ESB Council Elections 2018: Candidates

Three members of the current Council will stand for re-election:

Sara Checa Esteban

Current position:Junior Professor

Current Employing Institution: 

Charite – Universitaetsmedizin Berlin (Germany)

Membership: since 2007

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Sara achieved her degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Malaga (Spain) in 2003.  She then completed her PhD at the University of Southampton in finite element modeling of knee replacement devices. She has conducted post-doctoral research at the Trinity Center for Bioengineering in Ireland, at the Julius Wolff Institute in Germany and at Stanford University in the USA. She is currently a group leader at the Julius Wolff Institute, specializing in computer modeling of mechano-biological processes with a focus on bone healing and adaptation at the tissue and cellular scales. She is an author of more than 30 publications in peer-reviewed journals, several book chapters and more than 80 contributions to International and National Conferences.

Previous Involvement in the European Society of Biomechanics

I serve as ESB council member since 2014. From 2014 to 2016, I served as Publication Chair taking care of the communication of ESB related activities and initiatives to its members. Since 2016, I serve as Membership Chair encouraging and promoting membership in the Society. I have attended all ESB congresses since I was a PhD student (except the one in Seville due to maternity leave) and now, as group leader, I encourage my students to be active members of the society and to take active participation in ESB activities.  I have served regularly as ESB abstract reviewer and have been part of several ESB award committees (ESB doctoral thesis award, ESB student award, etc.).

Future Contribution to ESB:

I have four years experience as ESB council member and would be delighted to continue to support the ESB Society as an active member of the council. During these four years, I have gained significant insight into how the Society runs and the different roles/duties of the different council members. If I am re-elected, I will continue to work to make the ESB Society a reference point to the Biomechanics community.

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Markus O. Heller

Current position:Professor of Biomechanics

Current Employing Institution:University of Southampton (United Kingdom)

Membership: since 2008

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After receiving an MSc degree in aeronautical & astronautical engineering from the University of Stuttgart, Markus Heller obtained a PhD in human biology (University of Ulm) and a lecturer ship in experimental surgery (Charité Berlin, Germany). Since 2012, Markus is full professor of biomechanics at the University of Southampton (UK) where he is programme lead of the MSc in Biomedical Engineering.

Markus focussed his career on understanding and quantifying the role of the mechanical loads in musculoskeletal injuries and diseases. His work utilizing quantitative methods to assess the internal loading conditions and function of the extremities is aimed at improving the practice of joint surgery and trauma care and has been recognized by numerous prestigious international awards including the Clinical Biomechanics as well as the S.M. Perren awards of the European Society of Biomechanics, and its outcomes are commercially available through various devices and software.

Markus is regularly involved in examining research from across Europe, the USA, Canada and Australia. He serves as Specialty Chief Editor of the ‘Biomechanics’ section of Frontiers in Biotechnology and Bioengineering. Having contributed to the German Society of Biomechanics (DGfB) as their treasurer in the past Markus is currently serving as President of the DGfB.

Previous Involvement in the European Society of Biomechanics:

In my role as ESB council member in charge of the webportal committee I have worked to provide a system that enables easy submission and efficient review of abstracts and that also offers mechanisms to access accepted abstracts during the conference itself as well as long term archival on the ESB web site. Use of standardize templates has ensured a consistent look at feel over the years and makes it easy for you to submit your best work. An open source framework has helped to run conferences successfully, and close interaction of our team with the local hosts specifically also for the organisations of the Perspective Talks has surely contributed to maintaining the high quality of our annual conference.

I have been actively engaged in the scientific discourse through the ESB by participating in the conferences as presenter, session chair and while I was fortunate enough to see my own work been recognised by ESB awards I have also supported the society in the evaluation and presentation of ESB awards.

Future Contribution to ESB:

Having served on the ESB council in a role to enhance effective communication I would like to continue to support the society in its endeavours. We plan to trial a new system for abstract submission and conference registration with the local hosts for the 2019 ESB conference, an activity to which I’d be happy provide continued support to help overcome limitations of the system we used previously. As previous treasurer of the German Society of Biomechanics (DGfB) and as their current president I feel I can offer a wealth of further experience to support the council also in the future.

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Harry van Lenthe

Current position:Full professor

Current Employing Institution:

KU Leuven (Belgium)

Membership: since 2004

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Harry van Lenthe studied Mechanical Engineering at University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands. In 2001, he received a PhD in Medicine (Orthopedic Biomechanics) from Radboud University, Nijmegen. He worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Eindhoven University of Technology and at ETH Zurich. At ETH Zurich, he became a Lecturer in 2004. Since 2007 he has been working at KU Leuven, Belgium, as an Associate Professor (2007), Professor (2011) and currently as Full Professor (2015).

Harry’s research focuses on the quality of bone, and how it is changing during growth, aging, and disease. In addition, he is studying the interaction between bone and implants. He is an author on over 100 publications in international peer-reviewed journals.

Harry is teaching several courses, among which Biomechanics, Musculoskeletal Biomechanics, and Design in Medical Technology. From 2012 till 2016 he served as the Program Director of the Master in Biomedical Engineering at KU Leuven; in that position he was responsible for the quality of the curriculum as well as for student affairs.

Previous Involvement in the European Society of Biomechanics

Harry has been a member of the ESB since 2004, council member since 2014, and served many times as scientific reviewer and in award committees. In the Council he served as Chair of the External Affairs Committee and as Chair of the Meetings Committee.

Future Contribution to ESB:

The past four years in the Council have giving me a good insight into the ESB as an organization. I have enjoyed the positive and constructive way in which the Council is operating, and would want to continue contributing. The ESB is in good shape, reaching out to many researchers around the world. I will contribute towards sustaining and strengthening the society, while maintaining the important feeling of being ‘at home’. In this way, the society can promote the careers of young researchers and play an active role in promoting high-quality research in Biomechanics.

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Seven Society members also applied for election:

Zahra Asgharpour

 

Current position: Product Manager

Current Employing Institution: Materialise N.V. (Belgium)

Membership: since 2006

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Currently, as Product Manager for the academic market segment, I work in the medical unit of Materialise N.V., an industry leader in manufacturing of patient-specific implants and software solutions for virtual medicine & computer-based methods for diagnosis, pre-surgical planning and additive manufacturing. In my current role I establish strategic partnerships with key universities and follow the goal to find relevant research to translate computational modelling into patient care. Prior joining Materialise, I worked at a joint-venture of AUDI AG leading a project on human body modelling and focusing on development of a method to automatize the process of injury prediction during crash scenarios.  I received my PhD in Human Biology – Biomechanics at the Medical Faculty of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich with a thesis entitled “Numerical analysis of injuries to long bones and human skull and brain during impacts with medium velocity”. I received the best presentation award during International Conference in Simulation in Medicine and Multiphysics (SIMBIO) at Marseille France where I presented part of my PhD thesis. I performed research with a focus on computational modelling and simulation using finite element human body models. I have authored 20 publications in journals and International conferences.

Previous Involvement in the European Society of Biomechanics

I joined ESB in 2006 with a welcome from the president of ESB in the World Congress of Biomechanics in Munich where I presented my research at the conference. Since then I have been an active member of the society and have participated & presented my work at annual ESB conferences. I won travel award during the 19th Congress of ESB in Patras, Greece. I was elected as part of the student committee of the ESB in 2014 and served the committee for a period of two years where I co-organized Career Workshop during ESB in Prague and wrote several articles at ESB Newsletter. Together with ESB committee I started to announce the Mimics Innovation Award at the Corporate Session where winners of Europe region were invited to present their innovative work during the ESB conferences, network and get into the ESB society.

Future Contribution to ESB:

I have always intended to drive ideas generated from research into the next stage and to make them an added value benefit for the future of health care. Biomechanics remaining as core can be the starting point of future innovative technologies aiming to have a bigger impact into the future of healthcare. My background in both academic & commercial spheres has given me valuable insight and experience which enables me to support the practical development of ideas born in academia. This is the contribution which I would like to offer as part of ESB council.

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Enrico Dall’Ara

Current position: Lecturer

Current Employing Institution:

Insigneo Institute for in silico medicine, University of Sheffield (United Kingdom)

Membership: since 2007

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Enrico Dall’Ara has been lecturer since 2015 at the Insigneo institute for in silico medicine, University of Sheffield, UK.  He obtained his Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Bologna in 2006 and his PhD in Biomechanics at the Vienna University of Technology in 2012 with the thesis “QCT based Finite Element Models of the Human Vertebra and Femur: Validation with Experiments and comparison with Bone Densitometry”.  After the PhD Enrico was awarded an IEF Marie Curie Fellowship and moved to the University of Sheffield in 2013.

His present research focuses on the development, calibration and validation of computational models for the prediction of bone mechanical properties and bone remodelling in preclinical and clinical applications.  Enrico’s research has been funded by the EU, national UK research councils and local charities.

Since 2007 he has published 45 papers in peer-reviewed international journals, two book chapters and more than 80 contributions to international conferences.  He acts as reviewer for most journals in the field of bone and biomechanics. He is member of the European Society of Biomechanics (2007), the Bone Research Society (2013), the European Calcified Tissue Society (2013), the Orthopaedic Research Society (2016) and the European Microscopy Society (2017).

 

Previous Involvement in the European Society of Biomechanics

I have participated to every meeting of the ESB since 2008.  I have given my first presentation at international conferences at the ESB congress in 2008 in Lucerne, Switzerland.   Since then, I have contributed to 32 oral or poster presentations at the ESB.  In 2017 I have given a Perspective talk with the title: “Validation of finite element models for predictions of bone properties at different dimensional levels”.  I have eight contributions at the upcoming WCB in Dublin.  My team has been awarded four travel awards from the ESB since 2014.

Future Contribution to ESB:

I consider myself a European researcher in biomechanics and see the ESB as my main society.  During my previous working experiences in Italy, Austria and United Kingdom I built a network of European collaborators and a good understanding of the heterogeneity of biomechanical research across Europe.  This will help the council during the decision making about the improvement of the activities of the society across the Continent.  I am particularly keen in exploring how we can improve the support to the next generation of leaders in Biomechanics by, for example, increasing the mobility awards for PhD students or young PostDocs.

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Christian Hellmich

 

Current position:Full Professor

Current Employing Institution: 

TU Wien – Vienna University of Technology

Membership: since 2004

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Full Professor for Strength of Materials, Computational Mechanics, and Biomechanics at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien); teaching there in Civil and Biomedical Engineering Curricula.

Education: civil engineering diploma 1995; Ph.D. 1999; Habilitation 2004 (all at TU Wien)

Career: Post-Doctoral Associate, M.I.T. (2000-2002); Assistant/Associate/Full Professor, TU Wien (2002/2004/2011); since 2012: director of the Institute for Mechanics of Materials and Structures (TU Wien)

Research interests: CH is best known for his multiscale mechanics developments, coupled with systems biology and X-ray physics; and applied in bioengineering (bone/tissue engineering scaffolds) and civil engineering (concrete/wood/tunnel engineering)

Research output: 130 refereed papers, more than 100 proceedings papers; more than 25 book chapters; see https://scholar.google.at/citations?user=moxCafsAAAAJ&hl=de&oi=ao

Community service: American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE): chairman of seversal technical committees: Material Properties (2006-2009), Poromechanics (2009-2014), Biomechanics (2017-); President IA-CONCREEP (2013-2015); (Co-)Chairman of International Conferences, including ECCOMAS-EuroTun 2007; IASTED Biomed 2012; 2013 Biot Conference on Poromechanics; CONCREEP 2015; reviewing for 131 scientific journals; for 19 science foundations; Associate Editor of Journal of Engineering Mechanics (since 2004); Vice-Chair of COST NAMABIO (2011-2015)

Awards include ECCOMAS Zienkiewicz Award (2008); ERC Grant (2010); Young Austrian Academy of Sciences (2011); ASCE Huber Prize (2012); Fellow of ASCE-EMI (2014)

Previous Involvement in the European Society of Biomechanics

Scientific presentations at the ESB congresses of the years 2004 (invited), 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016; Member of Scientific board / Scientific reviewing for the ESB congresses 2008; 2012; 2017; FP7 project MySpine (Austrian project partner, with virtually all key partners having been members of ESB); Co-Founder Austrian Chapter of ESB in 2014; appointed co-chairman of ESB 2019 in Vienna.

Future Contribution to ESB:

I intend to bring in a strong engineering science background, combining rigorous theoretical developments with advanced experimentation and computing activities. In this context, the Council may benefit from my experience in coordinating international projects and interdisciplinary networks, bridging various (often secluded) scientific cultures, and reaching out towards philosophy and the arts. I am confident to attract ever more people from the fields of engineering mechanics, applied physics, bio-medicine, towards the fascinating field of biomechanics, which for me, is the merger of theoretical and applied mechanics on the one side, and biology on the other (with physics and chemistry right inbetween).

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Dieter H. Pahr

Current position: 

1 Full Professor for Musculoskeletal Biomechanics

2 Associate Professor for Computational Biomechanics

Current Employing Institution:

1 Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences, Department Anatomy and Biomechanics  (Austria)

2 TU-Wien, Institute of Lightweight Design and Structural Biomechanics (Austria)

Membership: since 2010

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Brief Biosketch

Dieter Pahr studied mechanical engineering at the Vienna University of Technology and received his doctorate in the field of lightweight design and aerospace engineering in 2003 working mainly with composite materials. In 2006 he joined the newly founded biomechanics group of Prof. Philippe Zysset at the TU-Wien where he habilitated in 2008. Over the years he was awarded an Assistant and Associate Professor in numerical biomechanics at TU Vienna. In 2016, he promoted to a full professor in Musculoskeletal Biomechanics at the newly founded Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences in Krems. Currently, he has a dual appointment at TU-Wien leading the computational biomechanics group and at the Karl Landsteiner University as head of the division biomechanics. The main focus of both groups is medical imaging, biomechanical simulation and modelling, mechanical testing of biological tissues, 3D printing and medical software development.  He is an author of 82 peer-reviewed scientific paper, and is an ESB member since 2010.

Previous Involvement in the European Society of Biomechanics

  • Since 2010 I jointed every ESB Conference and gave oral presentations
  • 2016 and 2017 co-workers received travel awards
  • 2017 I was the presenter of a perspective talk
  • I am one of the chairmen of the ESB 2019 in Vienna, Austria

Future Contribution to ESB

Currently I have a dual appointment at a technical university and a medical school and see the pro and con of both worlds. I like to bridge them by various activities. One is to encourage people from both fields to meet at ESB conferences and to discuss joint research

I would like to set up working groups for “hot topics” in the field – parallel to the student’s pre-course on Sunday

During organising ESB 2019 I will gain a lot of experiences in organizing such an event

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Luca Parisi

Current position:PhD Student (3rd year) in Bioengineering

Current Employing Institution: 

Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI), University of Auckland (New Zealand)

Membership: since 2017

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Luca worked as a research assistant in the Biomechanics/Gait Laboratory at the University of Bradford whilst completing a Diploma of Higher Education with Distinction (2012-2014). In the summer of 2014, he completed two research internships in Italy and Cardiff (UK) developing AI applications to improve the rehabilitation of transtibial amputees and the diagnosis of knee osteoarthritis (OA) respectively. His research project with the Arthritis Research UK continued at Cardiff University, where he completed his validation study and first degree in Medical Engineering with flying colours, for which he was awarded the Best Final Year Engineering Project and a nomination for the Clinical Biomechanics Award at the XXV ISB Congress in Glasgow. With CITER, he validated the use of Microsoft KinectTM v2 for in-home stroke rehabilitation. Luca is in his third year of PhD studies in Bioengineering at the University of Auckland (NZ), where he is developing and validating a novel computational model of lung tissue biomechanics for clinical applications. As a Young Investigator Awardee from the Asia-Pacific region, Luca will have two poster presentations at the American Thoracic Society (ATS 2018) Conference and an oral presentation on his PhD work at the World Congress of Biomechanics (WCB 2018) in Dublin.

Previous Involvement in the European Society of Biomechanics

As a Young Investigator Awardee from the Asia-Pacific region, I will have an oral presentation on my PhD work at the upcoming World Congress of Biomechanics (WCB 2018) in Dublin.

Future Contribution to ESB:

My strong interest in Biomechanics, six-year-research experience and leadership skills will enable me to benefit the ESB council by serving the Membership Committee in particular. I would cooperate closely with the Italian National Chapter, helping promote Biomechanics in my home country too. I would be an honest, reliable and prompt reference point for students worldwide, also improving the pervasiveness of the ESB among students worldwide. I would also organise events in which guest speakers and/or I will present Biomechanics research work to promote awareness of the scientific and societal value of Biomechanics in the public too.

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António Manuel de Amaral Monteiro Ramos

Current position:

Assistant teacher/Researcher

Current Employing Institution:

University of Aveiro (Portugal)

Membership: since 2012

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António Manuel Ramos works in computational and experimental models, related with biomechanics and product development field since 2001. Graduated in Mechanical Engineering (1996-2001) at the University of Aveiro and then worked on a research grant by INEGI during some months.

The PhD (2002-2005) was focused in develop a new cemented hip stem, with numerical and experimental techniques and their correlation with implant success and long term clinical performance. From this work new stem geometry was proposed which reduce the stress in cement bone, and some aspect are in the market at different hip prosthesis. This work was awarded with the prestigious Award Professor Carlos Lima 2006 by the Portuguese National Associations of Orthopedics and Traumatology (SPOT).

After completing his PhD thesis, he worked on a number of projects related to joint replacement and medical devices. From February 2002 to August 2005, he was invited assistant professor on part time at University of Aveiro. In August 2008, he was appointed as a full time member of lecturing staff of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, at University of Aveiro.

The main research interests are the medical devices analysis to predict the mechanical behavior of implants for long-term applications in the areas of hip, shoulder, ankle and TMJ articulations.

Previous Involvement in the European Society of Biomechanics

Is author of more than fifty published scientific articles in international journals with referee and more than thirty five articles in conferences as first author. He is still author of five patents. Since 2004 presented works in the ES Biomechanics in different fields.

Future Contribution to ESB:

My experience will improve the extension of the ESB society to the south countries and small countries where the biomechanics presents small expression. I will organize the next Portuguese Biomechanics congress and will improve the area.

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João Manuel R.S. Tavares

Current position:

Associate Professor

Current Employing Institution:

Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP) (Portugal)

Membership: since 2009

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João Manuel R.S. Tavares graduated in Mechanical Engineering (1992) from the University of Porto (UP). He also earned his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering (1995, 2001), and the Habilitation in Mechanical Engineering (2015), from UP. He is an Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UP.

He is co-editor of more than 40 books, co-author of more than 30 book chapters and 650 articles in international and national journals and conferences. He is author of 3 international and 3 national patents. He has been a committee member of several international and national journals and conferences; he is founder and Editor-in-Chief of the journal “Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering: Imaging & Visualization”, co-founder and co-editor of the book series “Lecture Notes in Computational Vision and Biomechanics”, and co-founder and co-chair of the international conferences: CompIMAGE, ECCOMAS VipIMAGE and BioDental. Also, he has been (co-) supervisor of several MSc and PhD thesis and post-doc projects.

His main research areas include bioengineering, biomechanics, computational vision, biomedical imaging and human posture and gait. He has been a member of the ESB since 2009, and vice-President of the Portuguese National Chapter of the ESB since 2017.

Previous Involvement in the European Society of Biomechanics

Since 2009, João Manuel R.S. Tavares has participated in all ESB conferences where he has shared his research works related to biomechanics and biomedical imaging.

He has been a member of the Portuguese National Chapter of the ESB since 2005, of which he is the present vice-President – http://www.spbiomecanica.com.

Future Contribution to ESB:

João Manuel R.S. Tavares is eager to share his experiences with the ESB council. His experience in teaching, research, organization of scientific events and publications can be applied advantageously to the ESB. Moreover, he can lead ESB to communities that are not presently closely linked to the Society like the ones working on biomedical imaging and bioinformatics, and disseminate ESB in Portugal and in other Portuguese speaking countries (CPLP), especially Brazil.

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