Boyer Elected to Council of the International Society of Biomechanics

UMass Amherst Associate Professor of Kinesiology Katherine Boyer

Katherine Boyer

June 21, 2019

Associate Professor of Kinesiology Katherine Boyer has been elected to the Executive Council of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB). She will begin her two-year term at the ISB's 27th Congress being held in Calgary, Canada from July 31-August 4, 2019.

Founded in 1973, the Society promotes the study of all areas of biomechanics at the international level. Its membership includes scientists from a large variety of disciplines including anatomy, physiology, engineering (biomedical, mechanical, mechatronics, etc.), orthopedics, rehabilitation medicine, sports science, sports medicine, ergonomics, electrophysiological kinesiology and others.

Boyer was nominated for the council by Joseph Hamill, Professor Emeritus of Kinesiology at UMass Amherst, who will be completing his term as ISB President. Council members represent countries from throughout the world and various scientific areas within biomechanics. The council meets annually and provides leadership for the continued development of the Society.

“I have been a part of the International Society of Biomechanics since I was a junior graduate student,” says Boyer. “The society and bi-annual congress have been instrumental to my development as a scientist. I look forward to having a more active role in fostering interactions of the biomechanics community and supporting the growth of biomechanics research. As part of the council I hope to continue the ISB’s long history of creating opportunities and resources for members to develop new skills, share research resources and engage in multi-disciplinary international collaborations.”

Boyer’s research examines human ambulatory function and mobility using an in-vivo systems framework focusing on the mechanisms underlying loss of normal joint and whole body function associated with aging, pain, and joint pathology. Her research uses a stimulus response experimental model to probe interaction between gait mechanics, neuromuscular function, systemic biological markers and joint injury and degeneration.  The knowledge gained from this work informs the development of interventions to improve clinical outcomes related to musculoskeletal health.