The Biomechanics of Spine Injury and Pathologies open Lab project

The spine is a complex and central component of our body, involved in posture equilibrium, movements, and protection of the spinal cord. Spinal and spinal cord pathologies, trauma, and degenerative conditions affect a significant portion of the population, which require costly treatments and have a significant impact on their quality of life and for the society.  Despite significant improvements in protective devices and biomedical technologies over the last decades, their design continues to be mostly empirical.

The Open lab BSIP for Biomechanics of Spine Injury and Pathologies consists in an international effort provided by researchers from France - Marseille (IFSTTAR / Aix-Marseille Univ. / CNRS / AP-HM), and Canada (Montréal) (Polytechnique Montréal, Ecole de technologie supérieure, Sainte-Justine University Hospital Center and Sacré-Coeur Hospital).

Since 2006, BSIP has established the basis of a state-of-the-art platform of very detailed models of the spine and related methods to address relevant applications to study and prevent spine trauma, to study and surgically treat spine deformity pathologies, and to work on different industrial applications. This work provides a global overview of the numerical platform up to some applications.

The Author

Pierre-Jean Arnoux
LBA Marseille