in vitro experiments

in vitro experiments

What is Biomechanics ?
In its most common acceptation, Biomechanics aims at expressing the mechanical properties of the living medias on grounds of mathematical tools. Biomechanics is therefore a peculiar science which constantly relies on Physiology and Mechanics. Unlike sluggish materials, biological tissues and organs have the property of adapting and regenerating themselves when being opposed to a particular physiological situation. Under nervous or hormonal stimulation, mechanical properties are constantly evolving, which, of course complexify the process of characterization. Research in Biomechanics consist in setting up simplified models of lesionnal or pathological mechanisms occuring in the human body. In the most commonly apprehended fundamental studies, several distinct axes have emerged : Flow Dynamics (arteries and respiratory system) or the structure and the rheology of biological components (cells, arterial lining, tissues, ligaments, bones...).
The Laboratory of Cardiovascular Biomechanics
The Cardiovascular Biomechanics Laboratory (CBL) is a research team common to the Institut de Recherches sur les Phénomènes Hors Equilibre (Research Institute on the Unsteady Phenomena) (IRPHE CNRS UMR 6594) and to the Ecole Superieure de Mecanique de Marseille (ESM2, Universite de la Mediterranee). The CBL is located within the "Technopole de Chateau-Gombert", along numerous high-technology companies and research centers. The research lead inbound the CBL mostly concern the characterization of blood flows in the cardiovascular system. Its investigations are vector by the regular tools of Mechanics : in vitro experiments and numerical models. The models both aim at explaining the fundamental fluid phenomena proper to blood flows within the heart and the ducts. Besides, the allow to improve surgery methods as well as the prostheses components which are aimed at treating the cardiovascular affections, one of Public Health''s major concern over the last few years. Doctors, researchers in mechanics and industrials hence are the main actors of the Research in Cardiovascular Biomechanics. (Refer to our Partners).

The LCB has also initiated the development of two structures inside ESM2 : a moulding unit and the valorization and transfer structure Mecabio.
How to visit us
How to contact us
Laboratoire de Biomécanique Cardiovasculaire
ESM2
Institut Méditerranéen de Technologie
Technopôle de Château-Gombert
13451 Marseille cedex 20
France

Tel : (33) (0)4 91 05 43 91 ou (33) (0)4 91 05 46 26
Fax : (33) (0)4 61 05 45 98 ou (33) (0)4 91 05 46 29

E-mail : biomeca@esm2.imt-mrs.fr