Board of Advisors

De Luca Foundation is governed by board of directors and supported by a team of dedicated DLF staff and scientific advisory committee to ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization.

Paola Contessa
Paola Contessa
Program Director
Assistant Director of Research
Altec, Inc.
United States
Walter Herzog
Walter Herzog
Scientific Advisor
University of Calgary

Paola Contessa


Dr. Contessa received a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Padova (Italy) in 2010. Before joining Delsys, she held several positions at Boston University (USA) including Research Scientist at the NeuroMuscular Research Center and Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training of Sargent College.

At Altec Dr. Contessa collaborates with a team of engineers and scientists to develop sensor systems and signal processing algorithms and apply them to improve our knowledge of human movement in health and disease.

Walter Herzog


Prof. Walter Herzog serves as a scientific advisor to DLF staff on motor control and biomechanics initiatives and public outreach. Prof. Herzog is a senior Professor at the University of Calgary where he directs his research on neuro-biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system. Prof. Herzog received a diploma in Physical Education from the Federal Technical Institute of Zurich in 1977 and PhD in Biomechanics at the University of Iowa in 1985.  Prof Herzog began his career at university of Calgary as a postdoctoral fellowship, followed by a faculty position at the Department of Kinesiology. Dr Herzog currently serves as the Director of the Calgary Human Performance Laboratory and a Professor in Kinesiology, Engineering, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary. He is also the Canada Research Chair, Tier 1 for Cellular and Molecular Biomechanics.

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