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04-09-2009, 10:18 AM
Dear Colleagues,

We cordially invite you to participate in the 2009 Workshop on Multi-Scale Muscle
Mechanics, to be held on September 18-21, 2009 at the Marine Biological Laboratory in
Woods Hole, Massachusetts. In the workshop, we will explore the mechanical properties
of muscles at spatial scales ranging from molecular to in vivo, multi-muscle/multi-joint
systems. We have created a unique and exciting meeting agenda, addressing the needs
of students and senior investigators alike. The scientific sessions in the meeting will
include symposia that explore the mechanical properties of muscle:

From Proteins to Sarcomeres;
From Sarcomeres to Fibers;
From Fibers to Whole Muscles;
From Muscles to the Muscle-tendon Unit;
From Muscle-tendon Units to Multi-joint Systems; and using
Computational Modeling of Muscle from Proteins to Multi-joint Systems

Each of the symposia will include a historical/overview presentation followed by two
shorter presentations discussing the “state of the science.” Therefore, we anticipate that
the symposia will be able to meet the needs of students, fellows, and senior scientists
alike. The program will also feature two plenary lectures. They are:
What Can Comparative Biomechanics Teach Us About Muscle in General?
Adaptability of Muscle Proteins

In addition to invited presentations, we will encourage the contributions of all meeting
participants through poster and oral presentations from proffered abstracts and through
the creation of small discussion groups. These groups will define, consider, and explore
the key questions to be answered in order to advance our understanding of muscle
mechanics further.

We will be awarding a number of travel grants to students who are giving podium or
poster presentations. Applications for travel grants are due at the same time as abstract

The important dates related to the conference are as follows:
Abstract submission: May 1, 2009 - June 15, 2009
Student travel grant application deadline: June 15, 2009
Registration opens: May 1, 2009
Registration closes: August 18, 2009
Conference dates: Friday, September 18 – Monday, September 21, 2009

Further information about the workshop is available at the conference website:
http://muscle.ucsd.edu/NSMRC/workshops/main.shtml. We hope that you will join us in
Woods Hole for this exciting and timely workshop!


Rick Lieber (University of California, San Diego)
Bruce Damon (Vanderbilt University)
Silvia Blemker (University of Virginia)
Conference Chairs