Research focus

The Chair focuses on engineering innovations to design novel protection and early stabilization devices to reduce the risk and severity of vertebral and spinal cord injuries.

The theoretical and methodological framework of the proposed research program includes numerical and experimental modelling of vertebral fractures and spinal cord injuries as well as the application of state-of-the-art engineering methods to develop and validate innovative solutions to protect against and treat these complex injuries.

Experimental models of vertebral fractures and spinal cord injuries
  • In vivo animal models
  • In vitro human or animal specimens
  • Isolated segments and tissues

Modelling of finite elements
  • Functional units
  • Spinal segments
  • Spinal cord
  • Fluid-structure interaction

Design of protective and treatment devices
  • Spinal implants
  • Cervical, thoracic, and lumbar orthoses
  • Cervical collars
  • Active and passive protective devices
  • Design for safety and health