BIRD Current Research Projects

Overview

The building blocks of prosthetics come in many materials, shapes, and sizes. To create lightweight yet sturdy prosthetics, we explore 3D printing in plastic, carbon fiber, steel, and titanium. In addition, we investigate different methods of actuation such as miniature 3D printed gearboxes for fingers and twisted coil polymers. While some of these parts may look like something out of Star Wars, these are more than just computer-generated images. These prosthetics are real and they work for real people.  

Personalized Medicine for Pressure Ulcer Prevention: Clinical Measures of Buttocks Deformation

Date: 8/24/18
Principal Researchers: Dr. Cathy Bodine Others Involved: Kelly Waugh, Petra Conaway

In collaboration with the Rehabilitation Engineering and Applied Research Laboratory (REAR Lab) at Georgia Tech, this research project’s  at the BIRD lab goal is to reduce the occurrence of pressure sores as a result of sitting in a wheelchair, also known as biomechanical pressure ulcers (PrU), through personalized evaluations and solutions. Each individual using a wheelchair has a unique use-case that requires identifying clinical, measurable, and quantitative biomechanical characteristics that contribute to their personalized PrU risk. This study intends to better identify these risk factors Tthrough use of seated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), pressure-mapping, and in-clinic measurements at collaborative sites across the nation, this collaborative effort address the questions posed by this study..

 

BIRD Past Research Projects

Personalized Medicine for Pressure Ulcer Prevention: Clinical Measures of Buttocks Deformation

Date: 8/24/18
Principal Researchers: Dr. Cathy Bodine Others Involved: Kelly Waugh, Petra Conaway

In collaboration with the Rehabilitation Engineering and Applied Research Laboratory (REAR Lab) at Georgia Tech, this research project’s  at the BIRD lab goal is to reduce the occurrence of pressure sores as a result of sitting in a wheelchair, also known as biomechanical pressure ulcers (PrU), through personalized evaluations and solutions. Each individual using a wheelchair has a unique use-case that requires identifying clinical, measurable, and quantitative biomechanical characteristics that contribute to their personalized PrU risk. This study intends to better identify these risk factors Tthrough use of seated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), pressure-mapping, and in-clinic measurements at collaborative sites across the nation, this collaborative effort address the questions posed by this study..