In a world where graphics have advanced so much that you can make a realistic-looking person from computer software, Jan Van Der Veken takes a step back and shows the beauty of putting complicated ideas into clear lines.
7-year-old Joos fell on the playground at school leaving him with a double arm fracture. After his arm healed and the cast was removed, his arm was completely crooked and his arm was not functioning the way it should: suddenly he could not do some of his favorite things such as summersaults or handstands.
When I hear the word “anatomical lab” I can feel a chill run up and down my spine. I imagine a 19th-century-style dusty basement lined with formaldehyde-filled jars home to various organs; essentially a place where Frankenstein’s monster or a duck with a frog arm could pop out at any minute.
Could you imagine feeling pain in your hip every day for over 35 years? Seventy-one-year old Meryl Richards knows this feeling all too well: she has lived with pain in her left hip since it was damaged in a car accident in 1977. She had already undergone six surgeries, which left her hip in an extremely fragile state, and it had gotten to the point that her left leg pushed up through her feeble hip bone, leaving her leg two inches shorter than her right counterpart. She had used crutches and sticks to help her walk for years, and thought she would soon be bound to her wheelchair for the rest of her life.
In October 2008 at 27-years-old, I was just finishing my PhD in biomedical engineering at KU Leuven and was looking for my next step. I had focused much of my doctorate research on patient-specific planning for cranio-maxillofacial surgery and my colleague Frederik was also finishing up his doctorate degree with a focus on patient-specific implants for orthopedics.
What are the latest developments in biomechanics? Every four years, rotating among Europe, Asia and the Americas, engineers and scientists meet at the World Congress of Biomechanics to discuss some of the newest findings in research of the mechanics of all living things: from plants to animals and humans.
One of the worst ways to spend a vacation is in an emergency room. Especially after surviving a 35-foot fall, breaking all four limbs and, worst of all, shattering your face. This is exactly what happened to 27-year old Jon Fenton when he was vacationing in Barcelona and fell face first off of his four-story high hotel balcony.