The ArtiSynth Project

February 10, 2008

CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) Computer Simulation is a powerful tool used by many computer scientists and engineers to simulate complicated physical systems and design new technologies. This powerful technique is currently employed by the UBC Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Center (MAGIC) in their ArtiSynth Project.

ArtiSynth is a 3D Biomechanical Modeling Toolkit that allows computer scientists, engineers and even regular doctors to make complicated mathematical predictions of the human body. By combining rigid-body skeletal components as well as 3D finite element soft-body objects, the program allows its users to model the complex biomechanical interactions that occurs between the rigid bones and the soft muscles of the human body.

Though it is still in its development phase, ArtiSynth is already used in many medical research projects including the OPAL Project.

Using ArtiSynth, researchers have constructed a 3D computer model of the human pharyngeal and laryngeal complex. This model can be used to measure internal forces and neuromotor activation levels of the muscles around the oralpharangeal area and determine the effects of muscle damage and paralysis (due to surgery or stroke) on swallowing and speech.

The ArtiSynth Project
OPAL Project


Celebrating Research Week – The Heart of Diabetes

March 3, 2007

March 10, 8:00am – 2:30pm

Join CKNW’s Dr. Art Hister’s House Calls live from UBC’s free public forum and province-wide webcast where researchers will explore and discuss what’s new in the fight against diabetes and its cardiovascular complications.

This event will be held at the Life Sciences Centre, Theatre 2 – 2350 Health Sciences Mall. More information can be found at

Celebrating Research Week – Managing Health Care for the Future

March 3, 2007

March 8, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Join the Sauder School of Business for an exciting panel discussion on the future of health care at UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson St. – Room C100. This is a free event and everyone is encouraged to attend. Key note speakers include:  Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrating Research Week – Healthy Lungs, Healthy Lives: The Latest Research & Care in Lung Health

March 3, 2007

March 6, 7:00pm – 8:30pm (doors open 6:30pm)

Unlock the secrets of lung health with experts in asthma, cystic fibrosis in children, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Experts will examine the environmental and genetic contributors to poor lung health, the latest in research and care, and then answer your questions. The seminar will be conducted at St. Paul’s Hospital, Providence Building Level 1 (1081 Burrard St.), New Lecture Theatre.

Pre-registration is free, call 604-875-4372
or email

Celebrating Research Week – Department of Surgery Poster Session

March 3, 2007

From March 6 – 8, The Centre of Surgical Research will host a poster session to showcase posters by their researchers. This event is held at the Diamond Family Courtyard, VGH – 2775 Laurel St.

For more informations call 604-875-4111 ext. 61386.

Celebrating Research Week

March 3, 2007

Next week (March 5 – 9) is going to be UBC Celebrating Research Week. The university will be jam packed with events showcasing various researches at UBC. There are discussion forums, lectures, seminars, open houses and symposia from every discipline. More information can be found by following the link below.