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Functional and Applied Biomechanics

A view of the Functional and Applied Biomechanics lab at the Clinical Center

The Functional & Applied Biomechanics Section (FAB) is a multi-disciplinary group of scientists, staff, and trainees. FAB is charged with: evaluating patients with complex motor disabilities; providing biomechanical expertise and support to other Clinical Center protocols; conducting innovative research; establishing productive scientific collaborations with other scientists at the NIH, academic institutions, and industry, nationally and internationally; and training the next generation of rehabilitation researchers.

Dr. Diane Damiano was appointed Chief of FAB in July, 2008. Under her leadership the previous mission to improve the lives of those with physical disabilities was expanded to include the development and testing of novel therapeutic intervention strategies in order to promote optimal recovery and restoration of function.

The three research arms of FAB are Neuromotor Assessment and Recovery, Neural Interfacing and Rehabilitation Robotics, and Virtual Functional Anatomy. Beyond movement analysis using infrared cameras or electromyography (EMG), FAB has expanded its expertise to areas that include state-of-the-science balance assessment, a wearable robotics laboratory, and ultrasound. In addition, FAB has begun a program that uses brain imaging technologies (EEG and fNIRS) to assess and train motor coordination and capabilities. Lastly, FAB continues its efforts in the areas of 3D MR based musculoskeletal model through automatic segmentation and evaluating musculoskeletal kinematics using dynamic (Cine-PC) MRI.

For information regarding the Functional & Applied Biomechanics Section, please contact us:

Functional & Applied Biomechanics Section
National Institutes of Health
Bldg 10 CRC Rm 1-1469
10 Center Dr. MSC 1604
Bethesda, MD 20892-1604

Phone: 301-451-7529
Fax: 301-451-7536
CCRMDFAB@mail.nih.gov

Recent Updates

In July, Thomas Bulea and former FAB post-doctoral fellow Zachary Lerner presented their work on development and initial testing of a lower extremity exoskeleton for crouch gait in CP at the ICORR Conference in London, part of Rehab Week 2017.

In June, Diane Damiano, Chief of FAB, was named a Catherine Worthington Fellow by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Congratulations Diane!

FAB welcomed two summer students in 2017, Rachel Bellisle who joined as part of the NIH BESIP program, and Ben Pesante, who joined as part of the SIP program.

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This page last updated on 04/10/2018

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