Bundles of axons in porcine brain: 3,500x magnification using scanning electron microscopy [Rashid, Destrade and Gilchrist (Galway/Dublin)]

Nanostructured, biocompatible scaffold to support 3D cell cultures with controled mechanical properties [Sonia Contera (Oxford)]

MEG data visualization and navigation tool: Synchronization biomarkers of MCI patients [Antonio Gracia (UPM)]

High-detailed synapse reconstruction: Electronic microscopy image segmentation by ESPINA software and rendered by GMRV [Marcos Garcia / Angel Rodriguez (URJC/UPM, Cajal Blue Brain)]

Numerical model of a neuron under mechanical loading [Antoine Jerusalem (Oxford)]

UPM's 3D virtual reality cave facility: Mini-column reconstruction from microscopy real-time rendered with RTNeuron [Juan Hernando (UPM, Blue Brain Project)]

Neurites from SH-SY5Y neurons penetrate through an Isopore membrane [Hua Ye (Oxford)]

In silico indentation of the brain [Pablo Saez (Oxford)]

The International Brain Mechanics and Trauma Lab (IBMTL)

The lab is an international initiative that was created in 2013. It involves the collaboration 37 academics and clinicians, across 20 main institutions.

All members of the IBMTL are heavily involved in collaborative projects related directly to brain mechanics and trauma. The interaction between experts, from such a wide range of disciplines, is motivated by the need for multidisciplinary expertise to study the relationship between brain cell/tissue mechanics and brain functions/diseases/trauma:

  • Biology: stem cells, tissue engineering, physiopathology
  • Computing: supercomputing, neuroinformatics, image processing, big data analytics
  • Engineering: materials engineering, biomechanics, computational mechanics of materials, mechanobiology, systems engineering
  • Mathematics: mathematical modelling, computational statistics, continuum mechanics, data mining
  • Medical/Clinical: neurology, neuropathology, neuroimaging, veterinary medicine, neurosurgery, psychiatry
  • Neuroscience: translational neuroscience, functional connectivity and brain network architecture, brain plasticity computational modelling
  • Physics: nanoscience, cells/tissues nanomechanics, cell rheology, shockwave/ultrasound physics, biophysics

The collaboration is centred around the complementary collaboration of experts, from different disciplines, focussed on the study of the brain cell and tissue mechanics, and its relation with brain functions, diseases or trauma.



Website Relaunch

07 Aug 2019

Welcome to our new website, redesigned with IBMTL members in mind. You now have a tool to promote your research, inform people about events, and share opportunities for collaboration. Share your news and images, just email us, and they will appear here if by magic.

Computing’s Key to Vital Gains in Brain Research

27 Feb 2018

SES members the University of Oxford and University College London (UCL) are making a major contribution to this breakthrough era in brain research.

Brain disease affects 99% of NFL players

25 Jul 2017

New study in Journal of the American Medical Association shows “Brain disease affects 99% of NFL players”. Authors include Dr. Ann McKee and IBMTL member Prof. Lee Goldstein from Boston University.

What maths does: Geometry, skull growth and brain mechanics

16 Jun 2017

IBMTL Co-Director, Prof Alain Goriely, has written a piece for the Oxford Science Blog highlighting the maths of the brain.



Symposium on Focused Ultrasound Neuromodulation, 23-24 Sept, Oxford

30 May 2019

Focused ultrasound is rapidly becoming the next generation brain stimulation: non-invasive, focal, deep brain neuromodulation. Pioneers and leaders in the field will speak at a 2-day international symposium on 23-24 Sept, 2019, at Oriel College, Oxford. This event will bring together researchers developing and using ultrasound as a tool for stimulation and manipulation of the brain and take an integrative and translational approach.


01 Jan 2018

5th OXFORD INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON NEURON AND BRAIN MECHANICS - Thursday 22 and Friday 23 March, 2018. St Hugh’s College, Oxford.

Dr Subra Suresh elected to an Honorary Fellowship at St Hugh’s College

28 Feb 2017

Dr Subra Suresh, president of Carnegie Mellon University, USA, elected to an Honorary Fellowship at St Hugh’s College, Oxford. Dr Suresh spoke at the 2015 Oxford Brain Mechanics Workshop held at St Hugh’s.

International Winter School 2016

14 Feb 2016

INTERNATIONAL WINTER SCHOOL - New Challenges in the Physics of the Brain: From Cells to Organs, February 2016, Ecole de Physique des Houches, France.