1997 in Tokyo, and has recently given keynote speeches at the ISB conference in Brussels (2011), the ISBS conference in Melbourne (2012) and the annual meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics in Omaha (2013). She is active promoter of biomechanics among the students at her home university but also in other forums such as in European College of Sport Science where she is a member of the scientific council. She serves as a biomechanics section editor in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports and belongs to editorial board of Clinical Biomechanics.
If elected, Professor Finni will work to improve the participation of young scientists in the ISB. “I was fortunate to participate in ISB congresses very early in my research career and the passion and belonging of the biomechanics community inspired me”, she says. She is also keen to promote talented female researchers, who are traditionally under-represented in major scientific societies like the ISB, and to facilitate international collaborative multi-disciplinary research.
Kenton Kaufman is the W Hall Wendel Jr Musculoskeletal Research Professor, Director of the Biomechanics and Motion Analysis Laboratory, Professor of Bioengineering, and Consultant in the Departments of Orthopedic Surgery, Physiology and Biomedical Engineering at the Mayo Clinic. He is a registered professional engineer. His research focuses on improving the mobility of disabled individuals. He has published over 200 scientific papers, 38 book chapters, and holds 6 patents. He is a Fellow in the American Society of Biomechanics, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Dr. Kaufman has served the biomechanics profession in a number of ways. He is a Past-President of the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) and the Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society. He currently serves or has served on the editorial boards of Gait and Posture, Prosthetics and Orthotics International, European Journal of Experimental Musculoskeletal Research, and the Journal of Applied Biomechanics.
Kenton is an enthusiastic supporter of ISB. He feels that the ISB Congress is the premier meeting to learn the latest developments presented by leading researchers from all over the world, listen to diverse scientific topics within the biomechanics profession, network with friends and colleagues, and get the opportunity to travel to varied venues throughout the world. He attended his first ISB Congress in 1989 and has attended and presented at most of the ISB meetings since then. He strongly believes that nurturing students to attend and present at the ISB meeting is the key to future growth of the society. While the ASB President, he led an effort to develop a Strategic Plan for the society, which has helped the society to expand and grow. If elected to serve on the ISB Executive Council, he would bring his acumen for innovative planning and leadership to ISB.
Professor Bart Koopman graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering, specialising in fluid dynamics, and then received his PhD at the end of 1989 from the University of Twente, the Netherlands, on the biomechanics of movement. When the Laboratory of Biomechanical Engineering was founded in 1990, he started working there as a Faculty Member on topics related to the co-ordination of movement. Although his research and publications have involved areas as diverse as biomechatronics, robotics and implant mechanics, these have predominantly focussed on applications in the medical fields of rehabilitation, orthopaedics and neurology. Professor Koopman had supervised more than 300 higher degree research students (MSc or PhD) in Biomedical Engineering. Since 2005 he has served as Chair of the Biomechanical Engineering Department which, during this time, has developed into one of the largest Faculty groups. All research is embedded in the Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine (MIRA) of the University of Twente and facilitated by a strong cooperation and collaboration with various technological and clinical partners.
Bart has served in the Executive Council as the Officer for Economically Developing Countries. He says: “Biomechanics is characterized by a multi-disciplinary approach, with inputs from different technological, biological and medical research areas. It is essential to teach our students to look across the borders of their specialization. The ISB provides the platform to exchange knowledge and learn from each other, on a world-wide level. We should try to improve and extend this exchange of expertise, for example by exploring the possibilities of new technologies”.
Art Kuo is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at University of Michigan. His laboratory, the Human Biomechanics & Controls Laboratory, studies human balance, locomotion, and other movements from the perspective of multi-body dynamics and feedback control systems. The laboratory uses simple models of the body to develop predictions for stability, energetics, or control strategies. These models are then tested with biomechanical or physiological experiments to measure mechanical work or metabolic energy expenditure. The laboratory also develops devices and methods for rehabilitation applications, such as improved lower-limb prostheses and orthotics that use computer-controlled, but low-power actuation to redirect energy between or across joints. Sample topics of study include variability of foot placement during locomotion, sensory integration from physiological sensors for state estimation, and energetics and economy of walking.
Dr. Kuo has been an active participant in meetings of the International Society of Biomechanics and American Society of Biomechanics. As a meeting organizer, he was a founder of the annual Dynamic Walking meeting, which is an international forum for biomechanists, roboticists, and biologists to discuss dynamic movements. He also organized a 2008 meeting for the Mathematical Biosciences Institute, entitled "Muscle, Limb, Brain" to cross disciplinary boundaries and address common themes of human movement for biomechanists, neuroscientists, and engineers. As a candidate for ISB council, he is interested in similar goal for crossing disciplinary boundaries, and to facilitate activities and workshops to extend the reach of ISB.
Alberto Leardini is the Technical and Scientific Coordinator of the Movement Analysis Laboratory at the Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli located in Bologna, Italy, and the Coordinator for the Institute of the Special Reference Centre on biomechanics of the foot and ankle. He has worked at the Institute since 1990 and concurrently studied at Oxford University with Professor John O'Connor, receiving a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in Orthopaedic Engineering in 2001. His initial biomechanics research focused on methodological issues and clinical applications of three-dimensional optical motion capture for analysing human movement. His methodological focus has evolved to encompass three-dimensional videofluoroscopy, radiostereometry, and surgical navigation. Professor Leardini has also focused his research on mechanical modeling and prosthesis design of the lower limb joints, particularly for understanding and restoring mobility of the knee and the foot-ankle complex. His total ankle replacement has been implanted in thousands of patients.
He has served on several national and international scientific communities, including being among the founding members, and is the current President, of the Società Italiana di Analisi del Movimento in Clinica (SIAMOC) and has hosted one of the congresses. Professor Leardini is also a member of the Steering Group of the International Foot & Ankle Biomechanics community (i-FAB) and hosted its first congress. He has been a member of the Technical Group of 3-D Analysis of Human Movement since the early nineties, having hosted its 2012 congress, and he is the most recent Past-President of the Technical Group.
Professor Leardini has been the Student Grants officer in the Executive council since 2013. It has been hard work but very rewarding and he would like to continue in this capacity. Professor Leardini strongly believes in the fundamental role of scientific communities not only for uniting efforts and promoting the discipline, but primarily for providing education and opportunities for younger and emerging researchers.
Dr. Zong-Ming Li the Director of the Hand Research Laboratory at the Cleveland Clinic, where he is an Associate Staff in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Orthopaedic Surgery, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. He is an Associate Professor at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. Additionally, Dr. Li is a Research Scientist at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center of Department of Veterans Affairs, and an affiliated faculty member at the Cleveland State University and the University of Akron.
Dr. Li has broad research interests in musculoskeletal biomechanics, with a particular focus on the hand and upper extremity. He has published more than 95 peer-reviewed articles and is currently a Deputy Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Medical and Biological Engineering, and an Associate Editor-in-Chief for the Chinese Journal of Biomedical Engineering. He also serves as an Associate Editor for Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, Journal of Mechanics in Medicine and Biology, and Journal of Wrist Surgery. Recently, Dr. Li was elected as a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). Dr. Li was a member of the Executive Board of the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB, 2009-2012), and was the Co-Chair of the Upper Extremity Topic Committee of the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS, 2007-2009). He currently serves as the President of the World Association for Chinese Biomedical Engineers (WACBE, 2013-2015), Member of the Research Management Committee of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH, 2014-). Dr. Li is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Hand and Wrist Biomechanics International (HWBI), which is a Working Group affiliated with ISB.
Dr. Li is eager to expand his service for the ISB, including promotion of scientific excellence of biomechanics, emphasis on translational value in solving clinical problems, and facilitation of collaborative activities among biomechanists worldwide.
Dr Glen Lichtwark is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences at The University of Queensland, Australia. He received his PhD from University College London in 2005 and has subsequently worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Royal Veterinary College, Imperial College London and Griffith University (Australia), before taking on a faculty position at The University of Queensland. His research is primarily focused on muscle mechanics and energetics, with a particular focus on the role that tendon elasticity plays in enhancing muscle function. His research includes both experimental and simulation approaches to understanding human and animal muscle function and, in some clinical cases, dysfunction. He is currently an Opensim Fellow, has served on scientific committees for the International Society of Electromyography and Kinesiology, the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports and organised symposiums at both the 2010 and 2014 World Congress of Biomechanics.
Dr Lichtwark has been a member of the ISB since 2003, when he attended his first ISB congress in Dunedin, New Zealand. He has since attended multiple meetings on different continents and regularly has his graduate students make the biennial trip from Australia to present their work. In attending the ISB congresses, he has developed many important international collaborations that have enabled him to develop broad skills that are applicable across different fields of research. He believes in the role that the ISB plays in fostering new and innovative research approaches and values the diverse range of work undertaken across the society. If elected to the council, he would like to focus on enabling members, particular student members, with opportunities and resources to develop new skills, foster collaborations and undertake cutting-edge research in biomechanics.
António Veloso is a Professor at the Faculty of Human Kinetics, University of Lisbon. He is the director of the Biomechanics and Functional Morphology Laboratory and of the Research Group in Neuromechanics of Human Movement, where he coordinates 10 PhD staff members and 25 PhD Students. His main research interests relate to musculoskeletal modeling, 3D movement analysis and the use of induced acceleration analysis to study human locomotion. António has published over 250 papers, book chapters and conference papers, including over 50 papers published in impact factor journals. He was Vice Dean of the Faculty of Human Kinetics of the University of Lisbon from 2005 to 2010, where he was member of the executive board responsible for the Faculty’s management and financial administration. António is currently President of the Council of the Sports and Health Department of the Faculty of Human Kinetics of the University of Lisbon and Executive President of the Department.
António served as President of the Portuguese Society of Biomechanics (PSB) from 2005 to 2009, and was involved in the reestablishment of the PSB as a major scientific society in Portugal, with over 250 active members; he was also responsible for the affiliation of PSB in to the ISB in 2009. António was a member of the board of directors of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports from 2006 to 2011. António organized and chaired the 2008 Congress of European Colleague of Sports Sciences in Estoril and the International Congress of ISBS in 2011 in Oporto. Lastly, António has been serving as council member of ISB since 2011, and is currently responsible for the Affiliated Societies Program.
If elected, my main concern will be to persevere in the ISB’s active quest of enlarging Biomechanics as scientific area. I would particularly like to maintain the strong student support, namely in form of travel and congress grants, that characterize ISB. Perseverance is needed in ISB’s commitment regarding the progress of Biomechanics in Economically Developing Countries. Strong connections with the ISB Technical Groups and Affiliated Societies will strengthen the role of ISB to connect the various specialties in biomechanics. In addition to the biannual meetings, I believe that the ISB must design a structure that enables members to continue consulting, debating and exchanging thoughts through the ISB network. This will require investment in web-based tools and the establishment of a permanent administrative structure to support the work of the board members.