The 6th Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics was held on 25-26 July 2017 at the XXVI Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics in Brisbane (Australia).

The initiative, organized by the ISB Working Group in Motor Control, featured internationally renowned speakers in the field of Motor Control and Biomechanics, oral and poster presentations from abstract submissions (see flyer for details).

Invited speakers included Dr. Glen Lichtwark (University of Queensland, Australia), who discussed his work on the potential influence of tendon compliance on sensory feedback from lower limb muscles; and Dr. Martina Mancini (Oregon Health and Science University, USA), who presented novel insights into freezing of gait from wearable sensors. A talk by Dr. John H. Challis (Pennsylvania State University, USA) examined musculo-skeletal models as a means to non-invasively estimating muscle forces. Dr. Fuminari Kaneko (Sapporo Medical University, Japan) presented recent evidences that exposure to a unique visual stimulus with kinesthetic sensation results in synchronized reciprocally induced spontaneous muscular recruitment.

A special memorial session to honor the lifelong contributions of Professor Carlo J. De Luca, founder of the Motor Control Group, to the fields of Motor Control, Biomechanics, and Human Movement Sciences closed the symposium with contributions from Dr. William Z. Rymer (Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, USA), Dr. Serge Roy (Delsys Inc. & Boston University, USA), and Dr. Roberto Merletti (Politecnico di Torino, Italy).

Congratulations to Miss Gwenllian F. Tawy, doctoral student in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow (UK), who was awarded the 2017 Motor Control Group Student Award for her abstract submission titled: “Investigating gait variability and motor control in knee osteoarthritis”.

The next Symposia on Motor Control in Biomechanics are currently being planned for the next ACSM Congress in Minneapolis, USA, 29 May-2 June 2018, and WCB Congress in Dublin, Ireland, 8-12 July 2018. Details will be posted here.