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Conference programme

Provisional Programme

 Thursday (workshop 11.00am – 4.00pm)

Demonstration of the latest technology from Vicon, C-Motion and Theia Markerless

 Friday (8.30am – 5.15pm)
Biomechanics of tissues

Professor Nicola Maffulli (Queen Mary University of London) Three-dimensional in vitro models for tendon tissue engineering


Dr Toni Arndt (Karolinska Institute, Sweden) The evolution of ultrasound speckle tracking for analysis of Achilles tendon function and injury


Dr Carla Harkness-Armstrong (Manchester Metropolitan University) Adaptations in muscle architecture complement the gastrocnemius operating ranges during gait in children who idiopathically toe-walk

Biomechanics in clinical practice

Professor R Abboud (University of Balamand, Lebannon) From Lab to Society


Dr Harry Witchell (Brighton and Sussex Medical School) Using wearable inertial sensors to understand sit-to-stand, gait, and fatigue in multiple sclerosis


Ritu Ghosh (Mobility India, Bangalore) Relevance of mobility assistive product development & clinical trials in less resource settings: India context


Lucy Irvine (University of Dundee, UK) Comparison of early and late presentation of developmental dysplasia of the hip in NHS Tayside: a review of demographics, treatment and outcomes


Keynote: Professor Joe Hamill (University of Massachusetts, USA/Visiting Professor, Staffordshire University) The Influence of Footwear Research in Performance Enhancement


Dr Mark Lake (Liverpool John Moores University) Sports technology and player load monitoring in soccer


Dr Sharon Dixon (University of Exeter) Development of sport-specific footwear for active older females participating in court sports


Matthew Hill (Staffordshire University, UK) The effect of different design specifications of children's stability footwear on their mechanical stiffness

Mobility Assistive Technology

Dr Géza F. Kogler (Kennesaw State University, USA) Clinical considerations of material properties for orthosis prescription formulation


Michael Rexing (Human Study e.V., Germany) Is the a-p view a trap? Invitation to a change in perspective in scoliosis bracing


Dr Cleveland Barnett (Nottingham Trent University) Postural control in lower limb prosthesis users: Measurements and models

Award Presentation of Orthotist of the Year Award
Saturday (8.30am – 5.00pm):
Gait analysis and technologies (1)

Dr Alberto Leardini (Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli, Italy) Merging gait-analysis and skeletal modelling from medical imaging to support planning and assessment of custom high-tibial osteotomy: a novel technique and relevant results


Dr Andy Goldberg (University College London) Hips, knees and bumpsadaisy - rotation matters


Jayasree Ramaskandhan (The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) Role of Gait analysis in Total Ankle Replacement


Jeremy Lee (University of Dundee, UK) Biomechanical investigation of walking and activities of daily living pre- post- novel approaches to hip replacement surgery

Sport and Exercise Biomechanics

Hannah Berry (University of Dundee, UK) Investigating the biomechanics of the freestyle stroke in swimming using field-based wearable technology


Dominic Lee (University of Dundee, UK) Forces through the knee in fencing and the effect of KT-Tape on these forces


Jack Roberts (University of Dundee, UK) Do wrist wraps help whilst performing a standing barbell overhead press?

Gait analysis and technologies (2)

Keynote: Dr Tom Shannon (Oxford Metrics plc/Visiting Professor, Staffordshire University) How multi-disciplinary research can benefit medicine, animation, and engineering?


Dr Isabel Sacco (University of São Paulo, Brazil) Footwear for the ageing population: How shoes can reduce or mitigate risk for knee osteoarthritis?


Dr Howard J. Hillstrom (Hospital for Special Surgery, New York City) First Ray Mobility: Insight into Pedal Pathologies


Professor James Richards (University of Central Lancashire) The Development of Measures of Quality of Movement in Neurological disorders

Diabetic Foot

Professor Mike Edmonds (Kings College London) The role of physical forces in the natural history of the diabetic foot


Dr William R. Ledoux (Center for Limb Loss and MoBility, USA) Changes in shear characteristics of diabetic plantar soft tissue


Associate Professor Cynthia Formosa (University of Malta) Diabetic Foot Complications: The implication of biomechanical assessment on prevention, assessment, and treatment


Victoria Balasubramanian (Staffordshire University, UK) Relationship between microcirculation and the autonomic nerve functions in the foot