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drabboud38
10-29-2007, 11:00 AM
Dear Colleagues

I am pleased to announce that the Institute of Motion Analysis &
Research (IMAR) at the University of Dundee will be hosting the next
International ESM2008 Conference on Dynamic Load Distribution in
Biomechanics (http://www.novel.de/ESM2008/) in Dundee, Scotland. This
could not have come at a better time as the University is celebrating
its 40th Anniversary and having received many Awards over the last two
years; 1st in the United Kingdom for Teaching Quality, Best Scientific
Workplace in Europe, awarded Excellent by the International Student
Barometer survey in the UK and many more accolades.

The ESM2008 Conference will take place from 29 - 31 July 2008 with a
workshop on the latest developments in foot and other pressure analysis
systems occurring a day earlier on the 28 July 2008. There are limited
places for this workshop so delegates are strongly encouraged to
register as early as possible.

The conference theme will be based on a multidisciplinary approach with
at least four keynote speakers:

1) Professor Sue Black, OBE, BSc, PhD, DSc, FRSE:
Professor Black is head of the Centre for Anatomy and Human
Identification at the University of Dundee. She is a founding director
of the Centre for International Forensic Assistance and a founder of the
British Association for Human Identification. She has more than 20
years of experience in forensic investigations and has given evidence in
criminal and coroner's courts throughout the UK, Europe and the US. In
her capacity as a forensic anthropologist she has worked for the UK
government in Sierra Leone, Kosovo, Iraq and Thailand. She is an
assessor for the Council for the Registration of Forensic Practitioners
and a registered expert with the National Police Improvements Agency.
She has won awards for her text books and is currently the course
director for the national UK Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) police
response capability and a member of the Interpol subcommittee for
training and education in DVI.

2) Professor Mark Taylor, B Eng, MSc, PhD:
Professor Taylor is currently the Professor of Bioengineering Science
within the School of Engineering Sciences at Southampton University and
leads the Bioengineering Sciences Research Group. His principal research
interests are computational analysis of total joint replacements. In
particular: implicit finite element analysis of total hip and knee
replacement, explicit finite element analysis of the intact and replaced
knee joint, adaptive modelling techniques and the application of
probabilistic and stochastic techniques to orthopaedic biomechanics
problems. More recently, in collaboration with the school of Medicine
and the School of Mathematics, he has begun to apply computational tools
to regenerative medicine problems. He has published his work widely in
premier Biomechanics literature, resulting in 50 peer reviewed journal
papers to date. He was awarded the Gisela Sturm Award for Innovation in
Total Joint Replacement in 1996. Funding for his research comes from a
variety of sources including EPSRC, BBSRC, Action Medical Research,
Arthritis Research Campaign and industry (including DePuy International,
Finsbury Orthopaedics and JRI). To date, he has been involved in grants
totally approx. £6.8 million. Professor Taylor leads the Southampton
arm of the DePuy Technology Partnership (£0.9M since 2000) and is also
the coordinator of the EU STREP program entitled “Decision support
software for orthopaedic surgery (DeSSOS)”, which consists of nine
academic and industrial partners (£2.4M).

3) Professor Mark Cornwall, PT, MSc, PhD, CPeD:
Professor Cornwall received his bachelor degree in Physical Therapy
from the University of Maryland at Baltimore in 1977. He then practised
as a physical therapist for several years before returning to school to
receive a Master of Science degree in Biomechanics from the University
of North Carolina in 1981 and then a PhD in Bi
omechanics from Indiana
University in 1986. His research activities have been primarily in the
foot, especially the kinematics of the normal foot during walking.
Professor Cornwall has published over 85 research articles and book
chapters dealing with the function, evaluation, or treatment of the foot
and ankle. In addition, he has lectured and presented his research
throughout the United States, Canada, Netherlands, Germany, and Great
Britain. He is currently Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy
and Athletic Training as well as Co-Director, along with Professor Tom
McPoil, of the Gait Research Laboratory.

4) Professor James (Jim) Woodburn, Dip Pod, PhD:
Professor Woodburn is Professor of Rehabilitation Studies in the School
of Health and Social Care at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU). With a
background in Podiatry, Jim joined GCU in November 2005 from the School
of Medicine at the University of Leeds where his research work was
funded by two prestigious Medical Research Council Fellowships. He has
previously studied the biomechanics of the foot in rheumatoid arthritis
and 3D imaging analysis to quantify foot joint structures, tendon
disease and inflamed synovia. This work was partly conducted at the
National Institutes of Health and the University of Pennsylvania. He is
widely published in the leading academic rheumatology journals including
Arthritis and Rheumatism. He currently leads the musculoskeletal
research programme for the HealthQWest research consortium, a
multidisciplinary research group for the West of Scotland. His main area
of research is in the rheumatic foot diseases, primarily inflammatory
joint disease including rheumatoid, psoriatic and juvenile idiopathic
arthritis. Work funded by the Arthritis Research Campaign and EULAR is
enabling his team to investigate the pathways leading from impairment of
structure and function to disability and to develop and test novel
interventions. He employs gait analysis, including plantar pressure
measurement and medical imaging (MRI and ultrasound) as routine
techniques in both research and clinical practice.


As is usual, the best scientific manuscript in the field of dynamic
pressure distribution analysis will receive the Novel 2008 Award with a
prize of € 5,000.00. Deadline for submission of abstracts is 28 February
2008. For submission of papers and all other information please visit
http://www.novel.de/ESM2008/.

Tayside Tourist Board has kindly offered to collect and return
delegates, free of charge, from both Edinburgh and Glasgow International
Airports, so please ensure booking your flights to coincide with the
pick-up timetable provided when booking your accommodation.

I hope I will be able to welcome you to Dundee next year and would like
to wish you a successful year until we meet.


Kind regards.

Professor R J Abboud, B Eng, MSc, PhD, ILTM SMIEEE
Director, Institute of Motion Analysis & Research (IMAR)
Head of Department of Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery
University of Dundee