Inaugural BiOS meeting - 2015

Dr Sheila Gibbs, Consultant Clinical Scientist at the Institute of Motion Analysis & Research, has just returned from the inaugural Biomechanics in Orthopaedic Surgery (BiOS) meeting held in the University of Reykjavik on 22-23 May in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Dr Gibbs was invited to teach the biomechanics of normal and pathological gait to orthopaedic trainees by one of the Department’s previous BMSc students, Dr Vittoria Bucknall. Dr Bucknall is now in her 4th year of specialist orthopaedic training in Edinburgh and Fife. She and one of her colleagues, Dr Eleanor Davidson, were the principal course organisers and were enthusiastic about the course which had an Icelandic and Scottish faculty of six experts in the field of biomechanics, particularly in relation to the management of orthopaedic conditions. The course was well received by the delegates and it is hoped that it will be the first of many such courses.

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Left: University of Reykjavik; Right: Dr Sheila Gibbs and Dr Vittoria Bucknall

On a lighter note; all the delegates and faculty enjoyed a tour of the Golden Circle where they saw the spectacular Gullfoss waterfalls, explosive geysers and the divide of the tectonic plates at Þingvellir. The conference dinner was an evening to remember with the finale of the meal being a whole cod’s head for each table.

On the final day the group enjoyed an afternoon at the famous Blue Lagoon before departing for the airport.

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Left: Gullfoss waterfalls; Right: Anyone for cod head?