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ISB/ASB 2019 Student Events

Registration for ISB/ASB 2019 is officially open and there are exciting events available for students!  You can sign up for the events through registration, including:

Student Excursion - Hike (Kananaskis Country) - July 31st, 9:00AM - 3:30PM

Boxed Lunch & Transportation Included

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Student Excursion - Night Out (Ranchman’s Cookhouse) - August 2nd, 8:00PM

Food and Transportation Included

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Student and Mentor Lunch #1 - August 3rd/4th, 1:00PM - 2:00PM

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Information on student accommodation, events, and grants can be found here.


Available Student Grants

There are grants available to ISB Student Members including:

  1. The Matching Dissertation Grant program (MDG): There will be several competitive grants of $US2500 awarded for doctoral dissertation research (due December 15, 2018)
  2. The International Travel Grant program (ITG): In order to allow student members to travel abroad to experience science in other countries and cultures, and to build up international collaborations we will offer several grants of up to $US2500 for travel related to biomechanics research (due December 15, 2018)
  3. The Congress Travel Grant program (CTG): Will be offered in 2019 for the XXVII ISB Congress in Calgary, Canada

Additional information and applications can be found here.

Other grants especially for students can be found at the ISB website.


Biomechanics on our Minds (BOOM) Podcast

We have newly released episodes of Biomechanics on Our Minds (BOOM) listed below!  It is available for free on SoundCloud and on iTunes.  You can email us with ideas for biomechanics topics, what you would like to hear about, or to share a “research fail” on the podcast at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Episode 9: Biomechantronics - In this episode, we dive in to titin's role in muscle contraction, followed by an interview with University of Calgary's Professor Walter Herzog who talks about the role of nutrition in osteoarthritis development, who he looked up to as a student in biomechanics, and more. Followed with research fails!
  • Episode 10: Biomechanics of Breast Health - Dr. Deirdre McGhee shares her research on the biomechanics of breast health and her current study to improve the biomechanics of breast cancer survivors after surgery. It is followed with an interview with Dr. Jodi Steel who is a breast cancer survivor, part of Deirdre's study, and also working to improve the challenges that breast cancer survivors are facing.
  • Special Episode: Mental Health on our Minds – In this special episode of BOOM, we talk with 3 graduate students on challenges that we face in graduate school and how it affects our mental health.

Checking In On Mental Health

Graduate students are more than six times as likely to experience depression and anxiety as compared to the general population according to Evans, Teresa M., et al. "Evidence for a mental health crisis in graduate education." Nature biotechnology (2018).  A new special episode of BOOM highlights specific mental health struggles and stories from three graduate students, but the messages are universal. Take a listen, start the discussion and share with your friends! A big thanks to Francis, Jenny and Christian who shared their stories with us.  I recently enjoyed watching a TED Talk on “Things about a PhD nobody told you about”, including times where you may feel alone and unmotivated.  A PhD is challenging academically and mentally, but we don’t have to go through these challenges alone.  It is ok, and oftentimes necessary, to seek help during these times, whether from a trusted friend or professional help. Check in with yourself often!


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Connect with ISB on Social Media

Keep up to date with ISB by liking our ISB Facebook Page, joining the Student Members Facebook Page and following ISB on Twitter! If you have any feedback, comments, suggestions or questions please feel free to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Kind Regards,

Melissa Boswell


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