Thor Besier, PhD, Director of Research of the Human Performance Lab at Stanford, was the speaker (5/11) at Café Scientifique, hosting a wide ranging discussion on biomechanics and the science of exercise, human performance, injury and rehabilitation. He will also present information covering his own research on knee biomechanics and his ongoing collaborations in biomechanical engineering related to mechanobiology.
Besier received his PhD in biomechanics from the University of Western Australia and Bachelor of physical education at the University of Otago (New Zealand). His research focuses on the mechanisms of musculoskeletal injury and disease, including non-contact ACL injury and patellofemoral (knee) pain. He uses advanced medical imaging and computer models to understand joint function and estimate the forces and stresses at the joint and tissue level.
Café Scientifique events, which take place in the International building at SRI in Menlo Park, are open to all free of charge. No reservations are necessary. Doors open at 5:15 pm; program begins at 6:00 pm. Courtesy of Kepler’s there will be a drawing for a $30 gift card for books or merchandise at Kepler’s on El Camino Real in Menlo Park.