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01-08-2010, 05:38 AM
Building Transdomain Bridges to Translational Research in Biomechanics

University of Delaware
June 9-11, 2010


Irene Davis, PhD, PT University of Delaware
Steven Stanhope, PhD University of Delaware

Organizing Committee:

Ken Kaufman, PhD Mayo Clinic
Louis Quatrano, PhD National Institutes of Health
Nancy Shinowara, PhD National Institutes of Health

Keynote Speakers

Richard Lieber, PhD University of California, San Diego
Scott Tashman, PhD University of Pittsburgh
Ton van den Bogert, PhD Cleveland Clinic
David Tulsky, PhD Kessler Rehabilitation Center

This is a preliminary announcement for the 2010 Biomechanics
Priorities Conference. The purpose of this conference is to develop
and prioritize a set of recommendations pertaining to biomechanics
research that is trans-domain and translational in nature. The
components outlined in the World Health Organization (WHO)
International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health
(ICF) will serve as the basic framework for the meeting. The meeting
will follow a Delaware Priority Conference format. This novel format
utilizes the novel NIH sponsored Gait Analysis Workshop held in
Arlington, VA in 1996.

The conference will take place on the campus of the University of
Delaware. 60 participants will be invited to attend based upon the
evaluations of individual position papers submitted with the pre-
conference application package.

The conference will begin with keynote presentations by scientists
who are key researchers in each of the defined domains. Each keynote
will present their assessment of the current state of their field and
their vision for connecting biomechanics research across ICF domains
and translational research. Conference participants will then be
divided into teams within one of the 4 domain groups (1: cell/tissue
mechanics, 2: joint mechanics, 3: limb/whole body mechanics and 4:
participation/outcomes) based upon individual position papers.
Participants will then develop recommendations for facilitating
biomechanics research that encompasses two or more domains. The
organizers will aim to include a diverse group of participants whose
position papers are balanced across the 4 research domains.

Developed collaboratively, each recommendation will identify an
approach for connecting research domains, anticipated outcomes/impact
and the barriers (social, technological, financial, etc), which must
be overcome for successful implementation of the recommendation.

During the workshop, all recommendations will be discussed, refined,
categorized, and prioritized (scored) by all of the participants.
Following the meeting, a summary will be posted on the meeting
website and submitted to sponsoring institutes of NIH. In addition, a
paper summarizing the meeting and recommendations will be submitted
to a peer-reviewed biomechanics journal for publication. It is the
overarching goal of this meeting to construct a roadmap for trans-
domain biomechanics and movement science research for the next decade.

Look for the announcement of the meeting website with additional
information about the conference and application process in mid-
January. 1 page position papers will be due Mar 1, 2010.

Irene Davis, PhD, PT, FACSM
Director of Research, Drayer Physical Therapy Institute
Professor, Dept. of Physical Therapy
305 McKinly Lab
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716

(302)831-4263 (ph)
(302)831-4234 (fax)