Cameron R. Bass


Associate Research Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Cameron R. 'Dale' Bass is an Associate Research Professor with Duke's Department of Biomedical Engineering and Director of the Injury and Othopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory.

A major research focus of Dr. Bass is the study of blast-related brain injury and injury mechanisms. Past research has concentrated air containing organs, such as the lungs and bowel. Results from the limited evidence of over 80 years of experimentation suggested that the brain tolerance for blast was much greater than the pulmonary tolerance for blast. However, recent anecdotal evidence suggests that many soldiers returning from combat have symptoms that are consistent with underlying brain injuries. The etiology for these injuries is unclear and may include a spectrum of sources from blunt impact injuries to post traumatic stress disorder to primary blast injuries.

The primary goals of this research are to:

  • determine injury thresholds for blast brain injury
  • identify injury mechanisms underlying blast brain injury

This research may help reduce the frequency of brain injury caused by blast events, help identify treatments for such injury, and provide the knowledge to develop better protective equipment to protect against such injuries. Many projects involve multi-disciplinary collaborations between BME, Duke University Medical Center, Durham Veterans Affairs, and other major research institutions.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Associate Research Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences

Contact Information


  • Ph.D. University of Virginia, 1994
  • B.S. University of Virginia, 1980

Research Interests

Dr. Bass's research interests include the biomechanics of blast, blunt and ballistic trauma and pediatric trauma. His research focuses on injury risk from microscale to macroscale for the head, neck, thorax and extremities.

Courses Taught

  • BME 394: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • BME 493: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • BME 494: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • BME 535: Biomedical Aspects of Blast and Ballistics (GE, BB)
  • BME 590: Special Topics in Biomedical Engineering
  • BME 791: Graduate Independent Study
  • BME 792: Continuation of Graduate Independent Study
  • EGR 393: Research Projects in Engineering
  • NEUROSCI 493: Research Independent Study 1
  • NEUROSCI 494: Research Independent Study 2

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Lance, RM; Stalcup, L; Wojtylak, B; Bass, CR, Air blast injuries killed the crew of the submarine H.L. Hunley., PloS one, vol 12 no. 8 (2017) [10.1371/journal.pone.0182244] [abs].
  • Vogel, EW; Effgen, GB; Patel, TP; Meaney, DF; Bass, CRD; Morrison, B, Isolated Primary Blast Inhibits Long-Term Potentiation in Organotypic Hippocampal Slice Cultures., Journal of Neurotrauma, vol 33 no. 7 (2016), pp. 652-661 [10.1089/neu.2015.4045] [abs].
  • Loyd, AM; Nightingale, RW; Luck, JF; Song, Y; Fronheiser, L; Cutcliffe, H; Myers, BS; Dale Bass, CR, The compressive stiffness of human pediatric heads., Journal of Biomechanics, vol 48 no. 14 (2015), pp. 3766-3775 [10.1016/j.jbiomech.2015.08.024] [abs].
  • Gayzik, FS; Marcus, IP; Danelson, KA; Rupp, JD; Bass, CR; Yoganandan, N; Zhang, J, A point-wise normalization method for development of biofidelity response corridors., Journal of Biomechanics, vol 48 no. 15 (2015), pp. 4173-4177 [10.1016/j.jbiomech.2015.09.017] [abs].
  • Adamski, KN; Loyd, AM; Samost, A; Myers, B; Nightingale, R; Smith, K; Dale Bass, CR, Pediatric Coronal Suture Fiber Alignment and the Effect of Interdigitation on Coronal Suture Mechanical Properties, Annals of Biomedical Engineering, vol 43 no. 9 (2015), pp. 2101-2111 [10.1007/s10439-015-1275-x] [abs].