Welcome to the Biomechanics and Movement Sciences Interdisciplinary Program
The mission of the Interdisciplinary Program in Biomechanics & Movement Science (BIOMS) is to advance the understanding of complex human systems through interaction of experts who cross traditional divisions of academic study. We strive to train outstanding researchers who will contribute to the advancement of health science through translational and interdisciplinary research. Research findings are disseminated through peer reviewed publications in high impact journals and presentations at national and international conferences. The BIOMS program comprises faculty from the Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Engineering, and Health Sciences who use an interdisciplinary approach to create a diverse educational and research environment.
What’s New in BIOMS
UD Amputee Clinic Utilizes Interdisciplinary Approach to Deliver Specialized Care to Patients
UD Physical Therapy’s Amputee Clinic aids patients in determining what level of prosthetics they’re eligible for through insurance. Patients are seen by UD physical therapists, prosthetists from Independence Prosthetics-Orthotics, Inc. and a physician from ChristianaCare to formalize objective measures to document their functional level.
The primary mission of the Innovation Health & Design Lab in the University of Delaware’s College of Health Sciences is to improve health outcomes and quality of life for various patient populations through design. Led by Martha Hall, the lab’s research starts with patients and empathy, meeting with members of the community to design, develop and test wearables that will enhance patient health and overall wellbeing. Wearables include clothing, wearable technology, protective equipment and rehabilitative or medical devices. Its goal is to design wearables that address the broad spectrum of patients’ needs and to highlight the importance of patient-centered design in health sciences.
The Delaware Rehabilitation Institute, directed by Tom Buchanan, finds innovative and improved ways to help people recover from injury and disease by bringing together biologists, clinical scientists, engineers, and policy experts to critically address the issues faced by those with disabilities.
BIOMS Featured Research
University of Delaware Professor Michele Lobo has designed a shirt like no other–the Playskin Lift exoskeleton that helps babies like Sarah move their arms, build their muscles, and ultimately enjoy the kind of freedom and independence that all children crave.