Center for Intelligent Biomedical Devices and Musculoskeletal Systems (IBDMS)
Integrating advances from engineering design, smart materials, electronics and micro-sensors and actuators into implants and orthoses will revolutionize the biomedical devices and will bring bionics and intelligent technology into the rehabilitation industry
Center Mission and Rationale
The Center for Intelligent Biomedical Devices and Musculoskeletal Systems (IBDMS) brings researchers from engineering and medicine together with leaders from biomedical devices and implant manufacturers to develop the next generation of prostheses that will have a longer life, as well the ability to adapt and interact with the human body to provide a more natural mobility for the patient. [Use Fig. 1 around here]
The IBDMS Center's mission is "... to address issues in joint dysfunction through the introduction of intelligent bioengineering solutions resulting from design optimizing, biomaterials, feedback control, and assistive sensory devices in an effort to decrease risks and increase quality of life in patients suffering from debilitating illnesses. Through innovative research and education, IBDMS will educate a new generation of engineers with interdisciplinary expertise."
The research program of the Center covers nearly every aspect of implant engineering and assistive devices, with an emphasis on mathematical modeling and artificial sensory feedback control. The Center research concentrates on the integration of engineering analysis and design techniques, biocompatible materials, advanced sensors and actuators using MEMs, power electronics and computer engineering, on the one hand, with biology and medicine related to the human musculoskeletal system on the other.
A major goal of the Center is to provide state-of-the-art technology and new biomedical devices for its industrial members. The Center's newly developed in-vivo joint motion measurements using fluoroscopic images and automatic modeling fitting process have significantly advanced our knowledge about total knee and hip arthoplasty. They revealed new findings, such as lift-offs at knee and hip joints, which can describe premature failures of implants. [Use Fig. 4 around here IF there's room]
Current Center projects include:
Special Center Activities
The IBDMS Center has become a stepping-stone in reaching and establishing a major alliance for bioengineering in the State of Colorado. Based on a grass-roots effort, the IBDMS Center has been instrumental in bringing together the institutions of higher education with interests in bioengineering to create a unified educational, research and development arm for the State of Colorado. This alliance will expand the research activities of the IBDMS and of its industrial membership.
Center Director: Dr. Rahmat A. Shoureshi
Center Co-Director: Dr. Richard D. Komistek
Center Evaluator: Dr. B.J. Meadows
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