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The ISB would like to congratulate all the participants in the Developing Countries Grant Competition this year in Calgary. All applications were of high quality and denotes that biomechanics is everywhere. The winners were:

1st place: USD 1000 supported by ISB
Applied Biomechanics: promoting spine health in public schools of Amazonia – Brazil (by Jansen Estrazulas et al, from Brazil)

2nd place: USD 700 supported by TEKSCAN Inc.
Using Glasses-free Virtual Reality Training to Improve Upper Limb Motor Function in stroke: innovations from China (by Le Li et al, from China)

3rd place: USD 500 supported by Vicon Motion Systems
Personalized medicine: aneurysms analysis through 3D models and numerical simulation (by Carlos Escobar del Pozo et al, from Mexico)

4th place: USD 300 supported by ISB
Smart orthotic device to improve Movement capacity of patients suffering from spasticity (smartMove) (by Elisa Avila et al, from Mexico)

5th place: USD 300 supported by ISB
Fatigue effects on the knee joint reaction force in female handball athletes: computational modeling during dynamic task (by Bruno Bedo et al, from Brazil)

The ISB would like to thank the evaluation committee members: Elizabeth Clarke, Melissa Ann Boswell, Glen Lichtwark, Rajani Mullerpatan, Sarah Shultz and the EDC Officer Felipe Carpes for contributing in the evaluation process. Please make sure you follow ISB website and in the social medias to stay tuned about the advance of EDC projects around the world.

Felipe Carpes is leaving the position of EDC officer and starting as the South America representative. We would like to thank him for his tirelss work in this role and are pleased he will be staying on board as South American representative, a new appointment for the ISB. The incoming EDC officer for the ISB is Daniel Hahn. Please do not hesitate to ask Daniel about EDC projects!

We are pleased to announce a new Working Group of the ISB, the Comparative Neuromuscular Biomechanics group (CNB). The recent ISB Congress in Calgary illustrated the strength and general interest in comparative biomechanics, with all of these sessions having a full house. The CNB aims to increase the visibility of comparative biomechanics and neuromechanics at the ISB, with a goal to accelerate cross-pollination between comparative and human biomechanics fields. We look forward to seeing a strong programme at the next ISB in Stockholm. 

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Congratulations to Prof. Ralph Müller from the ETH, Zurich, who has been named the 2019 Muybridge Award winner.

The Muybridge award is the most prestigious bestowed by the Society. It’s given for career achievements in biomechanics. It is named after Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904), who was the first to use cinematography for the study of human and animal movement.

Prof. Müller is currently a Professor of Biomechanics at the Department of Health Sciences and Technology and heads the Laboratory for Bone Biomechanics at ETH Zürich in Switzerland. He studied electrical engineering at ETH Zürich, where he also received his doctoral degree. Subsequently, he was involved in the development of a compact desktop micro-tomographic imaging system that since has been commercialized and is now marketed worldwide. The research he has completed and is currently pursuing employs state-of-the-art biomechanical testing and simulation techniques as well as novel bioimaging and visualization strategies for musculoskeletal tissues. His approaches are now often used for precise phenotypic characterization in mammalian genetics, mechanobiology as well as tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. He is an author of over 500 peer-reviewed publications in international scientific journals and conference proceedings. His work has been cited over 30,000 times on Google Scholar with an h-index of 90. In 2015, he was elected to the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW) and the European Alliance for Medical and Biological Engineering and Science (EAMBES). In 2017, the European Research Council awarded him with a prestigious ERC Advanced Grant. He is a former President of the European Society of Biomechanics and the Swiss Society for Biomedical Engineering and currently serves on the Board of the International Society of Bone Morphometry.

BOOM Episode 19 is live! Melissa Boswell and Hannah O'Day chat with ISB Fellow, Prof Julie Steele. Here is the except from the podcast: "In this episode with Julie Steele, we cover all things biomechanics and research - from studying biomechanics of surfing to how to fail fabulously to giving back to local communities"

Sāo Paulo Brazil will host the next International Foot and Ankle Biomechanics (i-FAB) meeting, to be held April 5-8, 2020. This is the first time South America has hosted i-FAB, in collaboration with the Brazilian Society of Biomechanics. The focus of the presentations will be on several hot topics within Footwear/ Orthotics, Sports, Physiotherapy/Rehabilitation, Clinical Biomechanics, Foot and ankle Modeling, Orthopedics and Surgery. All related disciplines are encouraged to participate to enhance the largeness and depth of the meeting. Stay tuned for further updates!

The minutes of the 2017 General Assembly of the ISB will be considered at the General Assembly in Calgary on Saturday August 3, 2019. 

2017 General Assembly Minutes

ISB-EDC membership is now available at a reduced fee. Please visit the Subscriptions & Renewals page for details.

Dr. José Acero invited Andrea Hemmerich, EDC Project Officer, to present a seminar about the ISB-EDC Program at the 2nd International Congress of Applied and Sports Biomechanics (ICB) in Medellín, Colombia. Andrea connected live via webcast and answered questions on how the ISB could support biomechanics research in Latin America. The Colombian Association of Biomechanics was formed at this meeting; we are anticipating future affiliation of this society with the ISB. Thanks to Dr. Felipe Carpes for support and to Dr. Acero for organizing as well as English-Spanish translation throughout this presentation.

The Call for Applications for the EDC Congress Travel Grant in order to attend the XXV ISB Congress in Glasgow, Scotland, is now open. Please see the Application Instructions below for further details.

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This a reminder that the 7th World Congress of Biomechanics is being held in Boston, USA, from July 6-11. WCB is an international meeting held once every four years, rotating among Europe, Asia and the Americas. The 7th WCB will once again bring together bioengineers, biomechanists, life scientists and medical researchers from around the world for 5 days of in-depth discussions and presentations. The ISB has major role at the WCB and and there are number ISB based sessions, including the ISB Motor Control I and II, Footwear-Force, Footwear-Muscle, Footwear-Move, Footwear-Foot, and the ISB Presidential Symposiums. Make sure you are attending WCB2014 and also attend all the ISB Session.

ISB members discussed strategic initiatives on which the ISB should focus to better develop biomechanics programs in EDC regions during a morning session at the ISB2013 Congress. Outcomes from this professional workshop, in which participants from both EDC and non-EDC academic institutions were represented, are detailed in a report that can be downloaded by members here.

An EDC Meet & Greet luncheon is being organized during the ISB2013 Congress in Natal, Brazil! This networking opportunity will allow you to learn more about our program and support collaborations promoting biomechanics worldwide. To find out more about the EDC Meet & Greet, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., EDC Project Officer.

A complete report of the recent ISB visit to the Tanzania Training Centre for Orthopaedic Technologists (TATCOT) is now available for download. Please also visit the TATCOT Project webpage for recent developments and more information.

Marco Vaz, Chairperson of ISB Congress 2013, has a message to share in the following PDF including the extension of the deadline for abstract submission. Read about it here: alt ISB_2013_-_Santa_Maria.pdf

The ISB Awards for 2013 have been announced. Applications are now requested for the Promising ScientistClinical BiomechanicsDavid Winter Young Investigator and Emerging Scientist Awards. Use the links for the details of each award.

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The next ISB Congress is being held in 2013 in Natal, Brazil. Make sure you are there for our major meeting of all ISB members and others who work in the international Biomechanics community. Please stay tuned for all updates on events, satelite conferences, submissions, travel grants for students and EDC members, and keynote and invited speakers. See the ISB2013 web site for information.

For ISB members from Economically Developing Countries funding is possible from Grand Challenges Canada and the Schlumberger Foundation, which are dedicated to funding researchers from developing and emerging countries. Furthermore, proposal/application deadlines for these funding opportunities begin in early September 2012. Read more ... 

 

DavidWinterIt is with great sadness that we inform the International Biomechanics community of the passing of Professor David Winter. David Winter had a pioneering role in defining the biomechanics field.  His methods and rationale for using biomechanics to understand movement are foundational to the modern science of biomechanics. The International Biomechanics community passes our sincere condolences to David's family. Details about David and his funeral can be found at this link.

 

Further, a full tribute message is in the March 2012 issue of ISB NOW.


 


 

We are pleased to announce that the 2012 Conference of the International Shoulder Group, an ISB Technical Group, will take place from the 22nd to the 24th August 2012 at Abersytwyth University in Wales, UK.

First call for abstracts
Expert Scientific Meeting – ESM 2012

The XXIII ISB Congress (ISB2011) Proceedings are now available online for members of the ISB.

ISB Technical Group on Computer Simulation (TGCS) invites you to attend this year’s Computer Simulation Symposium in Leuven (Belgium) from June 30th-July 2nd, 2011. For more information go here

The ISB has great pleasure in announcing the inaugural Emerging Scientist Award sponsored by Professor Carlo J De Luca. To read more follow this link.

The American Society of Biomechanics 2009 annual meeting was held at Penn State's University Park campus from August 26 to 29, 2009. The meeting agenda is available.

The 2010 Student Grant Guidelines have just been released.

Updated 2012 Student Grant Guidelines have just been released, 1st October 2011.

The 2013 Student Grant Guidelines have just been released. These are for The Matching Dissertation Grant Program, The International Affiliate Development Grant Program, The Congress Travel Grant Program, The International Travel Grant Program, and The Technical Group Meeting Travel Grant Program. Read more ....

The deadline for 2013 Student Grant submissions has just been extended to December 15 (2-week extension).

The 2011 ISB Student Awards applications are now open. Student members of ISB are eligible for the different grants and a number of competitive grants are awarded each year. To see the grants available for 2011 go here.

An Open Invitation to the Musculoskeletal Modeling Research Community

On behalf of my collaborators and the organizers of the 2010 ASME Summer Bioengineering Conference, I would like to invite you to participate in a "Grand Challenge Competition to Predict In Vivo Knee Loads" to be held at the upcoming conference June 16-20 in Naples, Florida (http://www.asmeconferences.org/sbc2010/).

Orthoload is pleased to advise the ISB community that  of a Public Database on Loading of Implants is available that provides free access to loads experienced by people with various joint impants in everday activities.

The ISB congress proceedings are going online. We have proceedings back until 2001 for ISB members to peruse.

Biomechanics of Load Carrying on the Head by Pregnant and Non-pregnant Beninese Women

M. Mansourou Lawani (Universite D'Abomey-Calavi, Benin)
Geneviève Dumas (Queen's University, Canada)

One of the goals of the current ISB executive was to move away from the traditional newsletter design to an updated electronic format. The new web based newsletter is called ISB Now and is the first attempt at the revised layout.

Go to the newsletter to see the new ISB Now...

Login to read the latest ISB Now newsletter here:  ISB Now

The 2nd Announcement of the XXIIIrd ISB Congress has just been released. The ISB2011 will be held in Brussels. For more information about ISB2011 see the Congress Web Site.

The 2011 ISB Student Awards applications opened in September 2010 and closed at the end of November, 2010. Student members of ISB are eligible for the different grants and a number of competitive grants are awarded each year. To see the grants available for 2011 go here.

The American Society of Biomechanics 2009 annual meeting is being held at Penn State's University Park campus from August 26 to 29, 2009. The meeting agenda is also now available.

Following the ISB Council Election 2009, these are the new elected members.

President elect: Ton van den Bogert, Ph.D. Lerner Research Institute of the Cleveland Clinic. Associate Professor in the School of Engineering and School of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University,

President: Julie Steele, Professor, Faculty of Health & Behavioural Sciences, University of Wollongong

Past-President: Walter Herzog, Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary

Darren Stefanyshyn, Associate Professor, Human Performance Laboratory, University of Calgary.

Veronique Feipel, Associate Professor, Anatomy and Research Methodology, Institute for Motor Sciences and Institute of Pharmacy.

John Challis, Biomechanics Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University

Toni Arndt, Associate Professor, Biomechanics, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.

Genevieve Dumas. Professor, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario.

Andy Cresswell. Professor, School of Human Movement Studies and Division of Physiotherapy, University of Queensland.

Marco Vaz. Professor, Physical Education, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

Krystyna Gielo-Perczak. Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering Department, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Massachusetts

David Lloyd. Associate Professor, School of Sports Science, Exercise and Health, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia

Robert van Deursen. Director of Physiotherapy and of Research at the School of Healthcare Studies, Cardiff University

Student member: Allison Gruber, PhD student, Department of Kinesiology, University of Massachusetts

 

The Footwear Biomechanics Group, a technical group of the International Society of Biomechanics, would like to invite you to attend the IX Footwear Biomechanics Symposium, in Stellenbosch on July 10 - 12, 2009.

Registration is now available online. Early registration fees apply till May 15th. Please follow the link below to the registration page:
http://2009.footwearbiomechanics.org/register.html

The Biomechanics Yellow Pages have been updated and redesigned to make it easier to submit entries and keep up to date.  See new main menu link or click Biomechanics Yellow Pages .

tk_logo4c_300.jpg We are pleased to announce that Tekscan has kindly donated and shipped a MATSCAN FREE OF CHARGE for the biomechanics group at Los Andes University in Merida-Venezuela.

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We are still in shock that our friend and colleague, Alex Stacoff, is not with us anymore. Due to a cardiac problem, he died while running, his favorite leisure-time activity.

Alex was born in Zürich, Switzerland in 1950. He had a teacher's degree when he started his academic career at the Biomechanics Laboratory in 1975, initially as a research assistant... (continued, click read more, below)

The XXII Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics will be held in Cape Town, South Africa from July 5-9, 2009.  Read more here www.isb2009.org.

 

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Check out the ISB Mentoring Program !

This group has been created with the purpose of providing student members with an easy way to interact, discuss biomechanics, post news and information about meetings as well as any other relevant information that you would like to share with your fellow biomechanics students around the world. The group was created 2 days ago and already 23 Student Members has joined and posted information!

All active ISB student members received an invitation through email to join this group; however if you have not received an email or recently became an ISB student member and would like to join, please email Ediuska Laurens at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you would like to have the chance to find out how to get FREE MONEY to learn biomechanics in different parts of the world, enjoy FREE FOOD, and learn about biomechanics in Central America from EL SALVADOR MISS WORLD CONTESTANT 2004, then DO NOT MISS the ISB STUDENT GRANT PROGRAM at NACOB on Wednesday August 6th from 6:30 - 7:30 pm at the Rackham Assembly Hall. For those students who WILL attend this program, please email Ediuska Laurens at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to secure your spot.

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2009 International Society of Biomechanics Conference to be held in Cape Town, South Africa.  The dates are Sunday 5th July to Thursday 9th July 2009.

http://www.isb2009.org  

The North American Congress on Biomechanics (NACOB 2008), a joint meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) and Canadian Society for Biomechanics (CSB), will be held August 5-9, 2008, at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A.

The deadline for abstract submission is March 1, 2008, and online submission will open February 1, 2008. Note this date is earlier than previously announced. Abstracts are to be submitted electronically at www.abstracts.nacob2008.org/ . For more information about the meeting, please visit the NACOB 2008 website at www.nacob2008.org/. Instructions for abstract preparation will be posted on the website when it opens.

We are pleased to announce that Motion Analysis has kindly provided a FULL CAMERA SYSTEM FREE OF CHARGE for the ISB sponsored gait lab at the Simon Bolivar University in Caracas-Venezuela. 

 The video of the ISB 2007 Congress tutorial is available here.

This is the first call for papers for the upcoming North American Congress on Biomechanics conference, Aug 5-9 2008.

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President-Elect  - Julie Steele

Council Members
John Challis
Andrew Cresswell
Robert van Deursen
Veronique Feipel
Krystyna Gielo-Perczak
Joseph Hamill
Frans van der Helm
Peter Milburn
Tzyy-Yuang Shiang
Karen Sogaard

Student Representative - Ediuska Laurens


Motion Analysis has agreed to co-sponsor the *Promising Young Scientist Award*.
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thumb_tatcot.jpg Greetings from hot, sunny Tanzania where we are next to Mount Kilimanjaro. We arrived here on Tuesday, November 21 and immediately got to work on setting up the ISB sponsored gait lab in the Tanzanian Training Center for Orthopaedic Technologists. Our primary job was to install two force platforms in the lab.

Welcome to the newly updated online ISB Membership Services. As of December 2006, you will be able to retrieve your username and password, login on the website and access members services.

Past and present members: retrieve your username and password first to login.  Simply click “Get Password”, enter your email address and it will be emailed to you.

For more information, follow these links: About Membership and Registration and Renewals.

Member Services now includes:

  • Member Directory
  • Latest Newsletter
  • Jobs
  • Data Resources
  • Software Resources

Features include:

  • Upgraded online registration and payment of dues
  • Upgraded online subscriptions and renewals to journals
  • Edit your profile and keep your contact details and preferences up to date

We hope to provide members with quality services. Let us know if you have any comments or suggestions.

The next biennial ISB Congress, the 21st, will be help in Taipei Taiwan from July 1 to 5, 2007.  Visit www.isb2007.org for updated info.  Brochure available here:  ISB-Congress-2007-Taipei.pdf 1.22 MB

President-Elect  - Walter Herzog (Canada)

Council Members

Maarten Bobbert (The Netherlands)                                    Joseph Hamill (USA)

Jill McNitt-Gray (USA)                                                              Karen Sogaard (Denmark)

Alex Stacoff (Switzerland)                                                       Toshio Moritani (Japan)

Peter Milburn (New Zealand)                                                Ewald Hennig (Germany)

John Challis (USA)                                                                 Frans van der Helm (The Netherlands)

Student Member - Cheryl Metcalf (United Kingdom)

Appointed Members

Secretary-General - Julie Steele (Australia)

Treasurer - Graeme Wood (Australia)

The winning manuscript of the first Nike Award is:
Gait related risk factors for exercise-related lower leg pain during shod running by T.M Willems, E. Witvrouw, A. De Cock and D. De Clercq

The 2005 ISB student grants have been awarded to a total of 27 ISB student members. Grant categories and recipients are listed below. The ISB student grants review committee would like to congratulate the awardees and wishes them good luck for their future research work.