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    Dear BIOMCH-L subscribers:

    The organizers of the Midwest Graduate Student Biomechanics Symposium
    are proud to provide a description of the keynote speakers confirmed for
    the upcoming meeting April 4-5, 2003 at The University of Toledo.

    Friday April 4, 2003

    Vijay K. Goel, Ph.D.

    Dr. Goel is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of
    Bioengineering at The University of Toledo, and is Professor and
    Director of the Spine Research Center in the Department of Orthopaedic
    Surgery at the Medical College of Ohio. Dr. Goel is Chair of the Annual
    Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics to be held at The
    University of Toledo September 25-27, 2003. His current research
    activities has come to encompass: (1) the design, development and
    evaluation of spinal instrumentation using in vitro models; (2) the
    influence of working environments where seating, vibration and/or impact
    loads play a significant role on the development and incidence of back
    pain, and eventually leading to optimizing the seated work place, not
    only in the vehicular environment, but also in the office; (3) the
    investigation of the effects of alternative therapies currently being
    used in the management of back pain patients (e.g., chiropractic
    manipulation, relaxation and Chronic Low Back Pain); and (4) studies
    addressing the biology of the elderly (aging) spine, problems related to
    the geriatric population (e.g., spinal instrumentation for osteoporotic
    patients, assessment of the elderly in the work place), and the
    effectiveness of alternative therapies in the elderly cohort. Dr. Goel
    received the Ph.D. from the University of South Wales, and served as
    Professor and Chairman of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at
    the University Iowa until his recent appointment at The University of

    Saturday April 5, 2003

    James Ashton-Miller, Ph.D.

    Dr. Ashton-Miller is currently Distinguished Senior Research Scientist
    in Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics,
    and the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Michigan. Dr.
    Ashton-Miller’s research activities address the biomechanics of the
    human musculoskeletal system using various experimental methods and
    computer simulations to understand how age and disease affect the
    ability perform activities of daily living. These research activities
    have come to encompass how the central nervous system controls the
    musculoskeletal system during these daily activities, and how aging and
    disease may alter this functioning. Dr. Ashton-Miller’s research
    activities also address the biomechanical properties of the spine and
    loading during various daily activities. In this regard, the underlying
    mechanisms of low back and neck pain as they relate to prevention,
    diagnosis and treatment of these conditions may be examined, as well as
    their interaction with the control of normal and abnormal posture. Dr.
    Ashton-Miller received the Ph.D. from the University of Oslo and has
    held appointments as Research Fellow and Research Associate at the
    University of Oslo and the University of Illinois at Chicago,
    respectively, prior to assuming his present position at the University
    of Michigan.

    Jim Potvin, Ph.D.

    Dr. Potvin is currently Associate Professor in the Faculty of Human
    Kinetics at the University of Windsor. His basic research focuses on the
    study of spine mechanics during load handling and the measurement of
    muscle fatigue during repetitive or prolonged tasks. He also conducts
    applied research into the development of valid ergonomic methods to
    quantify injury risk in the applied research in the workplace; including
    the assessment of manual materials handling tasks and the evaluation of
    upper limb disorders. He has published refereed articles in scientific
    journals in the areas of clinical and occupational biomechanics,
    ergonomics, applied physiology and electromyography. Dr. Potvin
    received the Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo in
    1992 and served on the faculty in the School of Human Biology at the
    University of Guelph before taking his present post in 1997.


    There is no registration fee for the MWGSBS. The symposium organizers
    do ask that all those that plan to attend to complete the registration
    form, that can be downloaded from the MWGSBS website, so that
    appropriate accommodations can be made. The registration form must be
    completed and sent, via e-mail, regular mail or fax, to:

    Danny M. Pincivero, Ph.D.
    Department of Kinesiology
    The University of Toledo
    Toledo, OH 43606
    Fax: (419) 530-4759
    Phone: (419) 530-5291


    Rooms have be allocated for the attendees to the MWGSBS at the

    1) Clarion Hotel Toledo: $69.00/night (including full breakfast bar – 2
    breakfast tickets per room).
    2) Comfort Inn Motel: $55/night (includes continental breakfast).

    Please call (419) 535-7070, and indicate you are with the MIDWEST
    BIOMECHANICS group for making reservations. Reservations must be made
    by Tuesday, March 25th, 2003.

    The hotels are located on Secor Road (just south of I-475), which is a
    5-10 minute drive to The University of Toledo. Driving maps are
    available on the conference website.


    Parking passes will be made available for those attending the symposium
    upon registration.

    Please forward any questions, comments, and/or suggestions to Danny M.
    Pincivero ( or Chuck Armstrong
    ( We look forward to hosting your visit to The
    University of Toledo.

    Danny M. Pincivero
    Chuck Armstrong

    Danny M. Pincivero, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor,
    The University of Toledo
    Department of Kinesiology, MS 201
    Toledo, OH 43606
    Phone: (419) 530-5291
    Fax: (419) 530-4759

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