Kinesiology Faculty, Postdocs and Students Share Research at World Congress of Biomechanics

A large contingent of kinesiology department faculty, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students and alumni presented their research findings at the 7th World Congress of Biomechanics (WCB) held July 6-11 in Boston.

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.”

Umberger delivered 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 gave a talk titled “Does Changing Footfall Patterns Reduce Running Related Injuries?,” based on a paper co-authored with alumnus Ross Miller and postdoctoral research fellows Julia Freedman Silvernail and Allison Gruber.

Associate professor Graham Caldwell presented “Age Related Changes in Muscle Mechanical Properties,” based on a paper co-authored with C.J. Hasson and Miller.

Assistant professor Katherine Boyer presented “Changes in Knee Joint Mechanics in Response to OA Pain and its Treatment.” She also discussed “Age and Gender Effects on Movement Coordination Variability in Running,” based on a paper co-authored with Silvernail, graduate student Scott Strycharz and Hamill, in a second podium presentation.

Postdoctoral research fellow Allison Gruber lectured on “The Motor System Response to Change in Foot-Ground Interface with Forefoot Running,” based on a paper co-authored with Hamill and Boyer. She delivered a second podium presentation on “Foot Posture in Human Running: Energetics, Muscle Actions, and Ground Reaction Forces,” based on a paper co-authored with Boyer, Tim Derrick, Umberger and Hamill.

Alumnus Ross Miller gave a talk titled “Optimal Footfall Patterns for Cost Minimization in Running” based on a paper co-authored with Hamill.

Visiting scholar Brittney Muir spoke 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 professor Richard van Emmerik.

In addition, researchers from the department, including graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and faculty members, participated in the conference’s poster presentation sessions.

Held once every four years, this event is expected attracts 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.