The Materials and Structural Testing Core is located within the Biomechanics Laboratory at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. For more than 15 years, the core has been serving investigators in a broad range of disciplines.

Its facilities consist of a machine shop, material testing room and anatomical dissection facility, as well as a dedicated room for custom testing devices, including robotic simulators.

The core has a strong history of collaboration with many areas at Mayo Clinic, including:

  • Dental specialties
  • Gastroenterology and hepatology
  • Obstetrics and gynecology
  • Orthopedics
  • Ophthalmology
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • Physiology and biomedical engineering
  • Radiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Anesthesiology
  • Engineering

For investigators seeking further background information on the field of materials and structural testing, the core recommends:

  • Golish SR, et al. Principles of biomechanics and biomaterials in orthopaedic surgery. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (American Volume). 2011;93:207.