IMF Group Awarded R21 Trailblazer Award
The IMF Group was awarded an R21 Trailblazer Award by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to pursue a project about "Imaging of Metabolic Bone Response due to Localized Mechanical Loading".
Mechanical loading of bone not only stimulates new bone formation but is also a key element in joint disease and osteoporosis. While current methods can assess long-term bone adaptation through structure and mineral density, functional imaging of bone remains challenging. Our work aims to develop PET imaging technology to acutely assess the in vivo metabolic response of bone from a novel method to induce a localized and measurable mechanical load.