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SALVIA Patrick


Laboratory for Functional Anatomy

Teaching descriptive, functional and palpatory anatomy and embryology to physical therapy, physical education and osteopathy students. Research: functional anatomy and biomechanics (1) spatial electrogoniometry applied in vivo and in vitro, (2) evaluation of lumbar and cervical spine kinematics in normal and clinical conditions (disk disease, Whiplash Syndrome, kinematics and effect of certain manipulation techniques), (3) three-dimensional imaging and kinematic analysis, (4) functional anatomy of the wrist, (5) gait analysis

Laboratory of Anatomy, Biomechanics and Organogenesis

Education - Our LABO teaches anatomy to students of various programs, including medicine, dental sciences, veterinary sciences, physical therapy, occupational therapy, bioengineering, sports, nursing, pharmacy, medical biology and arts. Moreover, LABO members also teach human embryology. Research - The LABO is active in several fields thanks to its multidisciplinary staff and expertise: Biomechanics, Anatomy, Organogenesis, Embryology, Veterinary Sciences and Legal Medicine. State-of-the-art equipment is available. Clinics - The Center for Functional Evaluation (or CFE) organised by LABO offers patients, and their therapists, all services for following-up of locomotor and gesture disabilities linked to a variety of disorders (orthopeadics, neurology, etc). Clinical research is also performed at LABO. Logistics - The LABO is taking part in the organisation of various structures and international scientific events.


Evaluation of shoulder kinematics. Electrogoniometric, magnetic tracking study and 3D analysis of videoscopic images

The development of a spatial linkage suitable for the study of shoulder kinematics led to a comparative study of the results obtained by several different technological means (electrogoniometry, Flock of Bird, Ariel). Establishment of a normal database and clinical applications, especially in shoulder instability, are the aims of this project

Development and applications of a technique for continuous and real-time tracking and analysis of muscle lever arm evolution

The measuring technique is based on muscle length change sampling as a function of joint motion. By derivation, muscle lever arm and its evolution as a function of joint position are analyzed instantaneously. Applications: muscles of lower leg and foot, knee, hip, elbow, wrist, upper cervical spine

Analysis of global wrist kinematics using spatial electrogoniometry. Normal kinematics, analysis of circumduction envelope and clinical applications

Using homemade spatial linkages, a normal database of wrist kinematics for planar motion and for the complex movement of circumduction was established. This technique is applied in pre-surgical evaluation and during follow-up as well as in anatomical preparations to analyse the effect of partial arthrodeses or ligament lesions

Improvement of the patellar compartment in total knee replacement

To improve design and placement techniques for the patellar implant in total knee prostheses, knee kinematics (magnetic tracking and electrogoniometry), ligament behaviour (miniature displacement gauges) et muscle lever arms (LVDT sensors) are registred simultaneously in anatomical preparations in intact conditions and after placing various implants