Seminar Series

Bone Fracture Healing: How It Is Altered in Outer Space and Sensor Development for Detecting Aberrant Healing


Prof Christian Puttlitz


School of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Clinical Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA

Time & Place

Thu, 10 Mar 2016 15:00:00 NZDT in Erskine Bldg., Room 101


Dr. Puttlitz and his team have global interests in how engineering mechanics can be applied towards solving orthopaedic-related problems. These interests typically include both experimental and computational modeling in order to better understand the underlying tissue-level mechanobiology. Dr. Puttlitz will detail two projects in his laboratory involving bone fracture healing. In the first project, Dr. Puttlitz will discuss the development of a robust model for studying microgravity, how they used this model to study fracture healing in deep space, and using the model as an evaluation platform for emerging technologies that seek to enhance fracture healing in microgravity environments. These experiments are complemented by a computational effort that spans numerous length scales and relate the observed biological response to the localized (i.e. tissue-level) mechanics. Dr. Puttlitz will also detail the development of an implantable sensor that his team uses to predict if fractures will heal in the critically important acute time period.