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October 27, 2008

Mtg: Digital Humans: From Biomechanical Models to Simulated Surgery

by @ 10:10 am. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Computers/Software, Electronics Design

WEDNESDAY November 19, 2008
SCV Engineering in Medicine and Biology Chapter
Speaker: Scott L. Delp, Ph.D., Professor of Bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering and Orthopaedic Surgery, Stanford University
Time: optional dinner 6:15 pm (no host, no reservations), Presentation at 7:30 PM
Cost: $15 if reserved by Nov. 17; $20 after & at door
Place: Nexus Cafeteria in the Clark Center (for dinner); Clark Center Auditorium, Stanford
RSVP: not required

The outcomes of surgeries performed to improve musculoskeletal function are unpredictable.? This problem exists, in part, because the development and testing of new surgical techniques rely almost entirely on clinical trials (i.e., trying surgeries on patients), in which the means to quantify surgical changes or predict postoperative results do not exist.? I believe that the design and analysis of surgeries will proceed more effectively if computer models are developed that predict the functional consequences of surgical interventions.? My students and I have developed computer graphics models to simulate the biomechanical consequences of bone reconstructions, muscle-tendon surgeries, and joint replacements.? This presentation will review the results of our dynamic simulations of movement that have been used to design surgical procedures used in the management of cerebral palsy and osteoarthritis.? I also will outline some of the major challenges that arise in development of biomechanical simulations of individual subjects.

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