Orthopaedic Biomechanics Research Laboratory
The Orthopaedic Biomechanics Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago is directed by Professor Farid Amirouche. The laboratory conducts basic and preclinical research using the principles of mechanics and materials science to understand and treat real-world orthopaedic problems. Most of our projects are cadaver-based studies. Our current research projects are centered on the shoulder, spine, and knee with our primary focus being on clinically-oriented research problems. We investigate musculoskeletal biomechanics including joint restoration on TKA/THA, cartilage regeneration in knee repair, patella instability, knee balancing kinematics/kinetics with soft tissue, spine deformities, shoulder injury-rotator cuff repair, upper extremity biomechanics, computer navigation, and sports medicine.
Current clinical projects in musculoskeletal disorders include focal osteochondral defect size and location, knee balancing and patella tracking, ACL and PCL reconstruction techniques. In the spine, we investigate treatment for scoliosis, fusion techniques, vertebrae pedicle screw cycling, and screw/bone interface. In the shoulder, our research includes glenohumeral joint stability, moment arm, and glenoid implant designs. In the hip, we investigate acetabular rim defects, acetabular cup replacements, femoral stem loosening, and cement-prosthesis interface.