Ohanian Lecture Series: The Anterior Cruciate Ligament


2:30 pm-4:00 pm
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NEB Room 100
New Engineering Building
Gainesville, FL 32611


The Anterior Cruciate Ligament:

Characterization and modeling of the native biomechanics and tissue engineering of a replacement graft


It is with great enthusiasm that I accept this offer to participate in the Ohanian Lecture Series to share with you all my work on the biomechanics and tissue engineering of the anterior cruciate ligament (or ACL) of the knee.

I’ll begin by describing the structure and function of this important stabilizing knee ligament and why we care about preventing failures as well as the need for better replacement options.

Then, I’ll segue into the approach my laboratory and collaborators used to develop a tissue-engineered approach to an ACL replacement graft.

Finally, I will describe my laboratory’s ongoing efforts to accurately characterize and model the biomechanics of this heterogeneous, non-linear, anisotropic, viscoelastic tissue structure. I will detail our efforts to improve upon traditional mechanical characterization approaches and discuss our pioneering efforts in the application of full-field methods to this soft tissue.


TUESDAY, April 17, 2:30pm

NEB, Room 100
Reception to follow

Contact Amber Forshee forshee@eng.ufl.edu or
(352) 392-0946
for more information.