The Ohio State University Injury Biomechanics Research Center (IBRC) brings together an interdisciplinary team of engineers, anatomists, anthropologists, computer modelers and technicians who focus on mechanisms of injury and injury thresholds of the human body.
The IBRC is a site for the multi-university Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) for the Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies (CChIPS).
CChIPS is a joint venture with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia striving to advance the safety of children and young adults by facilitating scientific inquiry into the causes and mechanisms of injury, and by translating these findings into commercial applications and public education programs for prevention.
The IBRC established and hosts the Injury Biomechanics Symposium annually. This symposium is intended to stimulate and reward strong injury biomechanics research among students and recent graduates from all over the world. The symposium delivers original biomechanics research in a forum intended to foster communication and collaboration between developing and established researchers.
With more than 3,500 square feet of space available for research and testing, the IBRC has on-site capabilities including: multiple testing fixtures to meet the needs of a variety of experimental test specifications, data acquisition and high speed video equipment, hard tissue histology and microscopy equipment, and more. The IBRC also has strong working relationships with external collaborators, including the Transportation Research Center, the Wright Center for Innovation in Biomedical Imaging, and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.
The Injury Biomechanics Research Center is home to human skeletal collections that are available for research and education, including histological slides and images from multiple modalities (e.g., microCT, nanoCT, clinCT, microscopic). All specimens are ethically obtained and curated and have been de-identified; however, the IBRC collects and maintains demographic information in a secure database. Access to the collections is available to researchers with the approval of the director of the Skeletal Biology Research Laboratory.