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    Biomechanics Priority Conference: Building Transdomain Bridges to
    Translational Research in Biomechanics
    University of Delaware June 9-11, 2010

    We are very pleased to announce that the Biomechanics Priority
    Conference website is now live and can be accessed at:

    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 meeting will follow the novel
    format of the NIH sponsored Gait Analysis Workshop held in Arlington,
    VA in 1996.

    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, as well as
    future, of research in their field. In addition, they will provide
    their vision for enhancing trans-domain and translational research in
    biomechanics. 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 their position statements. They will work
    collaboratively to develop recommendations that 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 will be submitted to the sponsoring Institutes of NIH.
    In addition, a manuscript describing 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, translational biomechanics research for
    the next decade.

    60 participants will be invited to attend the conference, based upon
    evaluation of the individual position papers submitted with the
    conference application form found on the website. Examples of
    previous personal statements, along with the final recommendations
    from the 1996 Gait Analysis Workshop, are also available on the
    website. The organizing committee will aim to include a diverse group
    of participants from a range of career levels whose position papers
    are balanced across research domains.

    The deadline to apply for the meeting is March 1, 2010.

    We look forward to your applications!

    Irene S. Davis, PhD, PT
    Steven J. Stanhope, PhD

    Conference Co-Chairs

    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)