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  • Bone Cell and Tissue Mechanics course, July 14-18, 2003, Italy

    A course on Bone Cell and Tissue Mechanics will be given this
    year in the week of July 14-18, 2003 in Udine, Italy at the CISM -
    International Centre for Mechanical Sciences-in the Palazzo del
    Torso. This course was last given in 1999 (and before that in 1995
    and 1987). A description of the course and the names of the lecturers
    are given below. In the past the audience has been as diverse in
    background as the lecturers, that is to say spanning the spectrum
    from biologists and veterinarians to structural and biomedical
    engineers. Contact the CISM for further information,


    Bone mechanics is considered here to include the mechanical
    behavior of whole bones as structural elements, the mechanical
    behavior of bone tissue as a material, the response of bone cells to
    mechanical and electrokinetic stimuli and the physiological
    significance of the mechanical behavior. Specialists in orthopaedics,
    dentistry, biochemistry and molecular and cellular biology as well as
    biomechanics are involved in the bone cell and tissue mechanics. This
    topic has only formalized into a distinct discipline in the last
    thirty years. During this period the salient mechanical properties of
    bone have been determined, but the salient mechanical properties of
    bone cells are only now being studied.

    Bone remodeling is the primary research area in bone
    mechanics. Bone remodeling is a term used to describe the renewal and
    redevelopment of bone tissue as it adapts to altered load bearing.
    That is to say, in the course of time bone changes its shape, its
    apparent density, and its stiffness to adapt to the environmental
    load it experiences. In engineering terminology, bone is an optimum
    composite and the skeletal system is an optimal structure. The
    cellular mechanisms that constitute the mechanosensory system in bone
    tissue and drive the adaptive remodeling are unknown at the present
    time, but there are several promising candidates for the
    mechanosensory system.

    The subject of bone mechanics is basic to the design of
    orthopaedic implanted prostheses such as artificial hips, knees,
    finger joints, as well as dental implants. The engineering design of
    these orthopaedic and dental appliances is less than thirty years old
    and still in a state of evolution. It is a major manufacturing

    The goal of this course will be to review the entire area of
    bone cell and tissue mechanics, with an emphasis on bone remodeling.
    Besides being informative, it is hoped that the course will function
    as a forum for the exchange of data, philosophy, and ideas across
    disciplinary divides and so provide further stimulus for a
    comprehensive approach to the problems of bone mechanics.


    Professor Elisabeth Burger
    Quartier Ribas de Broquier
    83890 Besse sur Issole
    Department Var
    tel: 0033-494596726

    (formerly: Department of Oral Cell Biology
    Van der Boechorststraat 7
    ACTA-Free University
    1081 BT Amsterdam

    Professor Stephen C. Cowin
    Departments of Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering
    The City College of the City University of New York
    New York, NY, 10031
    212.799.7970 (Home)

    Professor John Currey
    Department of Biology
    University of York
    York, YO10 5YW
    e-mail: JDC1@YORK.AC.UK
    44-1904-438589 (Work),
    44-1904-633235 (Home)
    FAX 011-44-1904-432860 Rik Huiskes
    Dept. Biomedical Engineering
    Eindhoven University of Technology
    Wh 0.126
    P.O. Box 513
    5600 MB Eindhoven
    The Netherlands
    Phone: +31 40 247 2851
    Fax: +31 40 244 7355
    GSM: +31 6 290 22485

    Professor Allen Goodship
    The Royal Veterinary College
    Hawkshead Lane
    North Mymms
    Hatfield, Herts, AL9 7TA, UK +44 1707 666341 (but not 666211)
    Fax no. +44 1707 666346
    Secretary: +44 1707 666342 (Pamela Williams)
    Home: +44 1582 834093

    and: The Institute of Orthopaedics & Musculo-skeletal Science
    Brockley Hill
    Middx, HA7 4LP, UK
    Tel. no. +44 20 8909 5747
    Fax no. +44 20 8954 8560
    Secretary: +44 20 8909 5535 (Jackie Buckland)


    For bone research information, visit .
    Stephen C. Cowin
    2166 Broadway
    Apartment 12D
    New York, NY 10024

    Phone (212) 799-7970 (Office at Home)
    Fax (212) 799-7970 (Office at Home)
    Phone (212) 650-5208 (Work)
    Fax (212) 650-6727 (Work)

    Stephen C. Cowin
    Director, New York Center for Biomedical Engineering
    School of Engineering
    The City College
    138th Street and Convent Avenue
    New York, NY 10031-9198, U. S. A.
    For information about the New York Center for Biomedical
    Engineering visit

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