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Australasian Biomechanics Conference

Sunday, 4 December 2016 to Friday, 25 November 2016 from 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM

The University of Melbourne, Woodward Conference Centre, Melbourne, Australia


Keynote Speakers

Professor Ralph Müller
Organisation: Dept. of Health Sciences and Technology, ETH Zurich, Switzerland.
Position: Director of Institute for Biomechanics

The research Professor Müller has completed and is currently pursuing and employs state-of-the-art mechanobiological assessment of musculoskeletal tissues including biomechanical testing, simulation techniques, as well as novel bio-imaging and visualization strategies.

Professor Müller is an author of more than 1,100 scientific articles and abstracts. His work has been cited over 12,000 times with an h-index of 60, which ranks him in the top 1% of the ISI Essential Science Indicators in the fields of Engineering, Biology & Biochemistry and Materials Science. 

Associate Professor David Cooper
Organisation: Dept. of Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Position: Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair Tier II in Synchrotron Bone Imaging

Dr Cooper’s research focuses on high-resolution imaging of cortical bone micro- and ultra structure applied to the study of bone adaptation, aging and disease. His lab utilises a variety of state-of-the art imaging techniques including microCT, phase contrast SR-microCT, and confocal microscopy.

Over the last 10 years Dr Cooper published 60 refereed journal papers and 47 refereed conference papers. His research has continuously been funded by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Professor Peter Choong
Organisation: St Vincent’s Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Position: Professor, Sir Hugh Devine Chair of Surgery, Director of Orthopaedics, Chair of the Bone and Soft Tissue Sarcoma Service

Professor Choong’s research focuses on three areas that underpin his clinical programmes, namely improving outcomes of arthritis surgery, studying the molecular regulation of bone tumours and advanced limb reconstruction including bone and cartilage tissue engineering.

Professor Choong is a world-renowned orthopaedic surgeon having made major impact to musculoskeletal research and has completed or is conducting numerous trials relevant to joint reconstruction. He also leads translational research in bioengineering and tissue engineering of musculoskeletal tissue at SVH.

Professor Marcus Pandy
Organisation: Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Melbourne
Position: Chair of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering

Professor Marcus Pandy received his PhD in mechanical engineering from Ohio State University, Columbus, USA. He then completed a post-doctoral fellowship in mechanical engineering at Stanford University.

Professor Pandy published over 100 journal papers in musculoskeletal biomechanics. His research is aimed at understanding human motion in health and disease using computational models of the human musculoskeletal system.

Professor Qing Li
Organisation: Advanced Materials Technology, University of Sydney
Position: Professor and ARC Future Fellow, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering

Professor Qing Li received his PhD in aerospace engineering from the University of Sydney. Since joining the University of Sydney as a staff member he has served as the deputy director of research and research training as well as previously acting head of the school.

Professor Li's research interests include topology optimisation for design of microstructural materials, electromagnetic metamaterials, biodegradable materials for tissue scaffolds and mechanics of biomaterials.

Associate Professor Adam Bryant
Organisation: Melbourne School of Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne
Position: Associate Professor, Physiotherapy, Exercise & Sports Medicine

Dr Bryant is the Chair of the Department of Physiotherapy Research Committee and the Deputy Chair of Examiners and CHESM Advisory Board Member.

Dr Bryant’s research interests are on evaluating neuromuscular and biomechanical adaptations to musculoskeletal injury and surgery with a focus on knee injury interventions. He received numerous national competitive grants from ARC and NHMRC.

Invited Speakers


Professor Melissa Knothe Tate
Paul Trainor Chair of Biomedical Engineering, University of New South Wales, AU

Professor YuanTong Gu
Science and Engineering Faculty, Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Systems and Assest Management, Queensland University of Technology Brisbane, Australia

Dr Claudio Pizzolato 
Griffith University, Queensland, Australia