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10-12-2009, 10:03 PM
I am pleased to announce that the 13th biennial ESM2010 Conference on
Dynamic Load Distribution in Biomechanics will be held in Providence Rhode
Island on August 14-17, 2010 (www.esm2010.com). The conference will be
hosted by Brown University, in cooperation with the University of Rhode
Island. In addition, the ESM conference will be held directly before next
year’s American Society of Biomechanics Meeting, also in Providence.

ESM2010 features two days of scientific research on the latest trends in
load distribution measurement. Researchers from all disciplines (basic
science, research and development, applied science, clinical etc) and
utilizing all technologies of load measurement are welcome. A third day of
activities will be held off the coast of Rhode Island on the beautiful Block
Island. In addition, participants may join the group a day early for
workshops presented by novel, the conference sponsor and organizer. Meeting
space, accommodations, and the final reception for the ESM2010 Conference
will be hosted at the boutique Hotel Providence (www.hotelprovidence.com).

The conference theme will be based on a multidisciplinary approach with at
least three keynote speakers. Confirmed keynote speakers are Dr. Roshna
Wunderlich and Dr. Daniel E. Lieberman:

Roshna Wunderlich, PhD; James Madison University: Roshna is an Associate
Professor in the Biology Department at James Madison University. Her Ph.D.
in Anthropological Sciences from SUNY Stony Brook was focused on the
relationship between forefoot structure and function in primates. Her
primary interest is in the functional morphology of primate locomotion,
specifically understanding foot use and lower limb biomechanics during human
and nonhuman primate bipedalism. These interests have taken her to do
research and publish in areas as disparate as nonhuman primate foot
pressures during bipedalism, fossil pedal remains of early hominids and
nonhuman primates, intrinsic foot muscle atrophy associated with diabetes,
and overuse injuries in female athletes.

Daniel E. Lieberman is Professor and Chair of the Department of Human
Evolutionary Biology at Harvard and a member of the Department of Organismic
and Evolutionary Biology. Professor Lieberman was educated at Harvard (AB,
1986; Ph.D. 1993) and Cambridge University (M. Phil, 1987). His research
combines experimental biology and paleontology to ask why and how the human
body looks and functions the way it does. He is especially interested in the
origin of bipedal walking, the biology and evolution of endurance running,
and the evolution of the human head. He has published more than 100 papers
in a wide range of journals including, Science, Nature, PNAS, the Journal of
Anatomy, the Journal of Experimental Biology, the Journal of Human Evolution
and the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

In 1991, the first novel award was presented in recognition of excellence in
pressure distribution research. The novel award recipient was determined by
an international review committee from the fields of biomechanics and
medicine. The novel award for pressure distribution measurement research
continued since then to be endowed by novel and the best scientific
manuscript in the field of load distribution measurement will receive the
2010 novel award with a prize of $5,000.00. Prizes will also be offered for
the best presentation and poster at the conference. Deadline for submission
of abstracts is March 31, 2010. For submission of papers and abstracts
please visit:

Providence Rhode Island provides the perfect setting for the next ESM
meeting. Providence is the only U.S. city to be named one of the "Top Ten
Up-and-Coming Travel Destinations" by the Wall Street Journal. Providence
combines the accessibility and friendliness of a small town with the culture
and sophistication of a big city. With a thriving arts community, vibrant
and diverse neighborhoods and a renowned restaurant scene, Providence is the
perfect place to visit. Providence Airport is approximately 20 minutes from
the conference venue and attendees may take shuttles directly from the
airport to the Hotel Providence. Attendees may also choose to fly into
Boston Logan Airport. Boston airport is approximately 50 miles for the
Hotel Providence. Providence is also a short train ride from many East
Coast cities including New York City and Philadelphia.

I am very excited to welcome you to Providence next year and would hope to
see many of you very soon.

Kind Regards,


Susan E. D'Andrea, Ph.D.

Director, The Gait and Motion Analysis Laboratory

The Center for Restorative and Regenerative Medicine

Providence VA Medical Center

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics (Research)

Department of Orthopaedics

The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University