BIOMEX: 1st Workshop on Biomechanical Imaging

Published Apr 27, 2018

On 22nd of February the first BioMEx workshop on Biomechanical imaging was organized by Rodrigo Moreno and Matilda Larsson from the Biomedical Imaging Group in KTH’s facilities in Flemingsberg.

The workshop was opened by the director of the BioMEx center, Professor Lanie Gutierrez-Farewik, who greeted everyone welcome and introduced to the BioMEx center, which is a central organization and contact point for biomechanics research in KTH.

The main focus of the workshop was to discuss the use of different imaging modalities at a macro and micro scale to obtain mechanical properties of biological tissues. Researchers from six different Swedish universities: KTH, Lund University, Uppsala University, Karolinska Institutet, Linköping University and Umeå University, presented their work in this field covering topics such as: Photoacoustics, Shear wave elastography, Cardiac MRI, Ultrasound imaging, HIFU-MRI, MR Elastography, Traction force microscopy and Bone biomechanics.

Two speakers were invited from abroad. Dieter Pahr from TU Vienna and Karl Landsteiner Private University, Austria, presented his view of the field in his keynote entitled “Activities in biomechanics - today and tomorrow”. Also, Roberto Blanco from Turku University Hospital, Finland shared his experiences with High-intensity focused ultrasound - MR in tumor therapy.

At the end of the day, the role of imaging within the research field biomechanics was discussed in a panel discussion. In total, the workshop had 17 oral presentations, including the two invited speakers, and a panel discussion, where the role of imaging within the research field biomechanics was discussed. The workshop attracted in total approximately 50 participants who showed a great interest in this research field.

This workshop was a preamble for the creation of The Swedish Society of Biomechanics, which was officially established the 20th of March. The main conclusion of the workshop is that biomechanical imaging will be one of the pillars of this society. We plan to continue with the organization of workshops in this field in next years.

Thanks to all participants for making this workshop an appreciated and interesting event, and also thanks to the BioMEx center for funding lunch and refreshments during the day!

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