Dr. Brian Davis (University of Akron)
Dr. 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 Dr. 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 Topic: Clinical Relevance of Musculoskeletal Modeling using OpenSim .
Keynote Address: Assessing Foot Biomechanics in Neuropathic Diabetic Patients