The focus of the Akron General Biomechanics Laboratory is collaboration between clinicians and engineers to improve treatment methods for patients with a variety of medical conditions. It also provides opportunities for practicing physicians, residents, engineering students and medical students to participate in research.
Several core engineering approaches are utilized to evaluate normal human function, function in a diseased or injured condition, and responses to treatment. The engineering approaches include mechanical evaluation of tissues, anatomical analysis from diagnostic imaging, computational and in vitro simulation of joint function.
Mechanical evaluation of tissues is used for projects such as evaluation of the strength and stiffness of various approaches to rotator cuff repair. Anatomical analysis from diagnostic imaging is used for projects such as evaluation of anatomical characteristics of the brain and spine that contribute to Chiari malformation. Computational and in vitro simulation of joint function are used for projects such as evaluation of surgical treatment options for patellofemoral instability.
The key resources within the laboratory include two material testing machines, video based and electromagnetic 3D tracking systems, a thin film pressure measurement system, device fabrication facilities including a 3D printer, and facilities for anatomical dissection. Several workstations are available with software for computer aided design, construction of graphical models from MRI and CT, 3D manipulation of the models, technical computing, multibody dynamics analysis, and statistical analysis of data. Funding for projects within the laboratory is obtained from a wide variety of grants and contracts from federal agencies, foundations and industry partners.
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For detailed information on projects within the laboratory, refer to the publications that are listed on this site or at:
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