Bringing the power of engineering simulation to rehabilitation research.

Musculoskeletal modeling and dynamic simulation have emerged as powerful tools to uncover the biomechanical causes of movement abnormalities and to design improved treatments. We have established the NIH National Center for Simulation in Rehabilitation Research (NCSRR) to equip the rehabilitation research community with state-of-the-art simulation tools, enabling investigators to complement experimental studies of human performance with advanced simulation software and biomechanical models. Our freely available simulation tool, OpenSim, is already used by hundreds of research teams around the world to advance rehabilitation science.

Simulation of individual with cerebral palsy walking in a crouch gait. More info. Courtesy of Katherine M. Steele.

The Center serves a wide audience, from those on the leading edge of simulation technology to those wondering how simulations can benefit their work.  In addition to developing and distributing OpenSim, NCSRR provides training opportunities, seed grants, and a network of biomechanical and clinical experts--resources that will accelerate the integration of simulations into critical areas of rehabilitation, including stroke, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, osteoarthritis, prosthetics, orthotics, and sports medicine.

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News & Announcements

Dynamic Walker Challenge Winners Announced

Apr 24, 2014

Thanks to all participants and congratulations to the winners of the Dynamic Walker Competition: Geena Doak, Matthew Handford, and Alex MacIntosh. They each created dynamic walkers to traverse a complex terrain in OpenSim. See their videos on the OpenSim YouTube page.

OpenSim-based Science Fair Project Wins First Place

Feb 26, 2014

Florida high school students Christopher Fregly and Brandon Kim took first place in the Physics and Astronomy category at the Alachua Regional Science Fair. Working with NASA, Fregly and Kim used the OpenSim software to predict simple ways that astronauts could modify the standard squat exercise to be more effective at maintaining muscle mass on the International Space Station. They will be going on to compete in the Florida State Science Fair in April and in the prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in May. Read more here

Apply for the 2014 Visiting Scholars Program

Dec 18, 2013

Applications for the NCSRR's Visiting Scholar program are now available.

NCSRR Pilot Project Winners Announced

Dec 15, 2013

The NCSRR is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 pilot project awards. See the full list of awardees.