The preparations are underway for the 17th consecutive conference on clinical biomechanics at the Staffordshire University campus, Stoke on Trent, UK (4-6 April 2019).

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

For the first time, if you are unable to attend the conference, you will be able to watch a live stream of all the talks.

Keynote and Invited Speakers

Dr Alberto Leardini, Italy
Alberto is Director of the Movement Analysis Laboratory, Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli - Bologna (Italy). He received the Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in Orthopaedic Engineering at the University of Oxford. His initial research focused on methodological issues and clinical applications of human motion analysis. His interests evolved to three-dimensional videofluoroscopy, radiostereometry, and surgical navigation. He also made fundamental progresses on the mechanical modeling and prosthesis design of the ankle joint, and his novel total ankle replacement is still implanted with successful outcomes. He is now exploiting additive manufacturing and custom-design of orthotics and implants. He is author of 170 papers in peer-review journals and of 4 international patents. He has served on many national and international scientific communities.

Dr Bruce Williams, USA
Bruce is the past president of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine and consults for a large and a varied range of commercial organisations. Bruce currently works at Weil Foot and Ankle Institute and conducts research in Physiotherapy, Orthopedic Surgery and Podiatry. He comments on the latest scientific and technological developments in relating to foot and ankle research.

Dr Kris D'Aout, UK
Kris is a biomechanist with a zoology background (Antwerp University, Belgium), and with a long-standing interest in human locomotion. He works within the Evolutionary Morphology & Biomechanics Group of the Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease of the University of Liverpool. He is equally interested in ultimate questions (how did walking on two legs evolve?) and in proximate questions (how do things work here-and-now). Currently his work focuses on taking human locomotion research beyond the simplified conditions we have usually focused on, i.e. walking in a straight line on a flat substrate. These are not the conditions in which we evolved, and these are also not the conditions we encounter in day-to-day activities. His current projects include lab work on complex substrates and turning manoeuvres, the effect of footwear on walking, and field work with UK and various indigenous populations. He has a great interest in how gait is affected during healthy ageing, as well as in disease, with a particular interest in osteo-arthritis.
Authors are invited to submit abstracts for open sessions, for consideration for oral or poster presentations. Short abstracts are to be submitted by e-mail to sccb@staffs.ac.uk by 15th February 2019. Acceptance of abstracts will be communicated to the corresponding author by: 01 March, 2019

Registration is now open.

More information on the abstract submission and the registration can be found at http://www.staffs.ac.uk/sccb

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 2019