Symposium Mission: To stimulate and reward strong injury biomechanics research among students and recent graduates

  • The Symposium offers a welcoming and non-threatening environment where novice researchers can receive feedback and support for their original work
  • Participation from industry partners and sponsors provides networking opportunities for future careers

18th IBS Highlights

  • Hybrid meeting to allow for both “in-person” & “on-line” attendance
  • 12 Oral & 18 Poster Student Presentations representing 16 Universities from around the globe
  • Keynote Addresses:
    • Jessica Jermakian, PhD | Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
    • Suzanne Tylko | Transport Canada
  • Networking opportunities
    • Welcome reception with annual cornhole tournament
    • Banquet featuring team trivia competition

Hotel Information - The Blackwell Inn & Pfahl Conference Center

  • Room Rates
    • $162.00 per night
    • Rooms may be reserved between 5/18 – 5/23
    • When contacting the Blackwell to reserve a room, please inform them you are with the program – Injury Biomechanics Symposium 2023 
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Vulnerable Road Users Meeting -
May 24th following IBS

VRU Meeting Mission:

To hold an in-depth discussion about the state of ongoing research focused on vulnerable road users (VRU).  The meeting will be located at the Blackwell Inn following the 18th IBS and attendance is free, but separate registration is required.

Topics to be discussed include:

  1. What does VRU mean?
  2. What data are available and what data are needed to learn how to better protect VRU?
  3. Discuss ongoing VRU research
  4. Brainstorm new research focused on VRU
  5. Discuss the creation of a VRU focused research group

Meeting Schedule:

May 23rd, 2023 (5:00 – 8:00 PM)

      • Welcome reception at Wolf’s Ridge Brewing Company (

May 24, 2023 (8:00 AM – 4:00 PM)

      • Breakfast (provided)
      • Session 1: Defining VRU (introductions & discussion of fundamental questions)
      • Session 2: Ongoing VRU research
      • Lunch (provided)
      • Session 3: Defining potential VRU research areas of need
      • Session 4: Creating a VRU focused research group

RCCADS Public Workshop May 25th

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  • We are excited to announce that TRC will be hosting another RCCADS Public Workshop on May 25th from 8:00am-12:45pm EST, with an option to attend either in person at the Transportation Research Center or virtually.
  • The RCCADS workshop will feature presentations on occupant protection and crashworthiness research focused on ADS-equipped vehicles, as well as opportunities for group discussion.

The Margaret H. Hines Award

The Dr. Margaret H. Hines award is presented to the best oral  presentation at the Injury Biomechanics Symposium. The award consists of a plaque commemorating the achievement along with a cash award for each winner.

Dr. Hines initiated the injury biomechanics research program at The Ohio State University over 30 years ago. She was still conducting this research when she passed away in January of 2004. Her research programs included:

  • Head Trauma (1989-1993)
  • Liver Trauma (1993-1996)
  • Side Impact Trauma (1994-1998)
  • Airbag Trauma (1996-1997)
  • Shoulder Trauma (1998-2004)

The Rod Herriott Award

The Rod Herriott award is presented to the best poster presentation at the Injury Biomechanics Symposium. The award consists of a plaque commemorating the achievement along with a cash award for each winner.

Rod Herriott was a motor vehicle safety researcher at the Transportation Research Center in East Liberty Ohio for 39 years.  He worked as a Mechanical Technician, an Engineering Technician, and Supervisor. He spent most of his TRC career at the Vehicle Research and Test Center (VRTC), NHTSA’s vehicle safety laboratory located at TRC in East Liberty OH. His early projects at the VRTC included design and fabrication of test equipment, testing of vehicle components and airbags, and work with crash test dummies. Throughout his career, Rod spent countless hours training new engineers and students the ins and outs of biomechanics research and testing.