This laboratory, which receives support from the Whitaker Foundation, Anthony J. and Rose Eannelli-Bagozzi Medical Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation, and VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Service, is equipped with Sun and personal computers and external storage devices. These computers are connected to a biomedical engineering local area network and have Internet access. These resources are used by graduate students for signal processing, finite element analysis and acquisition on biomechanical measurements. Specific research projects include cardiac arrhythmia studies, finite element modeling of soft and hard tissues, and lower extremity indentation studies.
1.Quantify hemodynamic alterations as indices of morbidity after surgical or transcatheter treatments for congenital diseases
2.Characterize interactions between altered hemodynamics from stenting or atherosclerosis and the development of neointimal hyperplasia and thrombus
3.Immersive virtual reality systems for visualization of computational fluid dynamics results and science, technology, math and engineering education
4. Develop tools for predictive surgical or interventional treatment planning
This laboratory is housed at the Zablocki VA Medical Center located several miles from Marquette's campus. Laboratory capabilities include state-of-the-art car crash and mechanical testing apparatus, support research in the areas of impact and trauma biomechanics to the various regions of the human body, the scientific and biomechanical basis of new and established surgical techniques, and the biodynamics of the central nervous system and peripheral nervous system. The laboratory includes various experimental and mathematical modeling capabilities, CT, MRI, fluoroscopy and other related techniques are used to evaluate biomechanics. The laboratory includes comprehensive capabilities from microscopic, injury mechanisms, and cellular and gene level evaluations to vehicle crashworthiness (Froedtert Hospital-MCW) CIREN Center. The CIREN Center focuses its activities on brain and spinal cord injuries in motor vehicle crashes.