(LBA) Laboratoire de Biomécanique Appliquée (UMRT24-AMU/IFSTTAR)
The Laboratoire de Biomécanique Appliquée (LBA, directed by Pr. S. Berdah) is a joint IFSTTAR/Aix-Marseille University research unit (UMR 24). LBA is located on the North Medical Campus in Marseille and is unique in its multidisciplinary approach involving engineering and medicine for the biomechanical studies of the behavior of the human body in impact situations. Its research activities combine clinical and anatomical knowledge: experimental and theoretical approaches to study the behavior of tissues and structures of the human body (use of cadavers donated for scientific research), modelling and digital simulations. These research topics are devoted to one scientific objective and one single priority: the development of Virtual Human models that sustain the development of new knowledge on trauma events and their effects on the human body, trauma prevention, with the design of safety systems and injury management, including the design of medical devices. These research studies are regularly carried out within the framework of national projects (ANR Blanc, ANR VTT, ANR TechSan, DSCR), or in European projects (Humos, EEVC, APROSYS, CASPER). Affiliated to the surgical department of Marseille North Hospital and to the LBA, the surgical research and educational centre (named CERC in French) directed by Pr. S. Berdah is an experimental platform that uses animal models to facilitate experimental surgical research and development of news surgical tools.