Spinal Movement Biomechanics Group

Using state-of-the-art motion capturing and musculoskeletal modeling approaches, we conduct biomechanical research aiming at a better understanding of spinal disorders and to evaluate existing and/or new treatment approaches.

People

Members

  • Christian Bangerter, PT, MSc (PhD student)
  • Lucile Poux, PT, BSc (MSc student, BFH)

  • Martina Stadelmann, PT, BSc (MSc student, BFH)

  • Raphael Strähl, PT, BSc (MSc student, BFH)

  • Cedric Rauber, BSc (MSc student, Uni Bern)

  • Michael von Arx, PT, MSc (Research Assistant)

  • Sabrina Köchli, PhD (Scientific Intern)

Alumni

  • Mena Suter, PT, MSc
  • Jana Frangi, PT, MSc
  • Edwige Simonet, PT, MSc
  • Luzia Niggli, BSc Health Sciences and Technology (MSc student, ETHZ)
  • Valentin Deiss, PT, MSc
  • Laura Böhringer, PT, MSc
  • Melanie Liechti, PT, MSc

Opportunities

Master theses

For current master thesis opportunities, please contact the group head directly.

Projects

Current projects

  • Predicting low back pain incidence from lumbar spine motion and pain-related fear using supervised machine learning: a prospective observational cohort study (LBPredict).
    PI: Stefan Schmid, PT, PhD
    Sponsor: BFH, physioswiss
  • Neuromechanical Analysis of selected Corrective Exercise Therapy Approaches in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (ExercAIS).
    PI: Stefan Schmid, PT, PhD
    Sponsor: Unfunded
  • Patient-specific Musculoskeletal Spine Modeling: Implementing Medical Imaging-based Muscle Morphology using an Automated Deep Learning Approach.
    PI: Stefan Schmid, PT, PhD
    Sponsor: BFH CfP (Grant-no.: 2157PT_G)
  • Lumbar vertebral loading and paraspinal muscle activity during object lifting in healthy pain-free adults: an exploratory cross-sectional pilot study.
    PI: Stefan Schmid, PT, PhD
    Sponsor: Unfunded
  • Low back pain: Unveiling the contribution of motor control adaption using biomechanical modeling and neuroimaging.
    PI: Michael L. Meier, PhD (Balgrist University Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland)
    Involved member(s) of Spinal Movement Biomechanics Group: Stefan Schmid, PT, PhD (Project partner)
    Sponsor: Swiss National Science Foundation (Grant-no.: 185123)
  • Assessing the feasibility and effectiveness of regular training in the ExerCube - A pilot feasibility study.
    PI: Claudio Nigg, PhD (University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland)
    Involved member(s) of Spinal Movement Biomechanics Group: Stefan Schmid, PT, PhD (Co-Investigator)
    Sponsor: Unfunded

Completed projects

Publications

Selected journal publications

Preprints (not published in peer-reviewed journal yet)

Software and Databases