Bone structure and functionOrganization logo: Eindhoven University of Technology

About this course

Bone has a load-carrying function in the body, and an associated (micro)structure, which makes it light, as well as stiff and strong.
Owing to a stress-controlled biological regulatory mechanism the material is continuously 'maintained' by its inherent cells (micro-fractures are removed, while the structure adapts to magnitude and orientation of the external loads).
Perturbations in the regulatory mechanism, or the external loads, may cause serious affections, such as congenital deformities, osteoporosis, bone fractures and destruction of the joints.
The elective course provides an introduction to the biological regulatory processes in bone, to imaging and mechanical analysis in the clinic and in research, to assessment of strength and the analysis of failure processes, to development, diagnosis and prevention of osteoporosis, to the application of fracture-fixation devices, and to the design, fixation and ingrowth of joint prostheses.
The course extends knowledge of elasticity theory, strength of materials, (micro)fluid transport, computer tomography, MRI, ultrasound, cell biology, human health and disease, computer simulation and animal-experimental models

For Student Mobility Alliance students:
This course doesn’t require additional requirements than stated above.
The course will be delivered fully on TU/e campus 2 times/a week.
The final presentation and written exam will take place on TU/e campus.

Learning outcomes

After passing the course, the student:

  1. has knowledge and insight into concepts and procedures in bone research, from the basics of bone biology to applied bone mechanics
  2. has gained knowledge on the state of the art of bone research
  3. can apply his/her gained knowledge to critically reflect on research papers in the field

Prior knowledge

You must meet the following requirements

  • Completed Final examination Bsc program
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  • Start date

    5 februari 2024

    • Ends
      7 april 2024
    • Term *
      Block GS3
    • Location
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    • Register between
      15 Nov, 00:00 - 7 Jan 2024
For guests registration, this course is handled by TU Eindhoven