This event is co-sponsored by the United States National Committee on Biomechanics (USNCB) and the University of Washington Department of Bioengineering. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, September 25, 2013 and corresponds with the first day of the 2013 Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Annual Meeting.

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This will be a day-long workshop with a separate $75 registration fee ($25 for students).

Meeting Contacts

Dr. Wendy Thomas, Associate Professor, University of Washington Department of Bioengineering (

Scott I Simon, Professor, University of California Davis Department of Biomedical Engineering (

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Meeting Abstract

Bacteria and viruses have evolved a variety of strategies to survive and thrive inside the host organism in spite of immune responses by the host to protect them from harmful microbes. These host-pathogen interactions involve key biochemical mediators, many of which are catalyzed by biomechanical reactions and analyzing these processes requires expertise in both microbiology and biomechanics.

Our strategy in this Symposium will be to open a wide dialogue between microbiologists studying the evasion and infection mechanisms utilized by microbes and bioengineers and biophysicists who analyze the mechanics underlying cell membrane and cytoplasmic stresses, strain, passive and active motions, molecular interactions and adhesion, migration, and transport in-vivo and in-vitro at various length scales from whole organism motility to molecular conformational dynamics.

We hope to raise awareness of this important sector of biomechanics as well as identify ways in which biomechanics can facilitate a more complete understanding of infectious diseases and help develop novel therapies.

Meeting format

The workshop will be broken into morning and afternoon sessions, each with a keynote speaker, followed by shorter presentations. A panel discussion will occur at lunch time, and a poster/cocktail session will conclude the meeting.

We plan to attract students and post-docs from attending the 2013 BMES Annual Meeting to attend this workshop and to actively participate in the poster session and afternoon breakout session.