[Opensim-announcement] Webinar, Visiting Scholar Deadline EXTENDED, 2018 Pilot Project Awardees

Jennifer Hicks jenhicks at stanford.edu
Wed Jan 30 09:16:32 PST 2019

*OpenSim Webinar: Muscle and Ligament Model of the Head and Neck to Study
Physiological Motions and Dynamic Impacts*

*February 12, 2019 10:00am Pacific Time*The head and neck is a complex
musculoskeletal system comprised of high degree of freedom kinematics,
redundant muscles, and passive structures. This complexity makes
reproducing physiologically relevant motions and dynamic head impacts
difficult in simulation platforms. In this webinar, Calvin Kuo from The
University of British Columbia and Jon Mortensen from University of Utah
will highlight improvements in head and neck modeling that address these
challenges and discuss potential future applications. Learn more and

*Deadline Extended for NCSRR/OpenSim Visiting Scholars Program*

*Application Deadline: February 15, 2019*
The deadline for the NCSRR/OpenSim 2019 Visiting Scholars Program
applications has been extended to *February 15, 2019*. The program is a
unique experience that fosters expertise and collaborations in
biomechanical simulations for rehabilitation research. Up to four
individuals will be chosen to visit the NCSRR at Stanford University for a
5-week period during the summer of 2019. Each visiting scholar will be
reimbursed for their travel and living expenses up to $8,000. Read more and
learn how to apply <https://opensim.stanford.edu/support/scholars.html>

*NCSRR/OpenSim 2018 Pilot Project Winners Selected*We got an outstanding
response to our call for proposals this year. Given the high caliber of the
applicant pool, we carefully reviewed the applications with the NCSRR
Scientific Advisory Board, following NIH guidelines for conflicts of

We selected two projects for NCSRR Outstanding Research Grants (full Pilot

   - Dennis Anderson, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: Novel
   musculoskeletal models to assess spine segmental loads in adolescents with
   idiopathic scoliosis
   - William Taylor, ETH Zurich: Shaky Knees: Simulation of musculoskeletal
   contributions to joint instability following total knee arthroplasty

We also granted thirteen Outstanding Researcher Awards and Travel Awards,
which include funds to attend an OpenSim workshop.

   - Outstanding Researcher Award Winners: Thomas Overbergh, Daniel Jacobs,
   Jennifer Nichols, Carrie Peterson, Saikat Pal, and Robert Gaunt
   - Travel Award Winners: Allison Kinney, Jessica Allen, Hans Kainz, Aaron
   Fox, Eric Perreault, Scott Brandon, and Wenlong Zhang

See the full list of 2018 Pilot Project Program Projects
<http://opensim.stanford.edu/support/pilot.html> on our website.
Congratulations to all the winners!

*Force-Based Spasticity Model Explains Muscle Activity during Passive
Stretches and Gait in Children with Cerebral Palsy*
Antoine Falisse and colleagues at KU Leuven in Belgium have developed and
evaluated three different feedback models to investigate the mechanisms
underlying the muscle spasticity often observed in children with cerebral
palsy (CP). Falisse, et al. used the models to estimate the response of
spastic hamstrings and gastrocnemii in children with CP to fast passive
stretches and during gait, and found that estimates based on their
force-based model better matched experimental results than estimates based
on their velocity- and acceleration-based models. Read more about the study
You can also download the code and data
<https://simtk.org/projects/simcpspasticity> from SimTK to reproduce their

*Jennifer Hicks, Ph.D.*
Director of Data Science | Mobilize Center <http://mobilize.stanford.edu/>
Associate Director | NCSRR
R&D Manager | OpenSim <http://opensim.stanford.edu/>
Stanford University
650-498-4403 | jenhicks at stanford.edu
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