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Mike Kleinberger
05-10-1995, 02:25 AM
Dear Biomch-L:

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is sponsoring an
international conference on Pelvic and Lower Extremity Injuries (PLEI). As
chairman of the session on mathematical modeling of PLEI, I would like to
extend an invitation to everyone to submit an Abstract for consideration by
the review panel. Abstracts may be submitted via standard mail, fax, or e-mail
(see signature file). You may also send me non-modeling Abstracts as well,
and I will forward them on to the conference chairman, Nopporn Khaewpong.

In addition to paper presentations, we will also be inviting recognized
experts in the field of PLEI to make presentations. Although we are familiar
with the automotive experts, we would like to invite experts from outside the
automotive community as well. If you would like to suggest someone as a
potential speaker, please send me your nominations and include their name,
affiliation, and area of expertise. Yes, you may nominate yourself if you feel
that you are qualified. :^)

A summary of the conference details are given below, including dates, location,
and topics of interest. If you have any comments or suggestions concerning the
planned agenda, please feel free to contact me.

- Mike Kleinberger

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Dr. Michael Kleinberger
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Office of Crashworthiness Research
Biomechanics Research Division
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20590

Phone: (202)366-4698
Fax: (202)366-5670
E-mail: mkleinberger@nhtsa.dot.gov

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CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON
PELVIC AND LOWER EXTREMITY INJURIES


Sponsor:
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),
U.S. Department of Transportation

Cosponsors:
R Adam Cowley Shock Trauma Center and the National Study Center for
Trauma and EMS of the University of Maryland at Baltimore

Automobile Safety Laboratory of the University of Virginia


Dates:
December 4-6, 1995

Location:
ANA Hotel
2401 M Street NW
Washington, DC


Objective:

There is increasing evidence that pelvic and lower extremity injuries (PLEI),
while not necessarily life threatening, contribute significantly to the cost
and morbidity associated with traumatic injuries. The objective of this
conference is to bring together professionals involved in research, policy,
prevention, and treatment of PLEI, from both within the government and the
private sector, to exchange information and ideas. The conference will
provide an opportunity to take stock of ongoing work and to identify gaps
where new research or programs are needed.

While the focus will be on PLEI in motor vehicle crashes, the conference will
also provide an opportunity to assimilate some of the experience and lessons
from non-automobile related injuries. The following sessions are currently
being planned for this conference: the socio-economic and epidemiologic
aspects of PLEI, medical aspects of PLEI, PLEI in motor vehicle crashes, and
mathematical modeling of PLEI.

Suggested topics for papers in each of these sessions are given below.

Session I: Socio-economic and Epidemiologic Aspects of PLEI
- Patterns of PLEI, frequency of these injuries, changes in number and
nature of PLEI over time.
- Adequacy of AIS scale for measuring PLEI severity.
- Cost issue, both direct and indirect cost of treatment; hospital and
rehabilitation costs; approaches to more cost-effective treatment;
estimate of loss of employment both temporary and permanent as a
consequence of PLEI.
- Epidemiology of PLEI; relationship of various patient characteristics to
the incidence and severity of PLEI.
- Advances in prosthetics; cost and effectiveness.
- Implication of increasing PLEI for government funding of medical care.
- etc.

Session II: Medical Aspects of PLEI
- Injury mechanisms of PLEI; the medical perspective.
- Differences in nature and severity of PLEI depending on the origin of the
injury (e.g. sports, industrial accidents, automobile crashes, etc.).
- Effectiveness of various treatment approaches.
- Advances in salvaging techniques.
- PLEI and occult injuries.
- Treatment of PLEI in patients with multiple-system injuries.
- etc.

Session III: PLEI in Motor Vehicle Crashes
- Injury mechanisms in real-world crashes; frontal vs side impact,
intrusion vs non-intrusion, belted vs non-belted.
- Injury patterns with different restraint systems, separately or in
combination.
- Experimental work on key injury modes; component, sled and full-vehicle
tests.
- Experimental work related to pedestrian, cyclist, and motorcyclist
injuries.
- Work in the area of dummy leg and pelvis development.
- Current and potential future automobile design modifications to reduce
the frequency and severity of PLEI.
- etc.

Session IV: Mathematical Modeling of PLEI
- Finite element modeling of the pelvis, leg, and foot.
- Simulation of hip, knee, and ankle injuries.
- Occupant kinematics using lumped mass analysis.
- Linking lumped mass and finite element modeling techniques.
- Using modeling to develop lower extremity injury criteria.
- etc.

These topics are only suggestions. Any papers related to PLEI will be
considered.