The Center has received national recognition for our state-of-the-art facilities, our faculty presenting research at national conferences and perform collaborative research across the country. This recognition was able to bring awareness for the need of an undergraduate degree in Biomechanics. This degree is now available and is providing opportunities for students that were not present before.
The Stanford Research Institute (SRI) International recently provided a comprehensive report of the Biomedical Technology capabilities at the state of the Nebraska. This report was used as the foundation for the development of the Nebraska Advanced Biomedical Technology Innovation and Discovery (NABID), Institute (Now named, UNETECH). This is a structure for biomedical and high-tech inventions that will bring scientists and resources together. In this report SRI stated that “The University of Nebraska Omaha is home to world class research in biomechanics.” Furthermore, Biomechanics was ranked as No. 9 (tied with Northwestern University and University of Pittsburgh) in the USA. This was the highest ranking achieved by any other biomedical technology field at UNO, UNMC, and UN. We are certain that our Center’s successes have allowed us to receive such a national ranking.
Human movement variability has been largely ignored as a source of important clinical information and has been treated as noise and error in the motor system. However, altered human movement variability is found increasingly in a variety of motor related disorders indicating reduced adaptive capacity in the neuromuscular system. Using translational research the scientists in this Center determine optimal approaches for therapies grounded on the restoration of variability and complexity of movement that could be applied across a range of diseases.
Our grant has been able to fund new projects, reaching many young faculty members and their teams. To date, the grant has enabled us to fund three post-doctoral researchers, three laboratory technicians, 15 graduate students and 17 undergraduate students. These students are shared among the four research projects participating at all aspects of the projects. The majority of the students are majoring in Exercise Science and have an emphasis in Biomechanics or Motor Development and Control, but we also have students that are majoring in Mechanical Engineering, Neuroscience, Biology, etc... It is evident that our COBRE absolutely transforms the research culture in our institution by augmenting the research “know-how” assets within the University. Thus, leading to success in several other fields.