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A Review of the 2018 iFab Confernce

There are so many professional bodies globally representing so many different disciplines and professional groups. One of these is a group called i-Fab. They are the International Foot and Ankle Biomechanics community which is a multidisciplinary group of professional with an interest in foot and ankle biomechanics. They are made up of academics, physicians, podiatrists, orthopaedic surgeons, engineers, physiotherapists and other health professionals, footwear industry people, insole/orthotic manufacturers, surgical devices makers and related industries. They are a very diverse group. The organisation aims to provide information on the global activities related to foot and ankle biomechanics. They connect people who are working in the foot and ankle biomechanics field regardless of their location and discipline they are from. They also want to facilitate debate on key issues of interest for the international community and create coordinated community wide activities. Most importantly they are trying to develop a profile for an international critical mass of research activities that are related to foot and ankle biomechanics.

To this end one of their main activities is an international conference that is held every two years. This conference moves around the world and has been hosted by a number of different countries. The 2018 iFab conference was held in New York and the USA. An episode of PodChatLive was devoted to a commentary on that conference. PodChatLive is a regular livestream for podiatrists and after the meeting the hosts had a discussion of some of the relevant and interesting papers that were presented at the conference. This discussion was live on Facebook. It was later uploaded to YouTube ad made available as a podcast version available form most of the podcast services. It was an interesting approach taken by the hosts to review a conference, as they typically have a different guest on each week to discuss a topic. It is not know if they are going to try and cover the 2020 conference.

Dawn Colvin

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