ISB Grant Reports

Posted on December 23, 2015

Aaron Fox

PhD Candidate, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University, Australia

First and foremost I would like to thank the International Society of Biomechanics for the support in the form of a Congress Travel Grant which gave me the opportunity to attend and present at the 25th Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics in Glasgow, Scotland. The conference program was full of interesting keynote presentations and podium sessions, with the quality of the work being presented of the highest standard of any conference I have attended.

I was lucky enough to be accepted for two oral presentations, both focusing on investigating optimal methods for field-based screening of anterior cruciate ligament injury risk in female athletes. This was the first opportunity I had to present my work to a room full of biomechanists, and was therefore an exciting opportunity to see how it would be received by an audience of experts. From my perspective the presentations went well, and having the opportunity to present opened up alleys for conversations with other researchers currently working in this field. The breaks and social events throughout the program allowed these conversations to continue and also provided the chance to meet face-to-face with some colleagues I had previously only interacted with via e-mail. Having the ability to engage in conversation with world leaders in the field of biomechanics was certainly a highlight of the conference.

Another highlight was the range of student-focused sessions and events organised. These included the mentoring session, mock academic interview, and student event. The mentoring session allowed us to question a number of experts on topics such as data collection and analysis techniques, job opportunities, and grant applications. The mock academic interview was something new, and provided information surrounding the questions to expect in an interview, how to (and how not to) answer these, and what prospective employers are looking for in these situations. The student event at Go Ape Zip Line and Treetop Adventures was a great way to get to know fellow students attending the conference, and was also heaps of fun.

This was my first time attending an ISB Congress and it was an eye-opening experience, providing motivation and direction to continue working in the field of biomechanics. This congress certainly won’t be my last, and am looking forward to seeing everyone in Brisbane, Australia in 2017!


Claudiane Fukuchi

Neuroscience and Cognition Program, Federal University of ABC, Brazil

I currently am a PhD student in the Neuroscience and Cognition Program at the Federal University of ABC – Brazil, under supervisor of Prof. Marcos Duarte. I was awarded the ISB Student Travel Grant that allowed me to visit Prof. Richard Baker at the University of Salford for a few months (May-July 2015). During the time I was in Salford I was primarily involved in a research study aiming at understanding how speed can influence the gait patterns. The research facility at the University of Salford headed by Prof. Baker is internationally recognized for its clinical gait research and I had the opportunity to broaden my knowledge in this area. Specifically, I was able to conduct an experiment where I looked the influence of gait speed on the Gait Profile Score index developed by Prof. Baker. Dr. Baker gave me the opportunity to discuss the work and helped me to understand important things in the data related to this index.

I also had the opportunity to attend the Clinical Gait Analysis course offered by Prof. Baker and his team. The clinical gait analysis course covered important scientific and clinical concepts that will certainly benefit me in my future research and clinical practice. As a physiotherapist, I have been struggling to combine clinical and biomechanical knowledge to advance the understanding about the effects of musculoskeletal impairment on gait patterns. The course designed by Dr. Baker as well as the experience I had working closed to him demonstrated to me that it is indeed possible to combine both skills.

My trip to UK ended at Glasgow where I could attend the 25th Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics. At the ISB Congress, I had the chance to meet other researches and to discuss not only the research I did in Salford but also other research topics that grasp my interest. Additionally, the keynote speakers delivered fascinating topics in different areas of biomechanics where I could learn what other researches outside of my field of interest are doing.

I would like to thank the ISB for the financial support that allowed me to have this unique experience which will certainly positively impact not only my PhD studies but also my career as a clinician and researcher. I would like to take this opportunity to specially thank Prof. Baker for his guidance, support and this unique opportunity to learn interesting things in the gait analysis field.


Ian M. Russell

Biomechanics Laboratory, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA

My name is Ian Russell and I am a second year PhD student in the Biomechanics Lab at the University of Southern California under Dr. Jill McNitt-Gray.  My area of research is on the biomechanics of manual wheelchair propulsion in the spinal cord injury population.  I am extremely grateful to have received the Student Travel Grant for 2015 which enabled me to attend the 25th Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics in Glasgow.

At the conference I was able to present my original research on “Modifications in Wheelchair Propulsion Technique with Speed”.  This presentation covered research I had done with Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Hospital on how individual manual wheelchair users with paraplegia modify propulsion mechanics to accommodate expected increases in reaction forces generated at the pushrim with self-selected increases in wheelchair propulsion speed.  Presenting my research in the wheelchair propulsion session at the conference allowed me to easily connect and get valuable feedback from the other institutions around the world also conducting research on wheelchair propulsion.

A year ago a colleague in my lab and I developed a novel method for reporting shoulder kinematics, which is especially useful for describing complex motions.  We developed it when tasked with describing the motion of the upper arm relative to the torso while moving a wheelchair into the backseat of a car. Our kinematic representation method resolves many of the problems with current methods such as singularities as well as providing a more intuitive representation of the motion that could be understood by both an engineer and a clinician.  We presented this method to the International Shoulder Group at the ISB Conference.  It was received extremely well and we were asked to draft a paper on it so that it could potentially be implemented as a new ISB Standard.

I would like to sincerely thank ISB for providing me with assistance to travel to this conference.  The opportunity to present my research allowed me to contribute to the field of biomechanics and gave me renewed enthusiasm for the importance of researching the field of manual wheelchair propulsion.


Ying Gao

PhD student in Biomechanics, Department of Biology of Physical Activity, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

ying-gaoMy name is Ying Gao. Currently, I’m a PhD student in Biomechanics at the Department of Biology of Physical Activity, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. I would like to thank the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) Council for awarding me the ISB Student Congress Travel Grant which allowed me to attend the XXV Congress of ISB 2015 in Glasgow, UK. The congress from the abstract submission, registration, poster and oral presentation sessions to social programme was all extremely well organized.

My highlights of the congress were keynote lectures which present the past, present and future of several key areas of Biomechanics by world leading researchers, e.g. by Prof. Aboufazl Shirazi-Adl and Prof. Judth Meakin who were working in pairs to present their perspectives on Spine issues, and Prof. Laurence Cheze and Prof. Claudia Mazzà in Measurement Technology. Because this was my first congress, all the sessions I attended were a unique experience but I especially enjoyed the student sessions, where students’ were able to voice their views.

I gave an oral presentation in the Clyde Auditorium. In such a big room, I was excited to present my research on occupational sedentary behavior. My presentation went well and I received valuable feedback from the audience. I also benefited from meeting with great researchers and students throughout the congress from the opening ceremony to the closing ceremony and the congress party. Furthermore, I would like to thank my supervisors Prof. Taija Finni and Dr. Neil Cronin who encourage me throughout the PhD study process.

Finally, I want to thank again ISB and I am looking forward to the next ISB congress.


Julie Ellis

Ph.D. Candidate, College of Kinesiology, University of Saskatchewan

I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the ISB for the Student Congress Travel Grant I received which allowed me to attend my first ISB Congress in Glasgow, Scotland in July 2015. I found the experience to be extremely valuable as it provided a rare opportunity for me to interact with expert researchers in my field in an international setting.

I presented a poster entitled “Development of a Bilateral Upper Limb Musculoskeletal Model to Investigate Muscle Contributions During Different Push-up Variations”. I had the opportunity to discuss my work with other researchers working in modelling and simulation and received some great feedback and suggestions regarding my current study and future work. I also had the opportunity to attend a tutorial session on Advanced Tissue Mechanics delivered by Dr. Philip Riches.

During the week I attended many presentations, and appreciated the exposure to the wide range of research being carried out in the biomechanics community. I took the opportunity to listen in on much of the research being done using OpenSim and gained a deeper more broad understanding of applications outside of my topic area as well as future directions in modelling and simulation. During my time at the conference I was able to consolidate my ideas and plans for the second half of my doctoral research project.

I attended all of the Keynote Presentations and enjoyed listening to these seasoned experts present some extremely insightful work and ideas. I took particular interest in the Knee Biomechanics lecture given by Peter Walker and Mark Taylor. I also felt quite honoured by the opportunity to listen to Carlo De Luca speak on his perspectives on Motor Control.

Once again I would like to thank the ISB for their financial support, as well as the presenters and attendees of the conference from whom I learned so much.


Emmanuel Souza da Rocha

Laboratory of Neuromechanics of Federal University of Pampa, Brazil

I am a Master student supervised by Dr Felipe Carpes, and student representative from the Brazilian Society of Biomechanics. I received a Congress Travel Grant from the ISB that allowed me to attend ISB Glasgow 2015. I had two oral presentations and 2 poster presentations. It was an excellent opportunity to talk with several scientists of the International Society of Biomechanics.
I traveled for 3 days and spent 10 hours in Amsterdam airport, but it was worth it!

During the event I presented the follow papers:

  • How do ground reaction impact forces respond to changes in submaximal gait speed?
  • Is the difference between preferred and non-preferred leading leg obstacle crossing larger in elderly fallers than in non-fallers?
  • Webinar Series and internet broadcasts: a strategy to provide EDC regions with access to biomechanics.
  • Variability on the peak plantar pressure in children, adults and elderly during walking.

I want to thank the International Society of Biomechanics for the opportunity; without your support it would not have been possible.


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