Mathieu Davis, a Mechanical Engineering Doctoral Student from the Orthopaedic Research Laboratories, received the Young Investigator Award at the International Society of Biomechanics Congress in Belgium. Davis was given the award for his poster presentation on the “Correlation Between Microdamage Susceptibility and Fracture Toughness in the Brtl/+ Mouse Model for Osteogenesis Imperfecta.”
The International Society of Biomechanics was founded to promote the study of all areas of biomechanics at the international level, although special emphasis is given to the biomechanics of Human Movement. The Society encourages international contacts amongst scientists, promotes the dissemination of knowledge, and forms liaisons with national organizations. The Society’s membership includes scientists from a variety of disciplines including anatomy, physiology, engineering (mechanical, industrial aerospace, etc.), orthopedics, rehabilitation medicine, sport science and medicine, ergonomics, electro-physiological kinesiology and others.
Davis’ poster dealt with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a clinically and genetically heterogeneous disorder characterized by osseous fragility and fractures. The primary goal was to determine whether there was any correlation between the degree of bone micro-damage seen in the bones of mice used in the study and to calculate fracture toughness values. This would provide insight as to a potential explanation for the increased susceptibility of Osteogenesis Imperfecta patients to fracture which may be correlated to an increase in remodeling activity.