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Welcome to the Institute for Biomechanics (IfB)

The Institute for Biomechanics (IfB) is a multidisciplinary research unit dedicated to the biomechanical investigation of the human body from a macroscopic (body) to a microscopic (cell) scale, while maintaining ethical standards and a philosophy of respect and compassion for all life. Our mission is to investigate and characterise the mechanics and material properties of musculoskeletal and biologically engineered tissues, as well as to explore and understand the organisation, kinematics, and kinetics of the musculoskeletal system. Challenges involve studying musculoskeletal adaption and regeneration throughout life, in health and disease, and in the presence of high mechanical demands. Building on this foundation, we aim to develop, refine and utilise biological, medical and engineering tools and concepts to provide a translation of understanding and techniques into clinical practice for musculoskeletal repair or regeneration, ultimately to improve societal wellbeing.

News & Events


ERC Advanced Grant to Ralph Müller

Professor Ralph Müller, Head Laboratory for Bone Biomechanics, has received an Advanced Grant of the European Research Council (ERC) for his MechAGE project. With that grant, the ERC is financing Müller‘s research on in vivo single-cell mechanomics of bone adaptation and regeneration in the aging mouse. The funding is 2.5 Million Euro over the next five years. Read more 


CellSpring: Forbes 30 under 30 Class of 2017

Christopher Millan listed in the 30 under 30 Class of 2017 by Forbes. Read more 


Advanced Healthcare Materials Back Cover

CERL publication makes the back cover of this month's Advanced Healthcare Materials Read more 


Election ESB President

Prof. Dr. Stephen Ferguson has been elected President of the European Society of Biomechanics for the term 2016 - 2018. Read more 


7th Zurich Forum for Applied Sport Sciences

At the 14. and 15. 9 2016, the 7th Zurich Forum for Applied Sport Sciences takes place at ETH Hönggerberg.  Read more 



Academia-Industry Training Award

Congratulations to Emma Cavalli for winning a 2016 Academia-Industry Training Award. Read more 


Poster Prize

Congratulations to Mischa Müller who won a best poster prize at the Biointerfaces International 2016 conference. Read more 


Best Poster Award SSBRM 2016

Emma Cavalli wins poster award Read more 


SBMS Travel Award

We are pleased to inform you that Dr. Esther Wehrle was selected for an SBMS Travel Award from the Swiss Bone and Mineral Society (SBMS) to attend the 2016 TERMIS.EU Conference from 28 June to 1 July in Uppsala, Sweden, where she will have an oral presentation on ”In vivo micro-CT based approach for discrimination of physiological and impaired healing patterns in mouse femur defect models”. Read more 


EUROSPINE Travel Award

Prof. Dr. Wuertz-Kozak received a EUROSPINE Travel Award  Read more 

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