Mayo Clinic Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation will share in $2.5 million being awarded to researchers working on collaborations between Mayo and the University of Minnesota.
Kristin Zhao, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic and Paula Ludewig, Ph.D., University of Minnesota will receive $988,315.
They are working on a Motion Imaging Data Acquisition for Musculoskeletal Diagnosis and Guided Treatment project.
A shared fluoroscopic imaging system will add speed and accuracy to research into how best to diagnose and treat movement abnormalities and conduct joint replacements.
The device would be used for research studies that would inform and improve practice methods at each institution.
Zhao’s research area is Assistive and Restorative Technology with Mayo’s Rehabilitation Medicine Research Center.
Her team is focusing on biomechanics of shoulder function in patients with spinal cord injuries, wrist osteoarthritis, basilar thumb instability and assessment of a novel upper limb prosthesis
The Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics is awarding funds to four teams of researchers to support scientific infrastructure used in collaborations between existing researchers at Mayo and the U of M.
The funding must be used for equipment, software and other technology essential to specific research projects and must be mutually available to the project participants at both institutions.
This year’s awards will help investigators target topics ranging from heart disease and cancer to drug development and the micro biome, all key focus areas of research in Minnesota.
The Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics is collaboration among the University of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic and the state of Minnesota.
To learn more about the partnership, visit http://www.minnesotapartnership.info.