The conference is preceded by the regular ESB pre-course, to be held on Sunday July 4, 2004. The theme of this year's course is:
'New tools for the biomechanist'

As a multidisciplinary researcher the biomechanist requires up-to-date knowledge of neighboring disciplines like molecular biology, (bio)chemistry, and (bio)physics. The presented course provides an overview of recent advances in these fields and concentrates on developments relevant for biomechanics.
The one-day course is centered around five topics that start with a short outline of the relevance and possibilities of the specific field, followed by a detailed treatment of specialized techniques, lab requirements and starting points for (new) research applications. Presented techniques and recent applications in the field of biomechanics are demonstrated during on-site laboratory presentations.
The course is given at the Department of Biomedical Engineering of the Eindhoven University of Technology and presented by international experts in the consecutive fields.

Course topics and preliminary program

  1. Cellular engineering/vital imaging - dr. M. Knight, Queen Mary University of London
  2. Biomolecular engineering/ Protein engineering - dr. M. Merkx, TU/e
  3. Biomedical Imaging and image analysis - B. ter Haar Romeny, TU/e
  4. Tissue Engineering - dr. R. Kuijer, Maastricht University
  5. Computational modeling - R. Breuls, Irvine University, USA

The course starts at 9.15 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Bus transportation between the conference venue in 's-Hertogenbosch and the campus of the Eindhoven University of Technology will be arranged.

Registration and fee
Please register by completing the conference registration form (see Registration). Pre-course fee is Euro 100 for early registration (before March 15, 2004) and Euro 150 for late registration (after March 15, 2004). The fee includes lunch and bus transportation between the conference venue and the Eindhoven University of Technology.
A maximum number of 80 participants is admitted to the course. Registrations will be handled on a first-come-first-serve basis.