Call for Council Nominations 2020
Deadline 10th May 2020
This is a reminder that a total of six Council seats are up for election in 2020. Being an ESB council member is a great opportunity, both socially and professionally, which vastly pays back the effort that such serious commitment requires.
As detailed before, those who are interested in standing for a ESB Council position should send their full length CV, complete the application form, and attach a small picture, all in electronic format, to the Secretary General, firstname.lastname@example.org, by the 10th May 2020. Candidates who already have a complete CV and a full publication list available on the web are encouraged to additionally provide us with the respective links.
SM PERREN AWARD
The SM Perren Award is one of the most prestigious awards assigned by the ESB every two years. This year no outstanding paper was submitted for consideration for this award. Therefore, the ESB Council and the Award Committee decided not to assign the SM Perren this year.
At the same time, we are happy to announce that, to honor the memory of Prof. Stephan M. Perren, the Journal of Biomechanics is soliciting excellent articles in the area of bone research for a Special Issue to be published in early 2021 in memory of Prof. Stephen M. Perren. Submission deadline is June 30th, 2020.
CLINICAL BIOMECHANICS AWARD
The ‘ESB Clinical Biomechanics Award’ was established with the purpose of fostering the application of Biomechanics to clinically oriented problems, and is assigned on even year. Eleven submissions were received through the congress portal for the 2020 Clinical Biomechanics Award. The Clinical Biomechanics Award committee (10 members from the different fields and with wide geographical coverage) assessed the papers and the reviewers’ scores. Both clinical relevance and scientific quality were considered. The four finalists are (in speaking order):
- Ingmar Fleps (ETH Zurich, Switzerland), “FEM-derived femoral strength is a better predictor of hip fracture risk than BMD in the Ages RS cohort”
- Hans Kainz (University of Vienna, Austria): “Botulinum toxin injections do not alter musculoskeletal loading and bone growth in children with cerebral palsy”
- Luigi La Barbera (Polytechnique Montréal, Canada) “In silico patient-specific optimization of correction strategies for thoracic adolescent idiopathic scoliosis”
- Marzieh Ovesy (ARTORG Center for Biomedical Research, University of Bern, Switzerland), “Explicit finite element simulation of uncemented total hip arthroplasty: implant insertion and loading”
The finalists will be able to present their paper in a Clinical Biomechanics award webinar, during the days originally scheduled for the award sessions of the ESB2020 Congress (13-14 July 2020). The Clinical Biomechanics Award committee will be called to attend the webinars, and select the final winner.
BEST DOCTORAL THESIS 2020
This year, we received ten excellent applications for the Best Doctoral Thesis award. All of very high scientific quality, which were reviewed by six independent reviewers. After an extensive first round, four finalists were selected, which were further reviewed in a second round before the winner and runner-ups were selected.
The winner for 2020 is: Alberto Sensini (University of Bologna) with the thesis entitled “Electrospun biomaterials and structures for the regeneration of tendons and ligaments: development and biomechanical validation”.
We also selected two runner-ups:
- Mirko Bonfanti (University College London)
- Antoine Falisse (KU Leuven)
The winner will present his work in a “plenary” webinar during the days originally scheduled for the award sessions at the ESB 2020 Congress (13-14 July). The two runner-ups will record a video for our YouTube channel.
The ESB Student Awards were instituted in 1998 Congress, with the purpose to honor excellence in biomechanics already at a relatively young age. Every year, one first prize Student Award and three runner up Awards are given to four students. This year, we received 62 applications, all of very high scientific quality. The decision was based on a short list from the peer-review scores and then an additional round of evaluations by the ESB Award Committee (10 independent reviewers, covering the different areas of biomechanics). The following four were selected as finalists (in speaking order):
- Asgharzadeh, Pouyan (University of Stuttgart) “Deep learning analysis of bone structure in osteogenesis imperfecta using HR-PQCT images”
- Barrasa-Fano, Jorge (KU Leuven) “Novel and accessible 3D Traction Force Microscopy applied to an in vitro vascular disease model”
- Rapagna, Sophie Kate (Flinders University) “Cartilage thickness is correlated with in vivo knee joint loading indices in osteoarthritic tibia”
- Soodmand, Ehsan (Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin) “Mechanically driven cellular self-organization as a mechanism driving large bone defect healing”
The finalists will be able to present their paper in a Student award webinar, during the days originally scheduled for the award sessions of the ESB2020 Congress (13-14 July 2020). Following their four presentations, the Student Award Committee will indicate the winner.
Online ESB Sessions 2020
13th July (session 15:00-16:00, CET time)
- Student Award 14:00-15:00 (for details see text above)
- Clinical Biomechanics Award 15:00-16:00 (for details see text above)
14th July (session 15:00-16:00, CET Time)
- Best Doctoral Thesis Award 14:00-15:00
- Important Announcements (including award winners) 15:00-16:00