Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratories
tissues in media being placed within a mechanical loading device for studies
on cartilage viability.
a brief description of the OBL's primary research areas.
The OBL investigates
mechanisms of post-traumatic osteoarthrosis. The research, funded
by the CDC, involves the prevention of acute injuries that may lead
to this disease. We investigate methods of early diagnosis and intervention
into the disease process. Researchers focus on acute injuries, such
as bone bruises, cell death, and cartilage matrix damage using human
cadavers, in vivo animal models, and in vitro
explanted tissues in these studies. The picture to the left is a
radiograph showing a clinical, end-stage disease of the knee. For
more information, click here.
Methods and Materials Research
The OBL is involved in
the evaluation and development of orthobiologic materials for soft
tissue repairs. Our researchers are also investigating methods of
bone repair, in cooperation with industrial partners, using radius,
tibia and tarsus animal models. The image to the left is the Restore
Orthobiologic Implant, developed by DePuy
Inc. in cooperation with the OBL. For more information, click
In 2007, the OBL began
investigating the biomechanics of skull fracture in children and
infants. By researching the material and mechanical properties of
the developing porcine skull, our researchers can gain an accurate
perspective of the developing human skull. The OBL will be working
with Anthropologists at MSU in order to develop an in-depth tool to predict pediatric
skull fracture patterns. For more information, click here.
The OBL works extensively
with Sport Biomechanics, Inc. in the design and evaluation of various
types of shoes, boots, orthopaedic insoles, and protective pads
for the athlete. Our research has assisted in the production of
durable and comfortable shoes for the American consumer. For more
information, click here.
plate testing to determine the ground reaction forces and the center of
pressure to aid in the design of footwear.
Attn: Dr. Roger Haut
East Fee Hall
965 Fee Road, Room A-407
East Lansing, MI 48824
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