Laboratory of Biological Structures Mechanics at IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi

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PhD opportunity in Barcelona

Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain) is offering a PhD position about computational modeling of adult spine deformities. The project will be carried out in cooperation with us at LABS Galeazzi and two hospitals in Barcelona. More details are available here.  

Thank you, NVIDIA!

We just received the NVIDIA Titan Xp GPU, which was donated to support our research about the use of machine learning in processing radiographic images of patients suffering from spinal disorders. Thank you, NVIDIA!

Can we grade intervertebral disc degeneration with X-rays?

We compared from a biomechanical point of view X-rays grading of intervertebral disc degeneration to the standard Pfirrmann grading based on MRI.


Volkheimer D, Galbusera F, Liebsch C, Schlegel S, Rohlmann F, Kleiner S, Wilke HJ. Is intervertebral disc degeneration related to segmental instability? An evaluation with two different grading systems based on clinical imaging. Acta Radiol. 2017 Jan 1:284185117715284. doi: 10.1177/0284185117715284.


An open access publication about training in soccer players

Jacopo Vitale published an interesting publication about the cardiac autonomic function in soccer players.   Bonato M, Agnello L, Galasso L, Montaruli A, Roveda E, Merati G, La Torre A, Vitale JA. Acute Modification of Cardiac Autonomic Function of High-Intensity Interval Training in Collegiate Male […]

Tito Bassani on YouTube!

Last week Tito Bassani brilliantly presented his work about the validation of the AnyBody musculoskeletal lumbar spine model in a webcast which is now available on YouTube.     Here you can watch the full video on YouTube.

A paper about vitamin D and intervertebral disc degeneration

Jacopo Vitale cooperated with Dr. Brayda-Bruno and the other labs at IRCCS Galeazzi in a study about the relation between vitamin D and intervertebral disc degeneration.

Brayda-Bruno M, Viganò M, Cauci S, Vitale JA, de Girolamo L, De Luca P, Lombardi G, Banfi G, Colombini A.
Plasma vitamin D and osteo-cartilaginous markers in Italian males affected by intervertebral disc degeneration: Focus on seasonal and pathological trend of type II collagen degradation.
Clin Chim Acta. 2017 May 22;471:87-93. doi: 10.1016/j.cca.2017.05.028.

Paper in the International Journal of Circumpolar Health

Jacopo Vitale and colleagues from The Arctic University of Norway, Alta, studied the effect of chronotype in an 8-week athletic training during the polar night. Vitale JA, Bjoerkesett E, Campana A, Panizza G, Weydahl A. Chronotype and response to training during the polar night: a […]

A systematic literature review in Sports Medicine

Jacopo Vitale performed a systematic review of the literature about the effect of chronotype on athletic performance and the psychophysiological responses to physical activity, which was published in the prestigious journal Sports Medicine. Vitale JA, Weydahl A. Chronotype, Physical Activity, and Sport Performance: A Systematic […]

IRCCS Galeazzi and LABS at the SICV&GIS 2017 Conference

Fabio Galbusera joined Dr. Alberto Zerbi in the presentation of our research activities with the EOS Imaging System at the SIC&GIS 2017 Conference in Naples.

In the same conference, Dr. Andrea Luca presented a study conducted in cooperation with LABS about the possible beneficial effect of hybrid fixation in the prevention of proximal junctional kyphosis.

From left to right: Dr. Lucia Conti (radiologist), Dr. Alessandra Isidori (neurosurgeon), Fabio Galbusera and Dr. Alberto Zerbi (radiologist) at SICV&GIS 2017

A hyperelastic model of the ovine intervertebral disc in PLoS ONE

Gloria Casaroli and colleagues at LABS, Ulm University and Politecnico di Milano published a novel validated finite element model of the ovine lumbar intervertebral disc in PLoS ONE. Casaroli G, Galbusera F, Jonas R, Schlager B, Wilke HJ, Villa T. A novel finite element model of […]