ago novel was approached
by Professor Leslie Klenerman to provide support for
development of an emed
user group meeting hosted by the University of Liverpool.
The inaugural meeting began the following
year in Liverpool. At that time, we did not realize
that the emed meeting would
take us half way around the world and the tradition
would be carried on into the next millennium with the
2000 millennium meeting in Munich, and the year 2002
meeting hosted by Prof. Benno Nigg in Calgary.
The Liverpool meeting provided
an important exchange of experience and results in pressure
distribution measurements. This was the first step in
establishing co-operation between the emed
users and anyone interested in pressure distribution
technology. The format of the meeting through scientific
and clinical presentations and workshops was used to
define pressure distribution measuring as more than
a "pretty picture".
After the initial meeting,
the emed user group meeting
became recognised as the emed
scientific meeting (ESM) welcoming users of all
pressure distribution measuring technology and was scheduled
biennially. Since then the meeting has enjoyed the wonderful
hospitality of the following locations; Vienna, Flagstaff,
Ulm, Penn State, Brisbane, Munich, Kananaskis and Leeds.
In 1991, the first novel
award was presented in recognition of excellence
in pressure distribution research. The novel
award recipient was determined by an international
review committee from the fields of biomechanics and
medicine. The novel award
for pressure distribution measurement research continues
in 2004 to be endowed by novel.
emed scientific meetings
have provided us with an opportunity to learn more about
pressure distribution products, applications, and research;
meet new and old friends and experience our hospitable
We hope you can join us
in Munich 2006 for another memorable event!