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James A. Ashton-Miller, Ph.D.
Albert Schultz Collegiate Research Professor and Distinguished Research Scientist, Biomedical Engineering
Research Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Research Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Research Professor, Internal Medicine
Research Professor, Institute of Gerontology

3208 G.G. Brown
2350 Hayward Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2125

Phone: (734) 763-2320
Fax: (734) 763-9332
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More Info: Students in Dr. Ashton-Miller's Biomechanics Research Laboratory ( work with physicians and use experiments, computer simulations and/or inventions to understand why injuries occur. Why? To reduce time lost, health care costs, and the risk for future injury. In the last decade they have discovered why can occur to women in childbirth, why those injuries can cause pelvic organ prolapse, and they are working on better prevention. They have demonstrated that anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries can result from loading the knee too many times at too high a load and in too short a time for it to be able to adapt. This is implications for better prevention of injuries. They are currently testing their invention for checking whether it is safe for an athlete to return to play following concussion, and are examining mechanisms of concussion. Finally, they are studying how humans walk on uneven surfaces to better tell who is at risk for fall-related injuries so they can be better prevented.

Research Areas: Organ and Whole Body Biomechanics.