Please find below nominations for the 2019 Footwear Biomechanics Group Executive. All members of the Footwear Biomechanics Group are eligible to vote, with balloting for all positions running until July 7th. All FBG members should have received an email with instructions and a special link for the online voting system. If you did not receive this email or you recently purchased an FBG membership, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain access to the online voting system. For a detailed description of the specific duties of each position please review the FBG Operating Codes.
The positions and candidates are as follows:
Kathryn Mills is a physiotherapist, clinical scientist and lecturer based in Sydney, Australia. Her footwear research focuses on the role of the somatosensory system in footwear comfort, footwear choice and lower limb neuromuscular control. She has published over 50 peer reviewed manuscripts and conference proceedings, several of which have been awarded international and national awards. These include the Dress Shoe Research award, Young Investigator award and Clinical Footwear award at the 2009, 2011 and 2017 Footwear Biomechanics Symposiums. Kathryn has collaborations with footwear companies, specifically through New Balance Global Scientific Award, and works clinically as a physiotherapist within elite sport. A career highlight was as a member of the Canadian core medical team for the 2018 Commonwealth Games (a multinational, multisport event for commonwealth countries).
Kathryn works as a lecturer (assistant professor) within a physiotherapy and exercise science department at Macquarie University. Here, she convenes courses in sports and advanced practice physiotherapy. She is also the director of the biomechanics and simulation hub, which is a multi-disciplinary laboratory encompasses researchers from biomechanics, virtual reality, flight simulation and cognitive psychology. When not working, Kathryn is a keen runner. Recently, she began competing in half marathons and her goal is to run a 90-minute half.
Veerle Segers is a professor in biomechanics at Ghent University (Belgium). After graduating with a Master’s in Physical Education, she attained a PhD on the biomechanics of the walk-to-run transition. During this period, special interest on the foot-ground interaction was developed which became a focus point during her postdoctoral research. Key findings of this research were presented at the Footwear Biomechanics Symposia which Veerle has continually attended since 2005 with the exception of the FBS at the Gold Coast. As a successor of Prof. dr. D. De Clercq, Veerle will continue his research in foot and footwear biomechanics. She aims to build a strong research line focusing on the prevention of running related injuries by investigating running style adaptations following specific training and by looking at the influence of running footwear.
Zach Barrons received his Master of Science at the University of Northern Colorado under the supervision of Dr. Gary Heise, specializing in biomechanics. While attending UNC, Zach researched the impact of shod vs unshod walking on gait variability and the impact of the number of walking strides collected on variable mean stability. He is continuing his post-graduate studies at the University of Calgary under the guidance of Dr. Darren Stefanyshyn where he plans to study the impact of running shoe midsole qualities on running performance. In the future, Zach plans to enter the footwear industry which, combined with his interest in biomechanics, is why he seeks election to the position of Informatics officer. As Informatics officer he hopes to be more involved with the footwear science community, to increase awareness of the Footwear Biomechanics Group and to increase interest in biomechanics.
The industry has a role in properly translating the latest information on footwear science and applying it to product development. The products should not be confusing to consumers. We have an obligation with scientists to properly interpret the information and communicate it to the market. New discoveries must improve the quality of life of consumers. Our industry has a role in realizing the new discovery as a product.
Cedric Morio is a senior biomechanics researcher at Decathlon SportsLab since 2006. He graduated from Master degrees in both Sport Sciences and Programming. In 2011, he completed his PhD in
Human Movement Science at Aix-Marseille University, dealing with footwear, locomotion and neuromuscular fatigue.
Cedric is a member of the FBG since the 2009 Stellenbosch congress as well as a member of the ECSS and the ISB. His main research focused on running shoes, gym trainers, and women sports footwear; furthermore, he collaborated on cycling and children biomechanics research projects. Besides his industrial work, he published twenty research papers, and he also gave courses and collaborated with several academic partners in France as well as internationally.
Now, he’s still involved in Decathlon’s research team and serving as a leader for the embedded sensor biomechanics research project. The latter aims to bring the research out of the lab by studying the running goers during their actual run practice. As a member of the FBG for 10 years, Cedric would like to further contribute to the group by breaching the gap between industrial and academic research, with a focus to encourage all industrials to share more with the whole footwear community.
I am running for the “FBG Industry Rep” because I believe that we have an outstanding group of scientists who can benefit society by showing the world that shoes matter. I believe that we, the FBG, are making a positive difference in people’s lives by advancing the scientific knowledge of how footwear affects injury risk, performance, and comfort.
I believe that I’m a great candidate for this role because (1) I have an extensive network both in academics and in the footwear industry, (2) I am proactive and look forward to reaching out to new members of our community in pursuit of the FBG’s objectives, and (3) I’m passionate about footwear science, which drives me to push the status-quo, whether scientific or institutional.
I’m originally from Montréal, QC, Canada. My background is in Mechanical Engineering, and I completed an S.D. in Ergonomics at Harvard University. I then did my Postdoc at U. Calgary under Dr. Benno Nigg before joining Brooks Running over 4 years ago. I am currently leading the Research Team at Brooks. In my spare time I love running, being outdoors with my family, and staying updated on the sports science literature.
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During my studies in Germany (BSc from the German Sport University Cologne, MSc from the Otto-von-Guericke University), I have collaborated with universities in Canada, Portugal and Lithuania as well as gathered experience in clinical and research-based internships in Switzerland and Canada. I then decided to begin my doctoral studies in Biomedical Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Benno Nigg at the University of Calgary focusing on the understanding of kinematic coupling between various foot segments. Throughout my PhD studies, I have continued to be involved in industry-based footwear research where I supported three industry-sponsored projects quantifying the biomechanical effects of footwear. I was also supervising and supporting new international team members to complete their projects.
As the current Student Representative for the Footwear Biomechanics Symposium, and as a student conducting interdisciplinary research with clinical staff and biomechanists, I feel that communication and collaboration are a necessity in the research realm.
As a member of the Footwear Biomechanics Group, I would like to utilize the advances in social media in order to promote the opportunities for students to communicate and collaborate with leading experts in the field of footwear research.
After completing a Bachelor of Medical & Health Sciences (Honours Class I) in 2018, I have recently commenced a Doctor of Philosophy in the Biomechanics Research Laboratory (BRL), which is located in the School of Medicine at the University of Wollongong, Australia. My PhD thesis, supervised by Senior Professor Julie Steele and Joshua Mattock, is focused on improving footwear for male netball athletes. My interest in this topic was sparked when, as a representative and Captain for the Australian and NSW Mixed Netball teams (2018-2019), I became aware of the lack of appropriate footwear for this unique cohort of athletes. My thesis is providing an ideal opportunity to immerse my passion to better understand the biomechanics of athletic footwear. For the past 2 years I have been an academic tutor for undergraduate biomechanics students and, more recently high school students, who undertake biomechanics workshops at our University as part of their elective program. I am also currently Social Co-ordinator for the BRL and therefore appreciate the benefits of active student involvement. I would be honoured to be elected as the Student Representative for the Footwear Biomechanics Group and would endeavour to foster initiatives and communication amongst students within this group.