Benno M. Nigg
University of Calgary, Canada

Prof. Dr. Benno M. Nigg is the president and CEO of Biomechanigg Research Inc. He has a doctorate in natural sciences (Physics) from the ETH Zurich (Switzerland).

From 1976 to 1981 he was the Director of the Biomechanics Laboratory of the ETH Zurich. In 1981, he was appointed Professor of Biomechanics in the Faculties of Kinesiology, Engineering and Medicine at the University of Calgary. He founded and directs the world famous Human Performance Laboratory (HPL), which currently has more than 100 co-workers.

Recently, the research activities of the HPL have been assessed by independent external reviewers as “….the best in the world in Clinical Biomechanical Research” and “… gold standard of scientific work in this field…”.

Dr. Nigg’s research and consulting activities concentrate on load of the lower extremities during human locomotion. He has developed new paradigms for impact loading and for orthotic development, stressing the importance of muscles in control and protection. He had a major influence in the development of sport shoes and many functional features have been developed in his research center.

He is author of more than 275 scientific publications and the recipient of many awards (e.g. Olympic Order, Alberta Science and Technology Award) and elected member of three Scientific Academies.

Dr. Nigg has several honorary doctoral degrees and Professorships among them a honorary doctoral degree from the University of Salzburg and the University of Innsbruck (Austria).