View Full Version : International ESM2008 Conference on Dynamic Load Distribution inBiomechanics: 29 - 31 July 2008; Dundee, Scotland, UK

06-23-2008, 03:09 AM
Dear colleagues

It is countdown now (http://www.novel.de/ESM2008/index.htm) and I am
pleased to inform you that there will be over 60 papers presented from
across the world on various aspects related to Dynamic Load Distribution
in Biomechanics, Gait Analysis, Pressure Analysis, etc...

In addition, there will be three Workshops organised on the afternoon
preceding the conference with details available on the conference
website http://www.novel.de/ESM2008/timetable.htm. There are limited
places for these Workshops and so delegates who have not registered yet
and are interested to attend the conference are strongly encouraged to
register now. This is a final reminder to register, please visit the
conference website http://www.novel.de/ESM2008/registration.htm. In
addition, you will be able to find a list of activities that is planned
whilst attending the conference.

The conference theme will be based on a multidisciplinary approach with
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
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 Biomechanics 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.

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 month.

Kind regards.

Professor R J Abboud
College Lead on International Affairs
Head of Department, Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery
Director, Institute of Motion Analysis & Research (IMAR)

Email: r.j.abboud@dundee.ac.uk

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