Posted on June 26, 2013

Seven years have passed since we had the idea of organizing the ISB Congress. Although it seems a long time, time went by really fast. We are now only 50 days from our gathering together in Natal. While you prepare your bags and your spirit to go to the Sun City, we would like to give you updated information regarding our Congress and reminding you of a few things that you should remember during your trip preparation.

We will be releasing shortly our Official Program. We are making some final adjustments. You will receive an e-mail as soon as we finish it and it will be displayed on our webpage shortly.

Our team of invited speakers is outstanding. We hope you bring them good questions and take some time to know a little of their work in the next few pages.


The Wartenweiler Memorial Lecture is given to honor Prof. Jürg Wartenweiler (1915-1976), first President of the ISB, who organized the First International Seminar on Biomechanics in Zürich, Switzerland (1967). This year we will have Prof. Miguel Nicolelis (Medical Center, Duke University, USA) is a Brazilian neuroscientist and physician, best known for his pioneering work in "reading monkey thought". He and his colleagues implanted electrode arrays into a monkey's brain that were able to detect the monkey's motor intent and thus able to control reaching and grasping movements performed by a robotic arm. Prof. Nicolelis is a co-founder and scientific director of the Edmond and Lily Safra International Institute for Neuroscience of Natal, a brain research facility in Brazil. On August 3, 2010, Nicolelis was awarded an NIH Director's Pioneer Award to continue his research on brain-machine interface technology. Nicolelis is a fan of Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras, a Brazilian soccer club. He is currently working on a project that will allow a quadriplegic child to deliver the kickoff at the opening game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, in Brazil. We are really looking forward to seeing what Prof. Nicolelis will bring us during the opening ceremony of ISB2013.


The Muybridge award is the most prestigious award of the Society. It is awarded for career achievements in biomechanics. The award is named after Eadward Muybridge (1830-1904), who was the first to use cinematography for the study of human and animal movement. The winner of the Muybridge Award this year is Prof. Benno Nigg (Human Performance Laboratory, The University of Calgary, Canada). Prof. Nigg is the Co-Director of the Human Performance Laboratory of the University of Calgary, and his research interests are in (1) human locomotion with main emphasis on forces on and in the locomotor system and effects produced by such forces (e.g. excessive load and injuries, positive and negative biological effects on bone, muscle, tendon, ligaments and cartilage), (2) human locomotion with main emphasis on mobility and longevity, (3) application to clinical assessment (diagnosis and rehabilitation) and (4) to movement related products such as orthoses, shoe insoles, sport shoes, surfaces and sport equipment. He devoted his life to Biomechanics and I was especially happy when I received the news of his indication for this award. He has given a substantial contribution for the development of Biomechanics worldwide, and I was delighted to know that he was selected for this award during the congress in Brazil. As a former UofC-HPL student I am really proud of him and proud of having the opportunity of being a member of the HPL-UofC team for a period of my life. It will be really good to hear about his career achievements during his talk in Natal.


Prof. Antônio C.S. Guimarães was one of the first Brazilian Biomechanists, the organizer of the 1st and of the 9th Brazilian Congress of Biomechanics and had a huge impact in the development of Biomechanics in Brazil. After his death the Brazilian Society of Biomechanics created the Antônio Carlos Stringhini Guimarães Lecture in his honor. This year we will have a very special invited speaker for this Lecture. Prof. Guimarães was the first PhD student of Prof. Walter Herzog (UofC-HPL, Canada), one of our ISB Past-Presidents. Prof. Herzog will be talking about Prof. Guimarães’ work as a PhD student at the UofC. This will be a very special session for me, as Prof. Guimarães was my first supervisor as an undergraduate student, and Prof. Herzog my second supervisor as a PhD student, and therefore it will be a very special moment to revive a little bit of our past during his talk.


Prof. Roberto Merletti (Laboratory for Engineering of the Neuromuscular System, Politecnico Di Torino, Torino, Italy) is one of the pioneers in the development of the multichannel surface EMG, and has devoted his life to the study of the Neuromuscular System. He is also a member of the Council of the International Society of Electromyography and Kinesiology (ISEK). We got to know a little of Prof. Merletti’s work in ISB2011, when Prof. Taian Vieira, a former Brazilian PhD student of Prof. Merletti, won the Young Investigator’s Award in Brussels. As a Brazilian and an Italian (tutti buonna genti), it will be a great pleasure to see what new knowledge Prof. Merletti is bringing to Brazil. I had the opportunity to bring Prof. Merletti to Brazil a couple of years ago and was really impressed by his work on multichannel EMG. In addition to his invited lecture, Prof. Merletti and his team organized the “Workshop on Surface Electromyography”, one of our ISB2013 Satellite Events and a great success, as the 120 available places for the workshop were filled in a matter of hours.


Prof. Margareta C. Nordin is Research Professor and Director of the Occupational and Industrial Orthopaedic Centre (OIOC), the CDC NIOSH Centre for Education and Research (ERC), Departments of Orthopaedics and Environmental Medicine, Graduate School of Arts and Science and School of Medicine, New York University, New York, New York, USA. She has written five books, published more than 190 peer-reviewed papers, participated in five international evidence based task forces and received multiple awards among them The Volvo Award, The Woodbridge Award, The Grammer Award and Junior Nobel Faculty Lecturer. Dr. Nordin was the first woman President of ISSLS 1999-2000. She is currently Adjunct Professor at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden and the Polytechnic University, Hong Kong. Dr. Nordin is the Vice President of World Spine Care. The main focus of her research is treatment and prevention of disability for work related musculoskeletal injuries. She has a specific interest in disseminating evidence based, low cost, effective and efficient non-surgical treatment for spine pain.

Prof. Dr. Georg Duda is the director and W3-Professor of the Julius Wolff Institute for Biomechanics and Musculoskeletal Regeneration at the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin. Prof. Dr. Georg Duda is interested in the tension between the fields of Biology and Mechanics. He is involved in investigating the interaction between bone and muscles as well as the biomechanical influences and its impacts in both the intact and injured musculoskeletal system (e.g. loading of joints and bones). Particularly, he focuses on the interaction between the physical and mechanical conditions, and the biological regeneration of the musculoskeletal system. Prof. Duda is also involved in research on regenerative medicine. With his work he aims to understand the body’s own processes and, where necessary, to stimulate them, so as to reproduce natural regeneration of the musculoskeletal system.

Prof. Yasuo Kawakami is a professor at the Faculty of Sport Sciences of Waseda University in Japan, lecturing in biomechanics and biodynamics. His main research interest is in the area of muscle mechanics, particularly on in vivo muscle behavior and during human movements. Effects of training, growth, aging, and fatigue on human muscles are also in the scope of his research. Techniques include real-time ultrasonography, magnetic resonance imaging, electromyography, and joint kinetics during voluntary and electrically evoked muscle contraction. Muscle mechanics related with sports performance is also one of his research topics.



Prof. Antonie van den Bogert is our ISB President and a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Cleveland State University. His current research focuses on how humans control movement. He is trying to find a way to control the motors in prosthetic limbs so that they function as well as our nervous systems. This would make prosthetic limbs react in the same way a natural limb would. In 2005, Prof. van den Bogert received the Academy Award for Technical Achievement at the Scientific and Technological Awards presentation, which takes place within the week or two before the Oscars.

We will have four fantastic ISB2013 Tutorials this year. Please make sure that you register to for the tutorials. We just opened our registration system for these tutorials a few days ago, so please make sure you enter the Participant’s Area on our website to make your registration.

2:00 pm - 3:50 pm

1.Rehabilitation Robotics - Current applications and future directions.

Prof. Daniel Ferris is Associate Dean of Research of the  School of Kinesiology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. His main research interests are: neuromechanical control, locomotion, robotic exoskeletons, rehabilitation, mobile brain imaging.



2. Human movement analysis using inertial sensors

Prof. Kamiar Aminian is a professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland, and director of the Laboratory of Movement Analysis and Measurement in the Institute of Bioengineering of EPFL. His research interests include methodologies for human movement monitoring and analysis in real world conditions mainly based on wearable technologies and inertial sensors with emphasis on gait, physical activity and sport. His research aims to perform outcome evaluation in orthopaedics, to improve motor function and intervention programs in aging and patients with movement disorders and pain, and to identify metrics of performance in sport science.


4:15 pm - 6:00 pm

3. Opensim - New developments and future directions

Prof. Scott Delp is the Co-Director, Stanford Center for Biomedical Computing, Stanford University, Stanford, USA. His research interests are related to the form and function of complex living systems ranging from molecular motors to persons with movement disorders. He seeks fundamental understanding of the mechanisms involved in the production of movement, and he is motivated to improve treatments for individuals with cerebral palsy, stroke, osteoarthritis, and Parkinson's disease. While research and education are his primary activities, he is also involved in the development of new biomedical technologies and devices.


4. Grant writing workshop

Prof. Tom Buchanan is a professor of Mechanical Engineering and Deputy Dean of Engineering. He has faculty appointments in the Biomechanics & Movement Science Program and the Center for Biomedical Engineering Research, University of Delaware, Delaware, USA. His research interests involve: musculoskeletal modeling, neural control of movement, patient-specific modeling using MRI and ultrasound, muscle mechanics, orthopaedics, radiology, neurology, rehabilitation. He is interested in mechanical models of how muscles generate forces and how such forces affect loads in cartilage and ligaments; applications to osteoarthritis, stroke and sports medicine.


The following Satellite Events and Special Sessions will take place at ISB2013, so please make sure that you visit our webpage where you can find more detailed information.

11th Biennial Footwear Biomechanics Symposium Rifoles Hotel July 31st - August 2nd
XIV International Symposium on Computer Simulation in Biomechanics Praiamar Hotel August 1-3
Educational Workshop on Dynamic Load Distribution Measurement Ocean Palace Hotel August 3-4
Measurement of Knee Loading Symposium Natal Convention Center August 5th
ISB-ISEK Joint Workshop: Neurophysiology meets Biomechanics Natal Convention Center August 5th
Shoulder Group Special Session Natal Convention Center August 6th
Workshop on Surface Electromyography Natal Convention Center August 6-8
XV Brazilian Congress of Biomechanics Special Session Natal Convention Center August 7th
Satellite Symposium of the VII World Congress of Biomechanics Natal Convention Center August 9th
Pedobarography Group Meeting Natal Convention Center


Students will have a lot of fun while discussing science in Natal. If you are a student, please make sure that you check the Studen's Corner with Antonia Zaferiou for the fun things that she is planning for Natal.

Please make sure that you check the Exhibition area during the congress. We already have 20 companies from different parts of the world that will bring high tech and new technologies to our congress.

Total number of countries: 53

Total number of abstracts: 858

Total number or registrants until today: 983

We would like to suggest that you start your travel arrangements well in advance. We have sent you information on the discount in the airfare of all flights of Star Alliance. You may need a VISA to enter Brazil, and you will find information on that at the Shopping Tour webpage If you need assistance to plan your trip to Natal, please contact Miss. Priscila Gayer at the e-mail She will help you to organize your trip according to your travel needs.

Please check well in advance if you need a VISA to enter Brazil and organize the necessary documents to apply for the VISA, as this may take several weeks to be processed. We will be providing an official letter to all participants that finalize the registration process so that you can add this letter to your VISA application. If you need assistance to organize your travel needs, please contact Miss. Priscila Gayer (Travel Agent) from our Official Travel Agency (Shopping Tour Cambio e Turismo) at the e-mail or you can also phone her at (+55 51) 3227-0607, extension 219. She will be able to help you with anything you need to make your trip to Natal and your stay in Brazil as pleasant as possible.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Natal for the XXIV ISB2013.

ISB 2013 Organizing Committee

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