Research Division issued patent for innovative meshplate

An adaptive surgical device invented several years ago by a team of researchers with The University of New Mexico’s Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation for improved support and healing of knee, elbow and sternum fractures has been issued a United States patent. The design team now seeks to license and manufacture the mesh plate as a viable alternative device for treating fractured bone that underlies a thin layer of soft tissue ... Read More>

3-D printers studied as new hand option

Researchers at the University of New Mexico’s Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation are studying how to use 3-D printer technology to create low-cost artificial hands and fingers for pediatric patients who quickly outgrow their custom-fitted prosthetics ... Read More>

UNM orthopedics research team contributes to "Biodesign" class award

A Biodesign course launched at the University of New Mexico this past fall has resulted in a $50,000 National Institutes of Health award aimed at translating university inventions into commercial products for medical practitioners. Administered by UNM’s Clinical & Translational Science Center, the award is being equally split between two Biodesign teams - one led by Christina Salas, PhD, an assistant professor in the UNM Orthopaedics Research Division who also serves as a faculty appointee in mechanical engineering ... Read More>

‘Biodesign’ course teams UNM engineering students, faculty with UNM physician

A new three-credit course at the University of New Mexico School of Engineering is giving two student teams the chance to shadow a trauma surgeon, identify clinical problems and brainstorm solutions that could lead to research funding of up to $50,000, plus a patent application ... Read More>

UNM Orthopaedics Investigates 'Smart' Surgical Tools

The University of New Mexico’s (UNM) Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation is using high-tech drill sensors, motion-capture technology and haptic feedback to monitor orthopaedic surgery training as participants in an unprecedented research study to ensure quality improvements in surgical training. The study’s long-term goal is to capture data from residents-in-training and experienced faculty alike using smart surgical tools at medical schools throughout the Southwest over a five-year period.

Historically orthopaedic training has been conducted in the operating room – effective for simple fractures, but riskier in complicated cases. However, in 2013 the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and American Medical Association’s Residency Review Committee for Orthopaedic Surgery ... Read More>

Hands-on Workshop to Encourage Young Women Into Orthopaedics and Engineering

Despite the fact that a rising number of females now enter medical and graduate school, only 12 percent of the faculty in orthopaedics and 7 percent of today’s practicing orthopedists are women, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. UNM’s Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation is trying to boost that statistic by annually hosting the nationally renowned Perry Initiative Outreach Program at the UNM Health Sciences Center. UNM Orthopaedics invites 40 female high school students, grades 10 and up from throughout New Mexico, who have an interest in engineering, orthopedic surgery or medicine to apply for participation ... Read More>


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Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

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