3D ANATOMICAL HUMANProject reference: 35763
Funded under: FP6-MOBILITY
3D anatomical functional models for the human musculoskeletal system
Total cost:Not available
EU contribution:EUR 3 081 387
Call for proposal:FP6-2005-MOBILITY-1
Funding scheme:RTN - Marie Curie actions-Research Training Networks
Human body representations have been used for centuries to help in understanding and documenting the shape and function of its compounding parts. Since Da Vinci drawings, human body atlases have evolved a lot and can nowadays describe the human anatomy wit h great precision, even in 3D. Parallelly, the body physiology, its systems and their functions, the mechanics of human motion, the pathological and healing situations are some among the many topics being studied and described in different domains of science.
However, while the greatest Anatomy atlases are static images of the body, existent functional models of human physiology, biomechanics and motion are rarely associated to the shape of the corresponding anatomical structures. Analogue to anatomical models, functional models of parts of the human musculoskeletal system, bringing together the various facets of human modelling will be of great value as a support to study, discuss and analyze. Such functional human musculoskeletal model would help students and specialists to better understand normal and pathological physiology and would allow applications in both normal and extreme conditions. This network will work around this theme.
The development of such models and applications requires joint work of various expertise domains, fomenting huge collaboration and training in a very multidisciplinary environment, where knowledge transfer is crucial. Junior and senior researchers of different research areas and countries will find overlapping problems, exchange ideas and experiences, discuss common solutions, and finally collaborate together to solve problems of their own particular areas. Besides, we know that in research, when two particular expertise domains interact together, questions in one side can trigger knowledge generation in the other. Expertise domains making part of the network include Human Anatomy, Medical Imaging, Biomechanics, Computer Graphics & Animation and Knowledge Management.