International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK)
ISEK is the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology. It has members from around the globe that study the human neuromuscular system and movement. The organization promotes research and teaching in Electrophysiology and Kinesiology of the motor and sensory systems. Key topics in this discipline are muscle fatigue, motion analysis, motor units, muscle and nerve properties, posture, control of movement, electrical stimulation, joint biomechanics, sports and exercise, human performance measurement, neuromuscular diseases, rehabilitation and physiological modeling.
Isek Conference 2012
ISEK held the XIX Biennial ISEK conference at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Australia from July 19-21, 2012. This conference followed the 2010 conference in Aalborg, Denmark bringing together delegated from multiple disciplines. The program included workshops and sessions on advances in electrophysiology and kinesiology along with events targeted to career researchers to professionals in neuromuscular physiology and dysfunction.
Keynote Speakers at ISEK 2012
Andy Fuglevand, Professor of Physiology and Neuroscience, University of Arizona, USA
Andrew Fuglevand completed his PHD at University of Waterloo. His work involved using modeling (sometimes experimental) approaches to figure out how coordinated movements are produced by mammalian nervous system controlling the skeletal muscles. In 2006 he was honored with the Delsys Prize for innovation in electromyography. He is also an associate editor for Neuroscience Letters and a permanent member of an NIH study section.
Simon Gandevia, Deputy Director, Neuroscience Research Australia, Sydney, Australia
Simon Gandevia studied at the University of New South Wales and received a number of bachelor and doctoral degrees, (BSc Med, MBBS, PhD, MD, DSc). He has established the Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute. He has been an editor with the Journal of Applied Physiology and the Journal of Physiology. His research focuses on neural mechanisms, sensory and motor mechanisms, underlying proprioception involved in control of muscle movement and human breathing.
Julie Steele, Professor and Director, Biomechanics Research Laboratory, University of Wollongong, Australia
Julie Steele is also the President of the International Society of Biomechanics. Over 30 years, she has focused on the biomechanics of injury prevention, especially with lower extremity dysfunctions. She currently researches bra design, safety footwear, effects of obesity, and human bio monitoring applications. Julie has been published more than 110 times in the press and has received over 30 research awards and fellowships.
Jeffery Kleim, Associate Professor, School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering at Arizona State University
Jeffery Kleim completed his PhD in Psychology from the University of Illinois. His work deals with researching the neural substrates underlying motor recovery after a stroke and Parkinson’s Disease. His research is directed at developing new therapies for movement disorders based on neural plasticity.
Toshio Moritani, Professor of Applied Physiology, Kyoto University, Japan
Toshio Moritani received his Ph.D. degree in Sports Medicine from the University of Southern California. After being a faculty at the University of Texas at Arlington and Texas A&M University, joined the Department of Integrated Human Studies at Kyoto University, Japan. He is also the Editor of the Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology and the European Journal of Applied Physiology.
David Lloyd, Professor and Director, Musculoskeletal Research Program, Griffith University
David Lloyd is a neuromuscular skeletal bio mechanist of international fame. His research is based on the causes and prevention of musculoskeletal disease and injury. His research work is the reason behind the creation and application of EMG-driven neuromuscular skeletal models. He is a member of an international consortium to test and further develop these models and apply them to understand the causes of musculoskeletal disease.
The start of ISEK
ISEK was born in 1965 on August 13. The founder S. Carlsöö, J. Pauly, B. Jonsson, J.V. Basmajian, M.A. MacConnaill and L. Sheving formed a society of electrophysiological kinesiology. ISEK elected its first Council with J.V. Basmajian being the president. 70 members of ISEK had their first International meeting at Montreal in 1968. Since then 10 International meetings have been held. Meetings have resulted into contributions such as the terms, and standards for EMG research, the guidelines for reporting, establishment of the Society’s official journal – the Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology (JEK)
ISEK has 500 members from over 30 countries that belong to a broad range of pioneers in fields from motor control, engineering, physical therapy, biomedical sciences and physical education. ISEK is administered by a Council which consists of the following members elected for a two year term – a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and five other members.
Election of the council
W.D. Mcleod suggested that ISEK should organize a Committee for Standards and Definitions and he was then asked to be the chairman of such a committee. E. R. Tichauer suggested that ISEK try to cooperate with other organizations relating to electromyography, biomechanics and kinesiology, which was unanimously adopted. The first council of ISEK consisted of the following members: J.V. Basmajian as the President, J. Joseph as the Vice President, B. Jonsson as the Secretary, S. Carlsoo as the Treasurer.
The First ISEK Conference
ISEK hosted its first international conference at Montreal in August 1968 with more than 70 participants. The members presented 30 scientific papers at the meeting, which were later published as Proceedings of the Meeting in the Journal of Electromyography and Clinical Neurophysiology.
The First Newsletter
ISEK published its first newsletter in 1968, edited by B. Jonsson. The council reported various suggestions in this newsletter which prompted rigorous debates in later ones.
The second ISEK council was elected in 1972 consisting of I. Petersen as the President, O. Lippold as the Vice President, H. Ladd as the Secretary and T. Simard as the Treasurer. They held the 2nd International conference at Barcelona, Spain, in 1973.
The First Regional Conference
This was held in Umea Sweden in 1973 organized by I. Petersen, B. Jonsson and H. Ladd. The Scandinavian Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine contained full papers from this meeting as a supplement.