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Medical Engineering and Design (MED) Laboratory at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) is an inter-disciplinary research team with the objective of developing medical devices, assistive technologies, image-based quantitative biomarkers, and computing tools for diagnosing, monitoring, treating, and potentially preventing musculoskeletal disorders (osteoarthritis/osteoporosis) and disabilities. We closely work with physicians and clinical researchers from Singapore General Hospital (SGH) and Changi General Hospital (CGH) to combine research and technical expertise to address clinical problems affecting Singapore and the World.

Our aim is to provide engineering solutions, tools, and devices to clinical needs, using medical imaging, image analysis, and 3D geometrical and structural analysis techniques by understanding bio-mechanical implications of diseases and disabilities.

Our mission is to advance scientific understanding of musculoskeletal pathologies and disabilities through the application of engineering in medicine for improved quality of life.

Our research themes fall into three categories:

Medical Devices Medical Imaging / Analysis Clinical Applications
  • Assistive/rehabilitation devices for patient recovery after injury or surgery.
  • Pathological 3D interactive models for virtual surgery planning.
  • Image-based patient-specific surgical guides, surgical tools, and prostheses.
  • Adv. Medical imaging technologies (MRI, CT) to perform noninvasive characterisation and monitoring of the health of bone/cartilage.
  • Perform geometrical and structural analysis (Finite element Analayis – FEA) of these tissues to determine their health for diagnosis and monitoring treatments.
– Understanding musculoskeletal pathologies (bone tumors, Osteoarthritis, and Osteoporosis) and their causes (aging, obesity, diabetics, alignment, physical exercise, activities of daily living) and disabilities (primary/secondary, permanent/temporary).

Subburaj Karupppasamy
Assistant Professor
Engineering Product Development (EPD) Pillar
Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)
8 Somapah Road, Singapore 487372
+65 6499 4897 (office)
subburaj @ sutd . edu . sg
http://med.sutd.edu.sg/


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