Research in Dr. Imhauser’s group focuses on the mechanics of human joints with a particular emphasis on identifying how anterior cruciate ligament injury and reconstruction affects 3D kinematics and articular contact mechanics of the knee joint. The long-term goal of this work is to identify mechanical factors associated with onset and progression of osteoarthritis following joint injury, and to translate this knowledge into the discovery and development of new surgical or conservative treatments to restore knee joint biomechanics and to potentially delay progression of this disease. To this end, robotics, computational mechanics, and clinical research are integrated to capitalize on the advantages of each method. This work emphasizes a translational approach and involves collaboration with clinical colleagues in the Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service.
1: Imhauser C, Mauro C, Choi D, Rosenberg E, Mathew S, Nguyen J, Ma Y, Wickiewicz, T., Abnormal Tibiofemoral Contact Stress and Its Association With Altered Kinematics After Center-Center Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: An In Vitro Study. Am J Sports Med. 2013 Mar 7. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 23470858.