More than 200 researchers and clinicians joined the AMS Annual Meeting at KIT this year.
Jos de Koning and Marjolein van der Krogt ‘unpacked’ the program of the day in an amusing way and so setting the tone of the day.
Three keynote speakers and two workshops rounds followed, and last, but not least: prizes were awarded to talented PhD candidates
Director Frans Nollet gave everyone a warm welcome and presented a short update of the institute. The aims of AMS are to promote interdisciplinary and translational research and connect fundamental and applied researchers, as well as to enhance valorization. AMS wants to use seed money to strengthen the position of the institute, initiate facilities and teaching. The take home message was ‘be a proud institute member, join in the calls and make use of the network!’
Professor Lars Engebretsen from Ullevål University Hospital in Oslo and Head of Medical Sciences in the International Olympic Committee explained how to prevent and treat injuries in (elite)sports. About resurfacing techniques of cartilage injuries, combined with treating complex knee ligament injuries and prevention techniques. He handed out a certificate to Evert Verhagen and Gino Kerkhoffs as the group of researchers from Public and Occupational Health (VUmc) and Ortopedic surgery (AMC) were again accredited as an IOC research Centre for the period 2019 – 2022. Long term collaborative research programs on the prevention of injuries and illnesses in Olympic sports will continue to get first class recognition.
The workshops on a wide range of topics were well visited.
The second Keynote speaker, Guszti Eiben, spoke on What Artificial Life Can teach us. It surprised the audience that robots also are gendered, with interesting consequences, as he predicted an evolution of robot species in the future.
There was much discussion during the combined coffee breaks and poster sessions: who made a chance to win the Best Poster Award?
Davide Ianuzzi gave an engaging presentation about how to set up your own business as a young scientist. With sharp questions and suggestions he made clear what the challenges are and how you can reduce any doubts.
Wouter Schallig from the PhD committee presented a quick review of the PhD event in October last year ‘18. And in addition announced another PhD activity on April 26, 2019.
Towards the end of the day, the moment arrived that many of the PhD visitors were looking forward to the awards. Markus Rieger was awarded the Best Poster Award for his poster Transfer and retention effect of perturbation-based treadmill training in older adults. The poster was recognized for its scientific and societal relevance, as well as the presentation, lay-out and clarity of content.
The winning Outstanding Paper was Network structure of the human musculoskeletal system shapes neural interactions on multiple time scales by Jennifer Kerkman et al, published in Science Advances in 2018. In the paper, the authors used network analysis to investigate the relationship between anatomical and functional connectivity among 36 muscles. This study contributes to our understanding of the coordination of movement and fits excellent in the framework of Amsterdam Movement Sciences. Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 AMS awards for PhD candidates!
Informal drinks concluded an inspiring day.
See you all during next year’s AMS meeting!
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