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Musculoskeletal disease and injury

Dr. Cari Whyne, director of the Holland Bone and Joint Research Program at SRI, is studying thin bone structures in the human body like the craniofacial skeleton and bony pelvis. Her lab is creating image-processing algorithms and computational models to study how a break progresses in thin bone structures after a fracture. The aim is to advance understanding and treatment of bone disorders arising from degeneration, trauma and disease.

She is also working with SRI scientist Dr. Jeff Fialkov to engineer and commercialize bone tape, a technology that adheres to bone and can reattach fractured pieces with enough stability until they heal. It offers advantages over the metal plates and screws used in skull and facial reconstruction surgery because it attaches well to thin bone, and works with the complex geometry of the facial skeleton.