Kinesiology faculty, postdocs and students share research findings at World Congress of Biomechanics

July 1, 2014

A large contingent of UMass Amherst Kinesiology faculty, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and alumni will present their research findings at the 7th World Congress of Biomechanics (WCB) being held July 6-11, 2014, in Boston, MA. Held once every four years, this event is expected to attract nearly 5,000 researchers from various disciplines including bioengineering, biology, biophysics, mathematics, computer science, chemistry and various clinical specialties. Applications range from basic biomechanics and biology to medical devices and the latest motion capture technologies.

According to Associate Professor Brian Umberger, “The WCB is the single largest biomechanics conference and is the only setting where all sub-disciplines within the field of biomechanics gather in a single venue. The strong showing from the Department of Kinesiology at this major international event speaks volumes about the strength of our research and graduate programs in biomechanics.”

Among the department group presenting at the World Congress are:

  • Associate Professor Brian Umberger will deliver a keynote lecture titled “Using Computer Modeling and Dynamic Simulation to Study the Evolution of Hominin Locomotor Biomechanics: Potential and Pitfalls”, based on a paper co-authored with Matthew O’Neill and Leng-Feng Lee.
  • Professor Joseph Hamill will deliver a talk titled “Does Changing Footfall Patterns Reduce Running Related Injuries?”, based on a paper co-authored with Ross Miller, Julia Freedman Silvernail, and Allison Gruber.
  • Associate Professor Graham Caldwell will present “Age Related Changes in Muscle Mechanical Properties”, based on a paper co-authored with C.J. Hasson and Ross Miller.
  • Assistant Professor Katherine Boyer will present “Changes in Knee Joint Mechanics in Response to OA Pain and its Treatment”. She will also discuss “Age and Gender Effects on Movement Coordination Variability in Running”, based on  a paper co-authored with Julia Freedman Silvernail, Scott Strycharz, and Joseph Hamill, in a second podium presentation.
  • Postdoctoral research fellow Allison Gruber will lecture on “The Motor System Response to Change in Foot-Ground Interface with Forefoot Running”, based on a paper co-authored with Joseph Hamill and Katherine Boyer. She will deliver a second podium presentation on “Foot Posture in Human Running: Energetics, Muscle Actions, and Ground Reaction Forces”, based on a paper co-authored with Katherine Boyer, Tim Derrick, Brian Umberger, and Joseph Hamill.
  • Alumnus Ross Miller will deliver a talk titled “Optimal Footfall Patterns for Cost Minimization in Running” based on a paper co-authored with Joseph Hamill.
  • Visiting scholar Brittney Muir will speak on the topic of “Age-Related Changes in Foot Placement Variability when Approaching and Stepping Over an Obstacle”, based on a paper co-authored with Richard van Emmerik.

In addition to the slate of lectures scheduled above, numerous researchers from the department, including graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty members, will participate in the conference’s poster presentation sessions. Click here for a listing of all UMass Amherst Kinesiology department presentations and posters.

To search presentation abstracts, visit the WCB website here. A full program listing may be obtained by visiting the WCB website here.