Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Professor Brian Davis (University of Akron)

Prof. Davis has over 20 years’ experience with medical devices, sensor-based systems and biomedical engineering.  He has represented the field at the international level, including serving as President of the International Society of Biomechanics from 2005 to 2007. At the Cleveland Clinic he was the Vice-Chairman of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, with particular research interests in diabetic foot ulceration. After being a staff scientist at the Cleveland Clinic for 18 years, he assumed the position of Vice President and Director of the Medical Device Development Center within the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron. In 2012 he assumed the position as Chairman of Biomedical at The University of Akron where he has continued his research into diabetic foot disorders and prosthetics. His research has been funded by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (three separate grants), NIH (through SBIR support), the State of Ohio (for medical sensors), American Diabetes Association and through the Veterans Administration.

In addition to his research he has contributed extensively to the base of knowledge in the field of gait analysis, most notably through co-authorship of a textbook “Dynamics of Human Gait”.  This book, along with the software package Gait Laboratory, is recognized as a seminal contribution to the field.  In terms of outreach, for the last 20 years Prof. Davis has worked extensively with under-represented students.  He created the “BEST Medicine” Engineering fair that encourages middle and high school students to consider careers at the interface between medicine and engineering – and event that is now in its 8th year.  These efforts served as the basis for the NSF funding an INCLUDES conference on the topic of reaching out to future students in the fields of biomechanics, biomaterials and biomedical engineering.

Workshop TopicClinical Relevance of Musculoskeletal Modeling using OpenSim

Keynote Address: Assessing Foot Biomechanics in Neuropathic Diabetic Patients

Professor Jay Hertel (University of Virginia)

Jay Hertel, PhD, ATC is the Joe H. Gieck Professor of Sports Medicine at the University of Virginia where he holds academic appointments in the Departments of Kinesiology and Orthopaedic Surgery and co-directs the Exercise & Sports Injury Laboratory. His primary research focus is lateral ankle instability which he studies using diverse methods ranging from laboratory-based assessments of biomechanics and motor control to evidence-based practice principles inherent to clinical epidemiology. Dr. Hertel has authored over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and presented at numerous national and international sports medicine conferences.  His research has been funded by agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research & Education Foundation, American Physical Therapy Association, and the National Football League Charities. Dr. Hertel is a fellow of both the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. In June 2018, he will become the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Athletic Training. 

Tutorial Topic: Using Wearable Sensors to Assess Running Biomechanics

Keynote Address: Chronic Ankle Instability: Identification and Treatment of Gait Biomechanics

Dr. Brian Noehren (University of Kentucky)

Brian Noehren PT, Ph.D is  an associate professor in Physical Therapy and Orthopaedic Surgery at the University Of Kentucky. He received is masters in physical therapy from the University of Connecticut  in 2001 and his Ph.D in Biomechanics and Movement Science  from the University of Delaware in 2009. He has been on faculty at the University of Kentucky since 2009. Brian is a clinician scientist with a focused research program dedicated to understanding how muscle function and biomechanics is affected in common orthopedic conditions (anterior cruciate ligament tears, osteoarthritis, total knee replacements). The long term goal of this work is to develop new treatments to improve physical therapy outcomes. His work spans defining the cellular adaptations within muscle, to whole muscle imaging, up to using inverse kinematics and kinetics to observe the impact on movement mechanics. He also continues to practice physical therapy and directs the runners clinic at the University of Kentucky.  Brian is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and has also received numerous awards for his work including the Eugene Michels Young Investigator award from the American Physical Therapy Association. He is funded by the National Institutes of Health and has also been funded through the National Science Foundation, and several foundations.

Tutorial Topic: The Running Knee: Biomechanics and Pain Patterns of Runners with Common Knee Injuries

Keynote Address: Return to Running and Sport Post ACL Reconstruction and What We Are Learning About the Biomechanics of this Injury

Dr. Richard Souza (University of California, San Francisco)

Richard Souza, PT, PhD, is the Vice Chair for Research and Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, with a joint appointment in the Departments of Radiology and Biomedical and Orthopaedic Surgery. He is the Program Director for the PhD in Rehabilitation Science and the Director of Research of the Human Performance Center at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Souza obtained his BS in Exercise Science from the University of California, Davis in 1998, and he received his MPT in Physical Therapy from Samuel Merritt College, Oakland in 2002. He earned his PhD in Biokinesiology from the University of Southern California in 2008, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in Biomedical Imaging from the University of California, San Francisco in 2009. 

Dr. Souza’s research interests are focused on the relationships between mechanics of human movement and development and progression of knee and hip osteoarthritis. Presently, he is involved in projects that evaluate the influence of loading behavior on cartilage health and determining the effectiveness of prevention and rehabilitation strategies on joint health using advanced quantitative magnetic resonance imaging of the hip and knee. Dr. Souza’s future research goals include combining his background in biomechanics and motion analysis with advanced quantitative imaging techniques to identify new therapeutic targets that can be used to slow or prevent hip and knee osteoarthritis. He has 85 published manuscripts and he has written more than 130 peer-reviewed abstracts. Dr. Souza's research is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Souza is also part of the UCSF RunSafe team, a program which is offered to all runners or walkers interested in a comprehensive evaluation of gait mechanics, strength and flexibility, foot structure and footwear choices, and nutritional approaches. In the RunSafe clinic, Dr. Souza collaborates with physicians, biomechanists, physical therapists, engineers, nutritionists, orthotists, and athletic trainers.

Workshop Topic: How to Perform Video Based Biomechanics Running Analysis

Keynote Address: Advanced Imaging for Characterizing Patellofemoral Joint Osteoarthritis

Dr. Bruce Williams (Weil Foot Ankle and Orthopedic Institute)

Dr Bruce Williams is a practicing podiatrist with 26 years’ worth of experience specializing in sports medicine, biomechanics, orthotics, athletic shoes and gait and movement analysis. Dr Williams graduated from Scholl College in 1991 and did a PSR-1 in Merrillville, Indiana. He practiced with his father for 4 years and, following his father's retirement, continued in solo private practice for further 18 years,  In 2013, Dr Williams then joined Weil Foot & Ankle Institute as the Director of Gait Analysis Studies.

Dr Williams is a Past President and Fellow of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine and a Diplomat Of the American Board Of Podiatric Surgery. He is also on the Editorial Board of Lower Extremity Review Magazine.  He has worked as a consultant with many professional NBA and NFL teams along with players from MLS and MLB. Dr Williams regularly assists major universities from the Big 10 with their athletes.

Dr Williams has 17 years of experience with pressure mapping technology used for gait analysis of athletes, analysis of athletic shoes, and of diabetic patients.  He provides consulting to companies with new and existing products who want to position themselves for maximum success in the sports and medical marketplace.

Workshop Topic: Segmental Foot and Ankle Function in Relation to Pressure Mapping

Keynote Address: Athletic Shoe Structure/Function and Its Effect on Performance and Injury in Sports


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