Center for Musculoskeletal Research

CMR Lab Scene

About CMR

Center for Musculoskeletal Research (CMR) is a research facility established at University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 2003. It was formerly known as the Rocky Mountain Musculoskeletal Research Laboratory (RMMRL) located in Denver, Colorado. CMR covers a wide range of research areas, including kinematics analysis, medical imaging, computer vision, computational bioengineering, MEMS technology, biological, and biochemical technology. It is currently one of the top biomedical research centers in the United States.

One of CMR's major research areas is fluoroscopic analysis, where patients who have undergone joint replacement surgery are asked to perform simple tasks under fluoroscopic surveillance. A 2D-to-3D-registration is carried out and the performance of the implants and kinematics of the patients are assessed. Other areas of research drive the frontiers of medical technology, with work in computer assisted orthopedic surgery (CAOS), smart bio-sensors, MEMS modeling and fabrication, bone morphology and modeling. CMR has also collaborated with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in some of its technological biomedical research

It is our privilege to work with some of the top orthopedic surgeons, engineers, scientists and companies in the world. CMR currently supports 36 graduate and undergraduate students in the biomedical engineering field. In 2005, CMR received funding exceeding $1.75 million in all areas of research.