Wednesday 25.4 at 6pm: ‘Biomechanics’ by Anna Maria Alexandrou

Dear friend of Arkadia, You are heartily invited to “Biomechanics” by Anna Maria Alexandrou on Wednesday 25.4 a 6pm. Biomechanics is a term relatively unknown to the large public; however, it is a vital and quite a broad part of the general field of Sport Sciences. Have you ever wondered how the human motor system works or how the brain controls the different muscles? Or have you ever wanted to know more about the principles behind the different techniques in various sport disciplines? In her talk Anna Maria will attempt to explain what Biomechanics means in substance, and the variety of tools used in Biomechanical research, such as transcranial magnetic stimulation, electromyography and kinematics. She will also present the results of her master´s thesis which attempts to answer to a fundamental, basic question about human motor control. Finally, she will briefly discuss current challenges and research perspectives of the field. The talk and ensuing discussion will be in English. Welcome! Warm regards, Ian Entrance is free and green tea will be offered. A donation of €2 (or more!) to fund the event is suggested and would be most welcome! Brief CV by Anna Maria Alexandrou Anna Maria Alexandrou, born in Limassol, Cyprus. B.Sc in Sport Sciences (University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis, 2009), M.Sc in Biomechanics (Department of Biology of Physical Activity, University of Jyväskylä, 2011). My Master´s thesis entitled “Evoked responses to transcranial and electrical stimulation during isometric and lengthening contractions of the soleus muscle” has been graded with grade 5 (i.e. excellent) and has been submitted to be published at the Journal of Applied Physiology (response of the reviewers pending). From January 2012 I am a Ph.D student at the Brain Research Unit which is a part of the Low Temperature Laboratory (Aalto University, Otaniemi, Espoo). I am part of the Imaging Language research group, and our purpose is to reveal the mechanisms inside the brain responsible for language processes.