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vazfoto3x4.jpgMarco Aurélio Vaz obtained his B.Sc. (Honors) from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) and his Ph.D. from the University of Calgary (Canada). After his PhD he returned to Brazil, where he has been lecturing (Neuromechanical Bases of Human Movement) and where he currently conducts his research in the Exercise Research Laboratory. His research focuses on muscle function and adaptation to exercise. In 2003 he returned to Calgary for a one year sabbatical, where he did some work in Biomechanics of the Musculoskeletal System. His collaborators include people working in muscle mechanics, muscle architecture, medicine, and exercise physiology. To date he has supervised 13 graduate students to completion of their degrees.

He says: “Despite the financial difficulties from researchers in developing countries to attend regularly ISB congresses, I have made an effort to get funding for all congresses since 1997, and was able to attend the conferences in Zurich, Calgary and Munich. I want to help the Society in terms of reaching researchers in these developing countries, finding their needs and seeking possible ways for the Society to help these scientists”. He became a member of the Society in 2006.