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  • Report on CMBEC-17 Conference and Workshop - Banff, Canada,May 1991

    Banff, Canada, May 1991

    The recent CMBEC-17 conference and associated Workshops of the
    Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society (CMBES) were
    held in Banff, Alberta. Over 200 individuals registered for this
    5-day meeting which included a one-day trip for the skiers to the
    slopes above Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies. Some members
    preferred hiking on the lower slopes where the snow had already
    melted to reveal abundant wildlife which included bald eagles,
    mule deer, elk, chipmunks and ground squirrels. Other delegates
    relaxed in the ubiquitous Hot Springs with their characteristic
    smell of sulphur and the 19th-century swimming-attire that may be
    rented. Established in the late 19th-century, Banff National
    Park became the third National Park to be established in the
    world, shortly after the naming of Yellowstone Park in the USA
    and a park in Australia. The abundant wildlife in Banff National
    Park is reflected in the number of large elk that roam the lawns
    and treed areas around the hotels in the town of Banff. And to
    justify this part of the report from a Bioengineering sense, it
    was noted that a number of the elk were fitted with telemetric

    The conference dinner was in true Western style, featuring roast
    beef, baked beans, hot apple pie, cowboy coffee, and a variety of
    square-dancing styles which evolved as the attendees attempted
    this unfamiliar form of social interaction! An intriguing
    illustrated talk was given by anthropologist Dr Walter Kowal, who
    talked about recent excavations related to Franklin's ill-fated
    attempt to traverse the North West Passage. A feat which is so
    ably and graphically-illustrated in Stan Rodger's classic folk
    song of the same name - "... looking for the signs of Franklin's
    hand leading to the Beaufort Sea ...". Graphic slides of buried
    victims, with features well-preserved by the cold of the
    permafrost, added to autopsy, radiographic and biochemical data
    to provide a convincing case for the theory of lead-poisoning
    caused by the canned foods that they ate. Scientific and medical
    studies are clearly a major challenge in this arctic environment
    and Dr Kowal is actively seeking individuals with skills and
    techniques that might be used (in the arctic!) on the cadavers of
    Franklin's expedition to determine the location of lead deposited
    in their bones. Dr Kowal may be contacted at:

    Dr Walter Kowal
    Department of Anthropology
    University of Alberta
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Canada, T6G 2H4

    403-435-0254 Home
    403-492-7196 FAX


    To the conference .... with local organization spearheaded by
    Zoly Koles (University of Alberta in Edmonton), it was one of the
    most successful in the Society's 27-year history. The conference
    theme of "Challenges in Health Care Technology", led to sessions
    which covered Biomechanics, Transfer of Technology, Clinical
    Engineering, Physiological Signal Processing, Modelling,
    Kinematics, and Rehabilitation Engineering. A separate intensive
    one-day Workshop on Strain Measurement in Biomechanics involved
    an international faculty from academia and industry in Canada,
    USA, England, Ireland and Eire and covered strain gauges,
    holography, brittle lacquers, extensometers, SPATE
    (thermography), vibration pattern imaging, photoelasticity, and
    the complexities of measurements on soft tissues. Attended by 40
    people, this Workshop was held with support of the Society for
    Experimental Mechanics (SEM) and the British Society for Strain
    Measurement (BSSM). Its comprehensive papers covered 8 topics
    with material ranging from 7 to 36 pages in length and a total
    length of 140 pages. Much of this material is ideally suited for
    use in teaching and the limited number of spare reprints will
    sell out rapidly.


    The Strain Measurement workshop was stimulated by a similar
    meeting given by the Biomechanics Group of BSSM and held at Queen
    Mary and Westfield College (QMW) in London, England in the spring
    of 1990. The proceedings of the QMW meeting are due to be
    published in book format by Chapman and Hall in September 1991.
    Tony Miles (University of Bath) and Liz Tanner (QMW) as editors
    of the book, are to be commended on its contents which are seen
    as complementary with the limited 100-copy CMBES publication.
    For further details of the BSSM publication, contact Dr Elizabeth
    Tanner at:- K.E.TANNER@QMW.AC.UK


    The CMBES Secretariat in Ottawa has an international reputation
    for its organizational skills. The Secretariat staff of Sally
    Chapman, Gay Elliott and Ann Statham can take particular pride in
    their production of the 200-page Conference Proceedings (ISBN 0-
    919529-29-1) with its 2-page papers and the 140-page proceedings
    for the Biomechanics Workshop (ISBN 0-919529-30-5). These
    publications are readily available from the CMBES Secretariat who
    may be contacted for details of cost etc. at the following

    ROOM 305, BUILDING M-50,
    MONTREAL ROAD, 613-993-1686
    OTTAWA, ONTARIO, 613-954-2216 - FAX
    CANADA, K1A 0R8 e-mail: BLACK@iit.NRC.CA


    A Student Paper competition forms a large part of these CMBEC
    meetings. While one session-chairman proudly noted there was no
    distinguishing mark between the 5 student-papers and the two
    professor-presented papers in his session, one of the judges was
    quick to retort that the student papers were better - they were
    on time and clearly presented with a knowledgeable management of
    questions. Sponsored by the suppliers and manufacturers of
    biomedical equipment in Canada, the student-paper awards are
    worth $500, $300 and $200 - i.e. apart from the prestige of such
    a recognition of one's work. The international nature of this
    competition was particularly noteworthy and the winners were:

    1. Declan SLEMON:
    "Photoelastic coating analysis of pelvic strain variations
    resulting from the introduction of metal backed cementless
    Co-authors: Patrick O'Donnell and Ted Little
    Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering
    University of Limerick

    2. Sylvie DOR:
    "Coordinate transformation for isoplanatic representation of
    shift-variant CT point spread function"
    Co-authors: Robert Kearney and J. DeGuise
    Biomedical Engineering Department
    McGill University
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

    3-TIE. S. RATHEE:
    "Modelling x-ray beam profiles in computed tomography (CT)"
    Co-authors: Zoly Koles and Tom Overton
    Department of Applied Sciences in Medicine
    University of Alberta
    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

    3-TIE. David WILSON:
    "A method for estimating the instantaneous axis of rotation of
    rigid-body motion"
    Co-authors: Richard Myre and Robert Kearney
    Biomedical Engineering Department
    McGill University
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


    At the Awards Luncheon, Bryan Finlay was elected to the grade of
    Fellow in CMBES and joins an elite group of Jack Hopps, Dennis
    Lywood, John Milsum, Orest Roy and Bob Scott who have received
    such honours in the 27-year history of CMBES. Bryan has been
    actively involved with the Society since he emigrated to Canada
    in 1972 from Scotland where he obtained his PhD from the
    University of Strathclyde studying dynamic mechanical properties
    of human skin. His subsequent work has included clinical
    engineering and orthopaedic biomechanics for which he obtained
    the Charnley Award of The Hip Society in 1985. Currently he is a
    Full Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of
    Western Ontario and is the Gwynneth D. Rorabeck Scientist in
    Orthopaedics at University Hospital in London, Ontario, Canada.
    He served as Treasurer of CMBES from 1978-1982 and has served on
    many of the Society's committees. As a Professional Engineer he
    has international qualifications (PEng, CEng, EurIng) and is also
    a Certified Clinical Engineer (CCE).


    Berj Bardakjian, an Associate Professor in the Institute of
    Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto, received the
    Bionetic Outstanding Bioengineer Award for both his academic
    activities and contributions to CMBES. While someone of Berj's
    complexity defies "pigeon-holding", I was tempted to classify his
    modesty, knowledge and poetic style as "a well-spoken
    scientifically-oriented Bob Dylan". A simplification which is
    intended to convey his embodiment of all the positive aspects of
    such a description. In true Berj-style, he thanked the audience
    with poetry while noting that he still has many tasks to complete
    and others upon which he has not yet started.


    The Biotek Outstanding BMET Award was presented to Tony Wallace
    of the Biomedical Engineering Department of Chedoke-McMaster
    Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario. This award recognized his
    contributions to CMBES and to the certification of BMET's.


    On the night the conference wrapped up, a very relieved group of
    organizers retired for a relaxed and well-earned dinner. Their
    The festivities included a bubble-bath, whirl-pool bath, folk
    songs from Ireland, traditional songs from England, Girl Guide
    songs, and a number of jokes about a Hungarian-Albertan who was
    reluctant to give us his version of the song "Alberta Bound".
    Most of these activities took part in the whirl-pool bath and
    terminated in the wee-hours of the morning after a friendly visit
    from the hotel's Security Officer. The youngsters then found a
    small drinking-and-dancing establishment where they disposed of
    their excess energy within the next 2 hours - allowing 3 hours
    sleep before rushing to catch aircraft to various corners of the
    northern hemisphere!

    CMBEC-18, TORONTO 1992

    The 1992 conference of the Canadian Medical and Biological
    Engineering Society will be held in Toronto, Ontario from June 7
    to 10, in conjunction with the annual RESNA conference (an
    interdisciplinary association for the advancement of
    rehabilitation and assistive technologies).

    Multiple sessions will cater for:
    Biomedical Engineering Technology
    Clinical Engineering

    Further details of the deadlines for papers, Biomechanics
    Workshops, Courses, Poster sessions, Commercial exhibits, and the
    Student Paper competition may be obtained from Sally Chapman at
    the previously-listed CMBES address.
    Best wishes:

    Bryan Finlay, PhD
    Director Orthopaedic Research

    519-663-3904 FAX