IMAR students present at 12th International Conference on Clinical Biomechanics

Jen Corner and Anna Johnston, two of IMAR’s current BMSc students presented their work at the annual 12th Staffordshire Conference on Clinical Biomechanics held between May 1st -3rd 2014.

The conference, building on the success of previous years, provides an international forum to discuss lower limb clinical biomechanics and related footwear biomechanics research. This year's conference focused on biomechanics of the ‘at risk foot’ (with a particular interest in the diabetic foot) and the musculoskeletal biomechanics of the lower limb. Keynote speakers from around the world outlined the latest developments in the area of pathomechanics and pathology of the foot, highlighting the role of technology in understanding biomechanical principles with a focus on diagnosis and management of patients.

Jen presented her current research, How does the sport surface used in netball affect the pressure exerted through the foot?, and declared: “The conference was a fantastic experience and allowed us to present our findings, making all our hard work feel worthwhile. It also enabled us to meet other professionals in the field, and gave us the opportunity to hear about some exciting advances within biomechanics and its applications.”

Anna presented her research topic, Gait analysis in unilateral lower limb claudicants: a pilot study to determine influence of disease pattern on gait. Anna stated: “I thought it was a great opportunity to be given. Seeing our research being accepted and peoples' interest in what we studied was rewarding and gave purpose to this BMSc year.”

Anna and Jen presenting their research

“It was very heartening seeing both Jen and Anna present their work at this international conference. The comments received from the delegates were excellent encouraging both of them to publish their respective work in peer reviewed journals”, added Professor Rami Abboud who chaired one of the sessions at the conference.