Biomechanics & Rehabilitation Bioengineering

  • Biomechanics
  • Rehabilitation Bioengineering

Biomechanics is the study of the structure, function and motion of the mechanical aspects of biological systems.  When applied to the human body, biomechanics describes how muscles, bones, tendons, and ligaments work together to produce movement under neuromuscular control.  Researchers in the Marquette University and Medical College of Wisconsin Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering have expertise in Biomechanics, including impact and crash biomechanics, biomechanics of joint and spine motion, pediatric orthopaedic biomechanics, biomechanics of prosthetic and orthotic devices, and biomechanics of brain and spinal cord injury.   

Rehabilitation Bioengineering uses principles from biomechanics to develop healthcare solutions and assistive medical devices to treat individuals with disabilities and to assist in the healing of physical and cognitive functions lost due to disease or injury.  Rehabilitation engineers design and build medical assistive devices to meet a wide range of needs for patients facing mobility, communication, hearing, vision, and cognition challenges.  These devices assist patients to return to activities of daily living, employment, and education.  Rehabilitation engineers also improve upon standard rehabilitation methods to regain functions lost due to congenital disorders, disease or injury to restore mobility.


Biomechanics & Rehabilitation Bioengineering Laboratories


Imaging of brain created using neural tracking softwareIntegrative Neural Engineering Rehabilitation Laboratory

Led by Dr. Brian Schmit, investigators at the Integrative Neural Engineering Rehabilitation Laboratory (INERL) have access to six separate facilities designed to facilitate research at the cross-section of biomechanics, neural and rehabilitation engineering. 


Learn more about INERL | Learn more about Dr. Schmit 


X-ray of ankle, lateral view, with colors denoting relevant structuresMotion Analysis Center at Shriners

The Motion Analysis Center at Shriners uses advanced gait and motion analysis technology to assist in the diagnosis of pediatric orthopaedic disabilities affecting gait and upper extremity movement and offers individualized treatment options for children suffering from the same. 

Learn more about MAC at Shriners | Learn more about Dr. Kruger 


Research image from Neuromotor Control LabNeuromotor Control Laboratory

Co-directed by Dr. Robert Scheidt, The Neuromotor Control Laboratory (NMCL) seeks to generate knowledge needed to develop technologies, training strategies and therapeutic interventions for facilitating motor learning in healthy individuals and for promoting rehabilitation in patients with neuromotor injury or neurodevelopmental disorders.

Learn more about the NMCL | Learn more about Dr. Scheidt


Imaging of pelvisOrthopaedic Rehabilitation Engineering Center

Directed by Dr. Gerald Harris, the Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Engineering Center (OREC) is comprised of five labs focusing on orthopaedic rehabilitation engineering:  The Motion Analysis Laboratories, the Sports Medicine Motion Analysis Laboratory, the Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory, and the Center for Motion Analysis. 

Learn more about OREC | Learn more about Dr. Harris


Crash test dummy on pulse apparatusZablocki VA Medical Center Laboratories

The Zablocki VA Medical Center Laboratories (ZVAMC Labs) specialize in impact and crash biomechanics of the brain and spine.  ZVAMC Labs are home to multiple investigators, including MU-MCW Biomedical Engineering faculty Dr. Frank Pintar, whose work focuses on biomechanics of the spine, and Dr. Brian Stemper, whose work focuses on traumatic brain injury in sports and military environments. In addition, the Labs house the Wisconsin CIREN Center, which is directed by Dr. Pintar. 

Learn more about ZVAMC Labs | Learn more about CIREN


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