for the workshops
75 minute workshops are available beginning at 1pm, 2.30 pm
and 4.00 respectively.
The workshops are consecutive sessions to provide attendees
with the opportunity to participate in all three workshops.
Due to limited number of participants which can be accommodated
the registration will be effected on a first come first serve
Basics of Pressure Distribution Measurement and Pedography
the following topics will be addressed:
• physics of sensors for pressure distribution measurement,
• which system (platform, inshoe, sensor mats) is required
for which application,
• which values are measured and which parameters can
basic meaning of measured and calculated parameters
Software for the evaluation of pedographic data in the
daily clinical routine and in science
topics will be addressed:
• handling of basic patient data in databases,
• predefined schemes for analysis of pedographic data
• user defined data evaluation,
• linking to additional information (pictures, documents)
• interfaces to other data evaluation software
Implementation of Pedography in existing gait labs
topics will be addressed:
• combination of novel systems with other data acquisition
• possibilities of synchronization,
• software interfaces to control novel programs by third
• common data evaluation and data display
Please download the following guidelines for your
for authors (by Elsevier, Clinical Biomechanics)
for Abstracts (English)
for Abstracts (German)
of the posters for novel Poster awards
poster should be in A0 (841 x 1189 mm) format with the
text not smaller than font size 32.
The title and authors with affiliations should be clearly
The poster should then be broadly divided into the sections:
Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusions.
& Angus Convention Bureau have reserved an allocation
of rooms in the hotels listed on the accommodation booking
link on ESM webpage (www.ESM2008.info). These rooms are available
at preferred rates and can be booked through the web link
until Thursday 17 July 2008.
would like to book your room from the allocation we would
advise you make the reservation before this date.
Friday 18 July 2008 it will not be possible to book accommodation
through the web link, however you will be able to download
accommodation booking form to complete and return to the
Dundee & Angus Convention Bureau who will assist with
your accommodation request (subject to availability).
you have any enquiries for accommodation, please call Tracy
Duncan on +44(0) 1382 527541 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
for processing your accommodation requirements.
ESM 2008 Invitation
Dear ESM 2008 participant,
On behalf of the
Institute of Motion Analysis & Research (IMAR) at the
University of Dundee, Scotland, it is my pleasure to invite
you to participate at the 11th ESM from July 28th until July
committee aims to prepare an exciting program that will cover
the full range of interests of dynamic load distribution in
biomechanics. In addition to keynote addresses given by invited
speakers, participants are invited to submit abstracts for
presentation as talks or as posters.
the first class scientific program, we are planning an exciting
social program that will include a welcome reception and banquet
with the awards ceremony. We also have a full program of day-long
tours and activities during the outdoor day that will give
the opportunity to enjoy Scotland.
visit the official website at http://www.ESM
timetable.htm for deadlines and continuous updates on
the meeting. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate
to contact us at email@example.com
(Karla Fretwell; for inquiries on accommodation, transportation
and tourist information) or at firstname.lastname@example.org
(for questions regarding the registration process and submission
that you will enjoy an excellent meeting at which international
speakers will be presenting the most up-to-date scientific
discoveries in the field dynamic load distribution. The ESM
congress has always been very efficient to provide an opportunity
for all delegates to discuss and share the knowledge with
experts and colleagues.
forward to seeing you in Dundee!
Professor R. J. Abboud
University of Dundee
first ESM 2008 brochure is available.
Please have a look at/ download it here
in a pdf format
R J Abboud
I am pleased
to announce that the Institute of Motion Analysis &
Research (IMAR) at the University of Dundee will be hosting
the next International ESM2008 Conference on Dynamic Load
Distribution in Biomechanics (http://www.novel.de/ESM2008/)
in Dundee, Scotland. This could not have come at a better
time as the University is celebrating its 40th Anniversary
and having received many Awards over the last two years; 1st
in the United Kingdom for Teaching Quality, Best Scientific
Workplace in Europe, awarded Excellent by the International
Barometer survey in the UK and many more accolades.
Conference will take place from 29 - 31 July 2008 with a workshop
on the latest developments in foot and other pressure analysis
systems occurring a day earlier on the 28 July 2008. There
are limited places for this workshop so delegates are strongly
encouraged to register as early as possible.
theme will be based on a multidisciplinary approach with at
least four keynote speakers:
1) Professor Sue Black, OBE, BSc, PhD, DSc, FRSE:
Professor Black is head of the Centre for Anatomy and Human
Identification at the University of Dundee. She is a founding
director of the Centre for International Forensic Assistance
and a founder of the British Association for Human Identification.
She has more than 20 years of experience in forensic investigations
and has given evidence in criminal and coroner's courts throughout
the UK, Europe and the US. In her capacity as a forensic anthropologist
she has worked for the UK government in Sierra Leone, Kosovo,
Iraq and Thailand. She is an assessor for the Council for
the Registration of Forensic Practitioners and a registered
expert with the National Police Improvements Agency.
She has won awards for her text books and is currently the
course director for the national UK Disaster Victim Identification
(DVI) police response capability and a member of the Interpol
subcommittee for training and education in DVI.
2) Professor Mark Taylor, B Eng, MSc, PhD:
Professor Taylor is currently the Professor of Bioengineering
Science within the School of Engineering Sciences at Southampton
University and leads the Bioengineering Sciences Research
Group. His principal research interests are computational
analysis of total joint replacements. In particular: implicit
finite element analysis of total hip and knee replacement,
explicit finite element analysis of the intact and replaced
knee joint, adaptive modelling techniques and the application
probabilistic and stochastic techniques to orthopaedic biomechanics
problems. More recently, in collaboration with the school
of Medicine and the School of Mathematics, he has begun to
apply computational tools to regenerative medicine problems.
He has published his work widely in premier Biomechanics literature,
resulting in 50 peer reviewed journal papers to date. He was
awarded the Gisela Sturm Award for Innovation in Total Joint
Replacement in 1996. Funding for his research comes from a
variety of sources including EPSRC, BBSRC, Action Medical
Research, Arthritis Research Campaign and industry (including
DePuy International, Finsbury Orthopaedics and JRI). To date,
he has been involved in grants totally approx. £6.8
million. Professor Taylor leads the Southampton arm of the
DePuy Technology Partnership (£0.9M since 2000) and
is also the coordinator of the EU STREP program entitled “Decision
support software for orthopaedic surgery (DeSSOS)”, which
consists of nine
academic and industrial partners (£2.4M).
3) Professor Mark Cornwall, PT, MSc, PhD, CPeD:
Professor Cornwall received his bachelor degree in Physical
Therapy from the University of Maryland at Baltimore in 1977.
He then practised as a physical therapist for several years
before returning to school to receive a Master of Science
degree in Biomechanics from the University of North Carolina
in 1981 and then a PhD in Biomechanics from Indiana University
in 1986. His research activities have been primarily in the
foot, especially the kinematics of the normal foot during
walking. Professor Cornwall has published over 85 research
articles and book chapters dealing with the function, evaluation,
or treatment of the foot
and ankle. In addition, he has lectured and presented his
research throughout the United States, Canada, Netherlands,
Germany, and Great Britain. He is currently Chair of the Department
of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training as well as Co-Director,
along with Professor Tom McPoil, of the Gait Research Laboratory.
Professor James (Jim) Woodburn, Dip Pod, PhD:
Professor Woodburn is Professor of Rehabilitation Studies
in the School of Health and Social Care at Glasgow Caledonian
University (GCU). With a background in Podiatry, Jim joined
GCU in November 2005 from the School of Medicine at the University
of Leeds where his research work was funded by two prestigious
Medical Research Council Fellowships. He has previously studied
the biomechanics of the foot in rheumatoid arthritis and 3D
imaging analysis to quantify foot joint structures, tendon
disease and inflamed synovia. This work was partly conducted
National Institutes of Health and the University of Pennsylvania.
He is widely published in the leading academic rheumatology
journals including Arthritis and Rheumatism. He currently
leads the musculoskeletal research programme for the HealthQWest
research consortium, a multidisciplinary research group for
the West of Scotland. His main area of research is in the
rheumatic foot diseases, primarily inflammatory joint disease
including rheumatoid, psoriatic and juvenile idiopathic arthritis.
Work funded by the Arthritis Research Campaign and EULAR is
enabling his team to investigate the pathways leading from
structure and function to disability and to develop and test
interventions. He employs gait analysis, including plantar
pressure measurement and medical imaging (MRI and ultrasound)
as routine techniques in both research and clinical practice.
Professer Charles McKean
Architecture, towns and building are some of man's most expensive
activities, and have always been powerfully symbolic and towns,
buildings and architecture reveal much about the priorities,
culture, politics and living conditions of the past. Professor
McKean current research varies from Scottish culture during
the Renaissance to a re-examination of the 'British' agenda
of Scotland in the later eighteenth /early nineteenth century.
His teaching focuses on the interaction between towns, architecture
and history, with Scotland as a focus but with comparisons
taken from Europe and America. and to examine the evolution
of Scottish architecture. Before joining the University of
Dundee as Professor of Scottish Architectural History, Professor
McKean was the Chief Executive to the Royal Incorporation
of Architects in Scotland.
As is usual, the best scientific manuscript in the field of
pressure distribution analysis will receive the Novel 2008
Award with a prize of € 5,000.00. Deadline for submission
of abstracts is 28 February 2008. For submission of papers
and all other information please visit http://www.ESM2008.info.
Tourist Board has kindly offered to collect and return
delegates, free of charge, from both Edinburgh and Glasgow
International Airports, so please ensure booking your flights
to coincide with the pick-up timetable provided when booking
I will be able to welcome you to Dundee next year and would
like to wish you a successful year until we meet.
R J Abboud,
B Eng, MSc, PhD, ILTM SMIEEE
Director, Institute of Motion Analysis & Research (IMAR)
Head of Department of Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery
University of Dundee
Sixteen years ago novel was appoached by Professor Leslie
Klenerman to provide support for development of an emed user
group meeting hosted by the University of Liverpool.
meeting began the following year in Liverpool.
At that time, we did not realize that the emed meeting would
take us half way around the world and the tradition would
be carried on into the next millennium with the 2000 millennium
meeting in Munich, and the year 2002 meeting hosted by Prof.
Benno Nigg in Calgary.
The Liverpool meeting provided an important exchange of experience
and results in pressure distribution measurements. This was
the first step in establishing co-operation between the emed
users and anyone interested in pressure distribution technology.
The format of the meeting through scientific and clinical
presentations and workshops was used to define pressure distribution
measuring as more than a "pretty picture".After
the initial meeting, the emed user group meeting became recognised
as the emed scientific meeting (ESM) welcoming users of all
pressure distribution measuring technology and was scheduled
biennially. Since then the meeting has enjoyed the wonderful
hospitality of the following locations; Vienna, Flagstaff,
Ulm, Penn State, Brisbane, Munich, Kananaskis, Leeds and Spitzingsee.
In 1991, the first novel award
was presented in recognition of excellence in pressure distribution
research. The novel award
recipient was determined by an international review committee
from the fields of biomechanics and medicine. The novel
award for pressure distribution measurement research
continued since then to be endowed by novel.
The emed scientific meetings have provided us with an opportunity
to learn more about pressure distribution products, applications,
and research; meet new and old friends and experience our
hospitable host sites.
Next year we´ll be gathering again in Dundee, Scotland
to relive the great traditions of ESM. We warmly invite those
of you who´ve been with us for the previous years at
ESM to share the wonderful hostories of the meeting as well
as those who haven´t yet had the chance to participate.
We hope to see you all very soon in Dundee, 2008.
ESM 2006 Report
emed scientific meeting held in Bavaria was a superb display
of scientific material and a wonderful mix of social and intellectual
interaction. This was my first experience at the ESM meeting
and with the novel users. I had a wonderful experience!
the week by giving each novel user the chance to participate
in workshops related to pressure measurement. The workshops
gave the attendees an opportunity to learn about the new functionalities
and to ask questions regarding all novel products.
day began in beautiful Bavaria! The day’s agenda was
used for scientific presentations and posters. Presentations
were given by two keynote speakers and also the presentation
and poster novel award winners, Kerstin Bosch and Arne Nagel.
Both award winners are from the University of Münster.
a full day of scientific presentations and discussions everyone
relaxed and enjoyed the sunset from the hills of Schliersee.
The evening was filled with traditional food and dress from
the Bavarian region.
day was the Activity Day. Those participants who were very
brave chose to go on the 35 kilometer mountain biking tour.
Others chose from either the long or short hike. Each activity
had spectacular views of the Bavarian Alps. I chose to join
the short hike. We had the wonderful Daniela as our guide.
She did her best to keep the 30 + people together, but unfortunately
some of us gave her a scare by getting too far ahead of the
group (sorry Dana!). Everyone was very grateful for each of
the novel guides. After a long day everyone relaxed with a
gourmet “barbecue” dinner on the island of Wörth.
Again the views were beautiful and the conversation stimulating.
day of the conference continued the excellent standard of
scientific presentation including the remainder of the keynote
speakers and novel award presentations. Throughout the day
there was much collaboration and discussion based on the research
performed and the methods used. Once the scientific aspect
of the day ended the evening began with a champagne cocktail
hour followed by an exquisite dinner. After dinner was the
announcement of the novel award winners by the children of
the meeting. Finally the night ended with each
participant dancing with the Bavarian dancers.
for some participants the night did not end there, but that
is a different story :)!
to all of those who presented and a special thanks to all
of those who spent so many hours organizing the wonderful
Pasquale from novel INC
2006 site here)
Information for the Activity Day
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Full day tour visiting: Blair Atholl Castle and Edradour Distillery.
Blair Castle, the ancient
seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. The castle enjoys one
of Scotland’s finest settings in the heart of Highland
With its roots in the 13th century, Blair Castle’s history
extends over some 740 years, during which time it has welcomed
countless generations of visitors. At the gateway to the Grampian
Mountains on the route north to Inverness, the location was
highly strategic. Today we can enjoy the wild beauty of the
surrounding landscape but centuries ago it was a threatening
and dangerous place.
Edradour whisky is produced in Scotland's smallest distillery
- and is hand made today as it was over 150 years ago by just
three men who are devoted to the time-honoured methods of
whisky making. Indeed equipment used at the distillery has
remained unchanged since the day the distillery opened and
is only just capable of producing commercial quantities. Only
12 casks of whisky are produced a week, making Edradour single
malt a rare pleasure for a fortunate few.
Then travel to Cairngorm Mountain – Evening
Event including dinner in the Ptarmigan Restaurant.
En route to Loch Morlich the coach will stop at House of Bruar
to give delegate the chance to visit the Falls of Bruar, browse
round the retail outlet or have a tea/coffee break.
Loch Morlich Water Sports
Situated at the foot of the Cairngorm, Loch Morlich is situated
right at the heart of the National Park. This beautiful location
provides an ideal site for you to enjoy a wide range of activities
The centre has single kayaks and the larger Canadian style
open canoes which take two or three persons. Loch Morlich
and the burn, which runs into the loch, are ideal places to
enjoy this sport.
The centre has a fleet of Laser Picos, Toppers and Optimists.
The different boats in our fleet offer a range of performance
to suit all ages and abilities.
Stable boards and a full range of specially reduced adult
and junior sails. This ensures that the maximum time is spent
on the board and not in the water. An introduction on the
sandy beach quickly leads to being afloat.
Loch Morlich Watersports also offers the following 'Dry Option'
There are changing facilities at the water sports centre.
Fully qualified instructors are on hand at all times.
to Cairngorm Mountain – Evening Event
including dinner in the Ptarmigan Restaurant.
Evening event in the Cairngorm Mountain
Event will include dinner in the Ptarmigan Restaurant and
a presentation by Dr Catherine Morduant entitled "CairnGorms:
landscape and Ecology". Eight miles south east of Aviemore
and high on the northern flank of Cairn Gorm lies the CairnGorm
railway runs for two kilometers through the Cairngorm ski
area. In doing so it climbs 460m to the Ptarmigan top station,
150m below the summit of the mountain. The Cairngorm plateau,
mostly above 4,000ft in height, is one of the most rare and
fragile environments in Scotland.
Cairn Gorm's northern corries of Coire Cas and Coire na Ciste
have been the location for extensive ski-related development
since the opening of the White Lady chairlift here on 23 December
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Provost, Dundee City Council
of Motion Analysis & Research (IMAR)