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 Knee Activity Simulation
Our in-house designed knee joint simulation machine is capable of subjecting human cadaver knee joints to movements common to everyday living. These activities include squatting maneuvers, stair ascent and descent activities, walking, and simulated sports movements. Computer-controlled actuators allow the machine to simulate muscle forces and external reaction forces, while sensors on the machine are capable of recording the forces of the knee joint which are associated with these activities.   Read More


By employing tissue-engineering techniques we are able to characterize the response of living tissue to new materials, coatings, and geometries as a design step in optimizing an implant or graft’s potential to incorporate into the body. Pictured is one of our modular bioreactor systems outfitted with tendon chambers.  Read More


FEA Knee ModelFEA
With finite element analysis, our lab is seeking to investigate potential sources of failure and to explain the mechanisms of failure in orthopedic applications. By simulating the conditions of failure, finite element analysis allows our team to cost-effectively investigate the stresses and strains often imposed upon bones, soft tissue, and implants. Studies which utilize this technology include an investigation on the failure mechanisms of metal-on-metal hip implants and a study of the strains seen in menisci following meniscal repair or ACL reconstruction.   Read More


A vital pre-requisite for assessing progress in the treatment of orthopedic conditions is the ability to accurately and reliably measure the outcome of alternative treatments. By using patient questionnaires and interviews, we are able to deduce the benefits of applying orthopedic research to the patient population. We have participated on the creation of new patient assessment tools, the improvement of existing tools, and applying tools from other disciplines to orthopedic concerns.   Read More