Welcome Note of the Congress Chairs

Dear colleagues and friends,

We are pleased to welcome you to the 2nd International Workshop on Spine Loading and Deformation which will be held once again in Berlin during 18-20 May 2017.

Mechanical loading and deformation in human spine during diurnal activities are recognized to play a major role in the etiology of back disorders and pain. A comprehensive knowledge of these loading/deformations is a basic prerequisite for effective risk prevention and assessment in workplace, sports and rehabilitation, proper management of various disorders, and realistic preclinical testing of spinal implants.

However despite considerable advancement and numerous investigations, many crucial issues remain yet unresolved. In vivo, in vitro and computational model studies are all necessary for tangible progress in this field.

This workshop on spinal loading/deformations aims to bring world-wide researchers active in this field together in order to share and discuss their recent works on related areas and explore the potentials of their findings. The research topics cover trunk loads and motions (imaging, sensors and video camera) measurements/predictions during sports, occupational tasks, perturbations, etc. with focus on the lumbar and thoracic spines.


To all of you with an accepted oral presentation please
submit your manuscript as soon as possible
to the Journal of Biomechanics!

The deadline is June 16th

Hendrik Schmidt
Saeed A. Shirazi-Adl
Idsart Kingma