The objective of the USNCB Frontiers meeting is to introduce new directions for Biomechanics analysis and design into the US community of Biomechanics. Biology and medicine have many directions that have received limited or no contributions from biomechanics and these areas require exposure to the biomechanics community to facilitate opening of new areas of investigation.
The key to a successful Frontiers meeting is introduction to Biomechanics of biological or medical problems and areas of investigation that in the past had no or only limited contact. The aim of the meeting is to identify opportunities for Biomechanics in non-conventional areas, especially for young investigators. The Frontier meeting typically serves as a launch platform for topics with potential for biomechanics investigation. The topics discussed at the Frontier’s meeting are then incorporated into established meetings in Biomechanics, such as the conferences of the constituent societies of USNCB, The World Congress for Biomechanics or others.
Biomechanics of Infections
Fan Yuang, Lance Munn
Mechanics in Oncology
Biomechanics of Development
Jimmy More, David Vorp
Biomechanics of Development
Geert Schmidt Schönbein
Forging a New Biomechanics in the Era of Modern Biology
In practice the meeting is focused on a specific topic with faculty, postdoc and student participation. A typical meeting consists of a mix of presentations from medicine/biology and from biomechanics, together with specialized presentations about funding opportunities, industry connections, community connections, etc. They are typically scheduled as a one-day satellite before the meeting of a larger Society that attracts the Biomechanics community and thereby is kept at minimal cost. Several Frontiers meetings in the past have been scheduled on the campus of Universities hosting a national meeting in Bioengineering. The program consist of keynotes, oral presentations, discussions and student poster presentation. An emphasis is on authoritative presentations that introduce new problems and topics to the biomechanics community.
The Executive Council of the USNCB
The Frontiers Meeting Chairs
It is at the digression of the Chairs to publish a summary of the meeting in a Biomechanics journal. There is currently no separate USNCB budget for these meetings, requiring optimal use of campus facilities, joint sessions with other societies, and other cost saving strategies.
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Mechanics of Aging
Mechanics in Neuroscience
Mechanics of Disease
Mechanics in Synthetic Biology
Drug Discovery and Device Development
Mechanics in Systems Biology
Mechanics of Reproduction