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MEC Symposium

Save the date: Aug. 12-15, 2024

MEC24 will be held Aug. 12-15. Pre-conference events will be held on Sunday, Aug. 11.

MEC is a triennial symposium of special interest to those who work in the fields of upper limb prosthetics and myoelectric control (including upper and lower limb). As in previous years, it was hosted by the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, a research institute recognized worldwide for its pioneering work in myoelectric controls.

With many of the uncertainties of Covid behind us, we are pleased to move forward with a full in-person conference program at the Fredericton Convention Centre in beautiful downtown Fredericton. The Hilton Garden Inn is conveniently connected to the conference site.

A welcome reception and our famous lobster banquet will be hosted nearby.

On behalf of the MEC24 co-chairs, IBME Associate Director Erik Scheme and Research Prosthetist Heather Daley, we hope you can join us.

Call for papers / workshops / perspective talks

Submission deadline: March 8

MEC24 is now accepting submissions. Please note the following:

  1. All papers will be peer-reviewed. One author from each paper must be willing to review at least two other papers (or designate another in their place). The author selected to be the reviewer should not be a student.
  2. This year authors need to submit a full-length manuscript (2-4 pages), based on feedback from the MEC community. Author preference will be considered when determining podium and poster slots, although final decisions are subject to availability.
  3. Authors must use the MEC template to submit manuscripts.
  4. All submissions are due March 8. Because we are using a peer-review process, we do not anticipate extending the deadline. Create an account and submit your paper.

Manuscripts and abstracts are being solicited for the symposium on the following topics:

  • Clinical practice (prosthetics and therapy; case-studies, tips, training strategies)
    Clinical research studies (prosthetics, training, therapy, outcome measures; typically protocol and/or statistics; not focused on lab-based tests)
  • User experience (psychosocial, pain, home use, satisfaction, and environmental factors)
  • Myoelectric control algorithms (including the algorithms themselves and lab-based tests of them)
  • Myoelectric control and sensory feedback implementation (surgeries, implants, etc.)
  • Prosthetic devices and materials. (may be mechanical, electrical, or harnessing related, and may focus on mechanisms or materials)
  • Other

Presentations should appeal to a broad audience of clinicians and researchers.


We can accommodate a limited number of pre-conference workshops or panel discussions during the conference. Please feel free to suggest a pre-conference workshop or panel discussion by emailing mec@unb.ca with a brief summary. Suggestions are due by March 8.


Similar to recent MECs, we will consider having a few longer talks (~20 minutes) from experts in the field that present the recent history and context of their research. These talks should be geared towards a broad community that includes clinicians, scientists, and engineers. If you are interested in being considered for one of these talks, please submit a brief abstract of what you would talk about to mec@unb.ca.

We may receive more high-quality submissions than time allows. If that happens we will try to diversify the topic areas that are presented this MEC, and will keep other high-quality submissions in mind when designing the next MEC. Perspective-talk abstracts are due by March 8.



Keynote speakers

Helen Huang, PhD.

Dr. Helen Huang, Professor, Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at NC State and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the Director of the Closed-Loop Engineering for Advanced Rehabilitation core and co-director of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center. Her research interest lies in neural-machine interfaces, wearer-robot interaction and co-adaptation, robotic prosthetics and exoskeletons, and human motor control/biomechanics.


Corry van der Sluis, Ph.D.Dr. Corry K. van der Sluis is a professor and consultant for Rehabilitation Medicine at the University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands. Her field of interest is the rehabilitation of persons with upper limb disorders. Her professional activities comprise patient care, teaching and research. Her research focuses mainly on upper limb amputations and prostheses.


A user feedback panel will discuss relevant topics include aging with a prosthesis, peer support, future research areas. Confirmed panelists include Jon Kuniholm, Debi Latour and Annelise Petlock.


 

Thank you to our sponsors

  • Ossur | Platinum sponsorship - lobster banquet
  • Coapt | Silver sponsorship - meals
  • Point Designs | Silver sponsorship - meals

Sponsorship opportunities

If you would like to sponsor one of our events (gold and bronze options are available), reach out to us at MEC@unb.ca.

Accommodations

The Hilton Garden Inn, connected to the MEC24 conference site at the Fredericton Convention Centre, is offering a courtesy room rate of $209.

Book your room online or call the front desk at 506-999-1551 and quote MEC 2024 to secure the group rate.

Crowne Plaza Fredericton - Lord Beaverbrook (Located just across the street from the conference site at 659 Queen) is also offering a courtesy room rate of $174 for a 2 Queen Standard and $194 for a king premium. Book now.

Delta Fredericton by Mariott is located a 5-minute drive away at 225 Woodstock Road, Fredericton, NB. 506-457-7000 or 888-236-2427.

See Fredericton Tourism and ExploreNB to make the most of your visit.