3rd Workshop 2019, Berlin
After successful meetings in July 2015 and May 2017, the 3rd International Workshop on Spine Loading and Deformation, organized by Hendrik Schmidt, Saeed Shirazi-Adl, and Idsart Kingma, was held at the Julius Wolff Institute, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin on July 4-6, 2019.
The workshop brought together nearly 100 participants from 16 countries. Researchers active in different disciplines presented 47 talks and 13 posters. The research topics covered 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.
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.
A 3rd Special Issue of the Journal of Biomechanics will appear by the end of the year (see: J Biomech 49 (6) (2016) and J Biomech 70 (2018)). It aims to present up-to-date progresses in spine biomechanics using state-of-the-art, existing and novel measurement and computational techniques.