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Council Member Candidates

Posted on March 21, 2013

Toni Arndt, Sweden

Associate Professor Toni Arndt’s biomechanics experience has a strong international flavour with undergraduate study in New Zealand, postgraduate study in Australia, Germany and Sweden and biomechanics related employment in Germany and Sweden. He is currently employed as teacher and researcher both at the Karolinska Institute and the Swedish School of Sport and Health Science in Stockholm, Sweden. The ISB has played a decisive role in Associate Professor Arndt’s academic development and he believes that his personal background complements what the ISB stands for.

His teaching and research experience in sport- and medical biomechanics fields has provided Associate Professor Arndt with an open and explorative attitude for the international exposure and advancement of biomechanics. As the current Secretary General of the ISB he has a unique insight into how the Executive Committee operates in order to achieve its goals. Associate Professor Arndt believes it is important to use his experience as Secretary General to its greatest advantage by continuing as an elected member, and therefore a voting member, of the Executive Committee. He would really love to continue with this position. Furthermore, as Chairperson Elect of the ISB Footwear Biomechanics Group, Associate Professor Arndt has a natural interest in promoting the interests of the ISB Technical Groups.

Associate Professor Arndt has been attending ISB conferences since 1991 and he feels strongly for these biannual highlights in the biomechanics calendar. Associate Professor Arndt says: “If re-elected as a member of the Executive Council, I will continue to strive for the social and scientific success of these meetings. Furthermore, I would like to continue developing my experience in the Council; experience required for administrating the Council’s activities both concerning the conferences but also in the years between”.

 

Ed Chadwick, United Kingdom

Dr Ed Chadwick is currently Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering in the Institute for Science and Technology in Medicine at Keele University in the UK. He graduated with a PhD in Bioengineering from Strathclyde University in Scotland in 1999 and has been lucky enough to enjoy an international career since then. He held extended post-doctoral positions first in The Netherlands (Delft University of Technology) and then in the USA (Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland), before returning to the UK in 2008.

Dr Chadwick’s research interests are in the application of musculoskeletal modeling and movement simulation to clinical biomechanics and rehabilitation engineering. He has a particular interest in the restoration of function in neuromuscular disorders such as spinal cord injury and stroke, and in the biomechanics of the upper limb and shoulder. He has served on the committee of the International Shoulder Group (an ISB Technical Group) since 2006, and is currently the group's Chair.

An ISB member since 1996, Dr Chadwick 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 he has developed and maintained many fruitful collaborations and friendships through ISB meetings. He would be honoured to have the opportunity to give something back to the Society by serving on the Council.

 

Catherine Disselhorst-Klug, Germany

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.

Professor Disselhorst-Klug 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. I can see ISB and ISEK as being complementary with an overlapping area of interest and which can achieve valuable progress by institutional exchange and joint efforts. It is the scientific association that brings together interdisciplinary researchers in order to form a bridge from basic research to practical application. The fields of application include developments of methods and technologies for clinical use which are strongly but not exclusively directed to orthopaedics. 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. It will be a pleasure for me to serve the ISB as an Executive Council member.”

 

Zachary Domire, USA

Zachary Domire is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at East Carolina University, USA.  He received his PhD in Kinesiology from The Pennsylvania State University and completed post-doctoral training in biomedical engineering at The Mayo Clinic, both in the USA.  His primary research interests are aging, skeletal muscle mechanics and the simulation of human movement.

Dr Domire attended his first ISB Congress in Calgary in 1999 as a graduate student.  His experiences at this meeting helped shape his interest in pursuing biomechanics research as a career.  Since this meeting, he has attended ISB congresses whenever possible and 2013 will be the fifth of the last eight meetings that he has been lucky enough to be able to attend.  Dr Domire views serving on the ISB Executive Council as an opportunity to give something back to the Society, which has made a big impact on his career.  If elected to Council, Dr Domire would be particularly excited to work on initiatives to enhance research in economically developing countries and encourage international travel for students.

 

Geneviève Dumas, Canada

Geneviève Dumas is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Queen’s University, Kingston (Ontario), Canada, with a cross-appointment in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies. She received her PhD from Ecole Polytechnique (Montreal) in 1981 and joined Queen’s University in 1985. Her research expertise is in Spinal Biomechanics, and she also has a strong interest in Biomechanics of Pregnancy.

Professor Dumas served on the Executive of the Canadian Society of Biomechanics (CSB) as Newsletter Editor for four years, and was one of the co-chairs of the 2010 CSB organising committee, as well as Scientific Program co-chair. She is currently a member of the Executive Council of ISB where, as the Technical Groups Officer, she is responsible for liaising between the Technical Groups and the ISB. If re-elected to Council, Professor Dumas will continue to work at improving the communications between and benefits for the Technical Groups and ISB.  One of her other interests in serving on the ISB Council is to promote the involvement of researchers and students from parts of the world (e.g. Africa, South America, South Asia) that are currently not well represented in ISB and to further facilitate international collaborative research.

 

Rob Herbert, Australia

Professor Rob Herbert is an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow and Senior Principal Research Fellow at Neuroscience Research Australia in Sydney. He is also a Professor in the School of Medical Sciences at the University of New South Wales and Honorary Professorial Research Fellow at the George Institute for Global Health.

Professor Herbert’s research investigates the mechanical properties of human skeletal muscles in vivo. He has used neurophysiological techniques and computer models to study muscle contraction, and imaging techniques to study skeletal muscle architecture. As well as biomechanical research, Professor Herbert conducts clinical trials to investigate the effects of physical interventions such as muscle stretching.

Professor Herbert has been a member of the ISB since ~1990 and joined the Australian and New Zealand Society of Biomechanics when it was founded in 1996. He has attended many ISB conferences since his first in Perth in 1991 and was a member of the review panel for the ISB student awards in 2012 and 2013. If elected Professor Herbert will work to ensure that the ISB continues to meet the needs of its members and represents the full breadth of the field of biomechanics.

 

Bart Koopman, The Netherlands

Professor Bart Koopman graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering, specialising in fluid dynamics. He 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 Engineering (MIRA) of the University of Twente and facilitated by a strong cooperation and collaboration with various technological and clinical partners.

Since early 2011, Professor Koopman has been actively involved in the ISB EDC project based in the Tanzania Training Centre for Orthopaedic Technologists (TATCOT), supporting the development of their biomechanics curriculum and gait laboratory. In addition to advising final year BSc students on their thesis projects, Professor Koopman visited the centre in October 2012 and presented several biomechanics lectures to staff and students.

Professor Koopman 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”.

 

Alberto Leardini, Italy

Professor 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.

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. 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 last congress, and he is the most recent Past-President of the Technical Group.

 

Hae-Dong Lee, Korea

Dr Hae-Dong Lee received his PhD degree in Kinesiology from the University of Calgary, Canada, in 2003. Currently, he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Education at the Yonsei University, Korea. His research is focused in the area of muscle mechanics with a special interest in skeletal muscle adaptation to altered mechanical loading condition.

When he was a graduate student at the University of Calgary in 1999, Dr Lee had a chance to work as a student volunteer during the XVII ISB Congress and presented his work for the first time at an international conference. That initial experience provided Dr Lee with scientific inspiration, which has remained with him forever. Since he returned to Korea in 2005, Dr Lee has devoted much of his time to contributing to the field of biomechanics. For example, Dr Lee worked as a member of the Organizing Committee for ISBS 2008. He has also been serving on the Executive Council of the Korean Society of Sports Biomechanics, which is an Affiliate Society of the ISB. For the past two years, Dr Lee had an exciting chance to serve as an elected member of the ISB Executive Council, and worked diligently as the Student Grants Officer. This experience provided Dr Lee with a new perspective in terms of interacting with students locally and internationally. If re-elected, serving again on the Executive Council of the ISB will be a great pleasure for Dr Lee and another chance for him to contribute to the ISB.

 

Yu Liu, China

Professor Yu LIU is currently a Distinguished Professor and Dean of the School of Bio-Kinesiology at Shanghai University of Sport and Director of the Key Laboratory for ‘Exercise and Health Sciences’ of the Ministry of Education of China. Since 1982 he began, as a young researcher, to devote himself to biomechanics, gaining extensive experience in biomechanics around the world. Professor Liu has worked in the Department of Sport Biomechanics at the China Institute of Sport Science in Beijing, received his PhD in biomechanics from the University of Frankfurt am Main in Germany, completed his postdoctoral training at the German Sport University Cologne, and taught sport biomechanics at the Chinese Culture University in Taiwan and Shanghai University of Sport.

During three decades of researching and teaching in the field of biomechanics, Professor Liu has published over 90 journal papers, 9 book chapters, over 150 conference papers and 2 books. In addition, he obtained 9 Chinese patents and 1 USA patent. He won several citations and awards, including 2nd Prize in the Shanghai Municipal Technological Invention in 2012, and 3rd Prize in the Science and Technology from the China Sport Science Society in 2010, among many other honours. His main research interests include the biomechanics of injuries, biomechanical modeling and neuromotor control of human movement. Professor Liu is on the editorial board of several journals, including the Journal of Medical Biomechanics, Footwear Science, China Sport Science, and Chinese Journal of Sports Medicine and is Associate Editor for the Journal of Sport and Health Science.

As an active member of ISB since 1997, Professor Liu believes he has the necessary background to enable him to make a significant contribution to the ISB. Being an Executive Board member of The Chinese Society of Biomechanics and The Chinese Society of Biomechanics in Sport, he wishes to increase China’s role in the ISB and increase the membership from Chinese scientists. He has previously submitted a proposal to host the ISB Congress in China and hopes that this may happen in the near future.

 

David Lloyd, Australia

David Lloyd is currently a Professor in and the Director of the Centre for Musculoskeletal Research in the Griffith Health Institute at Griffith University on the Gold Coast, Australia. He also holds Adjunct Professor positions in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware, and in the Schools of Sport Sciences, Exercise and Health, and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Western Australia. Professor Lloyd obtained his PhD from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, with postdoctoral training in the Sensory Motor Performance Program at Northwestern University in Chicago, USA. Professor Lloyd's research focuses on the development of neuromuscular skeletal modeling and its application to understanding the causes of and preventing musculoskeletal tissue injury and disease. He has published over 110 journal papers, over 150 conference proceedings and 5 book chapters. Professor Lloyd is on 4 editorial boards, and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Biomechanics. David has been a member of the ISB since 1991, first as a student then as a full member on graduation. From 2005-2010 David was a reviewer of ISB Student awards and has been on the ISB Executive Council since 2009, serving as the Informatics Officer.

He says: "I have gained much by being a member of the ISB, creating close friends and colleagues all over the world. The ISB meetings have always been places of stimulating discussion and steered my research programs to new and productive directions. Biomechanics is finding application in many new diverse fields of study and the ISB needs to engage these new fields. I wish to encourage young researchers in all current and new fields of biomechanics to become members of the ISB and use the ISB meetings to grow the discipline of biomechanics in exciting new directions.”

 

Scott McLean, USA

Scott McLean is an Assistant Professor in Movement Science and Athletic Training within the School of Kinesiology at the University of Michigan, USA. He is also the Co-Director of the Human Performance Innovation Laboratory and Center for Clinical Biomechanics, both housed within the School. Dr McLean earned his PhD from the University of Queensland, Australia, in 2000 and was subsequently a Post Doctoral Research Fellow and Project Staff Scientist within the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, USA. Since arriving at Michigan in 2007, Dr McLean has established an innovative research track that examines combined moroho-mechanical contributions to knee joint health and disease. His current research focus, stemming from this thematic approach, examines maturational contributions to evolving knee joint injury and disease risk and the overarching effects of habitual joint loading. He has also initiated research targeting innovative field-based assessment methods of human performance and injury risk.

Dr McLean has served on the editorial boards of both the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sports and Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. He is a past Chair of the American College of Sports Medicine’s Biomechanics Interest Group. He has also served as a member of the ISB Council since 2011. Dr McLean attended his first ISB Congress in Tokyo, 1997 and was an integral member of the organizing committee for ISB XX held in Cleveland, 2005. He has thoroughly enjoyed his role as Education Officer for the ISB and would love to continue in that position. If re-elected, he would like to continue to promote young researcher and student involvement within the ISB. Additionally, he would be interested in continuing to pursue the establishment of ISB-based biomechanical standards that can assist research transferability and application.

 

Marco Aurélio Vaz, Brazil

Marco Aurélio Vaz obtained his B.Sc. (Honors) in Physical Education from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) and his Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Calgary (Canada). He is currently a full Professor at the School of Physical Education of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, where he has been lecturing (Neuromechanical Bases of Human Movement and Biomechanics of Skeletal Tissues) and doing research as Head of the Neuromuscular Plasticity Division of the Exercise Research Laboratory. His research focuses on neuromusculoskeletal function and adaptation to different models of reduced use (e.g. ageing, immobilization, spasticity, injury) and increased use (strength training, eccentric exercise, gymnastics and cycling). In 2003 he returned to Calgary for a one year sabbatical as a visiting professor, where he did some work in Biomechanics of the Musculoskeletal System. His collaborators include people working in muscle mechanics, muscle architecture, muscle-tendon injury and rehabilitation, neuromuscular fatigue, osteoarthritis, spasticity, exercise physiology, electrothermophototherapy and sports biomechanics. To date he has supervised 30 graduate students (24 MSc and 6 PhD) to completion of their degrees.

As the President of the Brazilian Society of Biomechanics (BSB) Marco has also worked to strengthen the bonds between BSB and ISB. He has served on the Executive Board of BSB for several years. He is the Organizer of ISB2013 Congress, which will be held in the city of Natal in the Rio Grande do Norte State in Brazil. Marco also became a member of the Society in 2006 and a member of the World Council of Biomechanics in 2010.

Professor Vaz says: “During the past seven years I have worked to include Brazil in the International Biomechanics Community. While doing that I was given the opportunity to enter the ISB Executive Council, which has been a fantastic experience. At the ISB Executive Council I have started new collaborations, strengthened ongoing collaborations, worked as the ISB Liaison Officer of the Affiliated Societies and Economically Developing Countries (EDC), and helped in the development of new biomechanics labs in EDC. I think that one of the most important experiences of my life as a Biomechanist was observing how strong the bonds that exist among people at the ISB Executive Council are. There I discovered new friends, and became part of a fantastic group of people that work as a great scientific family, helping students from different parts of the world and reaching out for those less fortunate at EDC. Right now I am learning how to organize what I consider the best Congress in the area of Biomechanics in the world. I chose Natal as it is located at the least developed area of Brazil in Biomechanics with the desire that we can help to foster the development of Biomechanics there. I would love to stay on the ISB Executive Council for two more years as there are so many things I know I still can do to help developing biomechanics worldwide and looking for new ways on how ISB can help researchers and students at EDC.”

 

António Veloso, Portugal

António Veloso is a Professor at the Faculty of Human Kinetics, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal.  He is Director of the Biomechanics Functional Morphology Laboratory and Research Group in Neuromechanics of Human Movement where he coordinates 10 staff members and 25 PhD students.  Professor Veloso is responsible for six main projects funded by the Portuguese Science Foundation (FCT) during the last 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 more than 250 papers, book chapters and conference papers, including more than 30 papers published in ISI Journals.

António served as President of the Portuguese Society of Biomechanics (PSB) from 2005 to 2009, being responsible for the affiliation of the Portuguese Society of Biomechanics in to the ISB in 2009. He also served as member of the Board of Directors of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports from 2006 till 2011. António has been Chair of the organizing committee for several major scientific meetings such as the 2008 Congress of European College of Sports Sciences and the International Congress of ISBS in 2011. Presently, he is the ISB Council member responsible for the programs our Society develops in order to support Biomechanics in Economically Developing Countries (EDC), being also responsible for the Affiliated Societies.  As EDC’s ISB Officer António was extremely fortunate to work with the outstanding group of generous people that served as champions for the projects in Tanzania, Venezuela, and Kenya who also were able to provide ongoing support for colleagues from Benin, India, Brazil, South Africa, China and other countries with ISB special travel grants. António would like to express thanks to ISB for the fantastic experience and also to show gratitude to Andrea Hemmerich and all the EDC Committee Members for their tremendous work on the EDC programs.

Professor Veloso says: “I would like to have the opportunity to use the experience and the knowhow developed during the last two years serving as Board member of ISB to hopefully expand my contribution to the incomparable work on behalf of Biomechanics that the International Society of Biomechanics has being able to pursue. I hope to continue with this wonderful and rewarding experience”.

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