Musculoskeletal biomechanics

Musculoskeletal biomechanics explores a broad range of medical issues related to the musculoskeletal system and orthopaedics, such as osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. Urgent scientific development in diagnostics and treatment of these diseases is needed to manage successfully the future health challenge. Developing innovative imaging techniques and computational tools is crucially important in understanding the mechanisms in osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. The research opportunities for the applicants are diverse and include interdisciplinary research topics that span from whole-joint mechanics and imaging, finite element modelling, human motion analysis, musculoskeletal adaptation, injury biomechanics to cell and tissue mechanobiology in the presence of both health and disease. To address these topics the applicants will use various methods and techniques for the characterization of joint tissues and their function at multiple length scales from the macro to the nano-level; novel modelling approaches at different length scales, human motion analysis, magnetic resonance imaging, computer tomography, scanning electron microscopy, multiscale mechanical characterization, including nanoindentation and in situ mechanical testing.

Research groups involved in this research area are: Biophysics of Bone and Cartilage (University of Eastern Finland (UEF), Kuopio, Finland), Biosignal Analysis and Medical Imaging (University of Eastern Finland (UEF), Kuopio, Finland), Biomechanics  (Lund University (LU), Lund, Sweden), Biomechanics (University of Oulu (OULU), Oulu, Finland).