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As every year, the Student Committee calls for ESB Mobility Award applications, and the deadline for the 2018 edition is May 31st ( The award consists in a cost-of-living allowance of 4.000 € that gives ESB students and early researchers (up to one year after the PhD defense) the opportunity to spend from two to six months abroad under the supervision of an ESB member research. It is a unique opportunity, don’t miss it!


Last year, Karen Mys, from KU Leuven used the Mobility Award to spend 4 months at the AO Research Institute (AO Foundation) in Davos and she has kindly agreed to share some words about her experience:


High in the Swiss mountains, you can find a famous orthopedic research institute, namely AO Research Institute Davos. Last year, the ESB mobility award allowed me to do an internship in AO in the context of my PhD at the KU Leuven. Living 4 months in Davos was in the first place broadening my view. I not only learned that life can just go on normally in a meter of snow, but AO also gave me a broader view on my own research. At the same time, I had the opportunity to be introduced in other research fields: making radiographs for a radius project, taking a look in the animal center, watching mechanical tests of feet,…   But of course, I went to AO with a research project that had to be performed. The goal of my internship was to compare our enhanced Cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) images with high-resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomography (HR-pQCT) by computing bone structural and mechanical parameters. We were able to show that CBCT is a valuable alternative for HR-pQCT and that it’s possible to build microFE models based on CBCT-images. After four months, it was time to go back to Belgium. But new contacts were made, new ideas for projects were born. See you soon again Davos!”


The 2018 winners will be announced at the WCB 2018 in Dublin, at the end of the Student Awards Session (Tuesday, 10thJuly 2018, 9:20-10:50 a.m., Wicklow Hall 2A). We hope to see you there!


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Jérôme Noailly

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