Biomechanics is a rapidly developing research theme with the Department, reflecting the growing number of mechanical engineers whose work sits at the interface between engineering and the life sciences. Many research activities in this area are based around the concept of 'engineering for life', using engineering techniques to develop innovative healthcare solutions. Key research themes within this group include biomechanics, computational modelling, medical image registration and mechanobiology.
Much of the Biomechanics research within Mechanical Engineering is focused on computational modelling of human anatomy. Recent work has included modelling of the neuromusculoskeletal system to aid research in osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. This work is supported by the University’s Insigneo Institute for in silico medicine, where simulation technologies are used to develop the medical technologies of the future.
Another key research area is mechanobiology, examining the mechanical properties of cells and tissues, in particular, the effect of mechanical stimuli on biological response. Other research staff are applying fluid mechanics research to physiological systems, such as studying flow through the small intestine.
INSIGNEO Institute for in silico Medicine
The INSIGNEO Institute for in silico Medicine develops computational models capable of predicting the health status of each individual. These models are used for the personalised prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, in a process that is fundamentally transforming healthcare. INSIGNEO is pursing the scientific ambition behind the Virtual Physiological Human initiative.
The group also involves members from other Departments across the University of Sheffield: