News about the biannual ISG conference and general meeting.

ISG meeting at upcoming ISB

The International Shoulder Group invites all its members and all interested delegates to take part in a 1-hour discussion during the up-coming ISB meeting in Cape Town, about the following two topics:

  1. definition of standardized protocol for upper-limb motion analysis - a follow-up on the 2005 proposal paper: does it work? Chairman: DirkJan Veeger
  2. agreement between shoulder models prediction and experimental evidences: mechanical optimality versus physiological optimality. Chairman: Jurriaan De Groot.

The discussion will take place on Wednesday, July 8th, Kremer Building, Room #4, starting at 5.45pm.
After the discussion, it might be nice to have dinner together.

To ease the organisation, please let me know ( if you think you'll attend the discussion and/or dinner.

Looking forward to seeing you.
Andrea G. Cutti
DirkJan Veeger
Jurriaan De Groot

ISG 2010 to be held in Minnesota, USA

We are pleased to be able to announce that the next conference of the International Shoulder Group will be held at the University of Minnesota in July of 2010. Exact dates and further details will be made available in due course.

University of Minnesota

ISG Events at ISB

Dear Friends,

Based on your replies we got in touch with the ISB organizers to arrange a session on Shoulder Biomechanics at the ISB 2009. Moreover, we asked the organizers for a room to have a discussion about these two topics, plus others that will come:

  1. Definition of standardized protocol for upper-limb motion analysis: a follow-up on the 2005 proposal paper: does it work?
  2. Agreement between shoulder models prediction and experimental evidence: is it not time to start validating?

As for point 1, we think the following papers might be useful for the discussion:

  • Wu et al - ISB standard
  • Kontaxis et al (2009) A framework for the definition of standardized protocols for measuring upper-extremity kinematics. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2009 Feb 4. [Epub ahead of print] - PMID: 19200628

If you have others, just write me and I'll collect the sugestions.

DirkJan also proposed having an informal breakfast or lunch with both students and senior members of the ISG. This can be a nice chance to know better each other and for students to ask questions in a very informal situation.

Finally, as now we all have received the decisions about our abstract, it would be good to know how many of us will be at the conference. For this and other suggestions, just write me.

Andrea Cutti (

Interest in special session at ISB?

Hi all,

The ISB meeting will be held in Capetown, South Africa, in July. Some representatives of the ISG will be attending and were wondering whether there would be interest in a special session. Therefore if you would consider the following questions we would be most grateful:

  1. Are you planning to attend the conference?
  2. Do you think it is a good idea to ask the organizers for a special session on shoulder and upper-extremity biomechanics?
  3. Do you think it is a good idea to organize at the conference a round-table about the "definition of standard protocols for movement analysis"?

Please reply to these questions by leaving a comment to this post or emailing Andrea Cutti (

Call for bids to host next meeting

After this year's very successful meeting in Bologna, we are still looking for a site for the 2010 meeting of the ISG. We try to switch between continents, which implies that the 2010 meeting should preferably take place outside Europe, for instance somewhere in the Americas. There is a tentative offer from Minneapolis, but other offers are still welcome!

If you would like to host the 2010 ISG meeting, please let us know before October 1st. This can be done by sending an email to: which should include a brief description of your plan, such as place, time, and facilities.

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