Officers of the Canadian Society for Biomechanics (CSB)
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2012/2013 Members

PRESIDENT / PRÉSIDENT

Dr. Stephen Robinovitch
Biomedical Physiology
& Kinesiology
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, B.C. V5A 1S6
Tel: +1 778 782 3566
Fax: +1 778 782 3040
Email: stever@sfu.ca
Stephen N. Robinovitch, PhD received his B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering in 1988 from the University of British Columbia, his M.Sc. in 1990 in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, and his Ph.D. in 1995 in Medical Engineering from MIT/ Harvard. He is a currently a Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Injury Prevention and Mobility Biomechanics at Simon Fraser University (SFU). Before joining the faculty at SFU in 2000, he was an Assistant Professor In-Residence
in Orthopaedics at the University of California, San Francisco. Between 2001-2006, he held a New Investigator Award from CIHR, and a Scholar Award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. His research focuses on using the tools of biomechanics to improve our understanding of the cause and prevention of fall-related injuries (especially hip fracture) in elderly people. He currently leads two CIHR team grants in "Technology for Injury Prevention in Seniors" (TIPS; www.sfu.ca/tips), involving two long-term care facilities who participate as “real life” laboratories. He has been active in CSB since 2006, and was Conference Chair for the 17th Biennial Meeting in 2012 at SFU.

SECRETARY / SECRÉTAIRE
Dr. Salvatore Federico
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, in Italy. In 2005, he joined the University of Calgary, in Canada: from 2005 to 2007 he has been as a post-doctoral fellow in the Human Performance Laboratory and, since 2008, a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and the Centre for Bioengineering Research and Education. He is currently associate professor and, since 2012, he also holds an
adjunct position in Kinesiology, Human Performance Laboratory. He teaches Strength of Materials, Biomechanics, and Continuum Mechanics, and his research focuses on the mathematical foundations of Continuum Mechanics and its applications Soft Tissue Biomechanics.

TREASURER - MEMBER AFFAIRES / TRÉSORIER ET RESSOURCES HUMAINES

Dr. Andrea Clark
Faculty of Kinesiology
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4, Canada
Tel: +1 403 220 3184
Email: alclark@kin.ucalgary.ca


CONFERENCE CHAIR / RESPONSABLE DES CONFÉRENCES
Dr. Clark Dickerson
Department of Kinesiology
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1
Tel: +1 519 888 4567 x37844
Fax: +1 519 746 6776
Email: cdickers@uwaterloo.ca
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.

PAST CONFERENCE CHAIR / RESPONSABLE DES CONFÉRENCES

Dr. Max Donelon
Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, B.C. V5A 1S6
Tel: +1 778 782 7100
Email: max_donelan@sfu.ca


COMMUNICATIONS / COMMUNICATIONS ET PAGE WEBCOMMUNICATIONS ET PAGE WEB
Dr. Sylvain Grenier
School of Human Kinetics
Laurentian University
935 Ramsey Lake Road
Sudbury, ON, P3E 2C6
Tel: +1 705 675 1151 x1095
Fax: +1 705 675 4845
Email: sgrenier@laurentian.ca
Dr. Sylvain Grenier has been a faculty member in the School of Human Kinetics at Laurentian University since 2002. Dr. Grenier earned a BSc. from the University of Ottawa in Kinanthropology (1994) followed by an M.A. in Biomechanics also in Ottawa (1998) and a PhD. in Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo (2002). Between 2002 and 2005 he was a Research Associate at the Occupational Health Clinic for Ontario Workers in Sudbury. Dr. Grenier is a member of the Editorial board of ISRN Rehabilitation. His research interest is founded in
spine mechanics and understanding spine stability but has evolved to include musculo-skeletal injury risk in the workplace. These problems range from the interaction between posture, line of sight and MSD in vehicles, to the effect of perturbations like vibration or fatigue on MSD and spine mechanics.

 

MEMBERS-AT-LARGE / AUTRES MEMBRES
Dr. Andrew Laing
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
Director – Injury Biomechanics and Aging Laboratory Education, PhD (Simon Fraser University) 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.

Dr. Cyril Duclos
School of rehabilitation
Université de Montréal
C.P. 6128, succursale Centre-ville
Montréal, QC, Canada, H3C 3J7
Tel: +1-514-343 6111 x26381
Fax: +1-514-343-6929
Email: cyril.duclos@umontreal.ca

PAST PRESIDENT / PRÉSIDENT PRÉCÉDANT
Dr. David Andrews
Department of Kinesiology
University of Windsor
401 Sunset Avenue
Windsor, Ontario N9B 3P4
Tel: +1 519 253 3000 x2433
Email: dandrews@uwindsor.ca
Dr. David Andrews is a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Windsor and a Senior Research Leadership Chair for the Faculty of Human Kinetics. He teaches courses in functional anatomy, human factors, and occupational biomechanics, and conducts research in biomechanics and ergonomics.  He received his undergraduate (BPE) and Masters (MSc) degrees at McMaster University and his PhD
at the University of Waterloo.  One of his main research focuses is the development and testing of methods for documenting physical exposures on the musculoskeletal system that accumulate over time during home and work activities. Research projects in this area have focused on preventing low back pain in different populations, including automobile assembly workers and nurses. He is also interested in quantifying and modeling leg and upper extremity tissue responses following impacts, such as those experienced during running and landing from a fall.  A main focus of this work is determining how shock propagates through body segments and is attenuated by soft and rigid tissues. This line of research involves both experimental and modeling studies based on dynamic impacts involving living participants and human specimens. Dr. Andrews is currently funded by NSERC and has published his work in basic and applied journals spanning a number of disciplines including ergonomics, biomechanics, medicine, and engineering. He was the President of the Canadian Society for Biomechanics (CSB) (2010-2012), is an Editorial Board member for the journal Work, and a member of several national and international societies in biomechanics and ergonomics.

STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES / REPRÉSENTANTE ÉTUDIANTE


Mr. Scott Brandon

Queen's University
Kingston On
Email: brandon@me.queensu.ca

Scott is currently a PhD candidate and Teaching Fellow in Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Queen’s University, under the supervision of Kevin J. Deluzio. His research focus is biomechanical causes and treatments for knee osteoarthritis. He is currently using computer simulations to investigate the effectiveness knee braces that are designed to unload the medial tibiofemoral joint. Scott received his B.Sc.Eng from The University of Western Ontario, and M.Sc.Eng from Queen’s University,
and is now a trainee in the HMRC-CREATE program at Queen’s. He has been active in CSB since 2009, and was part of the organizing committee for the 16th Biennial Meeting in 2010 at Queen’s.

Dr. Ed Cambridge
Department of Kinesiology
University of Waterloo
200 University Ave. West
Waterloo, ON, N2L 3G1
Email: edward.cambridge@uwaterloo.ca
Dr. Edward Cambridge is currently studying as a PhD student under the supervision of Professor Stuart McGill, PhD, in the Spine Biomechanics Laboratory, in the Department of Kinesiology, and the Faculty of Applied Health Science at the University of Waterloo. He is currently working on "Hip and Spine Integration" and understanding this relationship through normal mechanics of the linkage, the effects of low back pain,
and corrective exercise and rehabilitation. Dr. Cambridge received the CIHR-CMCC summer student scholarship in 2008 and 2009 while at CMCC. More recently, he received the CIHR Sir Frederick Banting & Dr. Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship Award - for Master's Students. He also received the "Canadian Chiropractic Association Young Investigator" of the Year Award 2012.