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MonthApril 2014

CU Denver bioengineering student to participate in American Physiological Society (APS) Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship (UGSRF)

Rachelle Walter, an undergraduate in the Department of Bioengineering at CU Denver, will be participating in the American Physiological Society (APS) Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship (UGSRF) this summer of 2014. The APS funds 24 … Continue Reading CU Denver bioengineering student to participate in American Physiological Society (APS) Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship (UGSRF)

Engineering colleagues awarded NIH grant to develop spinal cages

Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professors Christopher Yakacki and Dana Carpenter have received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Award (R21) to develop spinal cages. Yakacki and Carpenter have partnered to establish the Smart Materials and Biomechanics Lab to discover new biomedical materials and to investigate uses for biomedical devices. This new funding of more than $348,000 is supported by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. It is for their project “Porous, Patient Specific Interbody Fusion Cages with Enhanced Loading Characteristics to Reduce Subsidence” The research interests of these colleagues complement one another: Yakacki studies the materials used to build devices, and Carpenter uses imaging techniques to create models of the devices and test their functionality. To obtain a clinical perspective, the pair also collaborates with colleagues in the CU School of Medicine. Vikas Patel, associate professor in orthopaedics, and Andriy Noshchenko, a research assistant in orthopaedics, play an integral part in the development of these devices. As the “end users”, their perspective is key to developing a successful, useful product. Typically, spinal cages are made with titanium, carbon fiber epoxy or grafted tissue from a donor. However, Yakacki has found a polymer called polyparaphenylene that maintains strength when made into a porous material. … Continue Reading Engineering colleagues awarded NIH grant to develop spinal cages