6th American Conference on Human Vibration (ACHV)

Milwaukee, WI, USA | June 8 – 10, 2016

6th American Conference on Human Vibration (ACHV)

Teaming physicians/health professionals, engineers and research scientists in academia, government and industry to understand and prevent vibration disease and engage the next generation of students

Medical College of Wisconsin

Marquette University

Distinguished Keynote Speaker

Massimo Bovenzi, MD

Professor and Director, Clinical Unit of Occupational Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences
University of Trieste, Italy

Recipient of the 2015 William Taylor Award at the 13th International Conference on Hand-Arm Vibration

"The 2015 William Taylor Award is presented to Professor Massimo Bovenzi (Professor and Director, Clinical Unit of Occupational Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, University of Trieste, Italy) for his significant contributions in advancing understanding of both the causes and the diagnosis of the various effects of hand-transmitted vibration. Professor Bovenzi has been a leading expert on the hand-arm vibration syndrome for the past 35 years. His epidemiological studies among various occupations have set the standard for investigating disorders caused by hand-transmitted vibration. His contributions have been wide-ranging and comprehensive, and the excellence of his work is acknowledged internationally."
University of Trieste | October 21, 2015

Call for Abstracts

*Abstract Submission Deadline Extended to March 7, 2016*

Required abstract format (DOCX)

Please submit completed abstract document to achv2016@mcw.edu.

Abstract Notification March 21, 2016

Seeking contributions in the field of vibration from physicians, allied health professionals, engineers and research scientists in academia, government, military and industry that include topics in health, engineering, tools, measurement, reduction, modeling, guidelines, and standards:

  • vibration exposure, gaps and diagnosis
  • whole body vibration and seating
  • hand arm and foot vibration
  • health effects and epidemiology
  • tissue responses to vibration
  • biodynamics and modeling
  • therapeutic vibration
  • healthcare, legislation and compensation
  • standards and risk assessment and prevention
  • safety requirements and guidelines
  • vibration reduction and machine testing
  • tool procurement, maintenance and use


Registration fees
$425 Regular
$225 Student

Registration is a two-step process for ALL individuals registering for the Conference because we are using the Medical College of Wisconsin Continuing Medical Education (CME) website (Ethos system) to handle credit card payment of the Conference registration fees. For the CME services, please be aware that CME is adding a $17 processing fee per registration at check out.

  • Step 1: Set up an Ethos account (username, password).
  • Step 2: Log into Ethos and register for the course (6th ACHV Conference) which registers you for the Conference and processes registration fees.

After the Conference ends, those of you requesting CME credit for attending the accredited sessions will log into their Ethos account and make application.

Ethos account setup and login instructions:
A one-time Ethos account is required for registration. However, if you already have an Ethos account simply log in with your Username and Unique Password. Otherwise, click “Create Account” and proceed to complete the fields with an asterisk. When done click the “Save” button which will immediately log you into the Ethos system. Log into Ethos | Ethos instructions (PDF)

When logged into your Ethos account, register for the course (6th ACHV Conference) using these instructions:

  • Click Learning Groups tab in the bar at the top
  • Click Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation from the alphabetized Groups list
  • Click CME Activity Title "6th American Conference on Human Vibration" from Recent Courses
  • Scroll down through the course description to the Registration Fee, select Registration (+425 for Regular or Fellow/Resident Student; +225 for Student) and click Add to cart to make payment and complete registration
  • Upon Registration Completion, you are now enrolled (registered for the conference)

ACCME Accreditation Statement
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Hours of Participation for Allied Health Care Professionals
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 4.0 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals. 

6th ACHV Program Overview

Marquette Alumni Memorial Union | View detailed program (PDF)

Day 1 - Wednesday, June 8
8:30-10:30 a.m. Symposium (2 hr CME) - “Health Effects of Hand-Arm Vibration” (musculoskeletal, vascular, neural, pain)         

10:50 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sessions 1-3   

  • Biodynamics and Vibration Exposure
  • Vibration Interventions
  • Vibration Movement and Perception  

Day 2 - Thursday, June 9
815 - 8:55 a.m. Lecture (0.5 hr CME) - “Health Injuries from Occupational Exposures to Whole-body Vibration”

9:10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sessions 4-7                       

  • Whole Body Vibration - Health-related Outcomes 1
  • Whole Body Vibration - Health-related Outcomes 2  
  • Measurement of Whole Body Vibration Exposure
  • Evaluation of Vehicle Seats       

6 - 9 p.m. Reception, Banquet Lecture (0.75 hr CME) - “Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network and Impact Trauma”

Day 3 - Friday, June 10
8:30 - 9:10 a.m. Lecture (0.5 hr CME) - “High Frequency Vibration from Impact Tools” 

9:10 - 11 a.m. Sessions 8-9

  • Impact Tools
  • Head Impact

Lodging Information

Primary Housing

Straz Tower Residence Hall

Marquette University
915 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI

A block of rooms is reserved for registrants from June 7-11, 2016; rooms requested after May 7, 2016, are subject to availability. Special event rates are available.

Reservations Contact

Carrie Enea
Assistant Director of Conference Services
Marquette University

(414) 288-7887 | (414) 288-1493 (Fax)

Milwaukee Hotels

Please contact area hotels directly for availability and rates; no special conference room blocks or rates have been reserved.

Please reserve early due to high occupancy levels during summer.

Greater Milwaukee Accommodations Overview

Airports: Milwaukee General Mitchell International and Chicago O'Hare International 90 miles south

Ambassador Hotel Milwaukee
2308 W.  Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53233
(888) 222-DECO (3326)

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Milwaukee Downtown
611 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53203
(414) 273-2950

Contact Us

Danny Riley, PhD; Conference Chair
Professor, Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, USA

(414) 955-8468 | achv2016@mcw.edu

Brian Schmit, PhD; Conference Co-Chair
Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Marquette University
Milwaukee, USA

(414) 288-6125 | brian.schmit@marquette.edu