Walter Herzog

Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology and Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Calgary

Dr. Herzog's research is focused on the neuro-biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system.  His expertise is in the areas of muscle contraction mechanisms, mechanical properties of muscles, growth, healing, and adaptation of soft (ligament, tendon, muscle, and articular cartilage) and hard (bone) tissues.  Within this area, work is carried out experimentally and theoretically at molecular/cellular, in vitro, in situ and in vivo levels.  Dr. Herzog’s research also includes cell manipulation, mechanical testing, finite element modeling, continuum mechanics, simulations and theories of growth and adaptation.

Gerhard Holzapfel

Professor, Institute of Biomechanics, Graz University of Technology

Prof. Holzapfel’s research includes experimental and computational biomechanics and mechanobiology with an emphasis on soft biological tissues, the cardiovascular system including blood vessels in health and disease, therapeutic interventions such as balloon angioplasty and stent implantation, polarized light and second-harmonic imaging microscopy, magnetic resonance imaging and medical image processing; nonlinear continuum mechanics, constitutive (multi-scale) modeling of solids at finite strains such as cross-linked actin networks, growth and remodeling, nonlinear finite element methods, fracture and material failure.