The ISG is a technical group of the International Society of Biomechanics, and aims to enhance shoulder research by creating a platform for discussion and the exchange of information, software and data.

Dates for ISG 2010

The following dates for the 2010 ISG Conference in Minneapolis have been announced.

  • Conference: July 25th-27th
  • Opening reception July 25th
  • Main conference days July 26th and 27th

Location: Coffman Union, The University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

Other anticipated deadlines are given below. These will be confirmed in due course.

  • Jan 15th, abstract submissions due
  • March 1st, notice of acceptance
  • Early registration before April 16th

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 2008 proceedings published in Medical & Biological Engineering and Computing

Dear Friends,

It is with great pleasure that I can inform you that the international journal "Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing" (Springer) has just published a Special Issue on Shoulder Biomechanics (Vol. 47, No. 5), gathering some of the works presented at our last meeting in Bologna. Among the papers,

Blana D et al "Combined feedforward and feedback control of a redundant, non-linear, dynamic musculoskeletal system"


Steenbrink F et al "Arm load magnitude affects selective shoulder muscle activation"

have been awarded with the two Young Investigator Awards sponsored by the Biomedical Engineering Group of the University of Bologna and Springer Verlag, and are "Open Access".

Kindest Regards,

Andrea G. Cutti

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 (

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