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News from 2014
   

Oct 2014
Shrivats Iyer was selected as a Bioengineering Siebel Scholar.

   

Oct 2014
Stanford News highlights BioX collaboration to create a miniature wireless device to study chronic pain.

   
August 2014
Optogenetics paper from Nature Medicine featured on the cover of Neuromodulation
   
March 2014
Shrivats Iyer and Kate Montgomery's work on optogenetic pain modulation featured on the cover of Nature Biotechnology. Press release here. Cover here.
   
News from 2012
   
November 2012
NMBL receives $1.8 million from DARPA to create a simulator to predict soldier performance and injury risk. Press release here.
   
August 2012
Shrivats Iyer successfully passes his qualifying exam. Shrivats presented his work on "lluminating Pain: Applying Optogenetics to Study Peripheral Nociception."
   
July 2012
Samuel Hamner is featured on the NBC Olympics website where he discusses the "The Biomechanics of Usain Bolt". The video is part of an educational series by NBC Learn and the National Science Foundation called "Science Of The Summer Olympics."
   
June 2012
Samuel Hamner successfully defends his dissertation entitled, "Muscle Contributions to Propulsion and Support Over a Range of Running Speeds."
   
May 2012
Gabriel Sanchez successfully defends his dissertation entitled, "A Wearable Microscope for In Vivo Investigations of Human Sarcomere Lengths and Dynamics."
   
May 2012
Kate Montgomery receives a BioX Graduate Fellowship Award to develop implantable optogenetic technologies.
   
May 2012
Jenny Yong receives a BioX Graduate Fellowship Award to study the effect of foot-strike type during running.
   
May 2012
Jack Wang wins Outstanding Talk Award at BMECS for his talk entitled, "Optimizing Controllers of Walking and Running Using Biologically-Based Actuators and Objectives."
   
May 2012
Melinda Cromie successfully defends her dissertation entitled, "Measurement of Sarcomere Lengths In Human Muscles Using In Vivo Microendoscopy."
   
May 2012
Kat Steele was selected for the Dr. Kevin P. Granata Student Award at the 2012 GCMAS Conference for her talk entitled, "How do muscle contributions to support and propulsion change during crouch gait?"
   
May 2012
Edith Arnold successfully defends her dissertation entitled, "Computer Modeling Of Human Lower Limb Muscles: How Muscle Fiber Lengths And Velocities Affect Muscle Force Generation During Walking And Running."
   
   
April 2012
Kate Montgomery successfully passes her qualifying exam. Kate presented her work on "Delivering light for optogenetic control of motor neurons in awake and freely moving animals."
   
April 2012
Kat Steele successfully defends her dissertation entitled, "The Dynamics of Crouch Gait in Cerebral Palsy."
   
News from 2011
   
December 2011
Amy Silder has been awarded the Stanford Dean's Postdoctoral Fellowship at the School of Medicine for her work entitled, "Relationship Between Metabolic Cost and Joint Mechanics During Human Locomotion."
   
November 2011
Chand John successfully defends his dissertation entitled, "Stabilization of human walking by muscles revealed using three-dimensional muscle-driven simulations."
   
October 2011
Jenny Yong successfully passes her ME Qualifying exam. Jenny presented her work on "Hamstring Contributions to Knee Motion in Crouch Gait."
   
October 2011
Holly Liske successfully passes her ME Qualifying exam. Holly presented her work on "Inhibiting Motor Neurons With Light (Optogenetics in the Peripheral Nervous System)."
   
May 2011.
Scott Delp was awarded the Borelli Award from the American Society of Biomechanics.
The Borelli Award, the most prestigious honor given by the American Society of Biomechanics, recognizes outstanding career accomplishment and is awarded annually to an individual investigator who has conducted exemplary research in any area of biomechanics. The award is named after Giovanni Borelli, a mid-17th century Professor of Mathematics from Naples, Italy, who is considered to be the father of modern biomechanics.
   
April 2011.
Katy Keenan successfully defends her dissertation
entitled, "Determination of human articular cartilage functional condition using MRI, creep indentation testing and biochemistry."
   
January 2011.
NMBL is featured in Men's Health. A recent article highlights research by Sam Hamner and colleagues on muscle contributions to proplusion and support during running.
   
News from 2010
   
December 2010.
Scott Delp is featured as director of a new national center for rehabilitation research at Stanford. A Stanford University News article highlights the new research center.
   
September 2010.
Research by Mike Llewellyn and colleagues featured in Technology Review.
   

September 2010.
Melinda Cromie is featured in the Stanford Report. In this video she discusses her work imaging sarcomeres.

   
August 2010.
Christie Draper is honored as the runner-up for the Clinical Biomechanics Award at the American Society of Biomechanics for her talk entitled, "Patients with patellofemoral pain exhibit elevated bone metabolic activity at the patellofemoral joint."
   
June 2010.
Research by Christie Draper and colleagues are featured in AuntMinnie.com and the School of Medicine Scan Times. Her work comparing PET/CT to MRI was highlighted.
   
June 2010.
Christie Draper and colleagues are awarded the Correlative Imaging Council/Walter Wolf Award at the Society of Nuclear Medicine Meeting for her talk entitled, "Correlation between MRI and NaF PET/CT in patients with patellofemoral pain."
   
May 2010.
Melanie Fox wins the Dr. Kevin P. Granata Student Award
at the 2nd Joint ESMAC/GCMAS Meeting for her talk entitled, "Contributions from muscles and passive dynamics to swing initiation at different walking speeds."
   
February 2010.
Matt DeMers successfully passes his ME Qualifying exam.
He presented his work on, "Estimation of tibiofemoral forces during walking."
   
January 2010.
David Parker successfully defends his dissertation
entitled, "Coarse-grained structural modeling of molecular motors."
   
News from 2009
   
October 2009.
Scott Delp is appointed as an initial holder of the James H. Clark Professorship in the School of Engineering.
The James H. Clark fund for Bioengineering was established in 1999 by Jim Clark, former Stanford faculty member and founder of SGI and Netscape (among other companies), and was designed to support bioengineering faculty.
   
August 2009.
Christie Draper wins the Clinical Biomechanics Award
at the American Society of Biomechanics Meeting. Her talk was entitled, "Patellofemoral kinematic differences exist between high-load and low-load conditions in patients with patellofemoral pain."
   
August 2009.
Michael Llewellyn wins the Journal of Biomechanics Award
at the American Society of Biomechanics Meeting. His talk was entitled, "Orderly recruitment of motor units by optical stimulation in transgenic mice".
   
July 2009.
Joshua Webb successfully defends his dissertation
entitled, "Contributions of the rotator cuff and deltoid to shoulder mobility and stability: a 3D finite element analysis"
   
July 2009.
Jen Hicks' figure is on the cover of "The Identification and Treatment of Gait Problems in Cerebral Palsy".
   
  July 2009.
Christine McLeavey wins a BioX Graduate Fellowship Award.
   
June 2009.
Sahana Kukke successfully defends her dissertation
entitled, "Mechanisms of upper extremity impairement in childhood secondary dystonia due to cerebral palsy."
   
March 2009.
Michael Llewellyn successfully defends his dissertation
entitled, "Novel tools to study and restore muscle function."
   

March 2009.
Melanie Fox wins the Best Student Paper Award at the Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society (GCMAS) Conference. Her talk was entitled "Mechanism of Improved Knee Flexion after Rectus Femoris Transfer Surgery."

   
March 2009.
Kat Steele passes the ME Qualifying Exam.
She presented her research on accelerations produced by the gastrocnemius and soleus during crouch gait in cerebral palsy.
   
News from 2008
   
October 2008.
Sam Hamner passes the ME Qualifying Exam.
He presented his research on muscle contributions to support and progression during running.
   
July 2008.
NMBL is featured in the New York Times.
A recent article highlights Mike Llewellyn's research on techniques for minimally invasive imaging of sarcomere contractile dynamics.
   
June 2008.
May Liu successfully defends her dissertation
entitled "Muscle contributions to support and progression over a range of walking speeds."
   
May 2008.
Melinda Cromie is awarded an SIG fellowship.
   
May 2008.
Chand John wins an Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) fellowship.
   
May 2008.
Katy Keenan and teammates won the national title for Team Time Trial
at the National Collegiate Cycling Championship.
   
April 2008.
Gabriel Sanchez passes the ME Qualifying Exam.
He presented his research on regional variations in the depth-dependent strain distribution in the tibial plateau.
   
January 2008.
NMBL and Simbios have released OpenSim 1.1,
a freely available software tool for biomechanical simulation. Over 1000 biomechanics researchers have downloaded the software and documentation since its introduction.
   
News from 2007
   
December 2007.
Scott Delp wins the 2008 Van C. Mow Medal,
awarded by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The award is bestowed upon a single individual each year who has made significant contributions to the field of bioengineering.
   
December 2007.
Christie Draper successfully defends her dissertation
entitled "Patellofemoral Joint Geometry and Motion Measured using Magnetic Resonance Imaging." She is currently a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Radiology at Stanford.
   
November 2007.
Michael Llewellyn passes the Bioengineering Qualifying Exam.
He presented his research measuring sarcomere length in vivo using minimally invasive microendoscopy.
   
October 2007.
Melinda Cromie wins the Outstanding Poster Award
at the Biomedical Computation at Stanford Symposium (BCATS). Her poster was titled "Posterior Cruciate Ligament Removal Contributes to abnormal knee motion in posterior stabilized total knee arthroplasty".
   
October 2007.
Katy Keenan passes the Mechanical Engineering Qualifying Exam.
Her research presentation described her work using MRI to quantify cartilage biphasic material properties.
   
October 2007.
Melanie Fox passes the Mechanical Engineering Qualifying Exam.
Her research presentation described her analysis of preswing rectus femoris activity in stiff-knee gait.
   
October 2007.
Edith Arnold passes the Mechanical Engineering Qualifying Exam.
Her research presentation described her work investigating the functional implications of optimal muscle fiber lengths of the ankle plantarflexors.
   
August 2007.
Michael Llewellyn wins the Microstrain Award
at the American Society of Biomechanics Meeting. The title of his talk was "In vivo sarcomere length measurement by minimally invasive microendoscopy."
   
June 2007.
Jennifer Hicks wins a BioX Graduate Fellowship Award.
   
January 2007.
Melinda Cromie passes the ME Qualifying Exam . Her research presentation described her work investigating abnormal knee kinematics in patients with total knee arthroplasty.
   
News from 2006

December 2006.
Scott Delp has been appointed as the third holder of the Charles Lee Powell Professorship in the School of Engineering. This professorship was established in 1983 with a gift from the Charles Lee Powell Foundation. It honors the foundation's founder, Charles Lee Powell, builder, underground contractor, engineer, rancher, and real estate operator. The award of a chaired professorship is the highest honor that Stanford bestows upon its faculty.

October 2006
Jeff Reinbolt wins the Best Podium Presentation Award at the Biomedical Computation at Stanford symposium. His talk was titled "Investigating Stiff-Knee Gait with Subject-Specific Simulations."

October 2006.
Mandy Koop passes the Mechanical Engineering qualifying exam.
October 2006.
Sahana Kukke passes the Bioengineering qualifying exam.
October 2006.
Chand John passes the CS Biocomputation qualifying exam. His research presentation, "Algorithms for Generating 3D Muscle-Actuated Simulations of Movement", described his current work.

September 2006.
Jennifer Hicks passes the ME qualifying exam. Her research presentation described her investigation of the effect of tibial torsion on the capacity of muscles to extend the hip and knee during gait.

June 2006.
Katy Keenan wins a BioX Graduate Fellowship Award.
June 2006.
Edith Arnold wins a BioX Graduate Fellowship Award.
April 2006.
Garry Gold wins the 2006 Lauterbur Award at the SCBT/MR meeting. His paper was titled "Patellofemoral Pain: Analysis with Upright Real-Time MRI and 3D Finite Element Modeling."
   
   
News from 2005  
November 2005.
NMBL releases new and improved web site.
Working with graphic designer, David Delp, we have created a new website that includes cool graphics, updated research descriptions, and more.
September 2005.
Kate Holzbaur successfully defends her dissertation
entitled "Upper Limb Biomechanics: Musculoskeletal Modeling, Surgical Simulation, and Scaling of Muscle Size and Strength."
August 2005.
Rob Siston wins the Clinical Biomechanics Award
at the American Society of Biomechanics Meeting. His paper was titled "In-Vivo Passive Kinematics Of Osteoarthritic Knees.
August 2005.
Wendy Murray is honored as the runner-up for the Clinical Biomechanics Award
at the American Society of Biomechanics Meeting. Her paper was titled "Significance Of Surgical Attachment Length For Hand Function Following Brachioradialis Tendon Transfer.
August 2005.
Kate Holzbaur wins the Pre-doctoral Young Scientist Award
at the American Society of Biomechanics Meeting. As part of her award, she gave a talk entitled "Scaling of Muscle Volumes in the Upper Extremity."

 

June 2005.
NMBL opens new motion capture laboratory in the Clark Center. The new laboratory is being used by multiple groups on campus, including NMBL, Terry Sanger's lab, and Ron Fedkiw's lab.

June 2005.
NMBL article is featured on the cover of the Annals of Biomedical Engineering (the second one this year!).The article is titled " A Model of the Upper Extremity for Simulating Musculoskeletal Surgery and Analyzing Neuromuscular Control" (Holzbaur, Murray, and Delp).
May 2005.
Rob Siston successfully defends his dissertation
entitled: "Orthopaedic Surgical Navigation: Algorithm Development and Clinical Implementation."
May 2005.
NMBL article is featured on the cover of the Annals of Biomedical Engineering
. The article is titled "Three-dimensional Representation of Complex Muscle Architectures and Geometries" (Blemker and Delp).
April 2005.
May Liu wins the Young Investigator Award at the Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society Meeting
for her talk titled " Quadriceps force in stance limits knee flexion in swing: Insight from a subject-specific simulation of stiff-knee gait."

News from 2004

October 2004.
Stanford team wins $20M to establish Simbios
, a national center for physics-based simulation of biological structures (Simbios), which will develop SimTk, a software system that enables simulation from atoms to organisms.

 

October 2004.
Darryl Thelen, Clay Anderson, Saryn Goldberg, and Allison Arnold generate and analyze NMBL's first muscle-actuated dynamic simulation of a subject with stiff-knee gait.

 

October 2004.
Scott Delp, Allison Arnold, and Saryn Goldberg are invited to give the Gayle Arnold Lectureship at the annual meeting of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. Their talk is titled "Modeling and Simulation of Gait Abnormalities."

   
September 2004.
Blake Ashby wins the James Hay Memorial Award
at the American Society of Biomechanics Meeting for his paper entitled "Optimal control simulations of standing long jumps with free and restricted arm movement."
   
September 2004.
Allison Arnold wins the Clinical Biomechanics Award
at the American Society of Biomechanics Meeting for her paper entitled "Muscle-tendon lengths and velocities of the hamstrings after surgical lengthening to correct crouch gait.
   
September 2004.
Silvia Blemker wins the Pre-doctoral Young Scientist Award
at the American Society of Biomechanics Meeting. As part of her award, she gave a talk entitled "Rectus Femoris Fiber Excursions Predicted by a 3D Model of Muscle."
   
June 2004.
Blake Ashby successfully defends his dissertation
entitled "Coordination of Upper and Lower Limbs in the Standing Long Jump: Kinematics, Dynamics, and Optimal Control."
   
June 2004.
Silvia Blemker succesfully defends her dissertation
entitled "3D Modeling of Complex Muscle Architecture and Geometry."
   
June 2004.
Jill Higginson successfully defends her dissertation
entitled "Analysis of muscle coordinate during slow and post-stroke hemiparetic gait using simulation."
   
April 2004.
Saryn Goldberg successfully defends her dissertation
entitled: "The Biomechanical Factors that Contribute to Knee Flexion in Normal Gait and in the Stiff-knee Gait of Children with Cerebral Palsy."
   

 

April 2004.
May Liu wins a Student Conference Award from the Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society to present her paper entitled "Are treatments for crouch gait more likely to produce improved knee extension when hamstrings lengthenings are consistent with muscle-tendon lengths and velocities?" at the society's annual meeting in Lexington, KY.

 

January 2004.
Scott Delp, Allison Arnold, Clay Anderson, and Saryn Goldbery are awarded an NIH RO1 grant fro their application entitled "Simulation-Based Treatment Planning for Gait Disorders."


News from 2003

September 2003.
Silvia Blemker wins the Journal of Biomechanics Award
at the American Society of Biomechanics Meeting. The title of her paper was "A 3D Model of Muscle Reveals the Causes of Nonuniform Strains in the Biceps Brachii."
   
July 2003.
NMBL moves to the Clark Center
, home of Stanford's Bio-X program. This move has allowed us to forge new collaborations with various labs from the engineering and medical schools.
   
June 2003.
Scott Delp
wins the Maurice E. Muller Award for Excellence in Computer Assisted Surgery , "recognizing career-long achievements that fundamentally advance the field." Scott also became a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers.
January 2003.
NMBL opens new experimental laboratory
in the Mechanical Engineering Research Laboratory (MERL) building on campus. The new lab is being used to prototype computer-navigation systems for total-knee replacements as well as to perform anatomical experiments to characterize muscle structure and architecture.
 
News from 2002

December 2002.
Scott Delp was appointed as the founding Chairman of Stanford's new Department of Bioengineering.


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