Biomechanics and Reconstruction of deformities and defects of the musculoskeletal system

The goal of orthopedic surgery is to reconstruct deformities and defects of the musculoskeletal system. Our research focuses on the external loads applied to the musculoskeletal system, and how these loads influence the reconstructions.

We are specialized in mechanical testing, computational analyses, histological analyses and animal testing. Our strength lies in combining these techniques, allowing for cross-validation and innovative research.


Using Computational modeling, we can perform biomechanical analyses of complex orthopaedic problems and interventions. Computational analyses that are routinely used include Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and musculoskeletal modeling (MSM).
Our clinical research focuses on the performance of orthopaedic interventions, such as total joint replacement, scoliosis surgery, orthopaedic oncology, and patellofemoral surgery. We aim to evaluate and improve the outcome of our clinical work, to provide the best possible care for our patients.

At the Orthopaedic Research Lab, we strive for clinical implementation of the research that is performed. One example is the meniscus replacement implant that was previously developed in a research project coordinated by the ORL, and currently is being clinically evaluated.


Aan de Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen kun je tijdens het derde jaar van de bacheloropleiding Biomedische Wetenschappen (BMW) minoren, cursussen en stages volgen gericht op de bewegingswetenschappen. In de master Biomedical Sciences (BMS) kun je kiezen voor een specialisatie in de richting van klinische bewegingswetenschappen (Clinical Human Movement Sciences). Bewegingswetenschappen in Nijmegen heeft een sterke relatie met de kliniek wat betekent dat het veelal wordt gekoppeld aan patiëntgebonden onderzoek.