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Walter Herzog received a Diploma in Physical Education from the Federal Technical Insitute Zurich in 1977 and completed his PhD in Biomechanics at the University of Iowa in 1985. He then moved to the University of Calgary where he began a postdoctoral fellowship and shortly after became a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology. Walter is currently the Director of the Calgary Human Performance Laboratory and a Professor in Kinesiology, Engineering, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary. He is also the Canada Research Chair, Tier 1 for Cellular and Molecular Biomechanics. Walter's research covers many topics, but his primary interest and arguably his greatest scientific impact has been to understand the mechanics of muscle contraction. Walter has too many accomplishments to mention here, but some of his recent awards include the Geoffrey Dyson Career Award from the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports and the Borelli Award from the American Society of Biomechanics. Walter is one of the most highly cited biomechanics researchers to-date, with >22,500 citations to his name. He remains an active member of the International Society of Biomechanics as an elected Fellow and will host the 2019 ISB conference in his home town of Calgary.

Professor Pope was born in London in 1941, he earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Southall College, London, in 1962, and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Bridgeport, Conn. in 1969. He received his doctorate in biomechanics from the University of Vermont in 1972 and Dr. Med. Sc. in medical science from Gothenburg University, Goteborg, Sweden in 1990. He has held faculty positions at the University of Vermont, University of Iowa, University of Aberdeen, and Michigan State University. His other honors include Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Arthroscopy Association O'Connor Award, and the Borelli Award from the American Society of Biomechanics. His research focuses on spine biomechanics.

Professor Alexander was educated at the University of Cambridge (MA, PhD) and the University of Wales (DSc). After a Lectureship at the then University College of North Wales (now Bangor University) from 1958 to 1969, he was Professor of Zoology at the University of Leeds from 1969 until his retirement in 1999 when the title of Emeritus Professor was conferred upon him. Professor Alexander was Secretary of the Zoological Society of London (1992-1999) which included supervising the management of London and Whipsnade Zoos. He was President of the Society for Experimental Biology (1995-1997), President of the International Society of Vertebrate Morphologists (1997-2001) and editor of the prestigious Proceedings of the Royal Society B (1998-2004). His research specialised in research on animal mechanics.

Dr. Andersson received his M.D. from the University of Göteborg, Sweden in 1967; and obtained a Ph.D. in medical science at the University of Göteborg in 1974. After a fellowship at the London Hospital, he joined the faculty at the University of Göteborg for 10 years. In 1985, he moved to the United States and the Rush University Medical Center as professor of orthopedic surgery. His clinical area of interest is spine (neck and back), while his research interests are disc degeneration, epidemiology and occupational biomechanics. Dr. Andersson has received many awards and honors including the Muybridge Medal, the ISSLS Stryker Spine Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine. He has received the Kappa Delta Award from the AAOS/ORS, the Freedom of Movement Award from the Arthritis Foundation and is a recipient of the Trustee Medal from Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Gunnar B. J. Andersson is the The Ronald L. DeWald, M.D. Professor and Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois.

Peter Cavanagh was born, raised, and educated in England. He graduated Loughborough College (1969), and did graduate studies in human biomechanics at the Royal Free Medical School at the University of London (1972). He has held faculty positions at Penn State University and The Cleveland Clinic. He is currently the Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. He is a past President of both the American Society of Biomechanics and the International Society of Biomechanics, and has received the Borelli Award and Muybridge Medal from these societies. He has also been the recipient of the International Diabetic Foot Award, the Edward J. Olmos Award for Amputation prevention, The Dyson Award, and the Lawrence Young NSBRI Award. His research interests include the modeling of the foot, imaging of the foot muscles in people with diabetic neuropathy, studying the mechanical characteristics of skin, designing optimal footwear for reducing pressure under the foot, and determining the properties of diabetic bone.

David Winter received his BSc (1953) and MSc degrees (1961) from Queen’s University, and PhD from Dalhousue University (1967). He started his academic career in 1961 as an Assistant Professor in Electrical Engineering at the Royal Military College (Kingston, Ontario), before moving to the Technical University of Nova Scotia, where he was promoted to Professor in 1969. In 1969, he became Director of Biomedical Engineering at the Shriner's Hospital in Winnipeg, with a faculty position in Surgery at the University of Manitoba. In 1974 he moved to the University of Waterloo where he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, and then promoted to Professor in 1976. He retired in 1995 with the title Distinguished Professor Emeritus. His research focused on human locomotion and he pioneered ideas such as automated motion analysis, appropriate filtering of motion analysis data, segmental energies and joint powers. In 2011 the ISB named their young investigator award after David, “David Winter Young Investigator Award”. David passed away in 2012.

Paavo Komi was born in Kauhajoki, Finland. He received his BS degree from the University of Helsinki (1963), MS from the University Jyväskylä (1966), and PhD from Penn State University (1969). After his PhD he held faculty positions at the University Jyväskylä, including being Head of the Department of Biology and Physical Activity. He was appointed Professor Emeritus in 2005. He is a past-President of the ISB, and was appointed an honorary fellow in 2005. In acknowledgement of his many research achievements the ISB awarded him the Muybridge Medal in 1999. His research has focused on the mechanisms and adaptation of neuromuscular function in exercise.

John Paul was raised in Old Kilpatrick, Scotland. He studied as a school boy at Alan Glen’s School a secondary school in Glasgow. As an undergraduate he studied mechanical engineering at the Royal College of Science and Technology. In 1962 he was a founding member of the Bioengineering Unit at the Royal College of Science and Technology. In 1964 the Royal College merged with the Scottish College of Commerce to form the University of Strathclyde. He was to remain at the University for the rest of his career, and was the head of their Bioengineering Unit from 1977 to 1992. Early in his stay at the University of Strathclyde he formed a collaboration with an orthopaedic surgeon who wanted to design assistance for pins to secure fractured femurs. This project spurred his research on the forces transmitted by bones. His work in this area became a classic source. He went on to perform fundamental work on prosthesis design. In acknowledgement of his many research achievements the ISB awarded him the Muybridge Medal in 1997. Invited lectures included the joint Royal Academy of Engineering/ Royal Society of Edinburgh meeting in 1977, the Carl Hirsch Lecture of the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm in 1995, Institution of Mechanical Engineering Donald Julius Groen Lecture in 1991, and he was awarded the W.W. Marriner Medal of the Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland for his lecture in 2002. In recognition of his research and administrative achievements he was appointed an honorary member of the ISB. John passed away in 2013.

Dr. Woo received his BS degree from Chico State College (1965), and MS and PhD degrees (1966, 1971) from University of Washington. Dr. Savio L-Y. Woo is a Distinguished University Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh. He arrived at the University of Pittsburgh in 1990 after spending 20 years at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) as a Professor of Surgery and Bioengineering. He has received awards including the Herbert R. Lissner Medal, the O’Donoghue Sports Injury Research Award, the Giovanni Borelli Award, the Muybridge Medal, and the Olympic Prize for Sports Science from the International Olympic Committee. His research has focused on the measurement of the mechanical properties of ligaments, tendons, joint mechanics, and functional tissue engineering.

Mimi Koehl graduated from Gettysburg College with a B.A. in Biology, and Duke University with a Ph.D. in Zoology.  She was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington, and at the University of York.  Mimi is a marine biologist and Professor at University of California, Berkeley.  She studies the physics of how organisms interact with their environments.

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.

Keith Gordon ‘s interest in biomechanics began as an undergraduate at U.C. Davis where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. Much of his early focus was on injury mechanics and rehabilitation methods. Keith is a certified athletic trainer and has been part of several sports medicine teams at various universities and high schools. His interest in biomechanics and athletic training led Keith to attend San Diego State University for his master’s degree in the Biomechanics and Athletic Training Program. After finishing his degree, Keith became a research assistant at the UCLA Human Locomotion Laboratory. It was here that Keith developed his current research interest in neuromechanical control and rehabilitation of gait. Keith is currently in his third year of Ph.D. studies at the University of Michigan. He is working with Prof. Dan Ferris to develop a powered lower limb orthosis.

Kermit DavisKermit Davis received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering in 1992 from the University of Toledo. He received his M.S. (1996) and Ph.D. (2001) from The Ohio State University where he conducted research in the Biodynamics Laboratory. He has published 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals with 15 as first author. Dr. Davis has also been awarded with several international awards for his research including the Volvo Award for Low Back Biomechanics (ISSLS), Alphonse Chapanis Student Paper (HFES), Alice Hamilton Award (NIOSH), and Liberty Mutual Award (IEA) as well as was the recipient of an International Society of Biomechanics Dissertation grant (2000).

He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Health at the University of Cincinnati where his research is focusing on the investigation of the interactive effect of physical workplace demands, mental workload and psychosocial workplace characteristics, and individual factors such as age and obesity on the responses within the lower back. Previous work has included investigations into the impact of workplace stressors on the lower back in the areas of warehousing, patient handling, alternative modes of handling (e.g. team lifting, one hand lifting, pushing/pulling), injured populations, and ergonomic interventions (e.g. back belts, lifting hoists, adjustable fork lifts). He has developed a comprehensive and interactive research agenda that will investigate the complex etiology of low back pain and numerous stages of progression.

Paul C. IvancicPaul C. Ivancic received his B.Sc. in Mathematics & Applied Mechanics in 1995 from Queen's University, Ontario, Canada. He received his M.S.E. in Bioengineering (1997), M.S.E. in Computer & Information Science (1999), and M.A. in Mathematics (2000) from the University of Pennsylvania. He received his M.S. (2002), M.Phil. (2003), and Ph.D. (2006) in Biomedical Engineering from Yale University where he conducted spine biomechanics research in the Yale Biomechanics Laboratory under the mentorship of Manohar Panjabi. He has published over 30 papers in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Ivancic's research interests include human injury biomechanics, spine biomechanics, whiplash, and neck injury prevention. In addition to the 2007 Promising Young Scientist Award from ISB, he has received several other awards for his research including the Margaret H. Hines Award for best oral presentation at the 2007 Injury Biomechanics Symposium at The Ohio State University and the Raymond John Wean Foundation Fellowship from Yale University in 2000-2003. He is currently an Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation at Yale University School of Medicine where he is continuing spine biomechanics research at the Yale Biomechanics Laboratory. His future research will focus on understanding neck injury prevention during motor vehicle collisions.

Yasushi EnomotoYasushi Enomoto began his research for biomechanics of distance running technique at the laboratory for sport biomechanics under Dr. Michiyoshi Ae when he was an undergraduate student at the School of Health and Physical Education at the University of Tsukuba, where he was also a distance runner in the Track & Field club.  He also completed a 5 year Ph. D. program there, and in March 2004, completed his dissertation about the biomechanical evaluation for distance running technique.  Yasushi was a research assistant in the Sports and Physical Education Center and a coach for the middle distance team of the T&F club at the University of Tsukuba from 2002 to 2004.  He has been a member of the Scientific Committee in the Japan Association for Athletics Federation since 2002.  Now he is an assistant professor at the Kyoto University of Education, where he teaches courses in biomechanics and physical education and also is a coach of T&F club of the university.  Recently he starts to research in biomechanics of motor development for elementary school children.

Magnús Kjartan GíslasonMagnús Kjartan Gíslason received a C.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Universty of Iceland in the year 2000 and a B.Sc. in Technical Physics from the same university a year later. In 2002 he received an M.Sc. degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow studying wrist biomechanics. After finishing his degree Magnús returned to Iceland to work on a project that involved measuring the EMG of the deep neck flexors in relation to whiplash injuries. In the year 2004, Magnús returned to the University of Strathclyde to start his Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. Nicola Fowler from the department of Bioengineering and Dr. David Nash from the department of Mechanical Engineering. His research interest is hand and wrist biomechanics and his current project involves looking at the load transfer through the wrist joint using a finite element method. Magnús plans to finish his Ph.D in the beginning of 2007.

Diana Andreeva GlaserDiana Andreeva Glaser received a Diplom Ingenieur degree (German equivalent of M.S. degree) in Civil Engineering from the RWTH-Aachen Technical University, Germany in 2001. Her thesis, granted by Hochtief AG, Germany, focused on the numerical analysis of the dynamical behavior of a locomotive construction. Afterwards, Diana worked for 3 years as mechanical engineer in the area of static and dynamic analysis. She was involved also in vibration, fatigue and buckling strength analysis. In 2005 Diana was accepted into the Ph.D. program at the University of Tennessee, at which time she also began a graduate research assistantship in the Center for Musculoskeletal Research (CMR). Her Ph.D. program and research work is performed under the supervision of Dr. Richard D. Komistek from the Biomedical Engineering Department. Within the CMR program she is involved in different projects including in vivo analysis of hip and knee joint mechanics, 3D patient-specific mathematical modeling, and biomedical applications of DAQ systems. The majority of these CMR research projects are applying engineering technologies and new clinically relevant analyses to study the joint conditions. Her personal research in CMR towards the Ph.D. program involves the development and implementation of hip mechanics and a newly developed non-invasive acoustic and vibration analysis method for the evaluation of hip joint performance. Diana is planning to complete her Ph.D. in the summer of 2008.

Veronica J. SantosVeronica J. Santos earned a BS in mechanical engineering and a music minor from the University of California at Berkeley (1999), and an MS in mechanical engineering from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (2004). From 2000 to 2001, she was a Quality Engineer and Research and Development Engineer at Guidant Corporation in Santa Clara, CA, specializing in life-saving cardiovascular technology.

She is currently pursuing a PhD at the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. She is working with Prof. Francisco J. Valero-Cuevas on neuromuscular biomechanical models of the human thumb that incorporate anatomical variability and parameter uncertainty via Markov Chain Monte Carlo simulations.

Her research interests include robotics, neural control of movement, and clinical applications of biomechanical modeling, specifically to surgical procedures and rehabilitation technology. Veronica has received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2001), an Exceptional Teaching Assistant Award from the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University (2005), and numerous travel awards to contribute to scientific conferences at the national and international levels.

Philippe MalcolmPhilippe Malcolm obtained in 2002 a master degree in Physical Education with great distinction. His interests in biomechanics arose during his specialization in gymnastics coaching from a project involving a movement analysis of the giant swing on different gymnastic apparatus. In 2004 he got the opportunity to start working as assistant and pursuing Ph.D. studies at the department of Movement and Sports Sciences of the Ghent University under Prof. Dirk De Clercq.

Philippe is currently in the third year of his Ph.D. studies on human gait transition. At this stage he is focusing on the influence of the ankle musculature on gait transition and has developed a powered ankle-foot-exoskeleton in to be used as a means for experimentally manipulating the ankle power. His research interests include gait transition, locomotion in general, biorobotics and sports biomechanics.

Emma JohnsonEmma Johnson’s research interest in Biomechanics, began in the final year of her BSc (Hons) Biomedical Engineering in which she undertook an 8 month research project designing and developing a protocol for the mechanical testing of ankle joint stability after external arthrodesis. After obtaining a First Class classification in June 2001, Emma subsequently began her PhD studying the mechanical response of the human head to blunt impact with Dr. P.G. Young. This is a multi-disciplinary project and adopts a unique approach to examining mechanical damage to the brain by using different modelling techniques. Emma has presented at a number of national and international conferences and recently had an Original Article published in the Journal of Biomechanics.

In Feb 2005, Emma began her postdoctoral research on a Partnership in Public Awareness (PPA) project which uses novel techniques to generate 3D physical replicas of scanned plant and insect objects. These will become hands-on exhibits at the new Education Centre at the Eden Project, UK. As a result of this work, Emma is pursuing this line of work by undertaking an MSc in Science Communication after submission of her PhD thesis in September 2005.

Veerle SegersVeerle Segers became interested in Biomechanics in the final year of her Masters in Physical Education and wrote a dissertation on the biomechanics of humans galloping downstairs. She received her Masters degree with the highest distinction at the Ghent University (Belgium) in July 2001.

In 2002 she started her Ph.D. project entitled ‘a biomechanical analysis of the realization of actual human gait transition' with the aid of a scholarship (BOF-RUG B/03796/01-IV1). This Ph.D. was realized at the Ghent University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Department of Movement and Sports Sciences, under the supervision of Prof D. De Clercq. She used a full kinesiological analysis to gain insights in how and why humans change gait when speed is altered. Veerle presented at a number of national and international conferences and recently published in Gait and Posture (vol. 24, 247-254; vol. 25, 639-647) and the Journal of Experimental Biology (vol. 210, 578-585).

In March 2007, Veerle started her postdoctoral research at Ghent University, in which she will continue to explore the human gait transition. Her research was the starting point for two other promising Ph.D. projects in the field of human gait transitions (Philippe Malcolm and Kristof De Smet) which she will guide and assist.

Veerle's research interests are biomechanics, gait transition, locomotion in general, motor control and modeling.