Professor Paul Hodges
University of Queensland
Paul is an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow and the Director of the NHMRC Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in Spinal Pain, Injury and Health (CCRE SPINE) at The University of Queensland. He has translated his work into more than 280 research papers and book chapters and three clinical texts. View more.
He shares his knowledge and expertise at major conferences and workshops worldwide. Paul is the lead chief investigator on the first physiotherapy based NHMRC Program Grant and received the 2011 NHMRC Achievement Award as the highest ranked NHMRC Research Fellow across disciplines in Australia.
His research blends physiotherapy and neuroscience to understand pain, control of movement, and the interaction between multiple functions of the trunk muscles including spine control, continence, respiration and balance.
Professor David Lloyd
David Lloyd is co-founder and current director of the Centre for Musculoskeletal Research in the Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University, and holds adjunct professorial positions in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Delaware (USA) and in Engineering and in Exercise Science at the University of Western Australia. View more.
He is an international leader in computational neuromusculoskeletal biomechanics with research focused on the causes and prevention of musculoskeletal disease and injury. He is an invited member of international consortia to develop, validate and use computational modelling in various applications. His research has also involved the development of training and exercise programs to lower the risk of lower limb injuries in sport. David has over 150 journal publications and over 200-refereed conference publications, has been awarded national and international grants worth over AUD$15Million.
David has been a long-serving advocate for biomechanics in Australia and internationally. He is passionate about uniting the various biomechanics disciplines to ensure the profession’s relevance and longevity. David was a charter member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Biomechanics, served on it executive from 1997 until 2004, and was it president from 2000-2002. David has also been a member of the International Society of Biomechanics since 1991 in which he has held numerous scientific and Executive Committee roles.
Emeritus Professor Mark Pearcy
Queensland University of Technology
Emeritus Professor Mark Pearcy has conducted research in Biomedical Engineering for more than 35 years. His experience ranges from the measurement of three-dimensional movements and mechanics of the human spine, in Glasgow, Oxford and Durham, UK, to the mechanics and biology of bone fracture healing and total joint replacement, in Adelaide and Brisbane. View more.
He has published over 230 refereed papers and conference proceedings in international publications. Since 1996 Professor Pearcy has held the Foundation Chair of Biomedical Engineering at The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) where he has developed an undergraduate degree course in Biomedical Engineering and built a large Orthopaedic and Trauma research group in QUT’s Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation. He has been an active member of the Asia Pacific Association for Biomechanics (APAB) Committee for a number of years and is looking forward to this joint meeting with ISB presenting a great opportunity for the development of new friendships and collaborative projects.
Professor Andrew Cresswell
University of Queensland
Professor Andrew Cresswell, PhD, FASMF, is Head of the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences and Professor in Biomechanics at The University of Queensland, Australia. Professor Cresswell is an expert in neuromechanics and the control of human movement. View more.
He is currently President Elect for the International Society of Biomechanics and served a three year period as President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Biomechanics. He completed his medical doctorate in Neuroscience from the Karolinska Institute, Sweden, in 1993. He remained at the Karolinska Institute and University College of Physical Education and Sports until 2005 when he joined The University of Queensland.
Andrew's research interest is in the integration of biomechanics and neurophysiology (neuromechanics) to investigate the control of human movement. Particular research interests lie within the areas of: neural control of voluntary muscle actions; muscle mechanics; gait and posture and neuromuscular fatigue. The impact of his research is evidenced by his more than 140 publications being cited more than 4000 times. He has also received more than $6 million dollars of competitive research grant support during his career. Andrew also serves on several editorial boards in the fields of biomechanics and applied physiology.
Professor Rod Barrett
Rod is Professor in Biomechanics in the School of Allied Health Sciences at Griffith University at Griffith University and is Deputy Director of the Musculoskeletal Research Program within the Griffith Health Institute. He is a longstanding member of the ANZSB, has attended all but one of the societies biennial (ABC) conferences, formerly served on the ANZSB executive (2000-2002) and was involved in hosting the societies conference at Griffith University on two occasions (2000 and 2008). View more.
His research is focused on 4 main themes: How to prevent falls in older adults, muscle and tendon function, neuromechanics of hip osteoarthritis and innovative biomechanical methods. He has published over 80 refereed journal papers, supervised 12 PhD students to completion and has been the recipient of over $2 million in competitive research funding including grants from NHMRC and ARC. He currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Biomechanics and is Associate Editor for the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport.
Professor Graham Kerr
Queensland University of Technology
Graham Kerr is Professor at the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). His undergraduate (BSc Computer Science / Psychology) and Masters (Physical Education) degrees are from the University of Otago (N.Z.) and his Ph.D. from The University of Western Australia. View more.
He has held research fellowships at Oxford University (U.K.) and the R.S. Dow Neurological Sciences Institute (U.S.A.) and visiting fellowships to Emory University (U.S.A.) and Oxford University (U.K.). Prof Kerr has extensive involvement with the Parkinson’s community over many years and is currently President of Parkinson’s Queensland.
Professor Graham Kerr founded and leads the Movement Neuroscience Research Group at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation at QUT to enable multidisciplinary clinical and research programs in ageing and neurodegenerative disease. This has included research on balance, gait and falls involving large prospective studies of several hundred people to determine contributing psychological, physiological and biomechanical factors for postural instability, gait disability and falls. Current research programs involve the use of advanced imaging (EEG, fNIRS, MRI) and wireless monitoring technologies to understand and determine the effectiveness of exercise interventions and assistive technologies in improving balance and gait and reducing falls in these populations. This research has been funded by international, national and state competitive research grants worth over $11,000,000.
Professor James Goh
Singapore National University
Prof James Goh, is the Head of Department of Biomedical Engineering and Director, Centre for Healthcare Innovation and Medical Engineering, National University of Singapore. James Goh has an active research interest in orthopaedic biomechanics and functional musculoskeletal tissue engineering, publishing well over 130 international peer review journal papers, more than 500 conference papers and 12 book chapters. View more.
He chairs the Science and Technology Advisory Board, Singapore Sports Institute. He is the President of the Biomedical Engineering Society (Singapore) and the President-Elect of the International Federation of Medical and Biological Engineering.
He is also the Secretary-General of the International Union of Physical Engineering and Sciences in Medicine. He had successfully organized major international conferences, such as the 2010 World Congress of Biomechanics and served on numerous International Scientific Committees.
Professor Takeo Matsumoto
Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan
Professor Takeo Matsumoto has conducted research in Biomedical Engineering for more than 25 years. After getting his PhD on artificial assist heart in 1988 at Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, he started research on biomechanics of blood flow and blood vessel walls there. View more.
In 1993, he moved to Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan and extended his research area to skin, brain, and cell biomechanics. In 2002, he moved to Nagoya Institute of Technology, Nagoya, Japan as a professor and started researches on the development of blood vessel function evaluation system and on biomechanics in development. His current research interests lie in biomechanics of soft tissues and cells especially on their mechanical adaptation. He has published over 190 refereed papers, invited reviews, books and conference proceedings in international and Japanese publications. He has been an active member of the Asian-Pacific Association for Biomechanics (APAB) Committee for a number of years and became the president in 2013. He is looking forward to this joint meeting with ISB for it must be a great opportunity to foster new friendships not only in Asian-Pacific region but also in the whole world.
Associate Professor Thor Besier
The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Thor Besier is an Associate Professor at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute and has a joint appointment with the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Auckland. He completed his PhD at The University of Western Australia in 2000 and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Bioengineering Department at Stanford University from 2003 to 2006. View more.
Thor was a faculty member in the Department of Orthopaedics at Stanford from 2006 to 2010, before returning home to New Zealand in 2011. Thor’s research combines medical imaging with computational modelling to understand mechanisms of musculoskeletal injury and disease. Thor leads an open source software initiative called the Musculoskeletal Atlas Project (MAP) to facilitate the rapid generation of musculoskeletal models as well as being a repository for models and associated data.
Thor has been a member of the ISB since 1996 and has enjoyed the ISB meetings since attending his first ISB meeting in 1999. He is on the local organising committee for the 2017 ISB Congress in Brisbane and is active in strengthening the ties between Australian and New Zealand researchers. By being elected to the executive council, Thor hopes to promote a culture of open exchange of models and data within the biomechanics community, to improve collaboration, validation and advancement of musculoskeletal modelling.
Dr Elizabeth Clarke
University of Sydney
Elizabeth is a Senior Research Scientist at the University of Sydney and the Director of the Murray Maxwell Biomechanics Laboratory at the Kolling Institute of Medical Research. She has a background in Mechanical Biomedical Engineering from the University of Sydney and completed her PhD in Spinal Injury Biomechanics in 2008. View more.
Liz Is the President of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Biomechanics and has been a longstanding member of the ANZSB Executive Committee. She is also the Australian Representative for the Asian-Pacific Association for Biomechanics. Liz's research interests are joint and soft tissue biomechanics relating to injury, particularly in spinal injury, tendinopathy and post-traumatic osteoarthritis.