Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Expertise


Research & Technology Expertise

Research Expertise

The main focus of our research efforts is on Application of Engineering Principles in the Treatment of Tissue Damage. Our research involves 1) the development of novel fracture risk assessment techniques, 2) determining the ideal properties of an augmentation material for treatment of such fractures, and 3) the generation of a composite material, which is optimized for tissue ingrowth, that inherents the above determined properties and can be used as augmentation material for preventive treatment. Kinematic models of joints using virtualized reality supplements the post-operative predictability of the treatment outcome.

Established clinical collaborations with the following groups facilitate the clinical implementation of our research findings: MD Anderson Cancer Center / Department of Neurosurgery, MD Anderson Cancer Center / Department of Anesthesiology, the University of Texas / Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine / DeBakey Department of Surgery, Methodist Hospital and Methodist Hospital Research Instittue, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital / Center for Orthopaedic Research and Education and Ohio State University / Department of Neurosurgery. Non-clinical collaborations are with Drexel University / Department of Mechanical Engineering, the University of Houston / Department of Physics / Department of Mechanical Engineering, the National University of Ireland Galway / Department of Biomedical Engineering Science and Baylor College of Medicine / Department of Pulmonary Medicine.

Through active and funded collaboration with faculties from Rice we started investigating the feasibility of acoustic sound wave conduction in the human musculoskeletal tissue for diagnostic purpose and as means to establish a wireless body area network. This work is funded mainly through industry grants, for example form Texas Instruments and Microsoft Research.