As the host of the next i-FAB 2021 in Brazil, it is my pleasure to announce and invite you to join us in this unique scientific venture in the next International Foot and Ankle Biomechanics Meeting, to be held in São Paulo and organized by the i-FAB Committee and the University of São Paulo – USP.

The event will take place from April 11 to 14, 2021 and it will happen for the first time in South America. We have the pleasure and the honor to bring this high-level scientific meeting to Brazil and Sao Paulo for the first time ever. This is a great opportunity to visit this beautiful country and discuss the cutting edge research on foot and ankle biomechanics.

Sao Paulo is the largest city in Brazil and the seventh largest in the world. This makes it an attractive destination for people around the world who want to do business and tourism. It is particularly rich in historical, political and cultural aspects. Therefore, visitors can look forward to an exciting and unparalleled experience. With over 12,000 restaurants, bars, pubs and nightclubs, there is no shortage of activities and attractions for all visitors, regardless of age or profile.

I-FAB 2021 will be a three-day scientific program with an exciting agenda in a single place. The program will be multidisciplinary and full of presentations from our international guests and invited speakers. We are planning pre-congress courses and workshops, 5 international lectures, 6 oral sessions, 2 special sessions and 2 poster sessions, as well as moments of fraternization and exchange of experience between professionals from different parts of the world.

The focus of the presentations will be subjects related to Footwear / Orthotics, Sports, Physiotherapy / Rehabilitation, Clinical Biomechanics, Foot and Ankle Modeling, Orthopedics and Surgery. All professionals and students who are directly or indirectly involved in the topics are welcome to participate to contribute to the depth of discussions during the event.

We will promote a multidisciplinary event that integrates different complementary areas in order to understand the Foot and Ankle in all its dimensions – FABMAN – Foot and Ankle Biomechanics Multidisciplinary ActioN!

The main objective of the International Foot and Ankle Biomechanics Meeting is to promote interactions between people interested in foot and ankle biomechanics, and to connect areas that may not traditionally have a strong biomechanical component.

In particular, i-FAB 2021 aims to (i) provide up-to-date knowledge about foot and ankle biomechanics, rehabilitation and orthopedics of these segments; (ii) expand the research community in Foot and Ankle by connecting people from different countries working in universities, clinics and industries; (iii) facilitate debate on key issues for this community; (iv) and foster ongoing activities among researchers and research users.

We welcome all participants with an interest in foot and ankle biomechanics, orthopedics and rehabilitation, including academics, physicians, podiatrists, surgeons, engineers, physical education professionals, physical therapists and other health professionals, as well as related professionals. to the footwear industry, manufacturing of insoles / orthoses and surgical equipment.

This is a great opportunity to develop a truly multidisciplinary approach to addressing the challenges that experimental and computational foot and ankle biomechanics represent – FABMAN – Foot and Ankle Biomechanics Multidisciplinary ActioN!

Isabel Sacco

Chair of i-FAB 2021 University of Sao Paulo – School of Medicine

We look forward to to Sao Paulo!