Keynote Speakers


Prof. Dr. Mitchell B. SCHAFFLER
CUNY and Wallace Coulter Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Chairman, Department of Biomedical Engineering
The City College of New York
City University of New York & Mount Sinai Hospital
New York, USA


Prof. Dr. Laurence VICO
French Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM)
Unit of Integrative Biology of Bone Tissue
St. Etienne, France

Laurence Vico, Research Director at INSERM is heading the SAINBIOSE lab at Lyon University, in Saint-Etienne, France. She obtained her PhD in bone biology in 1990. She was a post doctoral fellow at NASA AMES Center, Palo Alto CA, USA. Her present research focuses on the mechanical and metabolic deconditioning occurring in extreme (spaceflight and analogs) or disuse (osteoporosis, inactivity, osteoarthritis, nutrition disorders) conditions. Such (dys)adaptations encompass intertwined loops leading to bone loss, altered bone/cartilage interactions, vascular changes, muscle shift and metabolic alterations. She is an author of 290 publications in peer-reviewed journals, in 4 chapter books and more than 40 Contributions to International and National Conferences.


Prof. Dr. Wolfgang WALL
Institute for Computational Mechanics
TUM Department of Mechanical Engineering
Technical University of Munich
Munich, Germany