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Professor Peter A. Huijing holds a degree in Physical Education from the Academy of Physical Education in Amsterdam the Netherlands, as well as a Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA.  He held a dual appointment at the Faculteit Bewegingswetenschappen of the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam and the Department of Biomechanical Engineering at Twente University at Enschede, The Netherlands.  He has worked for more than 30 years at the interface of muscle physiology, anatomy and biomechanics, with primary research interests in fundamental aspects of form-function relation of muscles, force transmission from muscle as well as processes of adaptation ranging from the molecular level to whole muscle.  Biomechanical modeling has always played an important role in addition to his experimental work. In recent years his work has been applied particularly within the fields of surgery of the locomotor system and rehabilitation.

Rik Huiskes gained his MSc (1974) and PhD (1979) degrees from the Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands. In 1985 he was appointed full Professor in musculoskeletal biomechanics and Director of the Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Nijmegen. In 2001 he became a full-time professor of Biomedical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology, and a part-time professor at the Dept. of Orthopedics of the Medical Faculty, University of Maastricht. Rik was an Academy Professor of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Science, and was a member of the USA National Academy of Engineers. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Biomechanics for 30 years. Rik’s research interests included bone remodelling, osteoporosis, mechanobiology, and joint and ligament replacement. Rik passed away in 2010.

Tetsuo Fukunaga received a PhD from The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, in 1973. He worked as a research assistant in The University of Tokyo from 1971 to 1973; as an associate professor in Chukyo University, Aichi, Japan, from 1973 to 1980; as an associate professor and a full professor at The University of Tokyo, from 1980 to 2002. He then moved to Waseda University, Saitama where he was a full professor from 2002 to 2008. He has served as president of Japanese Society of Biomechanics, and as a council member of the ISB. His research interests include examining muscle-tendon interactions during human movement, often using innovative imaging techniques. He is currently a president of the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Kanoya, Kagoshima, Japan.

Kai-Nan An received his BS degree from the National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, and his MS and PhD(1975) in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics in 1975 from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. In 1993 he was appointed Director of the Orthopedic Biomechanics Laboratory at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and Professor of Bioengineering, Mayo Medical School. He was named the John and Posy Krehbiel Professor of Orthopedics, Mayo Medical School, in 1993. Dr. An has received several awards from various societies, including the You-Li Chou Medal from the Taiwanese Society of Biomechanics, the Borelli Award from the ASB, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from National Cheng-Kung University, the Neer Award from ASES, the Kappa Delta Award from AAOS, and was named as a Fellow of the ASME in 2007. Dr. An’s research interests include biomechanics, biomaterials, imaging, wheelchair propulsion, orthopedics, and rehabilitation.

Born and raised in New Zealand he received his education from the University of Otago, Christchurch Teachers College in New Zealand. He then received his MS (1976) and PhD (1981) from the University of Washington. Professor Roger Enoka is a professor in the Department of Integrative Physiology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He previously held positions Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and the Department of Physiology at the University of Arizona. Roger's research focusses on the neurophysiology of movement.

Benno Nigg was born in Switzerland, and studied Nuclear Physics at the ETH Zurich, and received his PhD from the same institution in 1975. He was the Director of the Biomechanics Laboratory at the ETH Zurich. In 1981 Dr. Nigg accepted an invitation to move to the University of Calgary, where he founded, developed and was director of the Human Performance Laboratory, a multi-disciplinary Research Center concentrating on the study of the human body and its locomotion. Dr. Nigg has received many awards and recognitions, including the Olympic Order, honorary degrees from the Universities of Salzburg and Innsbruck and an honorary professorship from the University of Shanghai. Dr. Nigg is an honorary member of the ISB. His research concentrates on human locomotion with main emphasis on mobility and longevity and its application to movement related products such as orthoses, shoe insoles, sport shoes, surfaces and sport equipment.

Behnam Heidari received his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering in 1996 and an M.Sc. degree in Biomedical Engineering, majoring in Biomechanics, in 1999 from the AmirKabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. The research area for his M.Sc. addressed the prediction of load sharing in the lumbar spine, through a finite element modelling approach. Behnam has contributed to scientific conferences at both national and international levels and was granted an “ESB Travel Award" in order to present at the European Society of Biomechanics 2000 conference, Dublin, Ireland. He is currently a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering Department in University College Dublin with a project focused on the spinal disc and modelling of AIS, based on a fibre imbalance model. His research is funded through a Materials Ireland research grant under the agency of Enterprise Ireland. He has been awarded a certificate for Medical Sciences in Biomedical Engineering, by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. His primary research interest is the biomechanics of spine. Applying computational modelling and simulation techniques to provide a means of improved simulation and visualisation of the spine in three dimensions. Through direct collaboration with research active orthopaedic surgeons it is intended to provide clinically useful bioengineering tools.

Constantinos Maganaris received a BSc in Sports Science in 1995 from the College of Sports Science in Greece, and a MSc in Sports Nutrition in 1996 from the University of Aberdeen, UK. In 1999, he received his PhD in Muscle Mechanics at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, 2.5 years after starting his studies. Since then, Costis has published 30 SCI journal papers, in more than 2/3 of which he is the first or the sole author. His research interest lies on the mechanical properties of muscles and tendons and the way these structures interact to produce forces and movement. Most of his work is experimental and involves measurements in the intact human body by means of ultrasonography, MRI, dynamometry and electrical stimulation. Apart from the PYSA award in ISB 2003, Costis has been the recipient of several other international awards and honours of excellence, such as the ASB 2001 Post-doctoral Scientist award, and a JSPS Post-doctoral grant award in 1999 for conducting research at the University of Tokyo, Japan. He has received external research grants for studies on the structure and function of muscles and tendons in old age and in children with cerebral palsy, and currently works as a Senior Research Fellow in Musculoskeletal Science at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

Jeremy LaMothe began his research career during the last year of his Bachelors degree in Zoology (with distinction) when he undertook a project investigating gecko adhesion kinematics with Dr. A. P. Russell. Following completion of his BSc (April 2001), he enrolled in a Masters of Science in Kinesiology studying under Dr. Ron Zernicke at the University of Calgary. Soon after commencement of his Masters degree in September 2001, he fast-tracked to a PhD program, were he is currently investigating the relation between strain rate and bone adaptation. Recently, Jeremy was admitted to University of Calgary Medical School (MD/PhD Program) and was awarded one of the top entrance scholarships. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Canadian National Science and Engineering Research Council Doctoral Studentship, the Alberta Provincial CIHR Fellowship in Bone and Joint Health, and several other international and intra-institutional travel awards and scholarships. Concurrent with his doctoral research, Jeremy has been involved in a variety of other research investigating bone adaptation to senescence, diet, and injury. Jeremy’s research has been disseminated in the form of manuscripts, co-authorship on an invited textbook chapter, and conference proceedings. Jeremy plans to finish his PhD by August 2004 and MD by May 2007.