The Institute of Biomechanics Murnau is a research institute for orthopaedic disorders. Key activities are biomechanical research, product development, clinical research, training and education, and gait analysis. The research institute is associated to the Trauma Center Murnau (Berufsgenossenschaftliche Unfallklinik Murnau), which is known for their expertise in trauma surgery. The research institute is composed of approximately 20 full paid employees, including 14 research assistants and two orthopaedic surgeons. In addition the institute is involved in the education of about 20 students every year who work at the institute doing their bachelor or master theses. The facility is approximately 800 square meters and includes equipment for static mechanical testing (Zwick), dynamic mechanical testing (Instron), a full machine shop, a preparation room for biological samples, a micro CT scanner (Scanco), finite element analysis software (Ansys) and a completely equipped instrumental gait laboratory. The primary research focus is mechanical testing and numerical evaluation of the interaction between implants and biological tissues in order to improve osteosynthesis techniques.
The Institute of Biomechanics within the BGU Murnau has a focus on teaching medical students and medical doctors. Members of the institution are involved in numerous teaching activities including but not limited to individual consulting, hands-on workshops and class room teaching. Furthermore, the Institute of Biomechanics is continuously involved in the development and improvement of vocational learning environments. In particular we have been contributed to the development of several elearning platforms for health care professionals.
Most of these projects were in collaboration with European partners within the framework of EU funding programs (Leonardo, Erasmus+).