• We pursue and foster new areas of biomechanics and bioengineering research.

    Frontiers Meetings

    Our Philosophy of Frontiers Meetings

    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. 

    Past Frontiers Meetings

    5th USNCB Symposium October 2013

    Wendy Thomas

    Scott Simon

    Biomechanics of Infections

    4th USNCB Symposium October 2012

    Chang Dong

    Fan Yuang, Lance Munn

    Mechanics in Oncology

    3rd USNCB Symposium June 2011

    Larry Taber

    Lance Davidson

    Biomechanics of Development

    2nd USNCB Symposium June 2005

    Naomi Chesler

    Jimmy More, David Vorp


    Biomechanics of Development

    1st USNCB Symposium September 2003

    Roger Kamm 

    Geert Schmidt Schönbein

    Forging a New Biomechanics in the Era of Modern Biology 

    Organizing a Frontiers Meeting

    Guidelines on how to organize a Frontiers Meeting

    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 

    • requests suggestions for topics 
    • identifies and assigns a Chair and Co-chair for the Frontier’s Meeting
    • determines the time of the Meeting. Frontier’s Meeting are scheduled annually or biannually to minimize conflicts with major meetings, such as the World Congress for Biomechanics. 
    • facilitates advertisement of the meeting through its representatives. 

    The Frontiers Meeting Chairs 

    • develop the program and a website; 
    • announce the meeting to all constituent societies of USNCB;
    • determine registration fee to cover running expenses and possible expenses for keynote speakers. 
    • advertise the meeting together with the members of the USNCB.

    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. 

    Interested in organizing a Frontier's Meeting?

    If you would like to propose organizing a Frontier's Meeting, contact us and we can help you get started!

    Emerging Areas

    Developmental Biomechanics
    Mechanics of Aging
    Molecular Biomechanics
    Mechanics in Neuroscience
    Genomic Biomechanics
    Mechanics of Disease
    Mechanics in Synthetic Biology
    Drug Discovery and Device Development
    Mechanics in Systems Biology
    Mechanics of Reproduction