Combining high-resolution bone and joint imaging with gait analysis: crossing boundaries in biomechanics

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It happens too often that when we try to combine the best of two worlds we hit a wall: experts (and geeks..) in one discipline cannot (and refuse to) understand the other. Biologists are not really used (or don’t really want) to hear about force, stress and strain; mechanical engineers usually not about cellular biology and gene expression. OK, not new.
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However, when we then try looking within biomechanics, even high resolution imaging, bone histomorphometry and gait analysis, seem to be very different churches. The real boundary is too often between sub-disciplines, wanting to understand in depth the own sub-discipline but not trying to enter the other.
So to communicate your findings, either you submit to a scientific journal of one sub-discipline eliminating the details of the other sub-discipline -but then that will not be read by the others -or you submit to a more crossboundary
journal, getting 50% happy and 50% unhappy reviewers (experts in one but not the other). Where is the real advance?
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event25th Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics, 2019 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 7 Jul 201910 Jul 2019
Conference number: 25 (Conference link)


Conference25th Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics, 2019
Abbreviated titleESB 2019
OtherAt TU Wien itself, biomechanical activities date back at least to the late 1980s and early 1990s, arising from interactions between groups from TU Wien’s Mechanical and Civil Engineering Departments and the Viennese Medical institutions. They comprise pioneering forms of bone micromechanics and adaptation modelling at the then Institute of Lightweight Design and Aerospace Engineering, or the first-ever testing device for anisotropic elasticity testing of skin, at the then Institute for Strength of Materials. In 2003, the first professor of biomechanics was appointed at TU Wien who not only established a working group in this area, but also founded the Interfacultary Laboratory for Micro- and Nanomechanics of Biological and Biomimetical Materials.
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  • biomechanics
  • gait analysis


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