Our work is focused on the in vivo study of the normal, pathological, and healing musculoskeletal joint. Measurement of biomechanical variables such as 3D kinematics, ligament strain, and joint contact are performed with our novel in vivo methods using sequential CT scans. Earlier studies on ligament impact biomechanics and muscle contusion injuries examined the basic science of injuries. Applied work on injuries has led to the development of a telemetry system for measuring head acceleration in athletes and to a study of the performance differences between wood and aluminum baseball bats. Current studies are aimed at in vivo cartilage strains, mechanotransduction of chondrocytes, and the multi-directional biomechanics of the spine.
Dr. J.J. Trey Crisco's research interests are in musculoskeletal biomechanics where he has developed advanced imaging modalities for the study of in vivo joint mechanics, studied spine biomechanics and injury prevention in sports. His current primary work is focused on the normal and pathological mechanics underlying the function of the human wrist. This work expanding to applied and related areas including comparative biomechanics, wrist implant design, toy technologies for upper extremity pediatric rehabilitation. His work has been primarily funded by the NIH and has resulted in over 114 peer-reviewed publications. He serves on several NIH study sections, the editorial boards, and the scientific advisory committees of International Federation of Women's Lacrosse, US Lacrosse and USA Baseball. Dr. Crisco is a former President of the American Society of Biomechanics. He has taught Basic Biomechanics and Product Design and Development, a joint effort between Industrial Design Department at RISD and Engineering at Brown University.
JOSEPH CRISCO, PhD
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