—  The goal of the Comparative Neuromuscular Biomechanics Working Group is to provide a forum within the ISB for comparative biomechanics and neuromechanics, and to enhance cross-pollination between comparative and human biomechanics fields.  —

The CNB Working Group provides an international forum dedicated to comparative neuromuscular biomechanics.  It will also provide a space for comparative- and human-focused researchers to mingle.

We feel strongly that an exchange between comparative and human research fields will accelerate discovery, both of biomechanical principles as well as novel health and engineering applications. At the 2017 American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) meeting in Boulder, CO, we organized the first Joint Symposium between the ASB and the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB). The purpose of the ASB-SICB Symposium was to stimulate dialogue between the societies and between human-focused and comparative biomechanists.

In 2018 we established the CNB Seed Group with the intent to further enhance dialogue across our fields. In August 2019, the CNB Seed Group received Working Group status from the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) . The CNB Group will organize symposia in conjunction with ISB biennial congress (our first symposia was held at the ISB / ASB 2019 meeting).  These meetings aim to bring together comparative- and human-focused biomechanists from around the world to communicate their work and advance the understanding and application of comparative neuromuscular biomechanics.

Past Symposia

2017- American Society of Biomechanics, Boulder, CO; ASB-SICB Joint Symposium: Insights from Animal Biomechanics.
Organizers: Jonas Rubenson, Suzanne Cox, Beth Brainerd
Speakers: Suzanne Cox; Greg Sawicki; Aaron Olsen; Brooke Flammang; Andrew Biewener


The CNB Seed Group stems from an initial symposium designed to bridge comparative and human biomechanics fields; ASB-SICB Joint Symposium: Insights from Animal Biomechanics. 41st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics, Boulder, CO, August 8th-11th, 2017.  Organized by Jonas Rubenson, Suzanne Cox and Beth Brainerd.

The inaugural CNB Seed Group symposium will take place at the 2019 XXVII Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics held at the University of Calgary. Organized by Monica Daley and Craig McGowan.