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Welcome to i-FAB!

i-FAB is an international collaborative activity which will have an important impact on the foot and ankle biomechanics community. It was launched on July 2nd 2007 at the foot and ankle session of the International Society of Biomechanics meeting in Taipei, Taiwan (click here for slides). We now have over 500 members.

i-FAB welcomes members from every community related to foot and ankle biomechanics, from academics, physicians, podiatrists, surgeons, and health professionals, to members of the footwear, insole, surgery and related industries. ifab has an open philosophy and connecting people across traditional disciplinary boundaries is one of its key objectives. Membership is presently FREE.

A Steering Group has been formed to guide the initial development of the i-FAB community and its activities. The Steering Group seeks to construct a framework for developing i-FAB to meet the needs of the foot and ankle biomechanics community and welcomes input and direction from members.

Three i-FAB activities are presently underway: web site, conference, and e-communications. The web site and e-communications are the start of a global "collaborative workspace" in which all members of the foot and ankle biomechanics community can engage.

Collectively, these activities have the following objectives:

  • Providing information on the global activities related to foot and ankle biomechanics
  • Connecting people working in the foot and ankle biomechanics domain regardless of location and discipline
  • Facilitating debate on key issues for the community
  • Creating coordinated community wide activities
  • Developing a profile for an international critical mass of research activity related to foot and ankle biomechanics

We hope you will join i-FAB and contribute to the development of this exciting opportunity for your community.

i-FAB Steering Group

  • Dr Joshua Burns, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Professor Peter Cavanagh, University of Washington, USA
  • Dr Alberto Leardini, Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute, Italy
  • Professor Chris Nester, University of Salford
  • Prof. Dr. Dieter Rosenbaum, University Hospital Muenster, Germany
  • Dr Alex Stacoff of ETH Zurich played a pivotal role in conceiving the iFAB community and was an important figure within the Steering Group. Sadly, Alex passed away on 26th September 2008 just 3 weeks after our 1st iFAB conference.  Click here for details of Alex’s important contribution to foot and ankle biomechanics.




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