Dr. Joseph Hamill, professor of kinesiology and associate dean for research in the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences, has been elected to serve as President-Elect for the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB). He assumed the office at the ISB’s twenty-fifth annual meeting held in Glasgow, Scotland.
The ISB was founded in 1973 to promote the study of all areas of biomechanics at the international level. The Society’s membership includes scientists from a large variety of disciplines including anatomy, physiology, engineering (biomedical, mechanical, mechatronics, etc.), orthopedics, rehabilitation medicine, sports science, sports medicine, ergonomics, electrophysiological kinesiology and others.
“It’s a tremendous honor to be elected as President of the ISB,” Dr. Hamill said. “I look forward to maintaining ISB as the pre-eminent professional society for researchers and teachers in biomechanics, and continuing to strengthen the Society’s outreach into economically and educationally developing countries through internships, scholarships and awards.”
Dr. Hamill’s research focuses on human locomotion, with particular emphasis on running mechanics. He is interested in determining the mechanical causes of cumulative micro-trauma injuries (more commonly referred to as overuse injuries). For these studies, his group has used kinematic and kinetic analyses, modeling and dynamical systems. The most recent research conducted in his laboratory involves the efficacy of altering footfall patterns during running and the possible link of such a change to running injuries.