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©2017 BY AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND SOCIETY OF BIOMECHANICS.

ANZSB EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The current elected executive serving from December, 2018 until December, 2020.

PROF. PETER PIVONKA

President

Peter is the Professor and Chair of Biomedical Engineering and Spinal Disorders at Queensland University of Technology. Peter previously held the position of Associate Professor of Surgery at the St Vincent’s Department of Surgery at the University of Melbourne, were he led the Mechanobiology and Musculoskeletal Tissue Mechanics group. Peter obtained his PhD at the Institute for Mechanics of Materials and Structures at Vienna University of Technology (TU-Vienna) in 2001. Peter was the chair of the 10th Australasian Biomechanics Conference (ABC10) held at the University of Melbourne in December 2016 and created the theme “Mechanobiology across the Scales”.

PROF. ROB HERBERT

Past President

Rob Herbert is a Senior Principal Research Fellow at Neurocience Research Australia (NeuRA). He uses biomechanical methods and medical imaging procedures (ultrasonography and MRI) to study the mechanical properties of human muscles. He is particularly interested in the problem of muscle contracture, a common cause of physical disability.

DR. BART BOLSTERLEE

Secretary / Treasurer

Bart Bolsterlee is a postdoctoral fellow in biomechanics at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) in Sydney. He completed his PhD in Biomedical Engineering in 2014 at Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands) in musculoskeletal modelling of the upper limb. At NeuRA he works on the development and application of new MRI techniques to study muscle structure and function. His main interest is how muscle fibres, tendons and extracellular structures interact to produce force and movement in humans.

For any membership enquiries, please contact Bart at austnzbiomech@gmail.com.

DR. BEN HOFFMAN

Communications Officer

Ben Hoffman is a Lecturer within the School of Health & Wellbeing at the University of Southern Queensland. Ben began his research career in biomechanics at The University of Queensland in 2006 that resulted in completing a PhD in 2015.  Ben’s research interests include using ultrasonography to examine muscle and tendon mechanics during movement and in response to exercise-induced muscle damage. Ben also has a strong passion for teaching and has coordinated undergraduate courses such as Biomechanics, Motor Control and Biophysical Foundations.

For any newsletter, website or social media enquiries, please contact Ben at ben.hoffman@usq.edu.au.

DR. JULIE CHOISNE

Conference Liaison Officer

Julie is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute. She has a background in Mechanical engineering from Paris in France and completed her PhD in foot biomechanics in 2012.Julie's research is concentrated in three areas: 1) Spine disorders, 2) foot and ankle biomechanics and 3) modelling of the musculoskeletal system. Her work is committed to use engineering principal and methods to answer specific clinical questions with the overarching goal of improving early diagnosis for better recovery.

DR. EGON PERILLI

ABC12 Representative

DR. CELESTE COLTMAN

Early Career Researcher Representative

Celeste is an Assistant Professor in Biomechanics at the University of Canberra and is currently undertaking a Research Fellowship with the Defence Science and Technology Group. Celeste was awarded her PhD in Breast Biomechanics from the University of Wollongong in 2018. Her research interests include breast and upper torso biomechanics, with the purpose of developing evidence-based recommendations to improve the design, fit, and function of protective and functional garments worn on the female torso (e.g. sports bras and body armour systems).

For any ECR-related enquiries, issues or events, please contact Celeste at celeste.coltman@canberra.edu.au.

DR. KAREN MICKLE

President-Elect

Karen is a Research Fellow within the Institute of Health and Sport, at Victoria University. She also holds a fractional appointment with the Victorian Institute of Sport, as the biomechanist for athletics.

Her research focusses on applied lower limb biomechanics, with a specific interest in structure and function of the foot, and the influence of musculoskeletal and metabolic pathologies.

JODIE WILLS

Student Representative

Jodie is a PhD student at Macquarie University, Sydney. She has a background in Sports Science and completed both undergraduate and master’s degrees in the UK. Jodie’s PhD research is focussing on the biomechanical and physical adaptations during Military load-carriage in response to the implementation of specific physical condition programs.

For any student-related enquiries, issues or events, please contact Jodie at jodie.wills@hdr.mq.edu.au.