3rd International Workshop

Spine Loading and Deformation

July 4-6, 2019


After successful meetings in July 2015 and May 2017, the organizing team, H. Schmidt, A. Shirazi-Adl, and I. Kingma, are planning another sequel as the 3rd International Workshop on Spine Loading and Deformation that will, once again, be held at the Julius Wolff Institute, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin on July 4-6, 2019.

It has increasingly become evident that the key to further success in providing the most effective personalized care for patients suffering from spinal disorders lies in intensified cross communications and collaborations across disciplines; in other words as elegantly phrased by late Alf Nachemson, by inter-discipline migrations. The coming workshop aims to bring together researchers active in different disciplines and fields of application in health care, biological sciences, biomechanics, and ergonomics to share, discuss, and re-examine the potentials of their recent studies on the spine. The research topics should cover trunk loads, postures and motions (imaging, sensors, and video camera), tissue mechanical tolerance, biological responses to mechanical load, failure and pain  generation, measurements and model studies in sports, occupational and daily living tasks, with a focus on the lumbar and thoracic regions of spine. In addition, a Special Issue on the same topic in the Journal of Biomechanics has been planned (see: J Biomech 49 (6) (2016) and J Biomech 70 (2018)). The Special Issue aims to present up-to-date progresses in spine biomechanics using state-of-the-art, existing and novel measurement and
computational techniques.