0425 Musculoskeletal Modeling Across the Lifespan: Biomechanics from Young to Aging to Aged

  • Geoffrey Handsfield, Auckland Bioengineering Institute
  • Justin Fernandez
  • Vickie Shim
  • Thor Besier

The musculoskeletal system is beautiful and elegant in its plasticity, its ability to grow, adapt, and regenerate. As modeling paradigms advance and predictions stand to become ever more patient-specific and accurate, the field of musculoskeletal modeling and biomechanics must account for the precise musculoskeletal anatomy, physiology, and growth of different age group populations. Beyond understanding the structure of different age groups across the timeline, what is further essential is empirical and predictive understanding of the changes that occur between timelines-- due to genetics, mechanics, growth, and ageing.

We invite special abstracts broadly in the areas of biomechanics, modelling, and mechanobiology that pertain to the musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology in different age groups across the lifespan, particularly groups that have been historically underrepresented in biomechanical datasets, for instance: paediatric human in vivo datasets and modelling. We welcome submissions with clinical, empirical, or theoretical focus. We envision works that include medical imaging, motion capture, kinesiological data collection, models at multiple scales from cell-level to whole body, and new techniques that integrate new or conventional data to understand structure/function relationships, growth, and aging. Special consideration will be given to abstract submissions that pertain specifically to the process of growth in the musculoskeletal system, with experimental data or predictive modelling to understand that process.

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