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International symposium on biomechanics

18 Ionawr 2008


A Cardiff University researcher is to chair a symposium on biomechanics and biomedical engineering.

Professor John Middleton, Director of the Biomaterials and Biomechanics Research Centre in the School of Dentistry, will chair the 8th International Symposium on Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering at the end of February 2008.

Biomedical engineering aims to improve human health by combining engineering with medical and biological sciences. Biomechanics involves the study of the mechanics of the body. The event, which will be held in Porto, Portugal, addresses both areas of research and will attract more than 240 international researchers and 30 guest speakers, with full programme details available at

Professor Middleton, School of Dentistry said: "This is an excellent opportunity to bring together leading scientists in the field of biomechanics and biomedical engineering. I am proud to be chairing this symposium, bearing in mind the profile of the attendees and the quality of the research which is being presented. We're also delighted to link up with Stanford on this event, and plan to continue developing this partnership in the future."

The symposium, which takes place every two years, provides researchers with networking opportunities, as well as the chance to discuss the use of, and advances in, computer and simulation techniques that are being applied within biomedical engineering and biosciences.

Alongside presentations and talks at the symposium, international experts will hold workshops on innovative research, on topics varying from the ‘Simulation and Dynamics of Wound Healing’ to ‘Growth, Remodelling and Multiphysics for Physiological Systems’.

This year, the symposium will also host the UK ‘Special Interest Group on Dental Research’ which is run through the UK Knowledge Transfer Network and funded by the UK Government. Here, some of the discussions and presentations will include dental biomechanics; implants; craniofacial reconstruction and orthodontics.

The symposium builds on a long standing collaboration between Cardiff and Stanford University. Professor Christopher Jacobs from Stanford University, will co-chair the event alongside Professor Middleton.