Neuromechanics is a combination of the fields of robotics, neurobiology, and biomechanics, as well as in-depth studies on sensation and perception, explains NTL Group’s research and development head Dr. Curtis Cripe. Scientists and researchers in the field of neuromechanics study, observe, and experiment on neural tissues, specifically the working of their mechanical properties. They are also very much concerned with the ability of neural tissues to take and give force and how these tissues can respond to trauma.
Those who study neuromechanics mainly focus on the information exchanged between the neuromuscular and skeletal systems, as well as the transformations the information between these systems undergoes. In fact, Dr. Curtis Cripe mentions that simulations have been done to connect computerized models of neural circuits to virtual bodies of animals.
A huge portion of what’s involved in the analysis of neuromechanics depends on the kinematics and dynamics of movement. Dr. Curtis Cripe describes this as the patterns of feedback (both motor and sensory) during movement and the synaptic and circuit organization of the brain, which is responsible for motor control.
Furthermore, some experts in the field of neuromechanics research the mechanical stretch of cells, shear deformation of cell cultures (planar), and 3-D cell matrices. The understanding of all of this is key to the creation of more accurate functioning models.
Dr. Curtis Cripe adds that more research on neuromechanics can improve treatment for patients burdened with physiological diseases or injuries. The future of neuroengineering in the branch of neuromechanics seems to be, at the very least, very intriguing.Dr. Curtis Cripe is the director of research and development at the NTL Group. Dr. Cripe and his team use neuroengineering technology to treat several health issues, including head injury (TBI), anxiety, depression, addiction, memory disorders, and neurodevelopmental delays in children, especially those with learning disorders. Read more about his work and passions by visiting the NTL Group’s official website.