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    18th STAFFORDSHIRE CONFERENCE ON CLINICAL BIOMECHANICS, Stoke on Trent, UK (30 April – 2 May 2020) – Live streaming available

    We are pleased to invite you to the 18th consecutive Conference on Clinical Biomechanics at the University Campus, Stoke on Trent (30 April – 2 May 2020). As in previous years, this conference provides a forum for information dissemination on lower limb clinical biomechanics and will facilitate discussion on research and case studies in this field via plenary sessions.

    The overall conference content will focus on musculoskeletal biomechanics of the lower limb, with sessions dedicated to:
    1) footwear biomechanics and orthotics
    2) clinical outcomes based on biomechanics and gait analysis and
    3) soft tissue biomechanics of the foot.

    Each day will have keynote speakers who will outline the latest developments in the area of footwear biomechanics, pathomechanics and pathology of the foot at risk and highlight the role of technology in understanding biomechanical principles with a focus on diagnosis and management of patients. There will be opportunities for debate and analysis of issues surrounding these topics.

    Keynote and Invited Speakers
    Dirk De Clercq
    Em. Prof. dr. Dirk De Clercq is doing collaborative research at the Laboratory for Biomechanics and Motor Control of Human Movement, part of the Sport Science Laboratory Jacques Rogge in the Department for Movement and Sport Sciences, Ghent University (Belgium). Their research targets individuals of all ages and physical abilities and involves both laboratory and field testing.

    Michael Rexing
    Michael is a Certificated prosthetist/orthotist (CPO Germany). He is one of the Senior consultants and a clinical specialist at adViva GmbH Heidelberg, Germany; a Rehabilitation company focused on paediatrics orthotics and spinal braces.

    Hazel Screen
    Hazel Screen is Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Queen Mary University of London. Her research centres on healthy and pathological tissue structure-function behaviour, with particular interests in tendon, ligament and cardiac tissues. She has published over 100 papers across the field of mechanobiology and biomechanics and leads a major UK tendon consortium.

    Andy Franklyn-Miller
    Dr Andy Franklyn-Miller completed his medical training at Imperial College, London in 1998 before joining the Royal Navy and serving with the Royal Marines. He specialized in Sports Medicine and trained in the UK and Australia as the Royal Navy’s Consultant in Sport And Exercise Medicine. Andy currently is Director of SSC Sports Medicine, Dublin. His current research interests are focussed on the biomechanics of groin pain, ACL rehabilitation biomechanics and running related exertional lower limb pain and running re-education and lower limb biomechanics.

    Costis Maganaris
    Since 2012, Costis has been appointed at the School of Exercise and Sport Science of Liverpool John Moores University, where he has been leading the Biomechanics Research Group. Prof. Maganaris has pioneered experimental techniques and protocols based on ultrasound scanning that are currently being used all over the world for the study of the mechanical properties of human muscles, tendons and joints in vivo.

    Alfred Gatt
    Alfred Gatt qualified as a podiatrist in 1986. From 1987 till 1990 he set up and worked at the Diabetes Foot Clinic, which is still being run today at Mater Dei hospital. Since 1990 he was placed in charge of Podology Services within Department of Health, a position he has occupied for 20 years. In 1990 he became Manager Podology Service, responsible for the strategic planning, implementation and administration of all Podiatry services within the Department of Health. His doctoral research had such a profound effect on him that he changed over from management to becoming a full time academic at the University of Malta in September 2010

    Nina Davies
    Nina Davies is an Advanced Podiatrist (paediatrics) and a project lead for education in long term conditions at Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust. She is a visiting lecturer at Staffordshire University, delivering contemporary modules in paediatrics for the MSc Clinical Biomechanics programme.

    Pre-Conference Workshops
    As in previous years, this year's conference will be preceded by CPD workshops which will take place on the 30th April 2020. This year’s workshops include (1) C-Motion user group meeting (2) 3rd UK Footwear Science Meeting.

    Short abstracts for the conference are to be submitted by e-mail to by 13th March 2020.
    Acceptance of abstracts will be communicated to the corresponding author by 27th March 2020.

    If you have questions please do not hesitate to contact meeting organisers:
    Dr Aoife Healy ( or Professor Nachiappan Chockalingam (

    More information on the abstract submission and the registration can be found at

    If you are unable to attend the conference in Stoke, you can register to watch a live stream of all the talks. Also, if you are unavailable to view the live streaming, there is the option for delegates who register for live streaming to view the presentations after the conference has concluded.

    We look forward to meeting you here in Stoke on Trent.

    Yours Sincerely,
    Nachi and Aoife

    Professor Nachiappan Chockalingam and Dr Aoife Healy
    Conference Chairs, SCCB 2020