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Salvatore Federico, Ph.D.

President

Dept of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering
The University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1N4
Tel: +1 403 220 5790
Fax: +1 403 282 8406
Email: salvatore.federico@ucalgary.ca

Salvatore Federico received his Laurea in Mechanical Engineering in 2000 and his PhD in Structural Mechanics in 2004 from the University of Catania (Italy). In 2005, he joined the University of Calgary, where he has been a post-doctoral fellow in the Human Performance Laboratory (2005-2007) and subsequently a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and the Centre for Bioengineering Research and Education (2008-present), with an adjunct position in Kinesiology, Human Performance Laboratory (2012-present). He teaches Strength of Materials, Biomechanics, and Continuum Mechanics, and his research focuses on the mathematical foundations of Continuum Mechanics and its applications to Soft Tissue Biomechanics.

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Clark R. Dickerson, Ph.D.

Past President

Associate Professor
Department of Kinesiology
Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
University of Waterloo
200 University Ave W
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
CANADA
Phone: 519-888-4567 x37844
Fax: 519-746-6776
Personal Website: http://www.ahs.uwaterloo.ca/kin/people/ClarkDickerson.html

Clark Dickerson’s expertise is in human musculoskeletal modelling, particularly of the shoulder. He earned his BS in mechanical engineering at Alfred University, his MS in bioengineering from Clemson University, and his PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Michigan. He joined the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo in January 2005, where he is currently an Associate Professor. His research interests include the development and experimental evaluation of computational shoulder models, defining shoulder performance measures, designing and testing of computerized ergonomic analysis tools, digital ergonomics, virtual job design and redesign, muscular effort perception, age-related shoulder disorders, designing and evaluating of rehabilitation and clinical tests and treatments, overhead exertions, comparative shoulder biomechanics, and special population accommodation strategies, including return to work scenarios.

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Andrew Laing, Ph.D.

Secretary

Director – Injury Biomechanics and Aging Laboratory
Education, PhD (Simon Fraser University)
Department of Kinesiology
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1
Tel: +1 519 888 4567 x38947
Fax: +1 519 746 6776
E-mail: actlaing@uwaterloo.ca

My general field of interest is musculoskeletal biomechanics related to human health and injury prevention, and the role that advanced age has on these relationships. I use a systematic approach to guide my research projects which involves: i) identifying the injury of interest, ii) determining the biomechanical age-related differences that may influence injury risk, and iii) developing and testing age specific interventions to prevent or treat the injury. Within this framework, my research over the next five years will focus on two injury categories: 1) fall-related tissue trauma including hip fractures, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries; and 2) workplace musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD). For the former I will use a combination of mechanical impact simulators (e.g. drop towers, impact pendulums) and mathematical models to measure and predict the loads applied to the body during falls, and the protective capacity of a range of protective devices. The work related to WMSD will involve the measurement of age-related differences in exposures and/or tolerances to loads applied to the body at work, and the development of interventions that target specific age groups. This work will complement existing knowledge related to age-specific injury mechanisms and effective injury prevention across the lifespan.

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Grant Handrigan, Ph.D.

Treasurer - Member Affairs

School of Kinesiology and Leisure
Faculty of Health Sciences and Community Services
Université de Moncton
Campus de Moncton
Pavillon Léopold-Taillon
18, avenue Antonine-Maillet
Moncton, NB
Canada E1A 3E9
Tel: +1 (506) 858-3764
Fax: +1 (506) 858-4308
Email: grant.handrigan@umoncton.ca

Grant Handrigan received an MSc degree (2008) from Memorial University, NL, Canada, under the supervision of Dr. Fabien Basset in exercise and work physiology. In 2013 he received his PhD in biomechanics and motor control from Université Laval, QC, Canada, under the supervision of Dr. Philippe Corbeil and Dr. Martin Simoneau. He is currently an assistant professor at the Université de Moncton, NB, Canada, in the school of kinesiology and leisure studies.

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Janie Astephen Wilson, Ph.D.

Conference Co-Chair (2018)

School of Biomedical Engineering
Dalhousie University
5981 University Avenue
PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3H 4R2
Canada
Tel: +1 (902) 494-6950
Fax: +1 (902) 494-6621
Email: Janie.Wilson@Dal.Ca
Website: www.dal.ca/dohmlab

Janie Wilson is an associate professor and the co-Director of the Dynamics of Human Motion (DOHM) lab in the School of Biomedical Engineering at Dalhousie University. She runs a multidisciplinary research program in human movement biomechanics, with a focus on understanding the role of joint-level biomechanics and muscle activity in the initiation, progression and treatment of knee osteoarthritis with arthroplasty surgery. She has specific interest in understanding how female sex and obesity interact with joint kinematics and kinetics in injury and disease, as well as the development and application of mathematical and statistical tools for biomechanics applications. She received her BScE in mathematics and engineering (mechanical) from Queen’s University (2000), followed by an MASc (2002) and then PhD (2007) in biomedical engineering from Dalhousie University (both under the supervision of Dr. Kevin Deluzio). She has worked at the M.E. Muller Institute for Biomechanics in Bern, Switzerland (2003), as well as a postdoctoral fellow at the Sport Science Institute of South Africa and the University of Cape Town (2008, with Dr. Christopher Vaughan). She is the past president of the Canadian Orthopaedic Research Society.

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Scott Landry, Ph.D.

Conference Co-Chair (2018)

Professor
School of Kinesiology
Acadia University
Wolfville, Nova Scotia, B4P 2R6
Tel: +1 902 585 1286
Fax: +1 902 585 1702
Email: scott.landry@acadiau.ca
Website: http://kinesiology.acadiau.ca/scott-landry.html

Scott Landry completed undergraduate degrees at Acadia University (Bachelor of Science with Honours in Biology) and Dalhousie University (Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering). In 2007, Scott received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Dalhousie University and then went on to do his post-doctorate fellowship in the Human Performance Lab at the University of Calgary. Scott is currently a Professor in the School of Kinesiology at Acadia University (2008-present) and is the Director of the John MacIntyre mLAB (motion Laboratory of Applied Biomechanics). Scott’s research focuses on risk factors for non-contact ACL injuries and the progression of knee osteoarthritis through biomechanical and neuromuscular analyses of gait and various athletic tasks (e.g. running, cutting, jump landing). Scott also has an interest in sport performance and has established research collaborations with various industry partners including adidas and Kinduct Technologies.

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Peter Keir, Ph.D., CCPE

Past Conference Chair (2016 CSB)

Professor
Department of Kinesiology
McMaster University
IWC 212
1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1
Phone: (905) 525-9140 x23543
Fax: (905) 523-6011
E-mail: pjkeir@mcmaster.ca

Peter Keir received his PhD from the University of Waterloo. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. His research examines upper extremity mechanics and function using EMG, imaging and modelling to determine the mechanisms of work-related musculoskeletal disorders, with an emphasis on carpal tunnel syndrome and muscle-related injuries of the arm and hand. He was President of the Canadian Society for Biomechanics from 2008-10.

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Mike Holmes, Ph.D.

Communications Officer

Assistant Professor
Brock University | Department of Kinesiology
Niagara Region
1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way
St. Catharines, ON
L2S 3A1
Phone: 905 688 5550 x4398
Fax: 905 984 4851
Email: michael.holmes@brocku.ca
Lab Website: www.holmeslab.ca
Twitter: @holmeslab

Michael Holmes completed a Bachelor of Kinesiology (Honours) degree and a Master of Science in Biomechanics from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He obtained a PhD in Biomechanics from the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University in 2011. His PhD work evaluated joint stability in the upper extremity through an interdisciplinary approach that implemented in-vitro (cadaver) and in-vivo techniques to examine muscle and ligament contributions to stability at the elbow and wrist. Mike also completed a one-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Waterloo, training with Dr. Jack Callaghan and Dr. Clark Dickerson. He now runs the Neuromechanics and Ergonomics Lab at Brock University.

Members-at-Large

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Stephen Brown, Ph.D.

Associate
Human Health and Nutritional Sciences
University of Guelph
50 Stone Road east
Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1
E-mail: shmbrown@uoguelph.ca

Stephen Brown is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph. He received his PhD in spine biomechanics from the University of Waterloo (2008), and Masters (2003) and Bachelors (2000) degrees in Human Kinetics from the University of Windsor. After graduating from Waterloo he worked as a post-doctoral fellow in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California San Diego (2008-2010). His research focuses on progressing the understanding of integrated spine and muscle function, injury, adaptation and rehabilitation. Stephen was awarded the 2011 ISSLS Prize for biomechanics research related to the lumbar spine, and named the 2014 David Winter Promising Young Investigator by the Canadian Society for Biomechanics.

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Janessa Drake, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
2030 Sherman Health Science Research Centre
School of Kinesiology and Health Science
Faculty of Health, York University
4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Voice: 416-736-2100 x33568
E-mail: jdrake@yorku.ca

Janessa Drake specializes in the area of Spine Biomechanics. Currently, her research is focused on understanding the acute and time varying responses and neuromuscular control of the spine, and the possible associated injury mechanisms and resulting pain pathways due to combined loading of exercise and industrial exposures. She also investigates the effects of modifying factors including sex, age, fatigue, and fitness level, and methodological issues involving muscle activation (EMG), 3D spine motion, and signal processing. Her goal is to enhance injury prediction, prevention, and rehabilitation. Janessa is currently funded by a five year NSERC Discovery Grant, a Ministry of Labour: Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD) grant, and a MITACS Accelerate. While a graduate student, Janessa was the recipient of several awards including an NSERC Post Graduate Scholarship, two University of Waterloo President’s Scholarships, and a Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability (CIRPD)/Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Doctoral Research Award.

Student Representatives

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Brock Laschowski

Doctoral Student
Biomedical Engineering
University of Toronto
E-mail: brock.laschowski@mail.utoronto.ca

Brock Laschowski is a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto and a Graduate Research Assistant for the PROPEL Laboratory (Paediatrics, Rehabilitation, Orthotics, Prosthetics, Engineering, Locomotion) at the Bloorview Research Institute in the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. He specializes in biomechanics and neural control of individuals with mobility impairments, specifically lower extremity amputations and spinal cord injuries. He also focuses on the design, control, and optimization of assistive technologies (e.g., prosthetics). Brock was recently awarded the NSERC Doctoral Scholarship for his PhD research. His previous work focused on Paralympic sports biomechanics. Brock holds an MASc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, an MSc in Kinesiology (Biomechanics) from the University of Western Ontario, and an BSc in Kinesiology (Biomechanics) from the University of Toronto.

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Elora Brenneman

Student
Department of Kinesiology
McMaster University
E-mail: brennema@mcmaster.ca

My name is Elora Brenneman and I am a second year doctoral student at McMaster University working under the supervision of Dr. Monica Maly. My research interests are in imaging, biomechanics, modeling, and knee osteoarthritis. Specifically, I am interested in relating MRI parameters with tissue property changes with mechanically-induced damage in articular cartilage for application in musculoskeletal modeling. In my spare time, you will see me at climbing at local rock climbing gyms, on the ice playing hockey, or sprinting up and down an ultimate field.