ESM 2016 Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce the Keynote Speakers at the Expert Scientific Meeting,
July 27 - July 30, Lisbon. We are delighted that this year, five high-profile researchers confirmed to give a keynote lecture during the conference.

Prof. Natalie Mrachacz-Kersting, Associate Professor

Faculty of Medicine
Dept. Health Science and Technology
Center for Sensory-Motor Interaction
Neural Engineering and Neurophysiology
Aalborg University, Denmark

Keynote Lecture Title: Inducing Plasticity with Associative Brain-Computer Interfacing and Neurofeedback

Natalie Mrachacz-Kersting, Ph.D., obtained the M.Ed. degree in Human Movement Science from the University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, in 1997, and the PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering from Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark in 2005. In 2005-2007 she has been a lecturer at the Department of Sport and Exercise Science, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand and in 2007-2009 an assistant professor in Motor Control at Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark. Since 2009 she has worked as associate professor at the Department of Health Science and Technology at Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark. There she is the head of two laboratories, the Motor Control Laboratory and the Neuroplasticity Laboratory. She acts as referee for numerous journals. Her main research interest is focused on the role of feedback from muscle afferents in both motor control and neural plasticity.

Prof. Dr. Gert-Peter Brüggemann

Director, Institute of Biomechanics and Orthopaedics
German Sport University Cologne, Germany

Keynote Lecture Title: Paradigms shifts in the biomechanics of sport shoes: From cushioning and motion control towards the habitual joint motion path

Dr. Brüggemann received his undergraduate training in mathematics and sport sciences at the Universities Muenster and Frankfurt/Main, Germany. In 1980 he obtained a doctoral degree at the University of Frankfurt/Main in Biomechanics. He accepted an Associate Professor position at the German Sport University of Cologne in 1984. There Dr. Brüggemann received a full professorship in human movement science in 1993. Since 2000 he has held a professorship in Biomechanics and is the director of the Institute for Biomechanics and Orthopaedics at the German Sport University. This multi-disciplinary research institute concentrates on the study of the human body, its movements and its biological tissue response to mechanical loading related to sport and exercise using micro- and macroscopic approaches.
Dr. Brüggemann’s research concentrates on human movement and the related mechanical loading of biological structures in sports and daily life activities. He is interested in the application of movement related products for able bodied and handicapped recreational and elite athletes such as sport shoes, playing surfaces, sport equipment, braces, orthoses and prostheses. Dr. Brüggemann has collaborated with many sporting goods, footwear and health care companies.
Dr. Brüggemann received an honorary professorship from the Shanghai University of Sport and was a member of the IOC Medical Commission, Sub-commission on Biomechanics and Physiology for twelve years. He participated in the IOC biomechanics projects at the Olympic Games from 1992 to 2004. In 2013 he initiated the research network CCMB, the Cologne Center of Musculo-skeletal Biomechanics, an initiative of the regional institutions, universities, university hospitals and clinical partners in the field of biomechanics.



Dr. Sicco A. Bus

Dr. Sicco A. Bus
Head, Human Performance Laboratory
Department of Rehabilitation
Academic Medical Centre
University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Keynote Lecture Title: Biomechanical and clinical evidence on custom-made footwear for patients with diabetes

Dr. Sicco Bus is a human movement scientist and works as a principle investigator and head of the Human Performance Laboratory at the Department of Rehabilitation of the Academic Medical Center (AMC) in Amsterdam. After two years of post-doctoral research at Penn State University in Pennsylvania, Sicco completed his doctoral dissertation on the structural and functional aspects of the diabetic neuropathic foot at the AMC in Amsterdam in 2004. He has a secondment as senior researcher at the Ziekenhuisgroep Twente in Almelo. Sicco devotes most of his research time to the study of lower extremity complications in patients with diabetes and neuromuscular disease. Sicco is chair of the study group of Neurovascular Complications of Diabetes in the Netherlands, chair of the Prevention Working Group and secretary of the Footwear and Offloading working group of the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot (IWGDF), which are tasked with the development of practice guidelines. He is also member of the editorial board of the IWGDF.


Prof. Dr. Pedro Mendes

School of Computer Science
University of Manchester, UK
and Center for Quantitative Biology
University of Connecticut Health Center, USA

Keynote Lecture Title: Biochemistry by Numbers: Modeling and Simulation in Systems Biology

Pedro Mendes is Professor of Computational Systems Biology at The University of Manchester and Associate Professor at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute. His research interest focus on modelling and analysis of biological systems, ranging from computer simulation of biochemical networks to data management, analysis, and visualization of -omics data sets. Research areas with recent strong emphasis are in numerical global optimization, machine learning, reverse engineering of biochemical networks (systems identification), and standards for systems biology. Mendes is a pioneer of modern Systems Biology: he is the author of the widely used and popular biochemical simulator Gepasi (first created in 1989), he was a founder member of the SBML community and an author of the MIRIAM proposal for model annotation, and he has been a member of the Scientific Board of several International Conferences on Systems Biology (including the first one in Tokyo in 2000). Mendes leads a major software project: COPASI, the biochemical simulator that has succeeded Gepasi. Other areas of current active research are: responseto oxidative stress; iron metabolism; annotation and curation of large-scale metabolic models. Mendes collaborates with a number of groups worldwide, particularly Ursula Kummer (U. Heidelberg), Suzy Torti and Steve Ackman (Wake Forest U.), Edda Klipp (Humboldt U., Berlin), Stefan Hohman (U. Gothenburg), Barabara Bakker (Free U. Amsterdam) and Jorg Stelling (ETH Zurich), among others and also with internally with colleagues at The University of Manchester and Virginia Tech. He has served in a number of scientific advisory committees, most notably the NIH study section on Modeling and Analysis of Biological Systems (USA), and reviews for the Helmholtz Foundation initiative on Systems Biology (Germany), the Science Foundation Ireland initiative for a Centre for Systems Biology,the BBSRC, the Wellcome Trust, the Cancer Research Campaign, the NSF (USA), the Dutch NWO, South African NRF, Institute for Medical Systems Biology in Austria, and Genome Canada.


Prof. Dr. Michael M. Morlock

Director, Institute of Biomechanics
TUHH Hamburg University of Technology, Germany

 Keynote Lecture Title: Joint arthroplasty in the 21st century: where do we stand?

Michael Morlock received his University degrees in Mathematics and Sport Scienes from the University of Stuttgart (Germany) in 1985. In 1990 he completed his PhD-degree in Medical Science at the University of Calgary (Alberta, Canada). After 3 years as the head of the Biomechanics Laboratory of novel GmbH (pressure distribution measurement systems) and a post-doc position at the LMU-University (Trauma Surgery, Prof. Lob) in Munich (Germany), he accepted a position as a Senior Research Associate at the Biomechanics Institute of the TUHH (Director: Prof. E. Schneider). In 2000 he was awarded a professorship at the Technical University of Vienna (Austria), in 2003 a full professorship at the RWTH Aachen (Germany), and in 2004 the position he still holds as a full Professor of „Biomechanics“and Director of the Institute of Biomechanics at the TUHH Hamburg University of Technology. In 2007 he initiated the research area “Regeneration, Implants and Medical Technology” at TUHH. Since 2012 he is a member of the Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks of the European Commission (Working group on metal-on-metal implants). In 2013 he co-founded the Hamburg Research Center for Medical Technology (FMTHH) in conjunction with the University Hospital.
He has received several international awards and served official functions in national and international research organizations. His major scientific interests are in pre-clinical testing, failure analysis, surgeon education, materials in orthopaedics, as well as the interaction between implants and the human body.

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