The Mechanical and Material Assessment Core is based both at Hospital for Special Surgery and at the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering facility at the Cornell Ithaca Campus. This core focuses on providing complementary techniques for determining mechanical properties of native and engineered bone, cartilage and soft tissue, as well as providing models to study adaptation of these tissues to mechanical stimuli. Assistance with experimental design and data modeling are also available through this core.
A primary role of the skeleton is to bear loads, and therefore measuring mechanical performance of normal, diseased, traumatized, and treated tissues is critically important. The Mechanical Assessment core provides a broad range of testing capabilities for measuring the load bearing capacity and deformation behavior of skeletal tissues and structures, including:
Core personnel work closely with personnel from the other Hospital core facilities to assure investigators are presented with comprehensive testing plans from which mechanical data complements information (e.g., morphometry data from microcomputed tomography and chemical composition data from infrared imaging) from other cores.
These services are utilized by the research and clinical staff of Hospital for Special Surgery and Weil Medical College and Graduate School of Medical Sciences on a "fee-for-service" basis. The laboratory also provides services to users outside of the Medical Complex. Some standard fees are listed below; custom testing fees will be negotiated with the investigator.
Internal and NIH Users: $100/hour
External / Non-NIH Users: $200/hour
The facility is located on the Second Floor of the Dana Center of the Hospital for Special Surgery with additional facilities located in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornellís main campus in Ithaca.
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