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    Dear All:
    As you may remember we launched on the list some topics we felt
    controversial in order to decide which arguments could be discussed in the
    'Get it off your chest' session we planned in the BIONET event.
    http://www.mk.dmu.ac.uk/bionet/

    Some of the topics did not elicit much attention while others triggered
    interesting debates. While we are still posting other possible topics to
    your attention, after some discussion with the other organisers of the
    BIONET event, we agreed that one of the topics that already emerged as
    controversial is the discussion on the level of complexity that future
    musculo-skeletal musculo-skeletal models should exhibit.

    Various colleagues adopted positions well summarised by Herbert Hatze,
    which can roughly be labelled as 'we need more comprehensive (complex)
    models'. On the other hand, some colleagues supported a different attitude
    which, again very roughly I may summarise as 'we need more specialised
    models'.

    In order to represent the two positions we felt it appropriate to have each
    of them properly introduced before we start the public discussion. Of
    course we decided that the comprehensive (complex) models position had to
    be represented by Herbert Hatze. After some thinking we asked Aurelio
    Cappozzo to take the heavy duty of representing the opposite position.
    Prof. Cappozzo is a strong supporter of what he calls 'minimum
    measured-input models' (i.e. J Biomech. 1999 Nov;32(11):1205-12).

    Of course the third speaker will be the rest of us. If you can join us in
    Brussels on 28 and 29 April 2002, you will be invited to express your
    personal opinion on this and other matters.
    http://www.mk.dmu.ac.uk/bionet/event_registration.htm

    If you will not be able to attend the event, we ask you to send to the two
    speakers your opinions as well as evidences in support of one or the other
    positions.

    Best regards

    Alberto Leardini
    Marco Viceconti
    on behalf of the BIONET Consortium

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    Laboratorio di Tecnologia Medica tel. 39-051-6366865
    Istituti Ortopedici Rizzoli fax. 39-051-6366863
    via di barbiano 1/10, 40136 - Bologna, Italy

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