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kmickle_200w.jpgI am a PhD candidate within the Biomechanics Research Laboratory at the University of Wollongong, Australia, headed by Professor Julie Steele. My research focuses on the biomechanics of foot structure, function and footwear design for the elderly. My past research investigated the cause of flat feet in overweight and obese pre-school children, resulting in the development of a novel procedure to measure thickness of the midfoot plantar fat pad. My PhD is aiming to characterise foot structure and function and shoe wearing habits in the elderly, and to determine the influence of these factors on falls risk. In 2005, I was elected as the first ever Student Representative on the Executive Board for the Footwear Biomechanics Group, a technical group of ISB. This role finishes in 2007, and I would like to bring my experience gained during this role to the ISB board. I am passionate in encouraging student participation in all areas of ISB, and in particular would like to see further participation by students at ISB conferences. Furthermore, I would aim to develop improved mentoring of student members of the ISB.



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