Keynote Presenters

    The ISB 2017 Program Team have assembled some incredible speakers lined up to present at the Congress and look forward to seeing them in Brisbane next year. Regular updates to the Keynote line up will appear here over the coming weeks.

    Wartenweiler Memorial Lecture

    The Wartenweiler Memorial Lecture is given to honor Professor Jürg Wartenweiler (1915-1976), first President of the ISB, who organized the First International Seminar on Biomechanics in Zürich, Switzerland (1967). The 2017 Wartneweiler recipient will be chosen by the ISB Conference organisers. The 2017 recipient is Professor Jaap H. van Dieën.

  • Professor Jaap van Dieën

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

    Jaap van Dieën currently is professor of biomechanics and head of the department of Human Movement Sciences at the ‘Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands. In addition, he is the director of MOVE-AGE an Erasmus Mundus funded joint doctorate program of three European universities on ageing and mobility. He leads a research group focusing on the neuromechanics of ageing and musculoskeletal and movement disorders. View more.

    The goal is to contribute to prevention, treatment and rehabilitation with respect to musculoskeletal and movement disorders, by increasing our understanding of movement-related causes and consequences of these disorders and related impairments. Currently his research is centered around four themes: 1) control of trunk posture and movement, 2) balance control and 3) gait stability and 4) the development of clinically applicable algorithms and instrumentation. Jaap van Dieën has (co-) authored over 380 papers in international scientific journals and was editor of the European Journal of Applied Physiology and section editor of Human Movement Sciences and serves on several editorial boards.


  • Associate Professor Silvia Blemker

    University of Virginia

    Silvia Salinas Blemker is a Commonwealth Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, with joint appointments in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and Orthopaedic Surgery, at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, USA. She obtained her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University and her Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. Before joining the faculty at UVa in 2006, Silvia worked as a post-doctoral Research Associate at Stanford University’s National Center for Biomedical Computation. At UVA, she leads the Multi-scale Muscle Mechanophysiology Lab (“M3 Lab”). View more.

    The M3 lab group develops advanced multi-scale computational and experimental techniques to study skeletal muscle biomechanics and physiology, and they are currently applying these techniques to variety of areas, including speech disorders, movement disorders, vision impairments, muscle atrophy, aging, and muscular dystrophies. While the work is grounded in biomechanics, it strongly draws from many other fields, including biology, muscle physiology, biomedical computation, continuum mechanics, imaging, and a variety of clinical fields.

    M3 lab aims to have an impact on research and society. The lab strives for excellence in scholarship through contributing high impact papers and being awarded competitive awards and grants. Second, teaching and mentorship of post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduate students is a high priority, both in the lab and in the classroom. Lastly, the M3 lab is enthusiastic to take part in outreach activities, including having active participation of K-12 teachers in the lab. The M3 lab’s research is funded by several institutes at the National Institutes of Health (NIAMS, NIBIB, NIA, and NIDCD), NASA, the NSF, The Hartwell Foundation, the UVA-Coulter Translational Research Partnership, in addition to industry partnerships. Dr. Blemker has multiple patents pending and recently co-founded Springbok, Inc, a company focused on image-based muscle analytics for a variety of applications from sports medicine to neuromuscular disorders.


  • Professor Chwee Teck Lim

    National University of Singapore

    Professor Lim is a Provost’s Chair Professor at the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanobiology Institute, National University of Singapore. His interdisciplinary research interests include human disease mechanobiology and the development of cell mechanics based biomedical technologies for disease detection, diagnosis and therapy. View more.

    Prof Lim has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed papers, 26 book chapters and delivered more than 300 plenary/keynote/invited talks. He is an elected Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering as well as the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering. He is also an elected Council Member of the World Council of Biomechanics. Prof Lim sits on the editorial boards of more than 14 international journals. He has cofounded five startups which commercialize technologies developed in his lab.

    Prof Lim and his team have garnered more than 60 research awards and honors including being on the Asian Scientist 100 in 2016, VK Zworykin Award in 2015, NUS Outstanding Researcher Award and Outstanding Innovator Award in 2014, the Credit Suisse Technopreneur of the Year Award and Wall Street Journal Asian Innovation Award (Gold) in 2012, President's Technology Award in 2011 and the IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award in 2016 and 2010. His research was cited by the MIT Technology Review magazine as one of the top ten emerging technologies of 2006 that will "have a significant impact on business, medicine or culture".


  • Adjunct Associate Professor Munjed Al Muderis

    Munjed Al Muderis is an Orthopaedic Surgeon, Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Medicine, Notre Dame, Sydney and a Clinical Lecturer at Macquarie University. He has a passion for serving those in need, has lead to him to representing the Red Cross as an Ambassador, speaking for Amnesty International and UNHCR. Much of his time is devoted to his humanitarian causes as a public speaker advocating for human rights and equality for all. He also devotes a significant amount of his time nationally and internationally doing charity work and operating in under-priviledged countries. View more.

    His pioneering spirit has lead to the development of Osseointegration Prosthetic Limb surgery for amputees as well as performing complex limb reconstruction surgery. In his day-to-day practice he specializes in computer navigated total knee replacement, complex knee revision surgery as well as minimally invasive total hip replacement surgery (anterior approach), complex hip revision surgery, as well as hip arthroscopy surgery. In his pursuit of excellence in Osseointegration, he is recognized as a world-leading surgeon in the field of osseointegration surgery and is the Chairman of the Osseointegration Group of Australia.

    His passion for teaching and research has lead to the supervision of Orthopaedic Fellowships, Registrars, medical students and the inclusion of an orthopaedic research team within his own private practice. It is this dedication to progressive orthopaedic technology motivates him to provide excellence in Orthopaedic practice.


  • Professor Melissa L. Knothe Tate

    UNSW Australia

    Dr. Melissa Knothe Tate is an internationally recognized leader in the fields of orthopaedic mechanobiology as well as the development and clinical translation of novel technologies and materials. Melissa Knothe Tate is an internationally recognized leader in the fields of orthopaedic mechanobiology as well as the development and clinical translation of novel technologies and materials. Dr. Knothe Tate joined the nascent field of orthopaedic mechanobiology two decades ago, as a student at Stanford University, where she earned dual B.S. degrees in Biological Sciences and Mechanical Engineering (1988). View more.

    Thereafter, she transferred her research and academic pursuits to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zu¨rich, Switzerland, where she earned a Dipl. Masch. Ing., 1994 in Mechanical Engineering and Ph.D. degree (Dr. sc. techn. ETH, 1998) in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering. In 1998, she was awarded the Georg Fischer Prize for the most outstanding dissertation at the ETH Zu¨rich. For several years, Dr. Knothe Tate headed the Bone Mechanobiology Research Group at the AO Research Institute in Davos, as well as the Computational Mechanobiology Research Group at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering in Zu¨rich. She spent the year 2000 on sabbatical, as Visiting Professor at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics. In January 2001, Dr. Knothe Tate joined the Depts. of Biomedical Engineering and Orthopaedic Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, where she received several awards for innovation in the R&D sector. In July 2004, joined the faculty of Case Western Reserve University, where she was the first joint Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering. In addition to being recently elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (2010), Dr. Knothe Tate has earned prestigious awards from the Society for Mathematics and Biology, the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, and The Christopher Columbus Foundation and U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She has recently returned from her 2010-2011 sabbatical year, during which she carried out translational research in Europe, on an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship award for Senior Researchers. During her sabbatical year, Dr. Knothe Tate also cultivated innovation through outreach and teaching activities with Inuit youth in the Arctic of Nunavut, Harvard University undergraduate students, as well as graduate students from University of Paris Est and Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Knothe Tate’s has placed a priority on cultivation of talent among her trainees, who have earned numerous awards and have gone on to lead their own independent R&D groups (industry and academia) around the world. Dr. Knothe Tate has been invited to participate in and to organize conferences for the National Academy of Engineering, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, as well as the Humboldt Foundation in Germany. Through the National Science Foundation, Dr. Knothe Tate recently led a research program in the area of stem cell mechanics during prenatal development, and postnatal growth and healing. Recently, her research has expanded to the areas of cellular and biofluid mechanics as well as development and clinical translation of novel bio-inspired flow directing materials and implants. She has published over 62 peer reviewed manuscripts and numerous book chapters. Dr. Knothe Tate has protected, patented and licensed a number of orthopaedic technologies at the interface of materials, mechanics and biology. One of these technologies was recently featured in MIT's Technology Review . Knothe Tate acts as a consultant and expert witness through her private consulting firm, Mechanobiologics International.

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